NovAtel Announces New SPAN® MEMS Enclosed Receiver

PRODUCT MANAGER, SPAN: Sheena Dixon (403) 730-4664
MARKETING COMMUNICATIONS: Lori Winkler (403) 730-4677

(Hanover, Germany, October 10, 2012) - Today at Intergeo, NovAtel Inc., the world's leading supplier of OEM Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) components and subsystems, announced the addition of a new commercially exportable single-enclosure SPAN MEMS receiver to its line of SPAN GNSS/INS products. Available Q1 2013, the low power, lightweight SPAN MEMS enclosure incorporates a diminutive Micro Electromechanical Systems (MEMS) Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) and a NovAtel high precision OEM615 GNSS/INS SPAN receiver to provide continuously available position, velocity and attitude (roll, pitch, yaw) in a small, single-unit form factor.

Jason Hamilton, Director of Marketing at NovAtel stated, “This product ensures we meet crucial price/performance and size/weight requirements for our customers.” Adding, “By integrating this IMU with our powerful OEM6 GNSS/INS SPAN engine, which provides many advanced positioning options such as AdVance® RTK, ALIGN® heading technology and RAIM, we are able to offer a GNSS/INS solution for a wide range of applications.”

The lightweight SPAN MEMS enclosure provides a rugged housing for demanding applications. Serial and USB communication interfaces plus several I/O options support additional peripherals. An embedded wheel sensor interface is also available to enhance GNSS outage bridging capabilities. Tight-coupling of the GNSS and inertial technologies enables continuous, robust positioning in difficult environments where satellite signals are unreliable or unavailable for short periods of time.

This product will be available as an integrated single-enclosure SPAN solution, enclosed standalone IMU for use with external SPAN-enabled receivers, and as an OEM component.

Shipments of the new receiver start Q1 2013 with OEM availability Q4 2012. A limited supply of enclosure evaluation units will be available in Q4 for integrators looking to get a head start on their projects. Interested customers can visit NovAtel at Intergeo in Hall 9, Booth A36 or contact a NovAtel representative for further details or to schedule an evaluation.


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. The Company maintains its leadership position through significant R&D investment focusing on the modernized Global Positioning System (GPS) 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, ALIGN and AdVance are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. OEM6 and OEM615 are trademarks of NovAtel.

Posted on 10/10/2012