NovAtel Announces New BeiDou Capability for Its GNSS Products

NovAtel has announced support for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on its OEM6 family and selected OEMStar GNSS receivers.

The long-anticipated BeiDou Interface Control Document (ICD) release is a
significant milestone that facilitates global acceptance of the Chinese
GNSS system into the growing range of satellite-based positioning
applications, the company says.

NovAtel has announced support for the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System on its OEM6 family and selected OEMStar GNSS receivers.

The long-anticipated BeiDou Interface Control Document (ICD) release is a
significant milestone that facilitates global acceptance of the Chinese
GNSS system into the growing range of satellite-based positioning
applications, the company says.

NovAtel has a long-standing partnership with several Chinese GNSS system
manufacturers that has allowed the Calgary, Canada–based company to
verify B1 and B2 signal tracking on its latest generation receivers.
NovAtel has been supplying GNSS receivers that include the BeiDou
constellation for more than two years.

Pat Fenton, NovAtel CTO, said of the ICD’s release, “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
using a receiver application programming interface (API) feature. With
an official BeiDou ICD now publicly available, 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. According to the company,
over the coming months NovAtel will be working with early-adopter
customers to optimize their receiver positioning engines to support the
BeiDou signals.

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