DR+GPS (dead reckoning + global positioning system)

Trimble introduced the new Aardvark DR+GPS module that brings together Dead Reckoning (DR) and Global Positioning System (GPS) on a single unit. The DR part becomes very important when GPS signals are weak, such as in tunnels or in big cities where skyscrapers block the sky. Aardvark DR+GPS module is geared towards system integrators or OEMs that need dead reckoning capabilities to vehicle navigation, fleet management and asset tracking systems.

Dead reckoning is the method used to guess one’s position based on direction and distance traveled since the last known position. If you have an accurate reading of the speed, time and heading, then dead reckoning will be accurate - or at least give you an idea until GPS signal available again.

The 19mm x 19mm surface mount module has an on-board gyro and collects speed and forward/reverse data from the vehicle’s sensors. Its sophisticated DR+GPS algorithm automatically calibrates the gyro and external sensors’ inputs and optimally blends this information with GPS measurements to produce accurate position and velocity outputs in hostile GPS environments such as urban canyons.

GPS and GLONASS integration

There’s an interesting article on GPS World from Javad Ashjaee. Javad started his GPS engineering career at Trimble Navigation, 1981-1986; was the founder and president of Ashtech Inc., 1986-1995; founder and CEO of Javad Positioning Systems, 1996-2000, which he sold to Topcon Corporation in 2000. He is currently president and CEO of Javad Navigation Systems.

In the early days of my frequent travels to Russia, the KGB probably suspected that I was a CIA agent — and the CIA probably suspected that I was a KGB agent! I would not be surprised if both the CIA and KGB monitored every bit of my travels and activities. After some years, the San Francisco airport authorities stopped interrogating me for my activities in Russia any time I came back home. Perhaps because of their deep investigations, I earned the trust and friendship of both sides, and their confidence that I had nothing in mind other than helping to integrate GPS and GLONASS.

next generation Trimble Nomad’s are out

We had already talked about Trimble’s Nomad before but just yesterday they announced the availability of the second generation these devices.

These devices are the Nomad 900 series that come with Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, Wi-Fi, with Cisco Certified Extensions, enhanced GPS antenna with SiRFInstantFixII, and finally improved color digital camera with flash and geotagging.

Nomad 900G will be offering 6GB of flash storage, and additional GPS receiver enhancement to provide accuracy of 1 to 3 meters.

Both Nomad 900 and Nomad 900G will be available before the end of the year.

Trimble Juno SD GPS handheld

Trimble just announced their latest GPS handheld device called Trimble Juno SD. This is an addition to their already existing Juno series - now with 3.5G data and voice capability.

Trimble usually designs GPS handhelds for mobile workers in GIS enabled organizations, and Juno SD is no different. Don’t expect to pick this up at your local Best Buy.

Although it runs some boring WinMo 6.1 in the back Juno SD probably will get the job done. It has obviously a GPS receiver, 3.5″ display, 3MP digital camera, 3.5G HSDPA support, 802.11b/g WiFi support, bluetooth, and a 2600mAh battery.

It is available in 10 languages, comes with Window Office productivity tools

US and Russia join forces for satellite navigation

Trimble of U.S. and Russian Space Systems are joining forces to create Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) which will utilize and commercialize GLONASS - which is the Russian version of U.S.’ GPS.

The new venture will be called Rusnavgeoset and both side will have 50% stake. It will be responsible for selling commercial geodetic network infrastructure systems localized for Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Rusnavgeoset - which was announced on June 1st - will be based in Moscow and start operating soon after.

GPS for military went down

According to Associated Press a lot of US military GPS receivers were useless for days because of a software compatibility issue. News report that the affected 10,000 receivers were not tested with this new software.

One program still in development was interrupted but no weapon systems already in use were grounded as a result of the problem, the Air Force said. The Air Force said some applications with the balky receivers suffered no problems from the temporary GPS loss.

All the receivers that were affected were made by Trimble according to military - but Trimble says they tested to software according to specs.

This happened back in January and all is well right now…

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Trimble updates Outdoor GPS Navigation App for the Android

Back in July we talked about the release of Trimble Outdoors on Android. Now it is December and Trimble has a new version already. Trimble Outdoors basically is an app for outdoors kind of people letting them find their way, capture their trips with photos, and video, and share online with others.

Some of the new features of the new Android application include enhanced out-of-network GPS capabilities, multi media support, even easier user interface, and the ability to access online content which include access to thousands of edited adventures in your area or wherever you may go…

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AllSport GPS

We had already talked about a Trimble GPS app for navigation for the Android - but there’s a new app out. Called AllSport GPS the new Android app is for outdoor activities; to keep track of your progress, calories, routine, etc.

AllSport GPS walking, running, hiking, cycling, mountain biking and snowboarding. It has a web component on the Trimble Outdoors Web site, where you can view and analyze results, even upload maps, and plan workouts.

AllSport GPS is already available for download on Android devices for $10. In other news Google MyTracks is free and is also quite capable.

Trimble on Android now!

If you’ve been waiting for a GPS navigation application for the Android platform (other than TeleNav, and CoPilot) your wait is now over. Trimble just released an application called Trimble Outdoors that turns TMo’s G1 into a full-featured GPS navigator and geotagging tool for hiking, backpacking, fishing and other outdoor activities.

The application is best used with the site www.trimbleoutdoors.com which lets users review and plan trips online, send routes, maps and waypoints wirelessly to the G1, use the phone as a GPS navigation system to guide outdoor adventures, and tag pictures with geolocation, text, and audio and share them online.

The application will let you get maps of your location, track a certain route using breadcrumbs, and mark and edit waypoints along the way. And of course Trimble Outdoors features a digital compass showing coordinates, speed and heading.

You can pick up Trimble Outdoors from Android Market for $20 but apparently that’s the introductory price.

AgGPS FmX: high tech agriculture GPS nav system

If you think you’re the only one taking advantage high tech GPS devices you’re so wrong. Farmers are actually way ahead of you. Trimble is in the agriculture market providing farmers with tools to help them better control their equipment. Check out this AgGPS Fmx display with dual GPS receviers (GPS+GLONASS) which can provide up to 1 inch of accuracy, integrated radio for wireless video input and a huge 12.1″ screen.

It even has a light bar to give you a quick feedback on your route.