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NovAtel Hails Declaration of Galileo Initial Services


As a leading provider of GNSS positioning solutions incorporating Galileo technology, and a long-time participant in Europe’s space navigation programs, NovAtel extends our heartfelt congratulations to the European Space Agency (ESA), European Commission (EC) and European GNSS Agency (GSA) upon the launch of Galileo Initial Services.

President and CEO of NovAtel, Michael Ritter stated, “Today’s declaration of the availability of the first three Galileo services — the Open Service, Public Regulated Service, and Search and Rescue Service — confirms the stalwart and persevering leadership that this trio of agencies has provided over the years of the system’s development. It also validates the confidence of the program’s supporters that Europe would join the world’s operators of global navigation satellite systems.”

NovAtel‘s high precision GNSS receivers, antennas and certified ground-reference station receivers have supported Galileo signals in anticipation of the complete constellation. In addition we are now broadcasting Galileo Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through our TerraStar correction services. Our OEM customers are already benefiting from the enhanced reliability, availability and accuracy the Galileo constellation adds to the GNSS.

We would like to invite product developers, system integrators, and end users of GNSS technology to attend an upcoming webinar on December 19, sponsored by NovAtel and Inside GNSS magazine, which will explore how Galileo will improve the GNSS user community in Europe and around the world. The webinar will feature speakers from ESA, EC and GSA. More information about the webinar can be found at https://www.insidegnss.com/webinars

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Safety Critical Webinar



Safety Critical Webinar

On Thursday, Nov 3, 2016 NovAtel hosted an exciting webinar ‘Safety Critical Positioning’ with inside GNSS and their panel of experts from industry and academia discussing the effort needed to develop new standards that meet requirements for integrity (reliability of positioning information):

  • Mathieu Joerger, assistant professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering, University of Arizona
  • Chaminda Basnayake, Principal Engineer for V2X (vehicle to infrastructure) Systems, Renesas Electronics
  • Jonathan Auld, Director of Safety Critical Systems, NovAtel Inc.

Below you will find the link to the Safety Critical Webinar Video plus slides.



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NovAtel Establishes Advanced Research Partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona


NovAtel Establishes Advanced Research Partnership with Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Arizona to help solve High Precision, High Integrity Positioning for Autonomous Vehicles

NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel) is pleased to announce it has entered into an agreement to fund leading-edge research to determine how Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology can deliver a positioning solution that meets both the safety and accuracy requirements of unmanned automotive vehicles. The research conducted by Illinois Institute of Technology (Illinois Tech) and the University of Arizona will expand the scope of the analysis conducted for aircraft applications that resulted in the successful WAAS program to the autonomous ground vehicle use case. The research will include updated and expanded concepts for high integrity carrier phase algorithms as well as expanded threat models and safety monitors.

This research is another step forward in NovAtel achieving a high precision automotive focused GNSS positioning solution that meets the safety standards set out in ISO26262. Jonathan Auld, Director of Safety Critical Systems at NovAtel said, “The research we are funding with Illinois Tech and University of Arizona leverages our safety critical experience in aviation by bringing together a team of world experts in GNSS integrity that have already successfully solved the integrity challenge for aviation through their work with the FAA’s WAAS program.”

In tandem with its university research project, NovAtel will be working with Veripos, another Hexagon Positioning Intelligence company, to expand and upgrade their fully redundant global corrections network to optimize the Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections integrated in to safety critical positioning solutions.

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NovAtel Places a Research Contract With the GPS Research Laboratory to Study High Precision, High Integrity Positioning for Autonomous Land Vehicles


NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel) is pleased to announce it has placed a research contract to determine how Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology can deliver a positioning solution that meets both the safety and accuracy requirements of unmanned automotive vehicles. The research conducted by the GPS Research Laboratory at Stanford University will expand the scope of similar research for aircraft applications. The present research will include study concepts for high integrity carrier phase algorithms as well as threat models and safety monitors with the purpose of improving the safety of autonomous land transportation.


About NovAtel Inc.
NovAtel designs, manufactures and sells high precision OEM positioning technology. Developed for efficient and rapid integration, our products have set the standard in quality and performance for over

20 years. State-of-the-art, lean manufacturing facilities in our North American headquarters produce the industry’s most extensive line of OEM receivers, antennas and subsystems. All of our products are backed by a team of highly skilled application engineers.

NovAtel Inc. is part of Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B; hexagon.com), a leading global provider of information technologies that drive quality and productivity across geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.

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NovAtel CORRECT™ with PPP (TerraStar) Content Pack


NovAtel CORRECT™ with PPP (TerraStar) Content Pack
•       Correction Services brochure
•       Velocity article 2014 (Advanced GNSS Positioning Solutions)
•       Velocity article 2015 (PPP: Cultivating Profits)
•       Generic presentation (updated Sept 2016)
•       Solution insights (GNSS Correction Services)
•       TerraStar Coverage Map



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OEM7 – Introducing OEM7 GNSS Receiver Technology. 


OEM7, the next generation of NovAtel’s world-class global positioning and navigation solutions.


Follow the above link to learn all about NovAtel’s new range of receivers, Enclosures, Antenna and IMUs.

New features only available on OEM7:

  • Interference Toolkit
  • NovAtel’s tightly coupled GNSS+INS now available on every OEM7 receiver
  • TERRASTAR Available on all OEM7 receivers
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NovAtel Automotive Solutions


NovAtel Automotive Solutions – Safety Critical info (for Automotive market)


Do you have an automotive project that requires precise positioning? Follow the link to discover NovAtel’s groundbreaking initiative to develop functionally safe Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology for fully autonomous applications. Also take a look at NovAtel’s new specialized Safety Critical Systems Group and what goes into developing safety-certified products.

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Launch of NovAtel’s Next-Generation OEM7™ GNSS Technology


Today at ION GNSS+ 2016, NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the world’s leading supplier of high precision OEM Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, unveiled its new OEM7 positioning engine. Leveraging previous generations of precise positioning know-how, the OEM7 incorporates new innovative capabilities and features that significantly enhance GNSS-based positioning reliability, accuracy and availability.

The OEM7 family expands the receiver options open to system integrators, making it easier than ever to match customer application requirements to the optimal positioning solution. Five GNSS receiver cards are available, including the new OEM7600, the company’s smallest, lightest dual-frequency receiver card ever developed. All cards have 555 available channels, are multi-constellation and multi-frequency and provide new advanced interference awareness and mitigation capabilities. Additionally, every OEM7 card can receive satellite-based TerraStar correction signals, making centimetre level positioning globally available. A new compact enclosure, the PwrPak7™, houses OEM7 receiver technology, plus offers 16 GB onboard data storage, built-in Wi-Fi and serial, USB, CAN and Ethernet for ease of integration.


A cornerstone of the OEM7 platform is the Interference Toolkit™. The Interference Toolkit is used to detect sources of interference and intentional and unintentional jamming, and then mitigates such occurrences using proprietary NovAtel filters. Integrators can take advantage of a spectrum analysis function that identifies which GNSS frequency is experiencing the interference. Further, it can also detect electromagnetic interference caused by other components in an integration project, allowing developers to implement the filter and eliminate the problem.

“As we see more complex positioning systems being developed, for autonomous vehicles for example, GNSS positioning accuracy and availability needs to be more reliable than ever,” states Pat Fenton, VP Technology & Chief Technology Officer for NovAtel. “This means our technology must be able to not only identify when interference and jamming is occurring, but also address and eliminate instances of inaccurate or unavailable positioning. The OEM7 does this.”

L-Band functionality on every OEM7 receiver enables satellite delivery of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) correction data directly to the receiver. Utilizing correction data from the TerraStar network, this satellite delivery method means centimetre level positioning is possible to a broader range of applications, particularly in more complex positioning environments where setting up a Real Time Kinematic (RTK) correction network may be difficult or impossible. With 80 ground reference stations, and triple system redundancies built in, TerraStar offers users at least two satellite beams, anywhere on the planet.

NovAtel’s market leading SPAN® technology is supported on every OEM7 receiver, adding to the reliability of the positioning solution. SPAN tightly-couples NovAtel’s GNSS technology with a number of available Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) to provide robust, continuous 3D positioning, velocity and attitude, even through periods of blocked or unavailable signal reception.

The NEW OEM7 GNSS Receiver Family





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