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CHC Navigation’s new i90 GNSS receiver improves RTK

Photo: CHC Navigation

Photo: CHC Navigation

CHC Navigation has released and is immediately shipping its new i90 IMU-RTK GNSS Series receiver. The i90 IMU-RTK GNSS Series is designed to dramatically increase GNSS real-time kinematic (RTK) availability and reliability.

The i90 is powered by the company’s latest inertial measurement unit (IMU) and RTK technology to provide robust and accurate GNSS positioning in any circumstances.

Unlike standard micro-electro-mechanical (MEMS)-based GNSS receivers, the i90 GNSS IMU-RTK combines a high-end calibration and interference-free IMU sensor with a state-of-the-art GNSS RTK engine and advanced GNSS tracking capabilities.

The i90 is designed to increase productivity and reliability of survey projects. No complicated calibration process, rotation, leveling or accessories are necessary with the i90 GNSS Series. Just a few meters’ walk will initialize the i90 internal IMU sensor and enable RTK survey in difficult field environments. The i90 GNSS automatic pole-tilt compensation boosts survey and stakeout speed by up to 20%.

“Our new i90 IMU-RTK GNSS Series is pushing the boundaries of conventional GNSS survey by extending RTK positioning availability and reliability,” said George Zhao, CEO of CHC Navigation. “CHCNAV is the GNSS technology enabler, making high-end GNSS solutions available for every surveyor.”

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CEA-Leti and Orolia announce FlexFusion positioning and navigation technology

​Combining data from GNSS and IMUs ensures accuracy during GNSS outages.

Leti, a research institute of France’s CEA Tech, and Orolia have announced a new sensor-data-fusion engine that ensures resilient positioning and navigation even in cases of GNSS jamming or spoofing.

Orolia is a leader in accuracy and performance for terrestrial, aeronautic and naval transportation positioning, navigation and timing applications.

Called FlexFusion, the algorithm technology processes data from GNSS, inertial management units (IMU) and odometers to provide precise positioning in all conditions.


Orolia will present its latest technological developments at ION GNSS+, booth 311, taking place in Miami, Florida, Sept. 17-19.


FlexFusion’s design relies on a modelization of GNSS and IMU (triple-axis accelerometer, triple-axis gyrometer and triple-axis magnetometer) output for synthetic trajectory generation.

The fusion approach exploits Bayesian estimators, such as Kalman filters. The first algorithm was setup on modeling signals, and its optimization relies on an extensive real-life sample database acquired through field test. This process used CEA-Leti’s HYLOC reference platform, which provides a reference positioning of a few centimeters.

More than 100 trajectory samples were collected in urban, suburban, forest and mountain environments with different GNSS outage conditions.

The new positioning technology supports edge artificial intelligence (AI) because the data-fusion algorithm is performed locally to ensure that positioning and navigation information is available locally and is failsafe even in case of jamming or spoofing of GNSS data.

“Recent events have demonstrated that it is possible to change the course of a ship or force a drone to land in a hostile area by simply spoofing GPS signals,” said CEA-Leti CEO Emmanuel Sabonnadière. “The increasing reliance on a GNSS for the execution of military operations and terrestrial, aeronautic and naval transportation requires using positioning and navigation systems that are able to detect GNSS outages and provide resilient position and navigation features.”

A version of FlexFusion that demands less of the CPU implements a loose coupling algorithm that uses GNSS receiver-output positions as entry of the algorithm. An advanced version implements a tight coupling fusion algorithm of GNSS and IMU data that significantly enhances the resilience of positioning and navigation under real-world conditions.

This novel approach enables total control of treatments and filtering applied to raw signals, which increases performance of the fusion. It also improves positioning performance in particular if there are fewer than four GNSS satellites available, or when there are recurrent multi-trajectories, which sometimes occur in urban canyons.

CEA-Leti has licensed the patented FlexFusion algorithm to Orolia.

“Orolia is integrating FlexFusion in a new version of its VersaPNT product, the first compact, all-in-one and resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) system for vehicles and blue force tracking, tactical UAV navigation and marine applications,” said Thierry Delhomme, EMEA general manager, Orolia. “This powerful algorithm helps deliver on the promise of VersaPNT as an always-accurate PNT system that operates in any environment.”

FlexFusion development was supported and partially funded by the Easytech program of IRT Nanoelec, thanks to the French National Program “Programme d’Investissement d’Avenir” ANR-10-AIRT-05.

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U-blox GNSS modules help UAVs carry out life-saving work

The u-blox ZED-F9P, a high-precision GNSS module that delivers centimeter-level accuracy within seconds, has been incorporated into the latest electric Tron F90+ fixed-wing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

Quantum-Systems, a German company that specializes in electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft for civilian use, manufactures the Tron F90+, which is employed in mission-critical logistical activities such transporting emergency blood reserves to remote locations. Other uses include mining and agriculture-related tasks.


Quantum-Systems and u-blox are both exhibiting at Intergeo in Stuttgart, Germany, Sept. 17-20. Quantum-Systems is at booth K1.074, and u-blox at booth L1.025.


The Tron F90+ has a 3.5-meter wingspan and can travel at speeds of up to 160 km/hour with a 100-km flight range. It is the latest addition to the Quantum-Systems eVTOL UAV platform designed for cargo, inspection, survey and mapping, and reconnaissance in adverse conditions. Other models include the Trinity F9, Scorpion and Vector UAVs, all of which feature u-blox F9 high-precision GNSS technology.

In developing the Tron F90+ UAV, the Quantum-Systems engineering team needed accurate enough position data to ensure that VTOL operations would always go smoothly, and the valuable payloads were protected from damage.

Through the multi-band real-time kinematic (RTK) and raw code and carrier-phase data available to the ZED-F9P, the necessary positioning correction is assured and the pilot can complete even difficult maneuvers. Absolute position accuracy can be brought down to 3-5 centimeters.

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Hemisphere’s all-new OEM boards with next-gen ASIC technology

[SPONSORED CONTENT] Hemisphere GNSS, a leader in high-precision positioning and heading GNSS technology, discusses the rational for developing and bringing to market its all-new Phantom™ and Vega™ OEM boards, powered by next-generation digital and RF ASIC and interference mitigation technology.

Users wanted a low-power, low-cost system in a smaller machine. Responding to customer needs, Hemisphere researched and developed for several years to create the new Phantom and Vega positioning technology that fits into customer applications to make day-to-day work easier.

Hemisphere’s new (Lyra™ II) digital and (Aquila™) wideband RF ASIC designs optimize performance and provide the ability to track and process over 1,100 channels from all GNSS constellations and signals including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, IRNSS, SBAS, and L-Band (Atlas®). Signal support and tracking for AltBOC and BS-ACEBOC, BeiDou Phase 2 and 3, L5, and QZSS/L6 (L6-D and L6-E) are also available.

This new ASIC technology offers scalable access to every modern GNSS signal available. Also, the Lyra II and Aquila ASIC technology provide the foundation for a new GNSS receiver chipset architecture that significantly reduces the number of board components required, thereby reducing complexity, improving reliability, and lowering power consumption.

The powerful technology platform also includes Hemisphere’s new Cygnus™ interference mitigation technology with built-in digital filtering capabilities and spectrum analysis. The new Cygnus technology provides enhanced anti-jamming, interference detection, and mitigation.

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Geodata.se – Nyhetsbrev nr 6 – 2019

Inbjudan till seminarium – Geodata för forskning, utbildning och kulturverksamheter

Vi riktar oss till dig som vill ha svar på följande frågor:

Vad kan jag använda geodata till? Vilka geodata finns tillgängliga för min utbildning, forskning eller min kulturverksamhet? Hur får jag tillgång till geodata? Hur ser villkoren för användning ut? Har min organisation tillgång till geodata?

Här presenterar vi exempel på praktisk användning av geodata, vilka geodata som är tillgängliga och hur du kan använda dessa för forskning, utbildning och kulturverksamhet.

Seminariet vänder sig till forsknings-, utbildnings- och kulturverksamheter som har tecknat eller önskar teckna avtal för tillgång till geodata.

Hur får vi tillgång till geodata?

Genom ett avtal får studenter och forskare vid utbildningsinstitutioner och medarbetare vid kulturinstitutioner tillgång till geodata från ett antal myndigheter. Geodata är digital information som kan kopplas till ett geografiskt läge. Till exempel kartor, flygbilder och laserdata från Lantmäteriet, sjökort från Sjöfartsverket, data om berg och jordarter från SGU samt befolkningsstatistik från SCB.

Arrangörer

Det är Lantmäteriet som nationell samordnare för geodataområdet som bjuder in till seminarium om geodata för forskning, utbildning och kulturverksamheter. Seminariet arrangeras tillsammans med Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet (SLU) och Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH. I programmet medverkar de myndigheter som erbjuder sin geodata: Statistiska centralbyrån (SCB), Sveriges geologiska undersökning (SGU), Sjöfartsverket och Lantmäteriet.

Tid och plats

  • Tid: 8 oktober 2019, kl. 10.00 – ca 16.00
  • Plats: Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan, KTH, lokal Ångdomen, Osquars backe 31, Stockholm

Anmälan

Anmäl ditt deltagande senast den 20 september 2019 via detta anmälningsformulär.

Detaljerat program kommer att skickas ut i september.

Fika på för- och eftermiddag samt lunch ingår. Seminariet är kostnadsfritt. Det är begränsat deltagarantal eftersom lokalen rymmer max 96 personer. Har ni frågor om seminariet kontakta geodatasekretariatet@lm.se

Välkomna!

Nyhet från geodata.se, orginal inlägg

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ViaLite’s latest GPS splitter designed to save rack space

Photo: ViaLite

Photo: ViaLite

ViaLite’s new Local Integrated GPS Splitter was designed to minimize rack space. Suitable to applications requiring a fan-out of GPS/GNSS signals within a single local area, the unit can accept optical inputs from up to four antennas.

Though it has a height of only one rack unit, the system is suitable for feeding timing and synchronization signals to single or multiple floors or rooms through 8 to 32 optical fiber links with no system loss.

Available with 1×8, 2×8, 4×8, 1×16 and 2×16 options, the easy-to-install GPS Splitter has a 1000-1800-MHz frequency range. Built-in simple network management protocol (SNMP) control is included as well as dual-redundant power supply units.

Typical application areas include data centers, banking institutions, scientific research establishments, cellular test environments, fixed satcom Earth stations and teleports, oil and gas platforms, and big data.

“Our new GPS Splitter was developed in response to customer demand across a wide range of sectors,” said ViaLite Product Manager John Golding. “We are pleased to have been able to meet their needs by providing a very high-quality product at a reasonable cost.”

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Septentrio introduces GNSS/INS system in rugged housing

The AsteRX-SBi has a rugged housing, making it suitable for machine control and other outdoor uses. (Photo: Septentrio)

The AsteRX-SBi has a rugged housing, making it suitable for machine control and other outdoor uses. (Photo: Septentrio)

Septentrio has expanded its GNSS/INS portfolio with the AsteRx SBi, a new housed GNSS/INS receiver. The ruggedized AsteRx SBi fuses high-accuracy GPS/GNSS with a high-performance inertial sensor to provide reliable positioning and 3D orientation for machine control and logistic applications.

Within its rugged, waterproof enclosure, a high-performance GPS/GNSS is coupled with an industrial-grade inertial sensor to provide high-accuracy, reliable positioning and 3D orientation (heading, pitch, roll).

Offering the flexibility of either single or dual antenna, AsteRx SBi is designed for quick and easy integration into any machine monitoring or control system. AsteRx SBi packs performance and durability into a single, compact box. Reliable location and 3D orientation data is streamed with a high update rate and constant low latency.

“AsteRx SBi was designed with ease of integration and reliability in mind. Its compact, ruggedized housing is optimized for easy clamping to any machinery,” said Danilo Sabbatini, product manager at Septentrio. “It has all the features and tools needed for straightforward integration into machines or large robotic systems.”

Septentrio reliable centimeter-level positioning is based on true multi-frequency, multi-constellation GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS) technology. AsteRx SBi combines GPS/GNSS and an industry-grade IMU (inertial measurement unit) to deliver precise positioning together with 3D attitude.

The AsteRx SBi is a robust positioning solution for machinery operating in environments challenging for GNSS. (Photo: Septentrio)

The AsteRx SBi is a robust positioning solution for machinery operating in environments challenging for GNSS. (Photo: Septentrio)

Septentrio’s unique GNSS–IMU integration algorithm enables continuous positioning in environments of low satellite visibility where short GNSS outages are possible. This is referred to as coasting or dead reckoning, and can happen near high structures, under bridges or under thick foliage. This makes AsteRx SBi a robust positioning solution for machinery operating in environments challenging for GNSS, such as in container yards, urban canyons or near cliffs.

AsteRx SBi comes with built-in industry leading Advanced Interference Mitigation (AIM+) technology. In busy urban environments electromagnetic waves can interfere with GPS and GNSS signals. AIM+ offers protection against such interference resulting in faster set-up times and robust continuous operation. A built-in power spectrum plot allows users to analyze interference, helping locate its source and mitigating it.

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Racelogic introduces VBOX Touch GNSS datalogger

VBOX Touch datalogger. (Photo: Racelogic)

VBOX Touch datalogger. (Photo: Racelogic)

The VBOX Touch from Racelogic is the first in a new generation of highly flexible, enhanced accuracy GNSS dataloggers. The powerful hardware can be used in many types of diverse automotive tests such as acceleration, braking, speed verification, tyre temperature monitoring, lap-timing and durability, according to the company.

The VBOX Touch comes preloaded with a sophisticated performance application that covers many common use cases. Other applications can be downloaded free of charge from the Racelogic online library. Racelogic can also write custom scripts based on customer requirements.

The VBOX Touch has a daylight readable colour touchscreen, 10-Hz GNSS engine, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, twin CAN ports, serial port, digital input and four multi-color LEDs.

Applications are written in Python script, offering greater flexibility as well as the potential for users to write code to solve their specific testing requirements. If you need a configurable, touchscreen display which can interact with two different CAN buses, log data, know the precise position and speed whilst giving clear feedback to drivers, then the VBOX Touch is for you.

A high-accuracy 2-cm RTK GPS version is available, which uses the latest dual-frequency GPS, GLONASS and Galileo signals to deliver accuracy even under difficult conditions. These new signals significantly increase the RTK resilience near trees and tall buildings, providing precise lap-timing, position triggers and trajectory maps in places where 2-cm GPS has typically not been available.

Founded in 1992, RACELOGIC are based in Buckingham, UK, and have supplied the Automotive industry with reliable and accurate GPS dataloggers for the last 18 years. In the development of the VBOX Touch we have worked closely with our end users to create a powerful tool to help them deliver results faster and more accurately on the test track or open road.

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Flirtey ready for drone deliveries to U.S. homes

Flirtey, a pioneer of the commercial drone delivery, has unveiled the Flirtey Eagle, along with a video of the next-generation delivery drone performing consumer and automated external defibrillator (AED) deliveries to homes.

Flirtey’s system is designed to safely get packages to customers with the delivery goal of less than 10 minutes using drones.

Along with the Flirtey Eagle, the aircraft designer and manufacturer unveiled the Flirtey Portal, a sophisticated takeoff and landing platform that enables scalable store-to-door operations. Also part of the system is an autonomous software platform that enables drones to deliver safely to American homes.

Flirtey said it is on course to conduct drone deliveries to U.S. homes as early as 2019.

Here are highlights of the UAV’s technology.

  • Flirtey’s aircraft is designed to operate in 95% of wind and weather conditions, making it highly reliable for flight.
  • The Flirtey Eagle is designed to fit 75% of packages that get delivered to its customers’ homes during last-mile deliveries.
  • The Flirtey Eagle safely and precisely delivers its contents by lowering a tether, while the drone is suspended in air, and once the package is delivered, it then retracts the tether.
  • Flirtey’s aircraft is controlled by its autonomous software platform, which has received Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approval for the first multi-drone delivery operation in the United States, enabling a single remote pilot to simultaneously oversee ten Flirtey drones.
  • Flirtey’s Portal is a sophisticated takeoff and landing platform that fits into one parking space, making its infrastructure easily scalable to the company’s partners for store-to-door delivery.

Flirtey’s drone delivery technology has been developed from the ground up, originating from NASA’s drone program. Flirtey Founder and CEO Matthew Sweeny has brought together a team of aviation industry veterans from NASA, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and SpaceX, as well as military veterans from the army, navy, and air force.

The Flirtey Eagle with Flirtey’s Founder and CEO, Matthew Sweeny. (Photo: Flirtey)

The Flirtey Eagle with Flirtey’s Founder and CEO, Matthew Sweeny. (Photo: Flirtey)

“We expect Flirtey’s advanced drone delivery system will become the industry standard in America,” said Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey founder and CEO. “Flirtey’s latest technology makes life-saving and commercial drone delivery to homes in the United States an imminent reality.”

The Flirtey Eagle builds upon the advanced technologies developed for Flirtey’s previous generation aircraft that conducted the first Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved drone delivery in the United States, which is going on display alongside the Wright Flyer in the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. Flirtey’s goal is to not only meet, but to surpass the rigorous safety standards of the FAA. Flirtey’s regulatory approvals include:

  • Approval to conduct multi-drone delivery operations, enabling a single remote pilot to simultaneously oversee 10 Flirtey drones
  • Approval to conduct drone delivery flights beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), enabling Flirtey to conduct drone delivery operations with a pilot controlling the flights from a remote location
  • Approval to conduct drone delivery flights at night, making drone delivery accessible at any time

Flirtey and the City of Reno were chosen for the FAA and Department of Transportation’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program (IPP). Within the IPP, Flirtey and the City of Reno have partnered with REMSA, local emergency medical services provider, to deliver AEDs to those in need. Flirtey’s AED delivery technology has the potential to save 150,000 lives per year, the company said.

Based on demand from customers, Flirtey expects demand initially to outstrip supply. Flirtey’s drone delivery system was designed from the outset to meet the anticipated high demand.

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Spirent unveils enhanced flagship simulator at ION GNSS+ 2019

Updated GSS9000 Series takes a bow, joining range of test solutions on show

The GSS9000 simulator.(Photo: Spirent)

The GSS9000 simulator. (Photo: Spirent)

Spirent Communications will unveil its enhanced GSS9000 Series GNSS constellation simulator at ION GNSS+ 2019 in Miami, which will take place Sept. 16–20. It joins Spirent’s already impressive range of test solutions on display at the world’s largest showcase of GNSS technology, products and services.

“The industry is at a very important point,” said Spirent Marketing Director Steve Hickling. “With the volume of GNSS signals growing, more multi-constellation receivers being developed every day, and the need for greater precision increasing all the time, it’s vital that testing solutions are able to stay ahead of this reality. This is why we’re excited to demonstrate the enhanced GSS9000 Series at ION.”

The GSS9000 Series constellation simulator has been improved with enriched features and enhanced capabilities combined with an increased channel capacity. Most importantly, this greater flexibility, coherence, fidelity, performance, accuracy and reliability is maintained under all test conditions.

At ION, Spirent (booth E) will also be showing its GSS6450 — the highly portable 16-bit RF record and playback system — and the GSS7000 series multi-frequency, multi-GNSS RF simulation solution. Visitors can also learn more about Spirent’s realistic multipath and obscuration simulation tool, the new Sim3D.

Spirent’s expertise will also be demonstrated during three ION GNSS+ speaking panels:

  1. “Simulating Realistic Ionospheric Scintillation of GPS Signals for Robust PNT Testing,” presented by Spirent’s Talini Pinto Jayawardena
  2. “Development of Array Receivers with Anti-Jamming and Anti-Spoofing Capabilities with Help of Multi-Antenna GNSS Signal Simulators,” presented by German Aerospace Center’s Andriy Konovaltsev
  3. “Robust and Resilient PNT in Autonomous systems — the Need for the Development and Testing of Both Offensive and Defensive Technology,” reserve paper to be presented by Spirent CAV software engineer Felix Krefft

For more information about Spirent at ION GNSS+ 2019, visit this page.