Trimble Acquires Pacific Crest

Trimble (CA, USA), in a cash transaction, is to acquire the privately held Pacific Crest Corporation (CA, USA). Financial terms have not been disclosed. Pacific Crest Corporation has two core business areas: its products provide in-class solutions for precision RTK GPS applications that include surveying and machine control and Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition (SCADA) wireless applications for weather stations, aquaculture and offshore monitoring. Trimble expects this acquisition to strengthen its wireless data communications capabilities in the engineering and construction business segment. (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Topcon GNSS Reference Station System

In response to the increasing demand for reliable fixed GNSS reference station systems, Topcon (CA, USA) has introduced TopNET CORS, offering 24-hour satellite coverage with GPS+ for tracking of both GPS and GLONASS satellites. The new system supports a variety of applications such as land surveying, construction layout, automated machine control, GIS data exchange and agricultural control systems. The reference station software suite is designed to operate with a series of new TopNET products and the system can be easily expanded from a single site to complex networks covering extensive geographical areas. The product provides complete system security by placing... (read more)
2005-03-08 12:00:00

Pacific Crest’s Data Links Certified

Following extensive testing by compliance commissions, Pacific Crest Corporation’s (CA, USA) Positioning Data Link Low Power Base (PDLLPB) is approved for use in Korea and the Czech Republic. The PDLLPB offers a data link for RTK-GPS that integrates with most major GPS OEM equipment. The data link features a 19,200 bps data rate. The equipment includes a lightweight dust-proof all-weather enclosure, a built-in antenna and pole mounts. (read more)
2005-03-10 12:00:00

Leica Integrates TS and GPS

Leica Geosystems (Switzerland) has introduced SmartStation, the newest member of its TPS1200 product family, offering high-performance total station with fully integrated GPS functionality. All existing TPS1200 instruments can be easily upgraded to SmartStation. With the entire software in the total station, all TPS and GPS operations are controlled via the TPS keyboard. All data is stored in a single database on the same CompactFlash card. The modular design enables use of total station and GPS in combination as well as separately. The GPS determines the total station’s position and once positioned the SmartAntenna GPS can be removed and used as... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

GPS Spider v2.0 for Networks

Leica Geosystems (Switzerland) has launched GPS Spider v2.0, a modular software suite for controlling and operating single or multiple reference stations from a central location. This latest version includes the new SpiderNET module for long-range, high-accuracy RTK network analysis and error modelling. It provides consistent high accuracy and improved RTK performance over an entire network region, even with large distances between reference stations. The module offers improved RTK performance, homogenous solutions and better availability of network corrections. Transmission of network RTK corrections uses the upcoming RTCM V3.0 standard that removes the need to rely on currently used proprietary methods to... (read more)
2005-03-17 12:00:00

Leica Installs Czech Reference Network

The National Authority for Surveying and Cadastre in the Czech Republic issued a tender in April 2004 for the establishment of CZEPOS, a nation-wide network reference stations for RTK GPS. In addition to the two existing stations, the network will comprise 22 new stations. Geofos, Czech representative of Leica Geosystems (Switzerland), has won the bid. The investment budget is spread over three years. Six new stations and the entire software are scheduled to be installed during the first year and will provide GPS services for an important part of the country. The remaining stations will be installed during the second... (read more)
2005-03-18 12:00:00

GIS Capabilities Now Available with TopSURV

Topcon (CA, USA) now offers a GIS module for the latest version of TopSURV. Operators using Topcon’s survey-grade RTK GPS systems for conventional land survey tasks can now use the same equipment for GIS data collection. The seamless interface and common database enable a smooth and easy transition between the two functions. The extra costs of maintaining a separate sub-metre antenna, rover, and field computer for GIS data collection tasks are eliminated. TopSURV + GIS can also be used with mapping-grade systems like Topcon’s Map-R, featuring the GMS-200 receiver and MG-A5 antenna. (read more)
2005-04-01 12:00:00

Topcon Introduces FC-2000

Topcon (CA, USA) announces the availability of a new field computer - the FC-2000. It features a 400 MHz Intel X-scale processor, Windows CE.NET operating system, and built-in 128 MB RAM. The FC-2000, combined with Topcon’s TopSURV field controller software, provides seamless integration of data from total stations to robotics to RTK GPS systems. The FC-200 has a full-colour display and an expanded keyboard. Wireless communication with GPS and optical systems can be added by with the insertion of an optional Bluetooth card. The FC-2000 is designed with a rugged housing and waterproof port / compartment covers. (read more)
2005-04-04 12:00:00

Leica MNS1200: Machine Navigation with GPS

Leica Geosystems AG (Switzerland) has announced a new Machine Navigation Sensor for precise dynamic GPS guidance of machines, the new Leica MNS1200. The Leica MNS1200 GPS Machine Navigation Sensor is 'purpose built for machines'. It incorporates GPS positioning technology into a smaller, yet ruggedized case with internal shock mounts. The sensor is built to withstand shocks and vibrations. The MNS1200 Sensor uses the Leica GPS1200 SmartTrack technology. Leica SmartCheck provides GPS measurement updates at 20Hz with less than 30 millisecond latency to deliver reliable dynamic RTK GPS positioning data at ranges of up to 30km or more from a GPS... (read more)
2005-04-06 12:00:00

Network-based GPS Survey in Japan

In 2000, geodetic datum of Japan was shifted to the world datum (ITRF Coordinate System) and since the year 2002 authorised Electric Reference Stations (ERS) coordinates and their daily observation data have been released to the public via the internet. The ERS are fixed receiving stations for GPS signals and are serving as new national reference points. As of January 2005, 1,224 stations have been allocated all over the country, with about 20km spacing, to make a GPS network called the GPS Earth Observation NETwork (GEONET). The availability of authorised coordinates and daily ERS observations has made practicable network-based GPS... (read more)
2005-04-18 12:00:00
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