Galileo Satellites Down Since Friday 12 July

The European navigation system Galileo is suffering a major outage. The satellite network has been largely down since Friday 12 July due to a technical incident related to its ground infrastructure, as the EU agency GSA reports. The incident has led to a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services, with the exception of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The SAR service - used for locating and helping people in distress situations for example at sea or mountains - is unaffected and remains operational. Due to the problems, all receivers are not able to pick... (read more)
2019-07-15 08:59:06

Weaver Consulting Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Seiler Instrument, has announced that Weaver Consultants Group has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in large-scale volumetric surveying and topographic mapping. The US national firm provides a full range of engineering services and has particular expertise in solid waste and landfill projects. The firm’s initial use of the new Delair platform has been in developing digital twins of its clients’ sites – mainly large disposal and landfill operations – and performing regular volume calculations to assist... (read more)
2019-07-04 09:30:26

Septentrio Releases New High-precision GNSS Module

Septentrio has announced that the Mosaic development kit is available for testing and integration. Mosaic is Septentrio’s most compact next-generation, high-precision multi-frequency GPS/GNSS module. This receiver brings precision and reliability of high-end multi-frequency GNSS to mass-market applications. It is designed to fit into the assembly line process, which allows Mosaic to be favourably priced for high volumes. Its light weight and low power consumption helps extend battery life of robotic devices, increasing operation time and efficiency. This makes Mosaic ideal for applications such as robotics, automation, telematics and wearables. “We see a growing demand for reliable high-precision positioning,” said Chris Lowet,... (read more)
2019-06-20 09:15:19

Trimble Launches TDC600 Smartphone and GIS Data Collector

Trimble has introduced the Trimble TDC600 handheld, an ultra-rugged, all-in-one smartphone and GNSS data collector for GIS and field inspection applications. The next-generation smartphone data collector boasts an Android 8.0 operating system, bright sunlight-readable 6-inch display, powerful 2.2GHz processor, 4GB memory and an enhanced-capacity, all-day battery. Built for geographic information system (GIS) users in organizations across a variety of industries, including environmental management, utilities and government agencies, the TDC600 handheld is a very suitable tool for communicating between the field and office. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and 4G LTE cellular connectivity that supports data and voice calls, field workers are... (read more)
2019-05-22 08:58:39

Wood Adopts Delair UX11 UAV for Large-scale Surveying

Delair, a leading supplier of UAV solutions, along with one of its regional resellers, Frontier Precision, has announced that Wood has adopted the Delair UX11 high-performance unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or 'drone') for its work in site planning and asset management in mining and quarry projects in the western USA. Wood – a global leader in the delivery of project, engineering and technical services to the energy, industry and built-environment sectors – is initially deploying the drone to do high-accuracy, 3D topographic surveys and materials quantification for mineral mining in Idaho and Wyoming. It is the first fixed-wing UAV Wood... (read more)
2019-05-08 11:14:57

5G Promotes Prosperity of Low-airspace Economy

Faster and Cheaper Surveying and Monitoring
Based on an assessment of all the geomatics-related trade events in the world, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or ‘drone’) service-provider sector is growing faster than any other. Companies in that sector are particularly interested in the evolution of 5G because it can boost their quality of service and innovation. In turn, the regulations will mandate the ability to transmit real-time hyper-local geodata between local authorities and drones used in urban areas. Low-airspace services must not only be very efficient, but also safe. 'GIM International' spoke to Aleksandar Aydemirski, 5G principal engineer and drone specialist at Huawei in Germany, to... (read more)
2019-04-09 01:56:43

Emlid Lauches Affordable Multi-band RTK GNSS Receiver

Emlid, the creators of Reach, a centimetre-accurate RTK GNSS receiver, recently launched their multi-band GNSS receiver Reach RS2. The new receiver features built-in LoRa radio, 3.5G modem and a survey app for iOS and Android. The Reach RS2 gets fixed solution in seconds and provides positional accuracy down to several millimeters. The receiver tracks GPS/QZSS (L1, L2), GLONASS (L1, L2), BeiDou (B1, B2), Galileo (E1, E5), and SBAS (L1C/A) and reliably works in RTK mode on distances up to 60 km, and 100km in PPK mode. Multi-feed antenna with multipath rejection offers robust performance, also in challenging conditions. RINEX raw... (read more)
2019-03-29 11:43:50

UAS Lidar for Ecological Restoration of Wetlands

How New Technologies Are Helping to Preserve the Environment
Wetlands are essential ecosystems which provide numerous benefits to society as a whole. But their functionality strongly depends on the hydrology and topography of the watershed, thus creating the need for monitoring. The use of terrestrial topographical survey methods can be a challenging task in wetlands, however. Flooded areas, muddy terrain and low vegetation can substantially slow down or even prevent the movement of surveyors, while tall vegetation can obstruct GPS reception. As this article outlines, advanced technologies such as airborne or UAS Lidar offer interesting alternatives for surveying the hydrology and topography of wetlands. Wetlands are ecosystems where water... (read more)
2019-03-26 10:24:42

Bridging the Gap between Aerial Imaging and Terrestrial Data Capture

The Challenges of Drone Use in Facade Mapping
There have been rapid advancements in unmanned aerial systems over recent years, yet there is widespread consensus that we have still only seen a fraction of how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) could ultimately improve efficiency for geospatial professionals and their customers. To get a glimpse of the future, 'GIM International' spoke to Mark Nicolai, co-founder of industry start-up Aeroscan. Here, he shares his vision of how drones could form the missing link between aerial imaging and terrestrial data capture. According to independent research by the likes of PwC and Goldman Sachs, the construction industry tops the list in... (read more)
2019-03-20 10:24:53

Precision Agriculture for People, Planet and Profit

A Policy Perspective on Data-driven Farming
The Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality (LNV) has a clear vision: sufficient food that is also healthy for everyone – financially healthy for farmers, growers and fishermen, healthy for consumers and good for nature and the environment. In a nation as small and populous as The Netherlands, that is not without its challenges. Furthermore, the Dutch government is focusing heavily on expertise and innovation in order to strengthen the international position of the country’s agricultural sector. Precision agriculture has been identified as one of the ways to achieve these goals. But does data automatically mean knowledge and... (read more)
2019-02-19 02:57:50
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