NovAtel Adds New IMU to its SPAN™ GNSS/INS Product Line

Highly stable, low noise IMU-LCI™ ideal for airborne and ground survey applications

SPAN Product Manager: Jason Hamilton (403) 295-4953
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, May 5th, 2010) - NovAtel Inc., (NovAtel) an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) of satellite based precise positioning technology, announced today the latest product in its GNSS/INS SPAN product family, the IMU-LCI. The IMU-LCI contains a Northrop Grumman sensor that provides the low noise and stability required for applications requiring precise positioning and attitude.

NovAtel's SPAN (Synchronous Position, Attitude and Navigation) products tightly-couple NovAtel's precise GNSS technology with highly accurate inertial measurement technology to provide a robust, stable and continuous position, velocity and attitude solution.

The IMU-LCI is a tactical-grade IMU with fiber-optic gyros and micro-mechanical accelerometers. The low-noise and highly stable sensor characteristics of both the gyros and the accelerometers make this sensor an excellent choice for airborne and ground survey applications. IMU-LCI is compatible with the latest SPAN receiver products, including the SPAN-SE enclosed receiver system and the SPAN-MPPC receiver card-stack.

With IMU components manufactured in Europe, and final assembly occurring in Canada, this IMU is not subject to the US-ITAR. Its export requires Canadian export approvals only.

First shipments of IMU-LCI IMUs will take place in June 2010. For more information on the IMU-LCI, go to:

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.

NovAtel is a registered trademark of NovAtel Inc. SPAN and IMU-LCI are trademarks of NovAtel Inc.

Posted on 05/05/2010