Overview

In recent years, the team at NovAtel has noticed a change in their customers’ needs. They’re seeing an increased demand for better position performance and satellite availability in every market they serve, from machine control to autonomous systems.

To meet that need, NovAtel engineers have been working to develop the OEM7, the company’s next generation Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver platform. The OEM7 delivers advanced capabilities that their customers require to perform even more demanding missions, such as Precise Point Positioning (PPP) and interference detection and mitigation capabilities to ensure customers don’t lose their signal while out in the field. The Interference Toolkit™, which is based on a new Application-Specific Integrated Circuit design, (ASIC), has been in development at the Calgary office for about two years, portfolio manager Neil Gerein said, and is ready for prime time.

A More Robust Solution

When developing the OEM7, NovAtel not only had to think about traditional applications which need high-precision GPS, such as surveying, they also had to consider newer applications, such as unmanned systems, said Jason Hamilton, NovAtel’s vice president of marketing. That meant the solution not only had to be flexible, it also had to be easy to use.

Luckily, this isn’t the first time NovAtel has developed a product like the OEM7. The team took what they’ve learned from the previous six generations and made a receiver that truly meets all their customers’ needs—whether they’ve used precise positioning for years or are just starting.

“NovAtel continues to make the system as robust and reliable as we can,” Hamilton said. “Customers expect their positioning technology to work as expected, and that is what we are known for. The OEM7 has to deliver as promised.”

The new OEM7 offers multi-GNSS, high-precision processing that can handle multi-frequency signals from GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS).

In fact, the four-frequency OEM7 is capable of tracking all current and upcoming GNSS constellations and satellite signals, and has up to 555 channels that can be configured in multiple ways. “It’s an important launch because of our customers,” Gerein said. “As an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), we exist to serve our customers. Our devices go into other people’s products; so, we have to be able to meet their needs.”

Beyond that, customers expect highly precise positioning in increasingly diverse environments. It just has to work, regardless of the physical environment or the RF environment, both of which can be significant challenges for high-precision GNSS receivers.