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2013
  • February 1, 2013 - The Precision Products business (Marine, Land Survey, Construction, Mapping and OEM Segments) and related GNSS technology become Hemisphere GNSS Inc.
  • Hemisphere GPS Sells Non-Agricultural Operations for $15M, Plans Name Change to "AgJunction".
 
2012 
  • Hemisphere GPS enters the data services market for Precision Agriculture through the acquisition of AgJunction.
  • Hemisphere GPS and Carlson Software establish a strategic alliance.
  • Hemisphere GPS is awarded eight patents in that includes: adaptive machine control system and method, 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 systems, and vehicle guidance control.
  • Hemisphere GPS announces the release of multiple products: A325 Smart Antenna, Vector H320 OEM Module, Outback Guidance with Outback ConnX, P300/P301 Eclipse OEM Modules, Vector V103/V113, VS131, and VS330 GPS Compasses.
  • Hemisphere GPS appoints Rick Heiniger, former Vice Chairman of the Board, as new President and Chief Executive Officer.

2011
  • Hemisphere GPS announces the release of the H102™, the market's smallest fully-integrated single board GPS compass and the V102™ OEM module, which is the market’s smallest, single-enclosure GPS compass and positioning system
  • Hemisphere GPS and YTO Group Corporation partner to launch Outback Guidance precision farming products in China. YTO provides a series of agricultural, construction and power machinery, vehicles and spare parts.
  • Outback Guidance enhances their eDriveX system with eTurns™, which will enable farmers to automatically execute a turn at the end of a row, increasing efficiency and reducing driver fatigue
  • The LX-2™, a new second-generation L-band differential GPS OEM receiver board was introduced into the market.
  • Hemisphere GPS announces the supply of its Crescent GPS technology and components to TechGeo, an innovative company that was the first to manufacture geodetic GPS receivers in Brazil.
  • Outback Guidance introduces new solutions that deliver high-level precision farming performance and productivity: the AC110™ (rate control for one product and section control for up to 10 sections), and the A320™/A321 ™ (featuring Eclipse II™ GNSS receiver technology and combines the receiver, antenna, and optional radio modems, all in one rugged package)
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces the S320™ GNSS survey receiver, which is compatible with existing surveying equipment
  • Hemisphere GPS and CLAAS Agrosystems announce a new OEM development agreement whereby Hemisphere GPS will develop next generation precision farming solutions for integration into CLAAS machinery
  • Expands multi-year OEM agreement with Navico Inc., the world's largest marine electronics company
  • Hemisphere GPS receives the Top 10 TechRev Innovator Award and a fourth consecutive mention on the Branham300 List in 2011

2010 
  • The A220™ smart antenna is launched. The A220 is an easy to install dual-frequency GPS receiver and antenna in an all-in-one, rugged enclosure with the capability to operate as either a base station or rover.
  • Hemisphere GPS launches the G100™, an all-in-one steering and guidance system for auto-steer ready agricultural vehicles.
  • Hemisphere GPS unveils the eDriveX™ auto-steering system providing centimeter-level accuracy and supporting high-end precision agriculture applications including high precision planting and strip-till farming. Strategic partners Stara and CLAAS Agrosystems launch eDriveX in Brazil and Europe respectively
  • Hemisphere GPS expands Outback Guidance Sales Network in Australia
  • Hemisphere GPS launches new Earthworks business unit along with snow grooming guidance system and X200™ and X300™ excavator guidance systems.
  • Hemisphere GPS recognized on the Branham 300 list and a finalist in Alberta Export Awards
  • Hemisphere GPS debuts GateMate™ Alpine Ski Race Gate Tracking System at 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics.
  • Hemisphere GPS celebrates its 20th year of operations as a global player in the design and manufacture of GPS-based technology
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces new Crescent® Vector™ II OEM board and upgraded GPS Compass products, such as the V101™ Series, VS101™ Series and LV101™ OEM board
  • Hemisphere GPS launches new A52™ GNSS antenna and A21™ and A22™ GPS antennas
  • Hemisphere GPS launches Eclipse™ II multi-GNSS receiver technology with advanced ASIC design and miniEclipse™ - the smallest dual frequency GPS OEM board available.
  • Hemisphere GPS Introduces Outback eDriveVSi™ that includes an electrically controlled steering wheel for automated steering.
  • Introduction of HQ asset tracking system, background maps for improved navigation and Satloc® Bantam™, a mid level GPS guidance solution for aerial applicators.
  • Hemisphere GPS Announces First OEM Alliance in China for Outback Guidance® Precision Farming Products with FOTON LOVOL
  • Hemisphere GPS continues its aggressive development of intellectual property with over 70 patents issued and pending globally.

 


2009 
  • Hemisphere GPS ships its 100,000th Crescent receiver board
  • The Outback Sts™ precision farming guidance system is introduced.
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces the A21™ GPS antenna.
  • Hemisphere GPS unveils the XF101™ and XF102™ DGPS receivers for handheld mapping and announces two new strategic partnerships (Juniper Systems and Handheld group).
  • Hemisphere GPS releases new Outback products with multiple language options targeting international sales opportunities including China, Brazil and India.
  • A customized version of the LV100 GPS Compass is launched with CPAC Systems AB to be incorporated into Volvo Penta's Dynamic Positioning System.
  • Hemisphere GPS announces that its automated steering technology will be included in Stara’s newest self-propelled sprayer, Gladiador.
  • Hemisphere GPS forms alliance with Third Eye Maps for aerial imagery services for precision agriculture applications.
  • Hemisphere GPS Launches the Air IntelliStar™ Guidance System for aerial applications in agriculture and other market segments.
  • Hemisphere GPS wins the Cleantech 10 award, climbs the ranks on the Branham 300 list, joins ranks for Growth Champions on Alberta Venture's Fast Growth 50 List, and CEO Steven Koles named in Canada's Top 40 Under 40.
  • A220™ and A221™ dual frequency smart antennas are introduced.
 

2008
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces its next generation of guidance, the Outback S3™ precision farming guidance system, including many new features and a touch screen user interface.
  • The Air IntelliFlow™ dual rate system for aerial applications is introduced.
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces the R220™ GPS Receiver with dual frequency Eclipse technology.
  • The LV100™ GPS compass board is introduced.
  • An agreement is announced to supply GPS products to Stara SA, a Brazil-based manufacturer of agriculture equipment.
  • The "Outback Roadshow", a mobile tradeshow and demonstration booth, is launched.
  • Seven patents were issued during 2008, bringing the company total to over 40.
  • Hemisphere GPS wins ASTech Leadership Foundation Award, Deloitte Green 15 Award, and 2008 Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association Innovation Award for new technology.
  • Hemisphere GPS' common shares were added to the Standard & Poor's Canadian Small Cap Index.
  • Hemisphere GPS's quality management system receives certification under ISO 9001:2008.
 

2007 
  • CSI introduces the Crescent single-frequency RTK technology.
  • CSI's Outback S2 is awarded the FinOvation Award from Farm Industry News recognizing it as one of the most innovative new products.
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces the V100™ and VS100™ GPS Compass.
  • Shareholders approve the formal change of the corporate name to "Hemisphere GPS Inc." and the TSX stock exchange symbol to "HEM" reflecting the refocusing of the company as a pure-play GPS company.
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces the new Outback S-Lite™ entry level guidance system.
  • Hemisphere GPS introduces its Eclipse™ dual-frequency GPS receiver technology.
  • Hemisphere GPS acquires BEELINE® Technologies PTY Ltd. - an Australian pioneer of auto-steering technology headquartered in Brisbane.
 

2006
  • CSI acquires the aerial guidance business assets of DEL NORTE Technology Inc. and combines it with its Satloc product line to form the "Hemisphere Air" division, controlling approximately 75 percent of the world's GPS aerial guidance for agriculture market.
  • CSI introduces the A100™ GPS smart antenna and the R100™ GPS receiver.
  • CSI sells its telematics and fixed wireless telephone businesses and re-focuses itself as a pure-play GPS company.
  • CSI introduces the Outback Baseline™ product proving increased accuracy at very affordable price levels.
  • In September 2006, CSI appoints Steven Koles as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.
 

2005 
  • CSI signs a product development and supply agreement with Saab TransponderTech for marine AIS products.
  • CSI acquires Outback business of RHS Inc., immediately making CSI's new Hemisphere GPS division the world's largest after-market supplier of GPS guidance products for the agricultural industry.
  • CSI introduces its ASIC-based Crescent® receiver technology.
  • CSI announces a strategic relationship with CLAAS, one of the world's largest manufacturers of tractors and other agricultural machinery.
  • CSI introduces its next generation Outback S2™ guidance system, featuring exclusive Crescent receiver technology.
 

2004
  • CSI introduces the PowerMAX, a Bluetooth-enabled wireless DGPS receiver.
  • CSI unveils GSM/GPRS-compatible fixed wireless telephone that offers voice plus dial-up Internet, email and text-messaging capability.
  • CSI ships its 500,000th wireless device, just four years after the company's first commercial wireless shipments began.
  • CSI's Asset-Link product is utilized by Texas police to break up a theft ring making several arrests and recovering more than $2.7 million in stolen goods.
 

2003
  • CSI signs agreement to supply GPS products to AGCO Corporation, one of the world's largest manufacturers and distributors of agricultural equipment.
  • CSI introduces the revolutionary Outback eDrive auto-steering system providing automatic steering capabilities for precision agricultural applications.
  • CSI adds a GSM version to its Motorola-based fixed wireless telephone family of products.
 

2002 
  • CSI's Outback® S is cited by the American Society of Agriculture Engineers as an example of "outstanding innovation" that saves producers time, costs and labour, while improving user safety."
  • CSI is awarded a U.S. patent for revolutionary e-Dif® software that enables standard GPS receivers to achieve one-metre accuracy without any help from third-party differential correction signals.
  • CSI introduces its Motorola-branded TDMA-based fixed wireless telephone and announces a $20 million purchase order for the telephone from Miami-based Brightstar Corporation.
  • CSI introduces the Vector line of Marine GPS products for accurate navigational GPS heading sensor products for global marine and machine control markets. The Vector product is used by NBC News to rapidly align satellite transmission systems while vehicles are on-the-run resulting in much greater clarity and immediacy than competing networks were able to achieve using conventional methods.
  • CSI begins supplying Asset-Link units for Datacom's new MOBILUS stolen car recovery service.
 

2001
  • CSI introduces the Outback 360™, a mapping and data product compatible with CSI's very successful Outback S.
  • CSI launches the Asset-Link family of telematics products focused on fleet-management and other mobile asset management applications.
 

2000
  • CSI changes its name to CSI Wireless Inc. after acquiring Wireless Link Corporation, a Silicon Valley company widely respected for its location-based wireless data communications technology including its AssetVision and CVDM-3 telematics product lines.
  • CSI Wireless unveils Satloc-developed Outback® S™, a DGPS precision guidance system for agriculture and is marketed and distributed by Kansas-based RHS, Inc.
 

1999
  • CSI acquires business assets of Satloc Inc., of Scottsdale, Arizona, and its global reputation for high-quality aerial and ground-based guidance systems for agriculture. Originally founded by John Walton, son of the founder of Walmart, Satloc invented GPS-based aerial guidance for cropdusters and owns a 60% market share at the time.
 

1997 
  • CSI concludes a $6-million Initial Public Offering of CSI shares on Toronto Stock Exchange (Trading symbol: CSY).
 

1996
  • CSI acquires ownership of the beacon receiver technology used in its DGPS products.
 

1994
  • CSI releases the SBX-1 - a radio beacon DGPS receiver PCB card.  The fourth generation of this product, the SBX-4, continues to be sold by Hemisphere GPS today!
 

1993
  • CSI introduces and sells its first DGPS radio beacon product (the MBX-1), a receiver that plugs into a regular GPS system to enhance its accuracy.
 

1992
  • Company changes name to Communication Systems International Inc. ("CSI")
 

1991
  • The first product, an HF radio-based differential GPS system called the "Data Trak" is released consisting of a modulater (the "DTM") and a receiver (the "DTR") and targeted to the offshore oil and gas market.
 
1990 
  • "Canadian Systems International Inc." is founded by Stephen Verhoeff who serves as Chief Executive Officer until 2006.