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Trimble Adds Compaction System for Bulk Earthworks and Landfill Operations

April 29, 2014By

Trimble has released a new GNSS-based machine control solution to improve efficiency of bulk earthworks and landfill compaction operations. Installed on a four-drum soil or landfill compactor, the Trimble CCS900 Compaction Control System allows a machine operator to make more uniform and efficient passes, report compaction production data in the field, and ensure target compaction is reached with minimal fuel... read more

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NovAtel CORRECT With TerraStar Service Now Available

April 21, 2014By

NovAtel Inc. announces that with the release of its 6.400 firmware, NovAtel CORRECT positioning technology is now available with TerraStar’s precise point positioning (PPP) corrections. Delivered via L-band, TerraStar corrections provide decimeter-level accuracy worldwide on all NovAtel OEM6 high-precision receivers, without users having to add base-station infrastructure. Subscriptions to the TerraStar correction service are available seamlessly to customers through NovAtel’s... read more

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Spectra Precision’s MobileMapper 20 Extends GIS Capabilities in the Field

April 17, 2014By

Spectra Precision has introduced the MobileMapper 20 GIS handheld. In the same form factor as the current MobileMapper 10 handheld, MobileMapper 20 offers enhanced capabilities: a new bright VGA color touch screen display, a 5-MP camera for higher resolution images, doubled memory capacity and 3.5G cellular performance. The Spectra Precision MobileMapper 20 provides real-time GPS accuracy of better than 2... read more

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RTK on a Smartphone Running AutoCAD: I Did It Last Week

April 10, 2014By
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Last week was spring break (for high school and college) for my kids. We decided to drive to San Francisco and the surrounding area to do a little sightseeing. It’s a beautiful place. This is a view from our 3rd floor room in the hotel, looking over the bay. Here’s a view from the Marin Headlands overlooking San Francisco Bay and... read more

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NovAtel Adds Commercially Exportable IMU-KVH1750 to SPAN GNSS Line

April 9, 2014By
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NovAtel, Inc., has added the IMU-KVH1750 as an inertial measurement unit (IMU) option in its SPAN GNSS/INS line of positioning products. The IMU-KVH1750 is a high-performance commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) sensor that offers excellent bias stability and repeatability, NovAtel said. It incorporates KVH’s DSP-1750 precision fibre-optic gyro with very low noise MEMS accelerometers. Commercially exportable, the IMU-KVH1750 integrates easily with NovAtel’s... read more

Altus Positioning Systems Pinpoints Cause for GLONASS Default

April 4, 2014By

Regarding the April 1–2 11-hour downtime for the full GLONASS constellation, president and CEO Neil Vancans of Altus Positioning Systems provides this additional information: “From the reports on GLONASS problems, we have an explanation that may be used in our technical support replies: “Our analysis reveals the GLONASS integration algorithms skipped an interval of around 1.5 minutes at the control... read more

Topcon Introduces Field Controller for Advanced Data Collection

April 3, 2014By
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Topcon Positioning Group announces a new data controller — the FC-500 — with numerous features and benefits, including a large 4.3-inch touchscreen display and 5MP camera with built-in LED flash. The FC-500 is designed for the professional operating Topcon MAGNET Field, Site and Layout software and Topcon’s Pocket 3D. Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products, said, “The FC-500 works... read more

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Are You Master of the Galileo Universe?

March 20, 2014By
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The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is looking for services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. Prizes will be awarded by some of the most relevant institutional GNSS stakeholders, such as the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). In addition, partner regions from all over the world are hosting regional challenges.... read more