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Trimble Announces Update to its ThingMagic Micro and Micro-LTE

Trimble announced an update to its ThingMagic Micro and Micro-LTE, embedded UHF RFID modules in the ThingMagic Mercury 6e Series. The firmware update allows for autonomous operation by enabling hardware read triggers and savable configuration settings in the module. It eliminates the need for users to write and run MercuryAPI development code and simplifies the process of building RFID-enabled products. Customers currently using the Micro and Micro-LTE modules in their existing RFID products need to use ThingMagic's MercuryAPI to write applications to control the module. The MercuryAPI supports Java, .NET and C programming environments. The MercuryAPI Software Development Kit (SDK) contains sample applications and source code to enable developers to get started demonstrating and developing functionality. With the firmware update, users can now save configuration settings such as RF power, duty cycle, read triggers and which antennas to search on, among many others. This allows prospects, who have not previously used ThingMagic modules and written code to the MercuryAPI, to build RFID finished readers more easily. In addition, the Micro and Micro-LTE can now be configured to start reading and outputting tag data on power up or on change of state of a general purpose input (GPI) line. The new saved settings options can be configured using the MercuryAPI or using the new Autonomous Configuration Tool.

Trimble Introduces New Portfolio of Timing Products for the 4G LTE Small Cell Market

Trimble introduced a new portfolio of time and frequency products to address the synchronization needs of the fast growing 4G LTE small cell market. Regardless of whether a network is using 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced wireless technologies or a combination, synchronization and syntonization are essential for mobile networks. The new LTE-Advanced features—such as Enhanced Inter-Cell Interference Coordination (eICIC), Coordinated Multipoint Transmission (CoMP), Carrier Aggregation (CA) and Multi-Media Broadcast over a Single Frequency Network (MBSFN)—require an even higher degree of precision. Carriers are making significant investments in small cells, LTE-A and Heterogeneous networks to increase capacity and coverage. Network synchronization is a must to achieve both objectives. Trimble offers new timing products that are ideal for a wide range of small cell synchronization applications. The solutions provide increased holdover capabilities and more robust signals with multi-constellation GNSS technology to sync wireless networks more efficiently. The Mini-T™ GG Disciplined Clock is a multi-GNSS (GPS and GLONASS) embedded module, optimized to generate precise 10MHz output and pulse per second. It utilizes the latest in GNSS technology, combined with a precision ovenized oscillator for near atomic clock precision timing. The Mini-T GG provides 24-hour holdover capability and is suitable for pico and microcells. The Trimble 360™ multi-GNSS receiver is designed to cover the full spectrum of small cells—residential femtocell to rural microcell. The Trimble 360 timing products support GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou systems, and are Galileo-ready. In addition to full constellations, the 360 products support Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) and the Asian Pacific Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). The compact, surface mount ICM SMT 360 timing module, measuring only 19 x 19 mm generates a precise 10MHz reference clock for synchronization of residential and enterprise femtocell networks. It provides holdover capability, which allows the module to extend the availability of reference timing outputs. The Resolution SMT 360 is available in the same 19 x 19 mm form factor, and provides a pulse per second that provides nanosecond accuracy to any application requiring precision time reference such as wireless networks, utilities and digital broadcasting. The Trimble Mini-T GG disciplined clock, ICM-SMT 360 module and Resolution SMT 360 timing module and starter kit are available now. The Trimble 360 multi-GNSS receiver is expected to be available in January 2015.

Trimble Enhances Trimble Business Center Office Software to Process and Model Imagery into Actionable Spatial Data

Trimble announced a new version of its office software for geospatial professionals--Trimble Business Center version 3.40. Trimble Business Center is a powerful geospatial office software suite designed to manage, analyze and process all field survey data, including optical, GNSS and imaging data. New functionality in version 3.40 expands the capabilities of geospatial professionals working with imaging and optical data in the office. Enhancements include: operating the Trimble V10 Imaging Rover without a positioning sensor; improved image processing reliability in difficult environments; an option to export visual data into SketchUp Pro; and creating dimensionally accurate measurements from a plane--allowing geospatial professionals to easily generate compelling deliverables for their clients. Geospatial and non-geospatial professionals can now use the Trimble V10 Imaging Rover without additional GNSS or optical positioning sensors. With Trimble Business Center 3.40, users can quickly capture panoramas for any field site, even in challenging environments, and easily create measurements. With the investment in additional GNSS or optical sensors now optional, the system offers a path to many additional applications such as interior mapping, bridge inspection, and crime and crash scene investigation for both geospatial and non-geospatial professionals. In addition, Trimble Business Center 3.40 now provides improved image processing that can allow customers to obtain spatial data that is highly accurate and consistent for end deliverables. Users working with their visual data in Trimble Business Center 3.40 can now export collected images into SketchUp Pro and create robust 3D models of buildings, bridges and a variety of other objects for faster deliverable generation. Users will be able to draft directly on the images captured with Trimble VISION(TM) instruments, including the powerful Trimble V10 Imaging Rover and Trimble VISION total stations. Significant timesaving in extracting objects along vertical walls such as facade reconstruction is now easily achieved within Trimble Business Center 3.40. Users can measure and draw dimensionally accurate line work directly on the panoramas, eliminating the need to extract photo points for line work creation. Providing the option to perform direct modeling from images, users can manage data and create deliverables more quickly compared to traditional methods. Trimble Business Center version 3.40 is expected to be available in November 2014 through Trimble's Geospatial Distribution Channel. The Trimble V10 Imaging Rover is available now.

Trimble Introduces New Solution for Interior Wall Layout

Trimble announced the Spectra Precision QML800 QuickMark Layout, a new solution that automates the layout of interior points and walls. The QML800 allows drywall and interior contractors to quickly and efficiently lay out points for interior building construction. Two lasers create a bright visible 'X' directly on the point for easy, quick marking. The lasers are controlled by the mobile application running on with an Android tablet that stores the point files. When a point is selected, the lasers position the 'X' at that point in less than 5 seconds. For brightest conditions, a laser pointer accessory easily aids in finding the laser beams. On the jobsite, there are many potential causes for errors. The QML800 laser accuracy is typically 1/8 inch (3 mm), easily meeting most jobsite requirements. Misinterpreting drawings and tape measure reading errors are eliminated. Because each point is laid out independently, compounding errors from one bad point to another is eliminated. Complicated shapes, arcs and curves are now easy to layout. Multiple methods of simple point file creation are possible including CAD freeware, Excel spreadsheets and manual entry. Points can also be entered directly on the tablet at the jobsite as needed. Easy to Use: The QML800 is designed to be used by layout crews without a surveying background. The tablet is intuitive with the normal swipe, scroll and enlarge functions. Compared to the traditional drawing and tape measure process, the QML800 saves labor, reduces errors and increases productivity. The solution is fast, accurate and easy to use. Availability: The Spectra Precision QML800 is expected to be available late November through the Spectra Precision global dealer network.

Trimble Introduces MEPdesigner for SketchUp

Trimble introduced Trimble® MEPdesigner for SketchUp, a new platform extension to SketchUp Pro specifically designed to improve the productivity and ease of use in 3D computer-aided design and Building Information Modeling (BIM) for contractors. The platform extension is designed to enable contractors to quickly and easily migrate from a 2D to a 3D work environment, through SketchUp Pro, a 3D modeling platform used around the world. Trimble MEPdesigner was created specifically for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) contractors who are looking for an easy-to-use and cost-efficient 3D CAD platform. Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp version 1.0 will initially support electrical systems objects including conduit, cable trays and device boxes, and continually expand to incorporate intelligent object data and other MEP systems specific to today's contractor's needs. The solution also features tools that allow contractors to easily create custom components and route conduit within the SketchUp Pro platform. MEP contractors are able to take advantage of not only the features and components included in Trimble MEPdesigner but also the extensive database of user and manufacturer generated models pre-populated in the SketchUp 3D Warehouse. By implementing 3D modeling with Trimble MEPdesigner, contractors will be able to easily work with other contractors on projects through the IFC export in SketchUp, helping to reduce RFI and rework costs frequently seen on projects without 3D collaboration. Additionally, as a 'Trimble Connected' product, Trimble MEPdesigner leverages the new Trimble Connect collaboration environment for design, engineering and construction projects. Based on the recently acquired GTeam(TM) software from Gehry Technologies, Trimble Connect enables teams to access and manage project data via a cloud platform. By using Trimble MEPdesigner contractors will be able to take advantage of a variety of new and existing solutions for SketchUp Pro including Trimble Field Points for SketchUp. With the extension contractors can place layout points in their model and export them to Trimble Field Link for MEP, allowing them to take full advantage of their 3D model in the field for accuracy of MEP systems placement. Trimble MEPdesigner for SketchUp is expected to be available in December 2014 directly through Trimble's MEP sales organization or through the SketchUp Extension Warehouse.


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