Spain: Trimble has launched a new differential global navigation satellite system (DGNSS) infrastructure software package for marine navigation — Trimble Beacon. The software provides a flexible architecture for deploying a DGNSS navigation infrastructure to deliver radio-based, continuously operating positioning services for coastal waters, harbour approach and operations as well as inland navigation.
Trimble Beacon software is a solution designed to provide positioning information from multiple GNSS constellations such as GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou and QZSS and is based on new RTCM and RSIM protocols (preliminary version). Built on the Trimble Pivot platform, the software enables the use of other GNSS technologies such as RTK, Trimble RTX and VRS. The use of Trimble RTX technology enables users to establish new beacon sites without a time-consuming site survey. RTX technology allows permanent monitoring of beacon sites that are subject to movement, such as plate tectonic movement or extreme weather conditions. In addition, the use of Trimble VRS data streams adds a new system resistance against local jamming and spoofing for increased resilience of the service.
The Pivot Platform allows DGNSS service providers to set up their beacon landscape in a variety of system configurations — from a stand-alone DGNSS beacon station to multiple networked DGNSS beacon stations. The announcement was made at IALA-2014-AISM Conference in A Coruña, Spain. The Beacon software is expected to be available by August 2014.