NovAtel Announces Rugged GNSS SMART-AG Antenna

Sub-meter accuracy and smooth pass-to-pass positions make this self-contained antenna ideal for agriculture applications.

CONTACT: Curtis Anderson (403) 295-4950
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, December 5th, 2008) - NovAtel Inc., (NovAtel) an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precise positioning technology, announced today its new SMART-AG™ antenna. This L1 GPS + GLONASS receiver plus antenna system is housed in a single, low profile, rugged enclosure. Delivering smooth, consistent output and sub-meter accuracy, the SMART-AG is ideal for manual guidance and auto steer installations.

The SMART-AG delivers excellent position availability with 14 GPS L1 channels, 12 GLONASS L1 channels, and an additional two channels for satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS). Two NMEA 0183 compatible RS-232 serial ports, an NMEA2000 compatible CAN port, plus built-in mounting magnets deliver maximum flexibility.

NovAtel's proprietary GL1DE™ technology is standard in every SMART-AG antenna. GL1DE uses the very accurate carrier phase measurements to provide ultra smooth positions and highly accurate pass-to-pass capabilities. It functions with SBAS and DGPS as well as in autonomous modes, and can even bridge through short periods of poor satellite availability.

“We developed this antenna specifically for the agriculture market,” said Curtis Anderson, VP Machine Control at NovAtel Inc. “Offering sub-meter accuracy with GL1DE's smooth positioning, the SMART-AG delivers the performance and features that agricultural system integrators need. And since we designed the antenna to meet or exceed stringent environmental specifications, the SMART-AG can withstand even the harshest agricultural conditions.”

SMART-AG development kits are available now with production shipments beginning January, 2009.

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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.

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NovAtel is a registered trademark of NovAtel Inc. GL1DE and SMART-AG are trademarks of NovAtel Inc.

Posted on 05/12/2008