Hemisphere GNSS Debuts A326 Rugged Multi-GNSS Smart Antenna
A326 Rugged Smart Antenna. Photo source: Hemisphere GNSS, Inc.
March 10, 2017
Today, at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Hemisphere GNSS, Inc. showed off its new A326 Rugged Smart Antenna.
Purpose-built for harsh machine control environments, the GNSS antenna adds another system component and allows heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers.
Designed to excel in challenging environments, the multi-frequency, multi-GNSS A326 uses Hemisphere’s Athena™ RTK engine and is Atlas® L-band capable. A326 is equipped with internal memory for data logging, download, and upload, and offers an on-board Wi-Fi hotspot. The addition of the easy-to-use webUI for quick and customized configurations makes it a versatile smart antenna, according to the company.
“When we designed this product, we targeted the highest-level user experience in terms of performance and flexibility,” says José Briceño, senior vice president of business development and product marketing. “We also considered other areas such as connectivity and customer service experience. The result is the most advanced and intelligent way of enabling customers to use high-accuracy GNSS in demanding scenarios.”
The device receives signals from GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou, and features 372 channels, as well as an update rate of 10 hertz standard, and 20 hertz optional with subscription.
The durable enclosure houses both antenna and receiver, and it can be powered through various sources. Using multiple communication ports, such as Bluetooth, wi-fi, dual-Serial, and CAN options make A326 compatible with almost any interface, Hemisphere said. The A326 GNSS smart antenna supports Athena, the company’s new core GNSS engine. Athena is designed to offer significant improvements in the areas of initialization time, robustness in very difficult operating environments, performance over long baselines, and performance under scintillation.
A326 is Atlas ready, capable of receiving corrections from Hemisphere’s Atlas global correction service and A326 is supported by Atlas Portal (www.AtlasGNSS.com), which allows users to update firmware and enable functionality, including Atlas subscriptions for accuracies from meter to sub-decimeter levels.
Also this week at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Hemisphere launched its IronOne Rugged Display & Computer for machine control applications.
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