New NovAtel Firmware Improves Processing Time, Accuracy and Signal Acquisition

Published: 08 Sep 2019

NovAtel SPAN GNSS systemsNovAtel, a developer of positioning solutions for land, marine, and aerial unmanned systems, has announced the release of version 7.07.03 of its firmware. The new release works best with the company’s TerraStar-X GNSS correction service, as well as the OEM7, SPAN CPT7 and PwrPak7 products, and offers improvements in processing speed, accuracy and signal acquisition time.

The 7.07.03 firmware applied to NovAtel’s SPAN GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) + INS (Inertial Navigation System) technology shows improvements of up to 20% in the horizontal position and 8% in the vertical across applications including agriculture and marine. The new release also provides improved motion detection, resulting in more robust time to convergence.

Other benefits include:

  • Faster satellite acquisition and at lower C/Nos decreases the time to first fix in both cold and hot starts
  • The SPAN Marine Profile simplifies receiver setup for applications in marine dynamics and improves the heave performance of the receiver
  • The SPAN Rail Profile improves position accuracy over long GNSS outages in a rail environment

“The 7.07.03 firmware features improvements to both our SPAN Marine and SPAN Rail profiles that will greatly impact application performance and consistency,” commented NovAtel Director of Product Management, Neil Gerein, “The SPAN Marine Profile sees improvements to the heave performance and will allow users to start their work significantly faster thanks to a simplified setup for applications in marine dynamics. The SPAN Rail Profile improves position accuracy over long GNSS outages, which is crucial for applications in rail environments that often deal with potential signal obstructions such as trees, tunnels and dense urban areas.”

To download the 7.07.03 firmware update for a specific platform, visit NovAtel’s website.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passions for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years.

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