Firmware Release Enhances Positioning Capabilities of NovAtel GNSS Receivers

Published: 07 Feb 2017

NovAtel Inc. has announced the release of 7.200 firmware for their OEM7 range of GNSS receivers: the OEM729, OEM719 and OEM7700. The 7.200 software interface is backwards compatible with the OEM6 family software and introduces powerful new positioning functionality including an Interference Toolkit™ (ITK).

The ITK allows users to detect and mitigate intentional interference such as the adversarial jamming of GNSS signals, as well as the unintentional interference from external sources. The new RTK ASSIST™ corrections service assures continued high accuracy positioning when signals from an RTK network are unavailable or disrupted. With the ITK, NovAtel’s OEM7 customers can now auto-detect and report in-band Radio Frequency (RF) interference so that any interference adversely affecting their receiver’s positioning performance can be quickly nullified.

In combination with the 7.200 firmware launch, NovAtel has also introduced NovAtel CONNECT 2.0, the latest version of their PC-based Graphical User Interface (GUI). Running on Microsoft Windows 10, NovAtel CONNECT 2.0 offers significant user enhancements including features to optimize ITK functionality.

Firmware version 7.200 expands NovAtel’s proprietary correction service capabilities with the introduction of two new subscription-based offerings:

TerraStar-L 40 centimetre correction service
This Precise Point Positioning (PPP) correction service delivers exceptionally robust 40 cm-level positioning performance at an entry-level price point, anywhere on earth without the need for a base station. With corrections derived from the fully redundant TerraStar network infrastructure, this new service is ideal for broad accuracy positioning applications such as agriculture, construction or GIS

RTK ASSIST™ correction bridging service
This globally available service allows users to maintain RTK-level accuracy when RTK corrections are disrupted. RTK ASSIST uses multiple geostationary satellites to beam corrections directly to the receiver to bridge outages that can occur with local RTK networks

NovAtel’s Director, Product Management, Neil Gerein stated, “Developing products that not only deliver high precision, high accuracy positioning, but also assure our customers’ position is central to our mission at NovAtel. The release of OEM7 firmware version 7.200 reflects our company’s commitment to continually enhance positioning performance, whether by expanding receiver capabilities, or in mitigating unintentional or intentional interference as reflected with the capabilities of our new Interference Toolkit.”

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