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Opportunity for Accuracy: Terrestrial SOPs attractive supplement to GNSS

March 7, 2016By
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Exploiting terrestrial signals of opportunity (SOPs) can significantly reduce the vertical dilution of precision (VDOP) of a GNSS navigation solution. Simulation and experimental results show that adding cellular SOP observables is more effective in reducing VDOP than adding GNSS space vehicle (SV) observables. read more

Inspector Gadget: Drones could solve gas-leak detection issue

March 5, 2016By
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A methane leak at a Southern California Gas (SoCalGas) storage facility has shone a spotlight on how unmanned aerial vehicles can be used to inspect utilities. The massive three-month leak — temporarily plugged on Feb. 12 — chased thousands of Los Angeles residents from their homes. read more

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Louisiana DOT goes mobile for levee inspections

March 2, 2016By
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The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has deployed TerraGo Edge for the inspection of flood protection infrastructure including levees, dams and reservoirs. The DOTD’s Public Works and Water Resources Division inspects more than 1,100 miles of levees, four times every year. The legacy inspection system was a custom-built application developed by an engineering services firm, which used Trimble Yuma ruggedized tablets.... read more

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European Space Solutions to feature Galileo and EGNOS

March 2, 2016By
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European Space Solutions 2016 is a five-day conference that will bring together business and policy makers with users and developers of space-based solutions. The conference will take place at the World Forum Convention Centre in The Hague, The Netherlands, May 30 to June 3. Registration is free of charge, but mandatory. The event will explore how space makes a difference to the lives, and livelihoods,... read more

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Water utility deploys iPad solution

March 2, 2016By
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Like thousands of water utilities across the U.S., the City of Sebring, Fla., Utilities Department is tasked with providing a safe and reliable water supply, while managing all the dispersed assets of the water distribution and wastewater systems. This means regularly locating, mapping and inspecting assets to maintain service levels and operations. When Sebring evaluated this approach, the city received... read more

DJI launches new Phantom 4 with intelligent camera

March 1, 2016By
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Unmanned aerial vehicle maker DJI has launched the Phantom 4, a quadcopter drone that uses highly advanced computer vision and sensing technology to make professional aerial imaging easier. The Phantom 4 expands on previous generations of DJI’s Phantom line by adding on-board intelligence that make piloting and shooting great shots easier through features such as its Obstacle Sensing System, ActiveTrack and TapFly functionality. “With the Phantom... read more

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Two Galileo satellites scheduled for May launch

February 29, 2016By
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Another pair of Galileo navigation satellites is scheduled for launch by Soyuz rocket in May, ahead of a quartet on an Ariane 5 in the autumn, bringing the Galileo system a step closer to operational use. read more

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Industrial Networks introduces rail automation drone

February 29, 2016By
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Industrial Networks (INet) applied for exemption to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act in late 2015 for the railcar inspection and inventory market space and began testing a new drone Automated Equipment Identification (AEI) reader, the Industrial Networks Rail Automation Drone (IRAD1), for railyard automation. The plan requires safety testing and FAA approvals, but will give rail shippers a... read more