• Forsberg Services Ltd. Richmond House, White Cross Ind Est/South Rd, Lancaster, UK
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Our new identity

As part of our ongoing evolution and the upcoming office move, we felt it was the right time to update our branding to a fresh and modern new design to better reflect us as a company. Our new tagline ‘Positioning, Navigation, Timing’ simply states what we do and better summarises our strengths and capabilities.

To create the new logo, we carefully selected and combined imagery representative of the different areas of our industry to construct a logo that perfectly portrays the work we do in positioning, navigation, timing, mapping, connectivity and innovative engineering.

The diagram below shows the imagery individually and what each one represents. The new Forsberg logo is a combination of each of these elements, the final image representing our specialist areas within the industry.

Our tagline ‘Positioning, Navigation, Timing’ known within the industry as ‘PNT’ will be used in our new website domain, email addresses and social media handles.

Find us and our new look at

www.forsbergpnt.com

 

 

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DUCs on the Water

Our Forsberg team ‘DUCs on the Water’ braved the rain and donned duck themed attire to compete in the annual NWL Chamber of Commerce Dragon Boat Challenge on Preston docks.

In the first heat, ‘DUCs on the water’ got the fastest time of the day so far and continued on their winning streak throughout the rest of the heats, taking us through to the final.

Our team rowed their way to a cool 4th place! We may have come home without a medal but a great day was had by all and most importantly, no one fell in! Go team!!

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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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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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