Inside Unmanned Systems

OCT-NOV 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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AIR NEW PRODUCTS 42 unmanned systems inside October/November 2017 Visitors were exposed to some big ideas at the InterGEO 2017 event in Berlin. Emerging from the hubbub were a host of new products including off erings from Trimble, Microdrones and Topcon. by Peter Gutierrez Photos courtesy of Peter Gutierrez and Trimble. T he InterGEO Conference and Trade Show is billed as the world's No. 1 event for the geospatial community and one can see why. According to organizers, an estimated 17,000 visitors from more than 100 countries gathered at the Messe Berlin to meet, learn and make deals over more than seven acres of exhibition space. Emerging from the hubbub were buzzwords like 'LiDAR,' 'au- tonomy,' 'integration' and 'end-to-end service.' Among this year's conference headliners was positioning technologies giant Trimble, which announced a complete new line of GNSS boards. Trimble is intent on serving the auton- omous market including unmanned aircraft, said Elmar Lenz, general manager of the com- pany's Integrated Technologies Division, as well as pursuing opportunities in agriculture, con- struction, aviation and, of course, land survey. Topcon's Immersive Dome. "In the OEM world, given our legacy and our footprint, the penetration we have in the market, I would argue we are well ahead of the game," Lenz said. "But we listen a lot to the voice of the customer. Our team works very hard to say to our customers 'Hey, what is missing in our portfolio, what are the challenges when it comes to preci- sion navigation, guidance and control?' The offering includes seven BD-family boards in three categories. "The first one is the BD940," Lenz said. "It's a small form-factor board and it comes in three f lavors: we have the basic level board; then there's a version with inertial; and there's a rug- gedized, enclosed version." Next comes the new BD992, a dual-antenna board that also has an inertial capability and mobile satellite services (MSS) connectivity, so it can support correction services like OmniSTAR and Trimble RTX. "That's a big thing in our world," Lenz said, "to have PPP technology available." The BD992 comes in three versions: a basic board, inertial and enclosed. The BD992INS with its dual antennas, inertial and the MSS capabilities is very un- INSIDER INSIGHTS AT InterGEO BERLIN

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