Satellite Technology Feature Article
Hemisphere GPS Awards New Patents for Machine Control and other GNSS Technology
By Mandira Srivastava, TMCnet Contributor
Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and GPS systems are used in navigation, weather or even risk/disaster mitigation for water, air, or ground users. These have great potentials for the benefits of mankind and much more advancement can be made to make these devices more secure.
Hemisphere GPS, an innovator and manufacturer of advanced GNSS products, is expanding its intellectual property portfolio with newly awarded patents. The company’s GPS designs and manufactures innovative, cost-effective GPS (GNSS) products for positioning, guidance, and machine control applications in agriculture, marine, survey, construction, and other markets.
According to a press release, these patents represent the latest advancements in adaptive machine control and GNSS solutions. The Adaptive Machine Control System and Method patent explains the sophisticated adaptive control methods used to guide vehicles and provide accurate and efficient coverage. This system is comprised of a machine controller, GNSS guidance system, and software. It is most commonly used in precision farming. From pre-planned guidance patterns the system provides the ideal pattern adjustments for guidance and automated steering taking into account a variety of conditions and user inputs including path, boundary or terrain irregularities, and minimum turning radius.
Hemisphere GPS was awarded seven other patents in 2012 that include advanced GNSS solutions for antenna design, an application specific integrated circuit (ASIC), multiple antenna control system, tracking of fixed and slow-moving structures, augmentation of differential corrections, antenna alignment and monitoring system, and vehicle guidance control.
"Hemisphere GPS' commitment to innovation has generated over 75 pending and issued patents," said Dr. Mike Whitehead, Chief Scientist at Hemisphere GPS. "Through these inventions and sophisticated new technology, we continuously enhance capability and performance of our positioning, guidance, and machine control solutions in the marketplace."
The company holds numerous patents and other intellectual property and owns several leading brand names, including Outback Guidance, a product in precision GPS for agriculture.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman