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NovAtel® joins Baidu’s Apollo as official partner

(Calgary, Canada, December 20, 2017) NovAtel has joined Baidu’s Apollo Autonomous Driving ecosystem – Project Apollo. Project Apollo has been initiated to provide an open, comprehensive and reliable software platform for Baidu’s partners in the automotive and autonomous driving industries. Accurate and reliable positioning is essential to any autonomous system. NovAtel SPAN® GNSS+INS products will provide position, orientation and time as a critical component of autonomous solutions.

Michael Ritter, President and CEO of NovAtel said, “NovAtel is excited to join Project Apollo and looks forward to working with Baidu and Apollo partners to provide highly accurate positioning solutions.”

NovAtel has a long history providing industry leading high precision GNSS solutions that are not only the highest quality but also incredibly reliable. “With our high-precision SPAN GNSS+INS positioning solutions, the future of autonomous driving development will reach the positioning requirements needed for a functionally safe, and exceptionally reliable solution.” Ritter continued, “Our commitment is to ensure autonomous vehicles have a highly accurate assured positioning solution.”

The Safety Critical Systems Group at NovAtel is focused on creating positioning products that will meet the exceptional performance and safety requirements of autonomous vehicles at the necessary production volumes and the required price point. Since its formation, this group of highly skilled engineers has made many positive inroads into the automotive industry, and joining the Baidu Apollo ecosystem is another step towards ensuring the future safety of autonomous vehicles.

Partners can use the Apollo open software platform together with the reference hardware platform to accelerate development of their customized autonomous vehicle solutions. More information about the Baidu Apollo ecosystem can be found here https://apollo.auto/ .

 

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GAJT for the Type 26 Frigates

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(Calgary, Canada, November 29, 2017) NovAtel® announced today that its GPS Anti-Jam Technology (GAJT®) has been selected for the United Kingdom’s Type 26 Frigates to meet a requirement as part of a protected navigation system. These vessels are 21st Century warships that will replace the Type 23 Frigate as the workhorse of the British Fleet, undertaking the Royal Navy’s three core roles – warfighting, maritime security and international engagement – on the world stage.

GAJT protects GPS-based navigation and precise timing receivers from intentional jamming and accidental interference, ensuring that the satellite signals necessary to compute position and time are always available. It is a Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) product, and comes in versions suitable for land, sea, fixed installations and smaller platforms such as Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).  Warships, military vehicles and platforms, networks and timing infrastructure can all benefit from the protection that GAJT provides. There is no need to replace GPS receivers already installed, as GAJT works with civil and military receivers including SAASM and M-Code.

“The selection of GAJT for the Type 26 Frigates is the result of cooperation between Drumgrange, with its proven track record for rapid realization of demanding defense design tasks, and Forsberg Services, an established navigation systems company and NovAtel dealer whose high-quality manufacturing was instrumental to the project.” Peter Soar, Business Development Manager, Military and Defense of NovAtel said, adding, “GAJT is in use operationally and has been shipped to 16 allied nations around the globe. We are grateful for the rigorous technology selection process conducted which led to this choice.”

NovAtel’s commitment to precise, assured positioning and timing is central to the design of the GAJT antenna.  The company’s lean manufacturing techniques and quality processes mean that it can ramp up quickly to meet volume requirements. Reliability is assured by NovAtel’s industry-best low return rate.

For more information about GAJT visit: www.forsbergservices.co.uk/index.php/products/gps-gnss-anti-jam-technology

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Forsberg Services 30th Anniversary

On the 2nd June 2017 Forsberg Services celebrates 30 years, with special thanks to all our hard working employees both past and present.

We have been fortunate enough to be involved with many exciting projects over the past 30 years with a whole variety of enthusiastic and supportive customers for which we are very grateful.

We hope you will join us in our celebratory spirit for the year as we make Forsberg at 30 another great year.

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NovAtel to Offer Waypoint Training

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The Waypoint team will be providing Waypoint training in Autumn 2017.

The seminar is intended for end-users of Waypoint products performing kinematic GNSS and GNSS+INS data processing. Previous exposure to GrafNav or Inertial Explorer is not required.  The Training will (lightly) cover GNSS, GNSS+INS background and theory, plus time processing both sample data and customer data (provided voluntarily by any interested persons).

The location and dates are as follows:

•       Madrid training October 17-19
•       Denver training November 7-9

Please register your interest to sales@forsbergpnt.com where we will provide further details on registration for this exciting event.

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NovAtel Announce EOL for Selected OEM6 Receiver Boards and the  GPS-700 Series Antenna

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NovAtel Inc. is announcing the End of Life of the:

  • OEM615 series boards
  • OEM617 series boards
  • OEM628 series boards

These products will be available for order until:

  • September 29, 2017
    (or until inventory is depleted)

Shipments may be scheduled for no later than:

  • March 30, 2018

NovAtel will continue to support and repair these products until:

  • September 30, 2020

For Details on  affected part numbers and the associated replacement part numbers, please refer to the Link below:

External EOL Bulletin OEM6 series

 


NovAtel Inc. is announcing the End of Life of the:

  • GPS-701-GG
  • GPS-701-GGL
  • GPS-702L
  • GPS-702-GG
  • GPS-702-GGL
  • GPS-702-GG-N
  • GPS-703-GGG
  • GPS-703-GGG-N
  • GPS-704-WB GNSS

These products will be available for order until:

  • September 29, 2017 (or until inventory is depleted)

Shipments may be scheduled for no later than:

  • March 31, 2018

NovAtel will continue to support and repair these products until:

  • September 30, 2020

For Details on  affected part numbers and the associated replacement part numbers, please refer to the Link below:

External EOL Bulletin GPS-700 series

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NovAtel Service Bulletin – GPS Era Issue for OEMV

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NovAtel Service Bulletin – GPS Era Issue for OEMV

Background:
GPS Time is reported in weeks since Jan 6, 1980. The GPS ICD defined navigation data format limits the number of weeks before a roll over to 1023. This means that roughly every 19 years the GPS week goes back to zero and starts incrementing again. In order to help the receiver determine the actual calendar date, NovAtel has historically pre-configured a date as a reference to figure out the current GPS “era” (pre 1999 or post 1999). From time to time NovAtel has updated the pre-configured date in a new firmware version to allow the receiver to determine to correct era for the next 10-18 years. Again, the receiver continues to function but the GPS week is reported as a raw number between 0 and 1023 instead of the number of weeks since January 6, 1980.

Issue Summary:
On GPS week 1959 (starting July 22nd, 2017), OEMV receivers with firmware versions 3.300-3.714 and version 3.810-3.813 will report a GPS week of 935 instead of the correct 1959. While the receivers will continue to operate, the incorrectly reported GPS week could cause some systems to have issues. The receiver software should be upgraded to the latest version (which supports the correct GPS week until March 2033) before July 2017 to avoid any potential issues.

Product Affected:
All OEMV based products with firmware versions 3.300-3.714 or 3.810-3.813, including:

  • All OEMV receivers
  • ProPak-V3
  • DL-V3
  • FlexPak (OEMV)
  • FlexPak-G2 (OEMV)
  • MR-10
  • MR-15
  • SmartV1/V1G
  • SmartAG
  • SPAN-SE (OEMV)
  • SPAN-MPPC (OEMV)
  • SPAN-CPT (OEMV)
  • SPAN on OEMV1/V2/V3

Mitigation:
Reload the SPAN-CPT with software version CPT3.913, available in the link below:

https://www.novatel.com/support/info/documents/564

Reload SPAN on OEMV1/V2/V3 with software version SPAN3.913, available in the link below:

https://www.novatel.com/support/info/documents/553

For all other products, reload the OEMV with software version 3.907, available in the link below.

https://www.novatel.com/support/info/documents/515

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NovAtel Announces Oceanix Nearshore Correction Service for Marine Applications

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(Calgary, Canada, April 4, 2017) NovAtel, the world’s leading OEM supplier of high precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning technology, today unveiled its Oceanix Nearshore correction service at Ocean Business in Southampton, UK.

Oceanix Nearshore, a subscription-based GNSS correction service for Precise Point Positioning (PPP), provides exceptionally reliable subdecimetre positioning for marine applications such as dredging, hydrographic survey, mapping and coastal patrolling. The robustness of Oceanix infrastructure sets it apart from the competition. Oceanix precise corrections data is generated utilizing a network of over 80 strategically located GNSS reference stations globally. Oceanix high rate corrections ensure the full accuracy of carrier phase is gained for enhanced solution accuracy. Oceanix corrections are delivered via geostationary satellites over L-Band directly to the enduser, providing reliable high accuracy positioning worldwide. Miguel Amor, Chief Marketing Officer for Hexagon Positioning Intelligence said, “NovAtel is in the unique position to have control over the entire PPP data generation process as well as the positioning algorithms that drive GNSS receiver performance, delivering the best user experience for our marine customers. With the launch of Oceanix Nearshore, our customers now have the ability to obtain not only world-leading GNSS technology, but also a truly robust correction service and integrated support all from a single vendor.” Oceanix offers multiple subscription durations so that our clients can obtain the service that best fits with the needs of their application. Driven by the NovAtel CORRECT positioning engine, Oceanix Nearshore delivers 4 cm horizontal and 6 cm vertical accuracy RMS. Algorithms proprietary to NovAtel CORRECT greatly enhance the accuracy and recovery speed from GNSS signal interruptions.

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upcoming webinar “The Future of Farming: Unmanned Systems in Agriculture – Innovations in Land and Air”

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Informing you about the upcoming webinar “The Future of Farming: Unmanned Systems in Agriculture – Innovations in Land and Air” on March 7, 2017

To register click the below link:
https://bit.ly/2l9RVYO


Farming is a complex business which involves managing variables such as weather, soil and crop inputs to ultimately maximize yield and minimize waste and cost. We’ll explore how our planet’s future food needs will be met with the aid of agricultural robots, driverless tractors and UAS.

The agricultural robotics market is expected to grow from $3 billion in 2017 to $16 billion by the end of 2020 and to $74 billion by 2024 – agricultural applications of UAS are expected to generate the greatest economic impact once UAS is integrated into the national airspace.

Join us on Tuesday, March 7, when our panel of experts will address the state of the art and science in unmanned agriculture solutions in a FREE web seminar sponsored by NovAtel, Inc.

Our  panel of experts for this exciting event are Demoz Gebre-Egziabher,faculty member of aerospace engineering & mechanics department at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, USA; Mel Torrie, founder and CEO, Autonomous Solutions, Inc.; Benjamin Schilling, Director of Sales at NovAtel Inc.

The webinar moderator will be James Poss, Maj Gen (Ret), CEO of ISR Ideas, an intelligence, unmanned aerial systems and cyber warfare consulting firm.

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