NovAtel Releases Latest Version of OEMV® Precision Receiver Firmware

Version 3.800 incorporates performance optimizations to NovAtel's AdVance® RTK including ionospheric error mitigation and positioning mode automation in RTK networks.

PRODUCT MANAGER, CORE/SURVEY: Doug Langen (403) 730-4179
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 19, 2010) - NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precise positioning technology, announced today in Calgary, the launch of its Version 3.800 firmware for its OEMV family of GNSS precision receivers. This latest firmware upgrade features optimizations to NovAtel's AdVance RTK for industry leading GPS-only and GPS+GLONASS RTK positioning performance.

Significant research and algorithm adjustments have been made to AdVance RTK, increasing solution availability and accelerating ambiguity resolution in real world conditions while maintaining high accuracy. Additional routines have been added to minimize the effects of increasing solar activity for consistent and reliable RTK positioning in long baseline RTK positioning in active ionosphere conditions. Comprehensive support for RTCM Master Auxiliary Concept (MAC) messages has also been added for optimal positioning accuracy in RTK networks featuring MAC technology.

Additional intelligence has been added to AdVance RTK to automate RTK positioning calculations depending on the working conditions of customers. Whether users are working with a single physical GNSS base station, or within an RTK network (MAC, VRS, FKP), AdVance RTK automatically adjusts its positioning algorithm to maximize positioning accuracy without any user interaction.

Sara Masterson, Portfolio Manager, Core/Survey commented, "NovAtel has always provided the best in accuracy for our customers" adding, "Automating AdVance RTK for optimal positioning accuracy regardless of the scenario minimizes integration efforts of NovAtel technology and ensures the universal high performance that NovAtel customers expect."

This latest firmware release and the corresponding CDU software are available at no additional charge to all OEMV customers. By providing this functionality as a firmware update, customers can apply it to their existing receivers, enabling quick changeover and no downtime.

For further information please visit: www.novatel.com/support/firmware-software-and-manuals/firmware-software-updates/.

About NovAtel

NovAtel Inc. is a leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precision Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, including receivers, antennas, enclosures and firmware. An ISO certified company, NovAtel's products are developed for efficient, rapid integration into our customers' precise positioning applications. These applications include surveying, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture machine guidance, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel's reference receivers are at the core of national aviation ground networks in the USA, Japan, Europe, China and India. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS), the revitalized Russian GLONASS and the emerging European Galileo satellite systems, as well as the integration of additional complementary technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs). NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden. For more information, visit: www.novatel.com.

NovAtel, OEMV and AdVance RTK are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. All other brand names are trademarks of their respective holders.

Posted on 19/05/2010