NovAtel GNSS Receivers Provide BeiDou Support

(Calgary, Alberta, Canada, January 16th, 2013) NovAtel is pleased to announce support for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on its OEM6™ family and select OEMStar® GNSS receivers.

The long anticipated BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) Interface Control Document (ICD) release is a significant milestone that facilitates global acceptance of BeiDou into the growing range of satellite-based positioning applications.

NovAtel has a long-standing partnership with several Chinese GNSS system manufacturers. This partnership has allowed NovAtel to verify B1 and B2 signal tracking on its latest generation receivers. The company has been supplying GNSS receivers that include the BeiDou constellation since Q4 2010. Pat Fenton, NovAtel CTO stated, “We are excited to see what performance improvements BeiDou will provide to our AdVance® RTK, GL1DE® and SPAN® GNSS/INS positioning algorithms.”

BeiDou positioning has been available through NovAtel's Chinese partners utilizing the receiver Application Programming Interface (API) feature. With the BeiDou ICD made available to the public, NovAtel is now able to offer BeiDou positioning on its receiver products directly.

Firmware updates for the OEM6 and OEMStar receivers will enable tracking of the BeiDou signal in conjunction with GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and QZSS signals that are currently supported. Over the coming months NovAtel will be working with early-adopter customers to optimize their receiver positioning engines to support the BeiDou signals.

Customers interested in trialing BeiDou functionality on their receivers should contact our NovAtel Customer Support at or call 1-800-NOVATEL (1-800-668-2835).

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 a wide range of precise positioning and timing applications. These applications include survey, Geographical Information System (GIS) mapping, precision agriculture, port automation, mining, marine and defense industries. NovAtel Inc. is based in Calgary, Canada and is part of the Hexagon Group, Sweden. For more information, visit:

NovAtel, AdVance, GL1DE, SPAN and OEMStar are registered trademarks of NovAtel Inc. OEM6 is a trademark of NovAtel Inc.


Posted on 16/01/2013