Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2017

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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36 unmanned systems inside   June/July 2017 Applanix POS MV, an inertial navigation unit designed specifically for marine vessels. "Our long-term working relationships have, we believe, allowed both parties to benefit from this working (partnership)," Dillon-Leetch said. "We are certainly very pleased with the performance of the systems and the support we get from the Applanix team, whether that's supporting existing products or looking for new solutions to new surveying challenges." Just recently, PLA began testing Applanix's POSPa c sof t wa re in conjunc t ion w it h University of Southampton technologies. Dillon-Leetch said, "We've been able to achieve improved results utilizing the POSPac suite for post processing data during full GNSS loss. We were able to deliver required specification for navigational charting and engineering level of survey even beneath bridges and structures where GNSS data is lost when transiting the obstruction. We also wanted our team to get a good feel for the quality of the data at day's end—and I think POSPac has given us that." Mainstream MEMS The global MEMS market is estimated to reach USD 28.84 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research, Inc.—and Applanix looks to maintain its industry leading role. With ongoing improvements in MEMS- based iner tial components, Applanix en- gineers continue to push capabilities ever closer to larger, more expensive and higher accuracy fiber-optic gyros (FOG) and IMUs, with an eye on today's hottest development areas that include driverless cars, UAS and robotic systems. activities such as high resolution river/seabed surveys and marine asset inspection surveys with a multibeam echosounder (MBES) com- bined with laser and photography sensors. PLA is responsible for monitoring trade and travel and facilitating navigational safety along 95 miles of the River Thames in and around London. Its f leet includes harbor and marine service and maintenance vessels, hydrographic surveying ships, catamarans and RIBs (rigid inf latable boats) as well as pilot cutters. The organization has relied on Applanix products to support surveying and engineering activi- ties above and below the water since 2004. "When we first imagined the multibeam sys- tem," said PLA Deputy Port Hydrographer and Commerical Manager John Dillon-Leetch, "we envisioned a single packaged system. We wanted a system delivered to us that had the multibeam, the motion sensor, the position- ing—and we felt that the Applanix POS MV was the best available one on the market." Today, the organization has three major survey vessels fitted with Reson Systems and Photos courtesy of RIEGL USA. "THEY ARE THE INS INTEGRATION SPECIALISTS, WITH THE EXPERTISE, THE VISION AND THE TEAM SPIRIT TO HELP US CREATE TURNKEY SOLUTIONS THAT WORK—ON LAND, IN THE AIR OR AT SEA." One system integrator summarized Today's technology allows for UAS equipped with LiDAR to enhance the way mapping and surveying missions are conducted. Applanix is a wholly owned subsidiary of Trimble, whose core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability.

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