GPS Pirates

Modern-day piracy in Somalia
The Gulf of Aden is currently one of the world's most dangerous shipping routes. Pirates originating from Somalia, or rather that part of the country called Puntland, launch frequent attacks on commercial vessels bound for the Suez Canal or the Indian Ocean. Pirates - the word sounds medieval, and their vessels sometimes also resemble classic pirate vessels, including skull-and-crossbones flag. However, don?t be misled; these modern-day pirates use state-of-the-art equipment. Not only do they boast an impressive array of armaments, they also use the latest versions of GNSS, GIS and telecommunication equipment. Vessels passing the Bab al Mandeb between the... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00

Geodetic GPS

Is the moment coming when our GPS product survey will have to be renamed? Any new title should reflect the existence and use of GLONASS receivers, combined GLONASS/GPS receivers and Galileo receivers. But the results of this year’s product survey do not yet give reason for such a step. Healthy and stable competition has emerged over the years among manufacturers of receivers. Satellite signals coming to us from space, GPS next to GLONASS, and in the future Galileo, each have their own characteristics. These make the signals in part complementary to each other. From a technical point of view this... (read more)
2006-01-25 12:00:00

Dual GPS

OxTS is releasing a new dual antenna version of the Inertial+ navigation system at this year's Intergeo exhibition. The new Inertial+2 provides improved heading accuracy for better performances in airborne survey and mapping applications.         Being compatible with most GPS receivers on the market, the Inertial+ is very easy to integrate in to a current GPS only solution. Adding the Inertial+ to a GPS receiver will not only provide reliable, continuous position data even during GPS signals blockage but also output measurements like roll, pitch and heading with high accuracy in real-time. Using two GPS receivers in the... (read more)
2009-09-21 11:08:13

GPS Goggle

The Zeal Optics Transcend GPS Goggle enables skiers to monitor their speed and altitude, as well as the time and vertical speed, using the GPS Goggle. The various data are visible on a head-up display. The stats can be downloaded on your computer with a Google Map overlay to review performance. The rechangeable lithion-ion battery allows 7 hours run time. The goggle is PC and Mac compatible and includes European and American adapters and the software allows Imperial and metric units.The goggle itself is polarised and reduces 99% of the glare. The lens is in-molded and anti-fog treated. The frame... (read more)
2010-12-02 01:55:01

GPS Innovation Alliance to Support GPS Importance

Citing the ever-increasing importance of the Global Positioning System (GPS) to the global economy and infrastructure, a group of US-based GPS advocates have announced the formation of the GPS Innovation Alliance, an organisation dedicated to furthering GPS innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. Members of the Alliance are drawn from a wide variety of fields and businesses reliant on GPS. These include manufacturing, aviation, agriculture, construction, transportation, first responders and surveying and mapping. Still others are organisations representing consumers who depend on GPS for boating and other outdoor activities, and in their automobiles, smartphones and tablets. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., USA, the... (read more)
2013-02-14 03:54:56

Hemisphere GPS Eclipse Dual-Frequency GPS Receiver

Hemisphere GPS (Canada) has introduced its enhanced Eclipse dual-frequency GPS receiver. The Eclipse receiver now supports USB communication and enables data logging to standard external USB flash drives. It also now utilises an expanded number of standard RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) message formats, such as RTCM v3, CMR, and CMR+, making the Eclipse receiver compatible with CORS (Continuously Operating Reference Stations) and other RTK base station networks. The Eclipse receiver also includes the updated library from OmniSTAR, delivering improved acquisition time and performance.   An affordable dual-frequency solution, the Eclipse receiver delivers reliable centimetre-level accuracy by reducing code measurement noise and... (read more)
2008-09-09 11:11:49

GPS-Fitted Shoe

GTX Corp is working to develop a shoe that is outfitted with a GPS tracking system. The primaty target will be alzheimer patients, who are likely to get lost but not always like to seek for assistance. If they are lost for longer than a day, it may be dangerous.   Thus, savings in lives but also in search and rescue operations can be obtainerd. The development of the shoe is done by Aetrex. The shoe should cost about USD200-300, and a subscription to alert when a subscriber exceeds an area would cost about USD20 per month. These details still... (read more)
2009-06-15 01:43:23

Sokkia Cable-Free GPS

Sokkia (KS, USA) has released the GSR2700 IS Fully Integrated L1/L2 System, featuring Bluetooth wireless technology for completely cable-free surveying. The system has been developed in collaboration with POINT, Inc. (KS, USA) and NovAtel, Inc. (Canada). The survey-grade, dual-frequency GPS receiver, integrated data link, Bluetooth wireless technology, antenna, memory and batteries are all enclosed in a compact, rugged magnesium alloy housing, providing protection in the harshest of environments (IP67 rating). This all-on-the-pole receiver is designed to aid surveyors in a variety of field applications, with internal memory for 500 hours of data collection, along with options for an internal UHF... (read more)
2005-04-20 12:00:00

From GPS to GNSS

Septentrio Satellite Navigation
These are exciting times in satellite navigation. Selective availability for GPS switch-off has fuelled use of satellite navigation technology in professional and consumer applications and new signals and systems are reshaping the industry landscape. Septentrio has from its inception embraced new possibilities in satellite navigation. It offers receivers for professional markets, while preparing users for the GNSS of tomorrow. There have been important technological advances over the past decade in chip technology, signal and digital processing, miniaturisation and portability, all supporting the development and use of GPS. And now there are new satellite navigation signals and systems on the way.... (read more)
2007-07-07 12:00:00

Leica GPS1200+ GNSS

Four independent Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will be operational within the near future. With the new Leica GPS1200+ users can be certain that they are ready. The Leica GPS1200+ supports the new GPS L5 signal, GLONASS L1 and L2, and will also be able to track Galileo and Compass satellites when available. The flexible design of Leica GPS1200+ is 100% future proof and is already now compatible with the four global navigation satellite systems.     GPS L5 is the new third GPS frequency which will allow increased redundancy, faster signal acquisition, and improved multipath performance - ultimately resulting... (read more)
2008-12-29 03:15:46
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