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NovAtel® Launches New TerraStar-C PRO Multi-Constellation Correction Service 

TerraStar-C PRO multi-constellation corrections combined with OEM7® technology enables 2.5 cm horizontal accuracy, initial convergence in under 18 minutes and worldwide coverage

Calgary, Alberta, Canada (August 14, 2018) – NovAtel Inc. today launched its new TerraStar-C PRO correction service with multi-constellation support, including the GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou constellations. Combined with NovAtel’s OEM7 positioning technology, TerraStar-C PRO cuts initial convergence times by nearly 60 percent and offers 40 percent better horizontal accuracy than the current TerraStar-C service.

NovAtel’s TerraStar-C PRO offers a robust multi-constellation solution that provides greater positioning accuracy, availability, and reliability than ever before. With the growing number of operational GNSS satellites, TerraStar-C PRO offers considerable benefits in challenging signal conditions such as multipath, shading, interference, and scintillation. High rate TerraStar-C PRO corrections provide re-convergence in less than 60 seconds following brief GNSS signal interruptions.

TerraStar-C PRO corrections are generated using TerraStar’s proprietary global network of over 100 strategically located GNSS reference stations. The correction data is delivered worldwide through overlapping geostationary satellites directly to a NovAtel receiver or via cellular IP network. With OEM7 triple L-Band support, TerraStar-C PRO correction signals from up to three satellites can be tracked and used simultaneously, providing continuous correction data reception when the primary satellite signal is blocked.

“TerraStar-C PRO enables higher operational efficiency by allowing users to start operations sooner and continue to work through challenging conditions without interruptions,” said Sara Masterson, NovAtel’s positioning services segment manager. “We continue to build our TerraStar portfolio of services and with the addition of TerraStar-C PRO customers can trust that they have not only a highly-reliable precise positioning solution, but also services that immediately translate to increased productivity.”

TerraStar-C PRO is available immediately as a termed subscription service for agriculture, unmanned, airborne, and land applications, such as survey, mapping and GIS and supported on compatible OEM7 products with firmware version 7.05 and later.

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NovAtel’s New GNSS/INS Combined System with SPAN® Technology Fits in the Palm of Your Hand

(Calgary, Canada, July 10, 2018) – NovAtel is now delivering their market-leading SPAN® tightly-coupled GNSS/INS navigation technology in a rugged, ultra-compact unit. Commercially exportable and ideal for integration into a wide variety of applications, the high-performance SPAN® CPT7 delivers assured positioning – anywhere, in a package one-quarter the size of the highly successful SPAN®-CPT.

Leading edge SPAN® technology leverages generations of precise positioning expertise and the most advanced algorithms to tightly-couple GNSS and INS measurements. This best-in-class system enables continuous, robust positioning and fast reacquisition in challenging navigation environments where GNSS signals may be unreliable or unavailable for short periods.?

The new SPAN® CPT7 also incorporates dual antennas to deliver instant alignment, along with interference detection and mitigation using NovAtel’s OEM7 Interference Toolkit (ITK) technology. Integrators can take advantage of a spectrum analysis function of ITK to identify interference within the GNSS frequency bands and whether interference is coming from the external environment or due to other components in an integration project. Mitigation features within ITK allow developers to implement digital filters and eliminate the problem.

Combining the multi-frequency, multi-constellation technology of the OEM7720 receiver board with ITK and the high-performing Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) IMU, the SPAN® CPT7 delivers unrivalled anti-jamming functionality – all in an ultra-compact enclosure that fits in the palm of your hand. When paired with the GPS Anti-Jam Antenna (GAJT) in military applications, SPAN® CPT7 is an integral part of Assured Position, Navigation and Timing (A-PNT).

“The remarkable new SPAN® CPT7 delivers solutions for defense, mobile mapping, and autonomous vehicle applications with more flexibility than ever before,” stated Neil Gerein, Director, Product Management, NovAtel. “This new product saves customers space and weight without compromising accuracy or performance.

For more information click:

https://www.novatel.com/products/span-gnss-inertial-systems/span-combined-systems/span-cpt7

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NovAtel Announces End of Life for FLEX6 and FLEX6D

June 6, 2018 – NovAtel Inc. is announcing the End of Life of the:
FLEX6-XXX-XXX-XXX
FLEX6D-XXX-XXX-XXX

These products will be available for order until:
July 31, 2018 (or until inventory has been depleted)

Shipments may be scheduled for no later than:
November 30, 2018

NovAtel will continue to support and repair these products until:
March 31, 2021

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

Discontinued Part Number        Replacement Part Number
FLEX6-XXX-XXX-XXX                      PW7700-XXX-XXX-XXX
FLEX6D-XXX-XXX-XXX                   PW7720-XXX-XXX-XXX

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Webinar – Advancements in GNSS+INS Technology and Integration

NovAtel 01/06/18: Webinar and Virtual Workshop: Advancements in GNSS+INS Technology and Integration

Significant advancements in GNSS and INS technology in the past few years are pushing the performance thresholds to levels unimagined only a few short years ago. Join us on Tuesday, June 5th at 1:00 PM EDT for a FREE WEBINAR when our panel of experts will discuss concepts and methods to optimize GNSS+INS performance of specific applications and their environmental constraints. This will include fixed wheel land vehicles, urban canyons and even parking garages.

Our panel of experts for this exciting event are Ryan Dixon, Chief Engineer of NovAtel’s SPAN GNSS/INS products group, David Gaber, Marketing and Business Development at Epson and Andrey Soloviev, Principal at QuNav.

The webinar moderator will be Demoz Gebre-Egziabher, Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, & Director of the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium.

During the live event, audience members will have the opportunity to pose their own questions to the panel of experts.

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3741504319329699330

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Upcoming webinar:  Applying GNSS Interference Detection Inside and Out

Thursday the 25th January join NovAtel for a free 60 minute webinar.

1pm- ET / 10am PST / 7pm CET (central European time).

REGISTER NOW:

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8726769201099943683

The learning objectives of the webinar include:

  • Providing awareness and understanding to identify self-interference
  • Create awareness around Interference Detection: Clean Spectrum vs Self-Interference
  • Solicit feedback on customer awareness, perception, and priorities when considering interference threats

Speakers:

  • Sandy Kennedy, Vice President, Innovation – Chief Engineer of Receiver Cards, NovAtel Inc.
  • Paul Alves, Principal Research Engineer, Applied Research Team, NovAtel Inc.
  • John Schleppe, Engineering Fellow and Manager of Research, NovAtel Inc.

Moderator:

  • General Jim Poss, CEO of ISR Ideas, an intelligence, unmanned aerial systems and cyber consulting firm.
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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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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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