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Forsberg Supports E-Racing

Forsberg are proud to be supporting the Lancaster University E-Racing. The team consists of Masters of Engineering students whose student project is to design and manufacture a race car to compete at the IMechE Formula Student event at Silverstone in July this year.

We are providing the team with sponsorship, expertise and a ReACT smart antenna to precisely track the vehicle in testing and competition to enable the team to gather valuable information about the cars performance this year. The new car will feature Forsberg branding.

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GPS Era Week Rollover

6 April 2019

On 6 April 2019, a significant event in GPS will occur, however, it is highly unlikely that you will experience any disruption to your current service.

On this day, the transmitted GPS week number in the navigation message will rollover from 1023 to 0. This will be the second era rollover since GPS time was established. NovAtel commercial receivers will continue to increment the week number from 2047 to 2048 and will not roll back to 0 or 1024.

In preparation for this event, NovAtel has tested their receivers using a simulator and have determined the following.

NovAtel OEM6 receivers with firmware >= 6.510 and OEM7 receivers will continue to operate as expected during and after the rollover. The week number will continue to increment.

OEM6 receivers with firmware < 6.510, OEMStar, OEMV and OEM4 receivers will continue to increment the week reported and operate normally during and after the rollover.

However, one issue was identified where the receivers will report an incorrect week number in the “ref week” field of the RAWALM log if the current week number and the almanac week number are in different eras.

The reference week value will be correct once both the current week number and the almanac week number are in the new era. It is recommended that users do not use the reference week value in the RAWALM log, or if it is required, to decode the WNa directly from the SV ID 51 subframe page data. Note: The header of the RAWALM message will be correct and the ALMANAC log is not affected.

For NovAtel ground reference station receivers, please contact NovAtel Support

Please note that firmware prior to OEM4 2.322 was not tested.

Receiver firmware can be downloaded at the link below
Download link: http://www.novatel.com/support/info/view/gnss-receivers

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NovAtel Announces End of Life for SPAN-CPT

3 December 2018. NovAtel Inc. is announcing the End of Life of the SPAN-CPT and SPAN-CPTNC.

These products will be available for order until:
28 February 2019 (or until inventory has been depleted)

Shipments may be scheduled for no later than:
31 May 2019

NovAtel will continue to support and repair these products until:
31 May 2022

For a complete list of affected part numbers and the associated replacement part numbers, please refer to the table below:

Discontinued Part Number Replacement Part Number
SPAN-CPT-XXX-XXX-XXX SPANCPT7-XXX-XXX-XXX
SPAN-CPTNC-XXX-XXX-XXX SPANCPT7NC-XXX-XXX-XXX
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NovAtel® Introduces SMART7, the Most Advanced Family of Smart Antennas Designed for Agricultural Applications

(Calgary, Canada, September 17, 2018) NovAtel launched its new SMART7 family of SMART antennas, adding best-in-class SPAN® technology, future-ready Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Wi-Fi and Internet Protocol (IP) connectivity, superior tracking performance and TerraStar-C PRO corrections to the industry-leading availability, accuracy, and reliability trusted by major equipment manufacturers for demanding applications like precision agriculture and machine control.

“Manufacturers that serve these demanding industries can now take advantage of the best in precise positioning technology, with added next-generation features including wireless connectivity, SPAN GNSS+INS integration and superior tracking performance, in an even more robust format,” said Gordon Ryley, Precision Agriculture Segment Manager at NovAtel. “With this combination of technologies, guidance systems can continue to steer during satellite signal outages and under challenging conditions.”

The SMART7-S includes NovAtel’s tightly-coupled GNSS+Inertial Navigation System (INS) SPAN technology, the most advanced GNSS+INS integration in the market. SPAN provides accurate attitude information that can simplify the development of vehicle guidance systems and bridge GNSS signal outages.

For easier connection to mobile devices and cellular gateways, the SMART7-W includes Wi-Fi and an integrated NTRIP client, and the SMART7-I model also incorporates Ethernet. A new advanced ISOBUS-compatible CAN interface also supports NovAtel logs, commands and firmware upgrades.

All models in the SMART7 family provide exceptional positioning availability using signals from all constellations and frequencies to deliver assured positioning anywhere. Each model includes a VEXXIS antenna, and supports TerraStar-C PRO, the newest offering from TerraStar correction services, which delivers 2.5 cm accuracy and convergence times of less than 18 minutes in most regions.

All SMART7 product models provide future proof GNSS and industry-leading availability, accuracy, and reliability in a rugged form factor.

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NOVATEL DECLARES END OF LIFE FOR SMART6 FAMILY OF PRODUCTS

September 18, 2018 – NovAtel is declaring End of Life on the SMART6, SMART6-B, SMART6-T, SMART6-TB and SMART6-L products.

These products will be available for order until:
May 31, 2019 (or until inventory has been depleted)

Shipments may be scheduled for no later than:
September 30, 2019

NovAtel will continue to support and repair these products until:
September 30, 2022

For a complete list of affected part numbers and the associated replacement part numbers, please see below:

NovAtel Part Number Replacement NovAtel Part Number
SM6-XXX-XXX-XXX-P SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6N-XXX-XXX-XXX-P SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6B-XXX-XXX-XXX-P SMART7-W* (SM7W-XXX-XXX-XXX) or SMART7-I* (SM7I-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6L-XXX-XXX-XXX SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6L-XXX-XXX-XXX-X SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6LN-XXX-XXX-XXX SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6LN-XXX-XXX-XXX-X SMART7 (SM7-XXX-XXX-XXX)
SM6T-XXX-XXX-XXX-P SMART7**
SM6TB-XXX-XXX-XXX-P SMART7 or SMART7-W**
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