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SXblue hits Esri UC with new branding, launches Platinum GNSS receiver
Source: GPS World magazine
SXblue launched its Platinum GNSS receiver at the 2017 Esri User Conference (booth No. 731), which is taking place July 10-14 in San Diego, California. The company also revealed new branding for its products, including a new logo for SXblue. SXblue Platinum is a survey-grade GNSS receiver for GIS applications.
SXblue Platinum, In the Field
by Brian McIntosh
“It was finally time to get bundled up and test the SXblue Platinum in nature. Not only to test the functionality, but with the recent -20c outside, to test the device in a traditional Canadian winter…”
Read full article here: http://www.spatialtimes.com/2018/02/sxblue-platinum-field
Esri UC: Geneq Launches iSXblue + Receiver Series
Source: GPS World magazine
Richard Desrochers of Geneq introduces the company’s iSXblue + Series while at the 2015 Esri User Conference, which was held July 20–24 in San Diego. The iSXblue + receivers are palm-sized and deliver real-time, high-accuracy performance using GPS+GLONASS satellites, as well as free SBAS corrections for an iPad or iPhone. Its battery-powered lightweight design is for a variety of mapping applications including GIS, forestry, mining, utilities, agriculture, surveying and environmental.
Geneq debuts new iSXblue apps for iOS
Source: GPS World magazine
Our own Richard Desrocheres highlights the company’s new NTRIP client app for iOS for iSXBlue receivers at the 2016 Esri User Conference, which is being held June 27 to July 1 in San Diego, California.
SXblue Introduces Android Application ToolBox for Its GNSS receiver’s Configuration and Control
June 5, 2018 – Montreal, QC – In this times of mobile device technology progress, Geneq (SXblue) is always listening to GIS and surveying professionals and their needs on field work. We are pleased to introduce the SXblue ToolBox, the Android application for SXblue GNSS receivers.The application has been developed with special consideration to modern mobile device development and an attention to user and dealer feedbacks.
With the SXblue ToolBox application, the user can view and analyse the position data provided by the SXblue receiver, and metadata related to its location. The user is able as well, to send commands that enable or disable some features: Systems in use, Mask angle or differential age, constellation in use: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU, SBAS. The SXblue ToolBox is also an NTRIP client capable of connecting to a NTRIP server for RTK corrections and thus allow the receiver to issue a very accurate location information.
The application is able to record, save and transfer the raw data from the GNSS receiver allowing post-processing activities on computers for surveying and geomatics professionals.The application includes a series of audible and visual alarms that are configurable by user to determine the thresholds of the information provided by the SXblue GNSS receiver.
The SXblue ToolBox main features are:
-Display of location information and quality of the position data
-Sky plot of all-in-view constellations: GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BEIDOU, QZSS, SBAS
-Log raw data
-NTRIP/DIP client for receiving RTK corrections
-Terminal to send commands and view the output data of the SXblue device
-Audible and visual alarms
-Activation of options and licenses via the application
Geneq inc. announces a redesigned, ultra-efficient battery for the SXblue receivers product line Montreal, Canada (April 04, 2019)
– SXblue is pleased to announce a battery upgrade for its receivers. For the last couple of years we have been collecting our clients’ feedback and working on a new, state-of-the-art battery design.
The new battery is equipped with 4 Li-ion rechargeable cells that boost its capacity from 3900 mAh to 6000 mAh. It boosts the receiver’s autonomy by up to 50%, greatly increasing its field work efficiency. When fully charged, the battery can last up to 16 hours depending on the SXblue model and bluetooth connectivity.
The colored LEDs for the battery charge indicator have been enhanced for a better contrast even when working under sunny conditions. Like previous versions, the new battery is field replaceable and can be charged separately or while it is connected to the receiver. With only 6mm increase in thickness and the same weight as previous models, the user will not notice any change in handiness and ergonomy.
The new battery is compatible with all past SXblue II and III models and current iSXblue II+ GPS, SXblue II+ GPS, iSXblue II+ GNSS, SXblue II+ GNSS and SXblue Platinum. Furthermore, it is compatible with the new pole clamp accessory for the survey kit.
iSXblue II GNSS | Press Release
Montreal — Geneq Inc. is pleased to announce the iSXblue II GNSS, the world’s first sub-meter GNSS receiver that is Bluetooth-compatible with Apple iPads and iPhones.
Fully authorized and approved by Apple, the iSXblue II GNSS implements an Apple proprietary Bluetooth authentication feature allowing the NMEA GNSS data to replace the internal GPS location of the iPad or iPhone. Furthermore, a free SDK (software development kit) is available from Geneq to further utilize all the features of the iSXblue II GNSS.
The iSXblue II GNSS uses both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS(WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS/GAGAN) to attain 30cm/1 ft (RMS) accuracy in real-time using free SBAS corrections. In addition to Apple iPads and iPhones, it connects wirelessly to any smartphone, handheld, tablet computer or notebook computer that is Bluetooth-compliant.
“The iSXblue II GNSS is the first high-accuracy GNSS receiver in the world for the Apple iPad and iPhone, “ said Jean-Yves Lauture, product engineer, “and by implementing both GPS and GLONASS with SBAS, it provides iPad and iPhone users real-time, sub-meter accuracy around the world.”
The iSXblue II GNSS builds on the success of the proven SXblue II GNSS that was designed to optimize SBAS performance under tree canopy and in rugged terrain. With the ability to track 55 satellites (31 operational GPS, 24 operational GLONASS), the SXblue II GNSS uses between 12 and 19 satellites in view at any time, providing superior performance when working under and around tree canopy, buildings and rugged terrain.
The next-generation iSXblue II GNSS is the same, small, palm-sized unit as the SXblue II GNSS and utilizes a small 2.7” diameter GNSS antenna. The unit is completely waterproof (submersible), dustproof and ruggedized, with an IP-67 rating. Its Class 2 Bluetooth 2.0 has a typical range of 15 meters, and is Apple-approved. The internal, rechargeable, field replaceable Li-Ion battery has on-board LEDs let the user know how much battery life is left. The operating temperature range of the iSXblue II GNSS is -40°C (-40°F) to 85°C (185°F).
In addition to the built-in long-range Bluetooth transceiver, the iSXblue II GNSS also has a standard DE-9 RS-232 port and a USB Type B port whose outputs are fully programmable up to 1Hz standard, and a 10 or 20Hz option. Other optional features are L1 RTK for <2cm real-time accuracy and base station RTCM output.
There is no need for post-processing or other sources of differential corrections as the iSXblue II GNSS uses WAAS (North America), EGNOS (Europe), MSAS (Japan) and GAGAN (India) satellite corrections. Users receive real-time, 30cm/1 foot positioning all day long.
The iSXblue II GNSS is targeted at GPS/GIS mapping professionals in industries such as forestry, utility, agriculture, environmental and other natural resource industries in addition to local, state and federal government users.
About Geneq Inc.
For more than 40 years, Geneq has been a leading supplier of testing and measuring instruments in various fields of application. For 20 years, Geneq has provided professional GPS mapping receivers and software products world-wide. You can visit the Geneq website at http://www.geneq.com.
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Geneq inc. welcomes you to SXblueGPS.com, home of your realtime submeter Bluetooth GPS receivers.
Since 1972, Geneq inc., Montreal (Quebec, Canada), specializes in providing state-of-the-art scientific instrumentation to the industry. For the last 15 years, the company has been a leading supplier of GPS receivers and field data collection solutions through its geomatics department.
In 2003, Geneq introduced its own brand of realtime GPS receiver with the SXblue GPS, the world’s first submeter Bluetooth receiver. With unique revolutionary technology, the SXblue GPS is also the first GIS/Mapping grade receiver to achieve submeter 2dRMS (95%) in realtime without the need to post-process GPS data. The receivers use SBAS signals (WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS, and compatible) to full potential and as the only needed source of differential correction, even for forestry applications. The latest addition to the family, the SXblue II-L GPS, with support for Omnistar’s VBS service, shows the company’s commitment to providing worldwide submeter solutions to its customers.
This field-proven technology now opens the door to support true mobile GIS initiative. Finding assets, collecting new data and updating maps accurately and independently of any third party post-processing software has become possible today.
The flexibility of these receivers allows the user to build field data collection systems around specific needs and choices of computer platform with freedom to upgrade as mobile solutions evolve and grow. Geneq also offers a complete line of rugged Pocket and Tablet PC’s in the SXblue Mapper series.
2019 Esri Petroleum GIS Conference
May 15 to 16, 2019 | 08:00 am – 05:00 pm
Booth # 506
National Surveyors’ Conference 2019
May 1 to 3, 2019 | Halifax | Hotel downtown Halifax
ESRI Midwest UC
April 16-17, 2019 | St. Louis, MO Hilton St. Louis at the Ballpark
Booth # 8
Selected comments about our products
“Initially, a number of DGPS options were tested, and WAAS proved to penetrate our forest canopy type the best. Short outages do occur, but the technology in the SXblue GPS allows our operations to continue virtually uninterrupted.”
J.D. IRWING LTD., New Brunswick, Canada
“Our field efficiency has drastically increased due to reliable reception and ease of use…office productivity also increased because of real-time correction.”
AMERICAL FOREST MANAGEMENT, USA
“We have completed 1500km stock route survey for 5m resolution imagery geo-referencing using the pair of SXblue II-L GPS with VBS signal from Omnistar. We were conquered by the ease of use, the portability, the accuracy of the receiver along with the performance and the reliability of the Omnistar VBS signal.”
Layi Arinola, ARINMAP CONSULNTANTS Ltd., Nigeria
“For our current mandate to deploy the FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network in France, we have carefully selected the SXblue II GPS as our field data collection receivers. This stand-alone solution proved to be very accurate in realtime with EGNOS while offering an incomparable price quality ratio! Adding to a great ease of use in the field, we also benefit from a very high level of after sales support.”
Jean-Marc Congré, AXIONE (a division of Bouygues Construction), France
The SXblue II GPS is, to my opinion, the best DGPS solution on the market today. We can constantly rely on a submeter position to map our High Power Transmission Line Pylons. We also use the SXblue II to map our access roads in record time, directly into our GIS on a tablet PC. Simply outstanding!
HYDRO QUEBEC, TransEnergie Division, Quebec, Canada
“We foresters need to carry so many equipments like calipers, various surveying equipments, box lunch and water to drink etc. SXblue II is very compact and easy to carry in Forestry environment. We believe the SXblue II is a de-facto standard MSAS DGPS receiver for Japanese foresters.”
GIFU FEDERATION OF FOREST COOPERATIVES, Japan
“We tested against post-processing units in some of the toughest forestry environments we know of. We are extremely pleased with the SXblue and its performance with WAAS.”
STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA, USA
“Four years ago, we started out using low-end WAAS receivers, but after 60 days we switched to mapping-grade WAAS receivers due to accuracy problems. 225,000 poles and four years later, we are still using the same SXblue GPS receivers.”
PORTLAND GENERAL ELECTRIC, Oregon, USA
“We have been using our SXblue II GPS units for almost a year now. Compared to the more expensive GPS products we had in the past, the SXblue has boosted us to a productivity level we did not expect. Working in both open areas and under forest canopy in Northern Alberta, we have not only saved money in purchasing these receivers but also in man hours with very little downtime due to poor satellite tracking. We have also experienced the benefits of clean realtime differentially corrected streams of data directly into our GIS.”
ALBERTA PLYWOOD LTD, (a subsidiary of West Fraser Mills Ltd.), Alberta, Canada
“Approximately 500 facilities were mapped using a Bluetooth, submeter WAAS GPS and a Windows Mobile data collector. Wireless technology eliminated connectivity problems and the SXblue GPS had Coast technology, consistently giving us submeter, real-time results, even in areas that had poor WAAS visibility.”
STATE OF MINNESOTA, USA
“We incorporate the Geneq SXblue II GPS in our GPS-Log Data System for coaching racing drivers. For our application Bluetooth is necessary to make the system quickly transferable from race car to race car. On some cars – with solid mounted engines running at high RPMs – vibration can’t be avoided but the SXblue II copes without a problem, plus the long battery life allows us to use the system for a full day’s testing without interruption. Most importantly, though, the SXblue II gives us the positional accuracy we need to plot subtle differences in racing line, plus display in-car data in real time with EGNOS which gives our drivers instant feedback on speed and split times at key points around the race track.”
Eugene O’Brien RACING SCHOOL, United Kingdom
“Signal reliability is probably 95%. Great reception along a forest road. A differentially-corrected file with no post-processing. That is a HUGE timesaver.”
US FOREST SERVICE, USA
“We have been using the SXblue GPS for about two years to get coordinates of our permanent research plots in the forests of Central Europe. There has not been any problem to get a good signal even under dense forest canopy using EGNOS. This unit has a very high quality/price ratio.”
CZECH UNIVERSITY OF LIFE SCIENCES, FACULTY OF FORESTRY AND ENVIRONMENT, Czech Republic