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Precision Agriculture Solutions Incorporate NovAtel GNSS Receiver

Published: 23 Sep 2021 by

GNSS receiver for precision agriculture

Hexagon | NovAtel has confirmed that its SMART7 GNSS receiver has been selected as the default configuration choice for Fendt precision agriculture machines that are equipped with Fendt Guide guidance systems powered by the Fuse Smart Farming digital platform. The future-ready SMART7 is highly suited to precision agriculture guidance applications, delivering excellent performance and reliability.

The SMART7 combines a powerful GNSS receiver with a precision antenna in a durable, all-in-one enclosure specifically designed to withstand the vibration, weather and temperature demands of harsh agricultural environments. It uses multi L-Band tracking to access TerraStar Correction Services globally, providing repeatable centimetre-level accuracy anywhere in the world. Access to multi-frequency GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo and QZSS signals provides better satellite availability even in challenging environments. Resiliency to radio frequency interference is engrained in NovAtel’s hardware designs, and the Interference Toolkit firmware suite provides detection and additional protection from any potential intentional or unintentional interference.

Powered by NovAtel GNSS+INS technology, the SMART7 uses an optional integrated Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) to provide continuous 3D positioning, velocity and roll/pitch/azimuth for deeper integration with vehicle guidance and steering systems. Additional optional features on the SMART7 include Wi-Fi and Ethernet for remote connectivity and monitoring.

Dr. Bernhard Schmitz, Director, FendtONE Market Readiness and Agronomy EME, commented: “We have been working with NovAtel for years, and their support and willingness to adapt to meet our needs makes them the key GNSS receiver supplier for our Fendt Guide guidance system. They are easy to work with and have high-quality products that integrate seamlessly into our machines.”

Eric Wuestefeld, Executive Vice President of Agriculture at Hexagon | NovAtel, said: “We are dedicated to providing high-quality, industry-leading positioning and autonomy solutions to agriculture industry OEMs and integrators. This means being THE partner of choice for precision guidance solutions and helping our customers meet their challenges and goals head-on.”

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