NovAtel Releases Latest Version of OEMV® Precision Receiver Firmware

Version 3.700 incorporates L5 tracking plus enhancements to NovAtel's RT-2™ L1TE and ALIGN™ technologies

PORTFOLIO MANAGER, CORE/SURVEY: Sara Masterson (403) 295-4980
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, September 22nd, 2009) - NovAtel Inc. (NovAtel), the leading original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of precise positioning technology, announced today in Calgary, the launch of its Version 3.700 firmware for their OEMV family of GNSS precision receivers. This latest firmware upgrade features L5 tracking capabilities and includes enhancements to NovAtel's single frequency RTK positioning solution, RT-2 L1TE, and to the company's ALIGN heading technology.

To increase solution availability and accelerate ambiguity resolution, RT-2 L1TE was upgraded to receive Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS) measurements as well as GPS and GLONASS signals. SBAS access is beneficial for customers working in foliated environments, where optimal satellite coverage is not always possible.

The SBAS assisted solution is now available on ALIGN heading technology that is built off of NovAtel's RT-2 L1TE engine, providing better solution availability and improved initialization times for L1 operation modes. Version 3.700 also enables ALIGN to output both master and remote positions at both receiver ends through new message logs, as well as provides an RTK position along with heading at the Remote receiver.

Sara Masterson, Portfolio Manager, Core/Survey Products commented, "NovAtel is committed to providing excellent value to our customers in the form of firmware updates and upgrades," adding, "By providing this functionality as a firmware update, customers can apply it to their existing receivers, enabling quick changeover and no downtime."

This latest firmware release and the corresponding CDU software is available at no additional charge to all OEMV customers with a current PCS subscription. By providing this functionality as a firmware update, customers can apply it to their existing receivers, enabling quick changeover and no downtime.

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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. For more information, visit:

NovAtel, OEMV and RT-2 are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. ALIGN is a trademark of NovAtel Inc.

Posted on 22/09/2009