NovAtel Announces Industry-Leading Civil RTK and SAASM on a Single Receiver Card

PRODUCT MANAGER: Neil Gerein (403) 295-4910
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 30th, 2012) – NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel) today announced the development of their OEM625S Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver, a collaborative effort between NovAtel and L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC).

System integrators have come to rely on the centimeter-level positioning accuracy made possible with Real Time Kinematic (RTK) commercial GPS receivers. Many authorized defense customers rely on access to the Precise Positioning Service (PPS) for single-point positioning. The OEM625S will combine a commercial dual-frequency NovAtel GNSS receiver with an L-3 IEC XFACTOR SAASM in a single card solution, reducing overall size and power requirements for end customer applications.

The OEM625S will maintain NovAtel’s industry-setting OEMV-2 form factor, ensuring a successful drop-in replacement and backward compatibility for existing customers. Integrators can continue to use their existing user interface, which will be enhanced with OEM625S logs and commands for SAASM functionality.

NovAtel’s well-established, comprehensive set of software commands facilitates system integration. The SAASM position is provided via a dedicated communication port, as well as through NovAtel’s software command protocol, allowing for maximum flexibility.

“For the past 17 years NovAtel’s customers have enjoyed great success in integrating our OEM family of high-precision receivers into a wide array of defense applications,” stated Graham Purves, Executive Vice President of NovAtel. “Adding the L-3 XFACTOR SAASM to our receiver card will allow defense customers to continue to use our products in the most demanding military environments.”

Ric Pozo, General Manager of L-3 IEC’s Navigation Systems business unit, commented, "We are pleased to collaborate with NovAtel and provide the warfighter this highly flexible and capable GPS SAASM product. Our combined teams are looking forward to bringing this one-of-a-kind solution to market."

NovAtel will accept orders for the OEM625S from authorized customers starting in Q3 2012.

For additional information on the OEM625S GNSS SAASM receiver, please contact Peter Heinemann, U.S. Business Development Manager, at Peter.Heinemann@novatel.com or call (954) 523-1414.

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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 survey, 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 around the world. NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada, and is part of the Hexagon Group.

About L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation

Based in Anaheim, Calif., L-3 Interstate Electronics Corporation (IEC) is an industry leader in GPS receiver and translator-based products currently in use on multiple aircraft, missiles and precision-guided weapons. L-3 IEC also produces C4ISR hardware and software systems for military and government applications and has been a long-term supplier of critical navigation, test instrumentation and missile tracking systems for the U.S. Navy’s Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) weapon systems, including the Trident submarine. To learn more about L-3 IEC, please visit its website at www.iechome.com.

Posted on 30/05/2012