GeoWrap: NSC backs space regulatory reforms; Trimble launches next-gen GNSS receiver and...

GeoWrap: NSC backs space regulatory reforms; Trimble launches next-gen GNSS receiver and more

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ESA awards Airbus with EGNOS V3 contract

France: ESA has chosen Airbus as the main contractor to develop EGNOS V3, the next generation of Europe’s Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS). Airbus was awarded the contract for managing EGNOS development under a working arrangement signed with the European GNSS Agency (GSA). For the next generation of the EGNOS augmentation system, the GSA requested the complete overhaul of the EGNOS ground segment, which was becoming obsolete…(Read more)

National Space Council backs incremental space regulatory reform

US: US Vice President Mike Pence and members of the National Space Council approved a series of recommendations that make reforms to regulations of commercial space activities. The Council approved a set of four recommendations intended to streamline licensing and other regulatory activities that both government officials and industry witnesses warned could slow down emerging space ventures. “But while American industry and technology have leaped towards the future…(Read more)

Velodyne and Madd partner to eliminate drunk driving

US: Velodyne LiDAR and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have joined together to launch #VelodyneMADD, a national partnership designed to educate people about the safety benefits of autonomous vehicle technology. To kick off the effort, Velodyne is releasing LiDAR 101 – which details the technology that helps make driverless cars possible and is reinventing the designated driver. “Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable and I’m waiting for the day that it no longer kills…(Read more)

IMAGEM partners with the National Smart City Living Lab in the Netherlands

Netherlands: The Netherlands is known to be an early adopter and an innovation hub leading worldwide smart city projects. Like issues faced elsewhere, the smart cities projects in the nation too are faced with challenges. Problems such as structural changes in processes, sharing of responsibilities across silos (or within organizations), standardization, regulations, privacy hamper quick development in the smart city sector. This has promoted the announcement of the ‘Living Lab’ program…(Read more)

Nominations open for Bentley Year in Infrastructure 2018 Awards

US: The Year in Infrastructure Awards, formerly known as the Be Inspired Awards, is an exciting and well-regarded global competition that recognizes the “going digital” advancements in infrastructure. These awards are an integral part of the Year in Infrastructure Conference, which brings together infrastructure professionals and members of the media from around the globe to share innovative practices in infrastructure project design, engineering, construction, and operations…(Read more)

Trimble’s high-accuracy GNSS positioning helps bring super cruise to the road

US: Trimble has announced details regarding General Motors’ use of Trimble RTX (Real-Time extended) technology as the high-accuracy GNSS/GPS correction source to deliver absolute positioning to vehicles equipped with GM’s SuperCruise hands-freee highway driving system, now available on the 2018 Cadillac CT6. GM customers using Super Cruise featuring Trimble RTX technology can have peace of mind on the road knowing that RTX plays an important role in maintaining…(Read more)

Quuppa unveils go-to-market strategy to disrupt real-time indoor positioning market

Indoor Reality - making 3D mapping of interiors easierFinland: Advanced indoor positioning technology company, Quuppa, has announced its go-to-market strategy to provide open, low-cost and scalable solutions for applications that demand the most accurate, real-time positioning of assets and people. Quuppa is the first indoor location company to take an ecosystem view of the market, providing an open positioning platform both in terms of hardware and software APIs, where each company focuses on what it does…(Read more)

Start-up company to offer air-quality monitors using technology developed for ISS

US: A start-up company from an ESA business incubator is offering affordable air-quality monitors for homes, schools and businesses using technology it developed for the International Space Station. “We realized that the problem astronauts face with limited of exchange of air inside the International Space Station is also the case for many people inside buildings that have little or no ventilation,” explains Ciro Formisano from Airgloss, hosted at ESA’s Business Incubation Centre in Lazio, Italy…(Read more)

Russia hopes to increase ERA-GLONASS system in cars threefold

Russia: Vice-Premier of Russia Dmitry Rogozin said that a three times increase in the connection of cars to the ERA-GLONASS system is expected. “Currently, more than 1,500,000 cars are already traveling around the country, connected to this system. By the end of the year, we expect up to 3 500 000 – 4 000 000,” said the Chairman of the Board of Directors of JSC Glonass. During an interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, he told that since January 2016 the system…(Read more)

Averna introduces RF Record for advanced GNSS applications

US: Averna, a leading global Test & Quality Solutions provider, announced today a wideband RF Record and Playback platform. The RP-6500 records and plays back up to 500MHz of RF spectrum—from 9 kHz to 6 GHz—making it ideal for multi-constellation GNSS applications. The system can also capture other signals such as Wifi, GNSS, V2x, spectrum sharing, and cellular applications. The robust system fits into a car trunk for driving/recording applications…(Read more)

Trimble launches next generation GNSS reference receiver

US: Trimble Advanced Positioning has introduced its next-generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) reference receiver for real-time network (RTN) applications – the Trimble Alloy GNSS reference receiver. Setting a new industry standard with 672 channels, the Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) receiver is designed to provide users and operators with access to multiple constellations and signals, supplying robust and reliable reference data…(Read more)