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Survey lasers in on Iron-Age archaeology

January 11, 2016By
Capturing lidar data:
Lasers from the survey aircraft are transmitted to the ground. The time taken for the beam to be bounced back to aircraft-mounted receivers is recorded. Using the known position of the aircraft, the time taken for the return of the laser beam and the known value of the speed of light, the distance between the aircraft and ground is calculated. Readings can also be taken to determine the height of vegetation and other surface structures.

High-tech aerial laser surveying is being employed to reveal the hidden archaeology of an Iron-Age hill settlement in Lancashire, England. Visually, the archaeological features are difficult to see, but a Bluesky laser survey, commissioned by the Morecambe Bay Partnership, is expected to reveal previously undiscovered details of a settlement at Warton Crag. Identified as an important Heritage at Risk site,... read more

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Geneq GNSS and RTK data collector heads to the field

January 11, 2016By

Geneq has introduced a new “all-in-one” GPS, GNSS and RTK Data Collector Series, the SXPro. The professional-grade series of handheld receivers is accurate, rugged and competitively priced, the company said. Standard features include an extra-long battery life of more than 10 hours on a charge as well as a large outdoor-viewable touchscreen. The handhelds are rated IP65 for protection against... read more

Launchpad: Timing antennas, UAV camera and smartwatch

January 11, 2016By
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Featuring new products in the OEM, survey, mapping and unmanned aerial vehicle sectors. read more

Aman Enterprises launches iOS Bluetooth adapter to connect GNSS receivers to iPhone, iPad

January 6, 2016By
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Aman Enterprises introduces NMEA-BT — a Bluetooth iOS adapter that enables any high-precision GNSS receiver with a serial port to connect to an iPad or iPhone. The NMEA-BT adapter is a small, weatherproof device that solves the problem of connecting non-iOS GNSS receivers and other field sensors to iOS devices. It connects to the iOS devices wirelessly using the native Bluetooth built into... read more

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Septentrio’s PinPoint-GIS available on ArcGIS Marketplace

January 6, 2016By
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GNSS receiver maker Septentrio has announced the availability of its geographical information systems (GIS) PinPoint-GIS on the ArcGIS Marketplace. PinPoint-GIS was developed to enable straightforward GIS data collection without the need for expensive additional software linking a GNSS receiver with the Esri ArcGIS Platform PinPoint-GIS helps ArcGIS users make informed and timely decisions, Septentrio said. It turns GNSS data collected... read more

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Data is the crop: GNSS used by surveyors and farmers

January 6, 2016By
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As technology continues to march forward, and storage and data evaluation use grows, the surveyor and the farmer will begin to use each other’s skillsets to increase their own productivity. So how do we get there? First, we must establish how each side uses their prospective GPS tools. read more

Leica adds to geodetic monitoring software

December 21, 2015By

Leica Geosystems has introduced two new additions to its Leica GeoMo deformation monitoring solution: Leica GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API. Users of the system can now create comprehensible visualizations and customizable reports, which enables powerful sensor data fusion for applications, such as air or water quality monitoring and construction or building management. With GeoMoS AnyData and GeoMoS API, multiple open... read more

Sensor fusion: Low-cost, high-end

December 21, 2015By
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Integration for infrastructure monitoring, navigation By Desislava Staykova and Nico Zill Rapid development in the technology of combined sensors within complex systems has taken place over the last decade. Such systems provide different accuracy levels, offering the possibility of use in application areas such as surveying, railway and automotive engineering, land administration, and for navigation purposes. Multi-sensor integration and fusion... read more