NovAtel Announces SMART-MR15™ GNSS Receiver/Antenna with Integrated Cellular Modem

Rugged smart antenna provides cellular-based precise positioning for on-machine applications.

PRODUCT MANAGER: Ben Greenwood (403) 730-4169
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, February 15th, 2011) - NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the leading OEM manufacturer of precise global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning technology, today announced the release of its new SMART-MR15 antenna.

The SMART-MR15 builds on last year's successful launch of NovAtel's SMART-MR10 GNSS receiver/antenna by adding embedded cellular connectivity and NTRIP client software. This enables users to easily obtain RTK corrections via the Internet, eliminating the need to set up a local base station.

Ergonomically designed, the SMART-MR15 integrates an L1/L2 GPS+GLONASS receiver, antenna and cellular modem into a single compact enclosure. With a rugged metal housing and external cellular antenna, the product ensures high performance even in the most challenging work environments and poor coverage areas.

Doug Schmuland, Agriculture Portfolio Manager for NovAtel said, “By eliminating the need for a local base-station, the SMART-MR15 provides precise positioning for on-machine applications requiring sub-inch accuracy.” Mr. Schmuland added, “In addition, NovAtel's GL1DE® algorithm is integrated into every MR15, providing agricultural users with ultra-smooth positions and excellent pass-to-pass accuracy in non-RTK applications.”

The SMART-MR15 will be shown at leading North American and European farm shows this spring.

NovAtel's SMART-MR15 is expected to be available for order in March, 2011. Contact information for your nearest NovAtel Representative or Dealer can be found at: http://www.novatel.com/where-to-buy

For more information on NovAtel's SMART-MR15 go to: http://www.novatel.com/products/gnss-receivers/smart-antennas

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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.

NovAtel and GL1DE are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. SMART-MR15 and SMART-MR10 are trademarks of NovAtel Inc.

Posted on 15/02/2011