Thales Navigation Provides MicroZ GPS Receivers to Help Australian Agencies Determine Absolute Sea Level.
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Thales (tal-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions including the Magellan(R) and Ashtech(R) product lines, announced today that it is providing Ashtech MicroZ(TM) reference stations to Australia for sea level monitoring. The South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project (SPSLCMP) was developed by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) to study the potential impacts of human-induced global warming global warming, the gradual increase of the temperature of the earth's lower atmosphere as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. on climate and sea levels in the Pacific, and the MicroZ is a critical part of the project's latest phase.
The MicroZ is ideal for applications that require continuous monitoring and effective collection of accurate data from remote locations. The most powerful permanent GPS reference station available, MicroZ enables totally automated data collection through a combination of MicroManager Software and Geodetic See geodetic coordinates. Base Station Software (GBSS GBSS Group B Strep Support (UK charity)
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The goal of SPSLCMP is to use state-of-the-art technology such as the MicroZ to provide an accurate long-term record of sea levels in the South Pacific, enabling regional governments and appropriate agencies to respond to and manage related impacts. Some Pacific island nations are only two meters above the sea, and others could lose important residential, commercial and natural areas along their coasts if sea levels rise significantly.
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AMSAT Australian Marine Science and Technology Ltd ) manages the project for AusAID, and Geoscience Australia, National Mapping Division -- a Federal Government unit within the Department for Industry Science and Resources -- is responsible for the establishment and management of a Continuous Global Positioning System Global Positioning System: see navigation satellite.
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"The MicroZ is a durable and reliable reference station that is easy to manage through the Ashtech GBSS and MicroManager software. Performance of the receivers has been excellent, and support from Thales Navigation and Sagem Australasia, the local rep, has been outstanding," said Bob Twilley, a representative of Geoscience Australia and the GPS Networks Manager for SPSLCMP.
"The Ashtech MicroZ reference station is ideal for the remote and continuous operation required by Australia's South Pacific Sea Level and Climate Monitoring Project," said Neil Vancans, Thales Navigation's general manager of the professional products business unit. "The MicroZ's dependable construction, low-maintenance design, and integration with innovative software makes continuous, automated data collection easy for scientific applications anywhere in the world."
About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and manufacturers of positioning, navigation, and guidance equipment with operations throughout the U.S. and Europe. Thales Navigation markets its Magellan brand GPS solutions in the consumer electronics, recreation, and automotive markets, and its Ashtech GPS and GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) The European term for a global satellite-based radio navigation system. See Galileo. professional products in the survey, GIS/Mapping, and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) The rebranding of equipment and selling it. The term initially referred to the company that made the products (the "original" manufacturer), but eventually became widely used to refer to the organization that buys the products and markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz hertz (hûrts) [for Heinrich R. Hertz], abbr. Hz, unit of frequency, equal to 1 cycle per second. The term is combined with metric prefixes to denote multiple units such as the kilohertz (1,000 Hz), megahertz (1,000,000 Hz), and gigahertz , Thales Navigation has developed the Hertz NeverLost(R) vehicle navigation See GPS and vehicle tracking. system. Thales Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first handheld GPS Handheld GPS use GPS Signal from a minimum of 3 overhead satellites to obtain a fix which is usually accurate to within 30m. Actual accuracy can be achieved down to 5m but due to US Military intervention accuracy is restricted.
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Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., is a subsidiary of Thales, a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris, France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information technology and services. For more information, visit www.thalesnavigation.com.
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