NovAtel introduces positioning solutions for space-constrained systems

May 1, 2018  - By

NovAtel has introduced several new precision positioning solutions for space-constrained applications. With enhanced positioning accuracy in a compact form, the PwrPak7D, PwrPak7DE1 and OEM7600 are suitable for automotive, airborne and other smaller unmanned systems.

PwrPak7D and PwrPak7D-E1 are dual-antenna, multi-frequency enclosures, and the OEM7600 receiver board, plus NovAtel’s new Waypoint Inertial Explorer Express post-processing software are being showcased this week at AUVSI Xponential 2018.

Dual-Antenna, Multi-Frequency Enclosures

The new PwrPak7D enclosure. (Photo: NovAtel)

The new PwrPak7D enclosure. (Photo: NovAtel)

NovAtel’s new PwrPak7D and PwrPak7D-E1 enclosures provide space efficiency without sacrificing position accuracy and heading stability, even in stationary, slow-moving or hovering dynamics.

The PwrPak7D-E1 enclosure integrates an inertial measurement unit (IMU) with NovAtel’s OEM7720 dual-antenna receiver board to deliver GNSS and inertial navigation system (INS) capabilities.

When combined with NovAtel’s SPAN technology, positioning and attitude performance is optimized during extended GNSS outages.

Both the PwrPak7D and PwrPak7D-E1 include NovAtel’s Interference Toolkit with advanced interference detection
and mitigation features applicable to all stages of integration. A web user interface, accessible through Ethernet or
Wi-Fi, allows for quick and easy system configuration and control.

OEM7600 Receiver Board for Smaller Autonomous Systems

The OEM7600 receiver board. (Photo: NovAtel)

The OEM7600 receiver board. (Photo: NovAtel)

The OEM7600 receiver board features NovAtel’s high-performance positioning solutions in an extremely small form factor, wrapped with protective shielding to isolate emissions from surrounding electronics in confined spaces.

This new receiver integrates easily with NovAtel’s SPAN technology to optimize performance during extended GNSS outages.

The new OEM7600 will be commercially available this summer.

New Post-Processing Software for UAVs and Small Project Areas

Inertial Explorer Xpress centroid circle. (Image: NovAtel)

Inertial Explorer Xpress centroid circle. (Image: NovAtel)

Also at Xponential 2018, NovAtel is introducing Inertial Explorer Xpress (IEX), a cost-effective, post-processing software for GNSS+INS datasets.

Inertial Explorer Express provides the same core processing and utilities as the
Waypoint Inertial Explorer software for applications including unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and smaller projects.

Inertial Explorer Express will produce centimeter-level position and attitude solutions compatible for lidar, camera and other sensor data with faster processing times and reduced complexity

“We are very excited to be introducing our new OEM7-based and Inertial Explorer solutions at Xponential 2018,” said Neil Gerein, director of product management at NovAtel. “These systems provide robust positioning and accuracy in a compact footprint for UAVs and smaller autonomous projects. An advanced range of software options, including NovAtel’s tightly coupled GNSS+Inertial SPAN technology and Interference Toolkit, provide assured positioning anywhere.”

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.