An overview of the latest products in the GNSS and inertial positioning industry in the July 2021 issue of GPS World Magazine.
The AsteRx-i3 product line provides a series of next-generation receivers, from plug-and-play navigation solutions to feature-rich receivers with access to raw measurements. Includes OEM board and rugged receiver enclosed in a waterproof IP68 enclosure. The Pro receiver provides high-precision positioning, 3D direction and dead reckoning functions, and plug-and-play integration. Pro+ receivers provide integrated positioning and orientation and raw measurements in single or dual antenna configurations, suitable for sensor fusion applications. One of the receivers provides an off-board inertial measurement unit (IMU) that can be accurately mounted on the alignment point of interest.
RES 720 GNSS dual-frequency embedded timing module provides next-generation networks with 5 nanosecond accuracy. It uses L1 and L5 GNSS signals to provide excellent protection from interference and spoofing, mitigates multipath in harsh environments, and adds security features to make it suitable for resilient networks. RES 720 measures 19 x 19 mm and is suitable for 5G open radio access network (RAN)/XHaul, smart grid, data center, industrial automation and satellite communication networks, as well as calibration services and peripheral monitoring applications.
The new HG1125 and HG1126 IMU are low-cost inertial measurement units suitable for commercial and military applications. They use sensors based on micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) technology to accurately measure motion. They can withstand shocks of up to 40,000 G. HG1125 and HG1126 can be used in various defense and commercial applications, such as tactical military requirements, drilling, UAV or general aviation aircraft navigation systems.
SDI170 Quartz MEMS Tactical IMU is designed as a compatible replacement for HG1700-AG58 Ring Laser Gyro (RLG) IMU in terms of shape, assembly and function, but with excellent overall performance, versatility and significantly higher mean interval time in harsh environments Failure (MTBF) rating under the. Compared with HG1700 IMU, SDI170 IMU provides highly linear accelerometer performance and longer life.
OSA 5405-MB is a compact outdoor precision time protocol (PTP) master clock with a multi-band GNSS receiver and integrated antenna. It ensures timing accuracy by eliminating the effects of ionospheric delay changes, enabling communication service providers and enterprises to provide the nanosecond accuracy required for 5G fronthaul and other time-sensitive applications. The multi-constellation GNSS receiver and antenna enable OSA 5405-MB to meet PRTC-B accuracy requirements (+/-40 nanoseconds) even under challenging conditions. It receives GNSS signals in two frequency bands and uses the difference between them to calculate and compensate for ionospheric delay changes. OSA 5405-MB has the ability to resist interference and deception, which is considered the key to 5G synchronization. It can be used with up to four GNSS constellations (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and Beidou) at the same time.
Toughbook S1 is a rugged 7-inch Android tablet for capturing and accessing critical information on the spot. GPS and LTE are optional. The tablet is supported by Productivity+, a comprehensive Android ecosystem that enables customers to develop, deploy and maintain the Android operating system environment in the enterprise. The compact, sturdy and lightweight body of the Toughbook S1 tablet PC provides portability and reliability for field workers. It has a battery life of 14 hours and a hot-swappable battery. Features include a stylish outdoor readable anti-reflective screen, patented rain mode, and multi-touch performance, whether using a stylus, fingers or gloves.
AGS-2 and AGM-1 are manual navigation and automatic steering receivers. Location data supports crop optimization, including soil preparation, sowing, crop care, and harvesting. The AGS-2 receiver and steering controller are designed for almost all types, brands and models of agricultural machinery, combining steering with network reception and tracking. It comes standard with DGNSS correction service and can be upgraded using the optional RTK radio in NTRIP and Topcon CL-55 cloud-connected devices. AGM-1 is provided as an economical entry-level manual guidance receiver.
The Trimble T100 high-performance tablet is suitable for experienced and novice users. It is optimized for Trimble Siteworks software and supported office applications such as Trimble Business Center. The attachments are designed to complement the user’s workflow, enabling users to complete quality assurance and quality control before leaving the site. The design of the tablet is very flexible and can be used in various configurations and workplaces. It is ergonomically designed and easy to carry on and off the pole. Features include a 10-inch (25.4 cm) sun-readable touch screen display, a directional keyboard with programmable function keys, and a 92-watt-hour built-in battery.
Surfer has new meshing, contour drawing and surface mapping software, making it easier for users to visualize, display and analyze complex 3D data. Surfer enables users to model data sets, apply a series of advanced analysis tools, and communicate the results graphically. Scientific modeling packages are used for oil and gas exploration, environmental consulting, mining, engineering, and geospatial projects. Enhanced 3D basemaps, contour volume/area calculations, 3D PDF export options, and automated functions for creating scripts and workflows.
Catalyst-AWS cooperation provides users with actionable earth science analysis and satellite-based earth observation intelligence. Data and analysis are provided through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud. Catalyst is a brand of PCI Geomatics. The initial solution provided through AWS Data Exchange is an infrastructure risk assessment service that uses satellite data to continuously monitor the millimeter-level ground displacement of any user’s area of interest on the planet. Catalyst is exploring other risk mitigation solutions and monitoring services using AWS. Having image processing science and images on the cloud can reduce delays and costly data transfers.
GPS-assisted INS-U is a fully integrated attitude and heading reference system (AHRS), IMU and air data computer high-performance strapdown system that can determine the location, navigation and timing information of any equipment on which it is installed. INS-U uses a single antenna, multi-constellation u-blox GNSS receiver. By accessing GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS and Beidou, INS-U can be used in various GPS-enabled environments and prevent deception and interference. INS-U has two barometers, a miniature gyro-compensated fluxgate compass, and three-axis temperature-calibrated advanced MEMS accelerometer and gyroscope. Together with Inertial Labs’ new on-board sensor fusion filter and state-of-the-art guidance and navigation algorithms, these high-performance sensors provide the accurate position, speed and direction of the device under test.
The Reach M+ and Reach M2 positioning modules for drone surveying and mapping provide centimeter-level accuracy in real-time kinematics (RTK) and post-processing kinematics (PPK) modes, enabling accurate drone surveying and mapping with fewer ground control points . The PPK baseline of the Reach M+ single-band receiver can reach 20 kilometers. Reach M2 is a multi-band receiver with a baseline of up to 100 kilometers in PPK. Reach is directly connected to the hot shoe port of the camera and synchronized with the shutter. The time and coordinates of each photo are recorded with a resolution of less than one microsecond. Reach captures the flash sync pulses with sub-microsecond resolution and stores them in the raw data RINEX log in the internal memory. This method only allows the use of ground control points to check accuracy.
Dronehub is an automated solution that can provide 24/7 uninterrupted drone services in almost any weather conditions. By integrating IBM artificial intelligence technology, the Dronehub solution can operate and automatically provide information with little human interaction. The system includes drones and docking stations with automatic battery replacement. It can fly for 45 minutes in +/-45° C weather and up to 35 kilometers in winds of up to 15 m/s. It can carry a payload of up to 5 kilograms and a maximum distance of 15 kilometers. Can be used for monitoring, inspection and measurement; cargo transportation and package delivery; and mobile ground infrastructure; and security.
The Propeller Platform and WingtraOne drone kits enable construction professionals to consistently and accurately collect survey-level data across the entire construction site. For operation, surveyors place Propeller AeroPoints (intelligent ground control points) on their construction sites, and then fly WingtraOne drones to collect site survey data. The survey images are uploaded to Propeller’s cloud-based platform, and fully automated geotagging and photogrammetric processing are completed within 24 hours of submission on the platform. Uses include mines, road and railway projects, highways and industrial parks. Using AeroPoints and Propeller PPK to collect data can be used as a reliable, single source of survey data and progress. Teams across the construction site can view geographically accurate and realistic 3D construction site models, and safely and accurately track, check and report on work progress and productivity.
The PX1122R is a high-performance multi-band quad-GNSS real-time kinematics (RTK) receiver with a position accuracy of 1 cm + 1 ppm and an RTK convergence time of less than 10 seconds. It has a 12 x 16 mm shape, about the size of a postage stamp. It can be configured as a base or a rover, and supports RTK on a mobile base for precision heading applications. The PX1122R has a maximum four-channel GNSS RTK update rate of 10 Hz, providing fast response time and more stable performance for fast-moving precision guidance applications.
Using L1 and L5 GPS frequencies, and multi-constellation support (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS and Beidou), the MSC 10 marine satellite compass provides precise positioning and heading accuracy within 2 degrees. Its 10 Hz location update rate provides detailed tracking information. It eliminates magnetic interference that can reduce heading accuracy. The MSC 10 is easy to install and can be used as the main position and heading sensor across multiple systems, including autopilot. If the satellite signal is lost, it will switch from a GPS-based heading to a heading based on a backup magnetometer.
Post time: Sep-14-2021