NovAtel Introduces Flagship SPAN-SE at ION 2008

New GNSS + Inertial Receiver Ready for Latest Industry Developments

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(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 18th, 2008) - NovAtel Inc., (NovAtel) an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precise positioning technology, announced today its new flagship GNSS + INS receiver, the SPAN-SE. Designed for precision applications, SPAN-SE enhances the powerful OEMV® receiver with features that are critical to precision GNSS/INS system integrators such as on-board data logging, Ethernet connectivity, wheel sensor input and scalability for future GNSS advances.

NovAtel's SPAN™ (Synchronous Position, Attitude and Navigation) technology tightly-couples two complementary technologies: Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning and inertial navigation. The pinpoint accuracy of GNSS positioning and the stability of IMU gyro and accelerometer measurements combine to provide a 3D position, velocity and attitude solution. Unlike GNSS-only navigation systems, the output is stable and continuously available, even through periods where GNSS signals are blocked.

Utilizing NovAtel's patented OEMV receiver technology, the SPAN-SE delivers GPS + GLONASS capabilities and NovAtel AdVance™ RTK functionality. A dedicated CPU for real-time GPS/INS processing results in fast data rates and low raw data and solution latency, for highly dynamic or time-critical applications. SPAN-SE is currently available in a single antenna configuration, with NovAtel planning a dual antenna configuration in the near future.

“SPAN-SE is the next generation of GNSS/INS technology. The tight-coupling of these two powerful technologies in NovAtel's SPAN solutions is what sets us apart from our competition,” said Graham Purves, Vice President, Sales and Marketing for NovAtel Inc. “The SPAN-SE's scalability and robustness make it ideal for the survey and mapping industry, specifically photogrammetry, airborne laser surveys and ground-based mapping applications where operating environments can vary significantly.”

For more information on SPAN-SE, see NovAtel's website at

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 and OEMV are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. SPAN is a trademark of NovAtel Inc.

Posted on 18/09/2008