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U.S. DoT Announces SMART Grants

The U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that it is accepting applications for the Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionizing Transportation (SMART) Grants Program.  Companies specializing in connected vehicles, sensors, systems integration, delivery/logistics, innovative aviation, smart grid and traffic signals are eligible.  Applications must be submitted by 5 pm, EDT, on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2023, to the Valid Eval submission website.

Contact:  U.S. DoT, www.transportation.gov/grants/SMART.

Xona Space Systems Partners With Lockheed Martin

Xona Space Systems has partnered with Lockheed Martin $LMT to protect Xona’s PULSAR services to meet military-grade security practices, the company said.  The partnership will accelerated and refine PULSAR’s features to include signal security and license management in preparation for Xona’s first production satellite launches next year, the company said.    Lockheed Martin Ventures participated in a fundraising round for Xona—led by First Spark Ventures in 2022.

Contact:  Jessica Hulseyjessica@xonaspace.com, www.xonaspace.com.

STMicroelectronics Achieves Vodafone NB-IoT Certification

STMicroelectronics $STM has received Vodafone NB-IoT certification for its ST87M01 NB-IoT and GNSS modules. The ST87M01 combines cellular IoT connectivity and geolocation in a miniaturized, low-power, integrated module featured for IoT and smart-industrial applications, the company said.

The ST87M01 has also been certified by the Global Certification Forum that promotes interoperability of mobile and IoT products, the company said.  The modules feature integrated native GNSS receivers.

ontact:  Michael Markowitz, STMicroelectronics, (781) 591-0354, michael.markowitz@st.com, www.st.com.

Avnet Silica Partners With U-Blox

Avnet Silica has announced a partnership with u-blox [UBXN] that allows it to prioritize GNSS solutions, short-range radio and cellular technologies, the company said.  The company also said that u-blox’s modules complement the NXP Semiconductors chip-level Wi-Fi and Bluetooth products and Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth chipsets.  For its part, u-blox said that the deal expands its reach in the EMEA region and enhances its distribution network.

Contact:  Avnet Silica, www.avnet.com.

Inertial Labs Rolls Out Scanning, Mapping Product

Inertial Labs has launched the RESEPI TELEDYNE Optech CL-360HD, which features 4-return laser and increased range of up to 750 meters.  CL-360HD use cases include mobile mapping, forestry, and crack detection in critical infrastructure areas like airport runways, the company said.

Inertial Labs launches RESEPI TELEDYNE Optech CL-360HD scanning and mapping solution (Image: Inertial Labs).

RESEPI features Inertial Labs’ INS with a tactical-grade IMU and dual antenna GNSS receiver, integrated with a Linux-based processing core and data-logging software, the company said.  RESEPI is equipped with TELEDYNE’s CL-360HD lidar.

Contact:  Leo Liu, Inertial Labs, (703) 880-4222, leo.liu@inertiallabs.com, www.inertiallabs.com.

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Scout Wins $1.5m Phase II STTR From U.S. Space Force

SCOUT Space has been selected by SpaceWERX for a $1.5 million U.S. Space Force contract to focus on “Robust Cross-Domain Optical Navigation with Space-Based Sensors.”  SCOUT was awarded the Phase II Orbital Prime STTR in collaboration with Stanford University’s Space Rendezvous Laboratory (SLAB).  SCOUT will collaborate with SLAB to enhance space mobility and logistics capabilities, the company said.

Contact:  SCOUT Space, www.scout.space.

Overture Sponsoring Webinar Next Week

Overture Maps Foundation is hosting a webinar on Aug. 30 at 11 am, EST.  The topic is “Working With Overture Data:  A Step-by-Step Guide.  The speaker is Jennings Anderson, Meta‘s research scientist.

Contact:  Overture Maps Foundation, https://overturemaps.org.

Geotab Wins International Business Awards

Geotab was named the winner of four Stevie Awards in the 20th Annual International Business Awards competition, including Company of the Year, Transportation.  The company also won awards for sustainability leadership, products and innovative tech.

Geotab currently provides telematics solutions to more than 47,000 customers in 150 countries, including 3.7 million subscriptions worldwide.  The company also recently released its 2022 Sustainability and Impact Report.

Contact:  Geotab, www.geotab.com.

Spire Participates in MagQuest

Spire Global SPIR 0.00%↑ will participate in Phase 4 of MagQuest, a prize challenge to advance how the Earth’s magnetic field is measured.  The company, invited by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to participate, is competing to multi-million-dollar prize awards.   “The World Magnetic Model cannot be overstated: It is critical to keeping everyday navigational systems running,” said NGA senior GEOINT authority J.N. Markiel, in a statement.

Contact:  Sarah Freeman, Spire Global, sarah.freeman@spire.com, www.spire.com.

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