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OxTS to release new IMU board for integrators

OxTS are pleased to announce the release of its new MEMs IMU Advanced DevKit (ADK) for system integrators. Built around a new performance platform, the ADK has been designed so that system integrators can experience the full gamut of OxTS’s INS capabilities. The oversized design allows an integrator to explore and select the modular elements that are important to their specific needs which OxTS will then convert into a bespoke size and performance customer solution. The ADK, available upon request for short-term evaluation, includes the OxTS IMU, primary and secondary receivers, antennas, 2.4 & 5GHz wireless support, on-board storage, ethernet switch and an array of connections. In addition to being easy to set-up and use, a member of the OxTS application engineering team will liaise with system integrators to ensure that they can quickly establish the suitability and configuration options that best fit their development needs. Contact sales@oxts.com to request an evaluation.
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OxTS launches new RT1003

a small 2cm GNSS/INS system for space constrained applications The new RT1003 from OxTS is a compact, single-box GNSS/INS system specifically developed to fit into ADAS testing targets such as pedestrian or cyclist rigs, target carrier platforms and other soft crash targets. The new RT1003 from OxTS is a dedicated product designed to deliver just the right balance of performance and features at a very attractive price point for all size and weight critical ADAS validation needs. Following the Global NCAP, NHTSA, IILS organisation roadmap, the RT1003 is another step on the road to NCAP success by delivering superior practical hardware solutions in the form of a compact, single-box product for space-constrained target solutions. The RT1003 has dual GNSS receivers (GPS and GLONASS capable) for accurate, stable heading even during slow manoeuvres like during the Euro NCAP pedestrian tests.  The RT1003 can achieve 2 cm RTK positional accuracy and outputs real-time data over Ethernet, CAN and serial with low latency. It comes with a driving robot interface making it ideal for use with AB Dynamics driving robots. Its 10 g (optional 30 g) accelerometers make it ideal for automotive applications where space is limited. Like all other RT GNSS/INS systems from OxTS, the RT1003 can be upgraded at any time and is shipped with all necessary cables, antennas and includes the NAVsuite configuration, data analysis and reporting software. What makes this product unique, apart from its small form factor and attractive price, is that it is export control free and can be shipped and operated worldwide without any export licences. So whether you’re an automotive engineer doing winter testing in the northern hemisphere or integrating the RT1003 into your target platforms – shipping won’t be any hassle with the RT1003. To find out more about the RT1003, click here….
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Validating traffic sign recognition systems? New tool makes it easier and quicker to survey Feature Points with RT-Range S

With the latest software update, the user interface of the OxTS RT-Range software has been enhanced to make real-time testing of vision based ADAS sensors, capable of detecting road signs or traffic signals, much quicker. OxTS’ unique Feature Point technology means automotive engineers can create feature point files representing objects such as traffic lights or road signs and then load them into the RT-Range. The RT-Range can then output all standard range measurements (longitudinal range, lateral range, resultant range, time-to-impact etc.) once the feature point enters the sensors’ field-of-view. This gives users almost limitless freedom when planning realistic test scenarios for validating vision based ADAS sensors. RT-Range software with new Feature Point Survey wizard   The new Feature Point survey tool now makes it even easier to collect these points before loading them into the RT-Range Hunter. The Feature Point Survey Wizard is designed to allow engineers to quickly and efficiently create Feature Point files using the real-time position information being output by the OxTS RT systems. Points can be created in response to a button press, or at regular time/distance intervals. Each new point is automatically numbered, and is fully defined using the current lat/lon, altitude and heading. Setting up a sensor's field-of-view in RT-Range software   Feature Point Surveys conducted over large areas can be carried out swiftly by mounting the RT system in a vehicle, and applying a displaced output to it. The displaced output should relate to a marked position on the vehicle perimeter, such as the front bumper. The driver can then simply drive up to points of interest until the displaced output point is touching the object, then press a button to create a Feature Point. All data points can be manually edited afterwards if it’s not possible to drive directly to the desired location. Once saved, Feature Point files can simply be uploaded to an RT-Range system. Feature points enter field-of-view   The RT-Range is one of the most comprehensive and trusted solutions used globally for developing advanced driver assistance systems. Being able to conduct tests with multiple mobile targets, fixed targets as well as feature point targets such as road signs, is just one of the reasons the RT-Range is so popular with automotive engineers. For more information on how the RT-Range can help you, or to discuss your own specific requirements, please contact OxTS directly or your national OxTS representative.
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OxTS—your partner for bespoke application projects

Our goal is to help make our customers even more successful. At OxTS we want to continuously improve and give our users the best performance and experience possible . We have a dedicated Application Engineering department that works directly with customers to undertake custom engineering projects allowing you to always get more out of your OxTS product. Whether you are a vehicle manufacturer needing to adapt our products for a specialist test, a mobile mapping company looking to integrate our INS with other on-board sensors or you need a hardware adaptation for your autonomous vehicle project—we can help. As a technology driven company, we employ some of the brightest minds in our Application Engineering department. This ensures we offer world-class inertial navigation and GNSS expertise backed up with the skills required for successful implementation of bespoke application projects. So, by utilising our application engineering team, you will be free to concentrate on what you do best while we create a custom solution for you. Our Application Engineering team can undertake engineering projects to integrate OxTS products and board-sets within existing or future systems; integrate third-party products (for example GNSS receivers, sensors, cameras…) with an existing OxTS INS or boardset; or help customers using OxTS hardware by developing time-saving software and hardware for a specific test procedure or measurement. Why should you use us? Expertise/Technical strength Variety of experience Tight project management/Processes Partnership/ Named contact Minimise financial overheads     Our dedicated Application Engineering team is here to help you. Whatever your problem – talk to us! We look forward to hearing from you. Here is how we work: Contact us today to discuss your projects!
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Latest NAVsuite software release now available

The latest version of the NAVsuite software package from OxTS is now available. Below is a list of the major changes in this release. Make sure your systems stay up to date with the latest firmware to take advantage of newly released features and software by purchasing a Support Contract.   New GNSS receiver support Recently the GNSS receivers in the RT2500, xNAV500, and Inertial+ were updated with the latest generation, bringing GLONASS support to these products. Read more about the update here. This release adds full support for the new hardware and the GLONASS option on those models.     inMOTIONx support This release also adds full support for the recently released inMOTIONx product, ensuring you can properly configure, process, and view dynamic data captured with the miniature INS. Designed with automotive applications in mind, the inMOTIONx is small enough to be integrated into moving platform targets for ADAS testing and can interface with driving robots for precise path following.     NAVdisplay Test & Save enhancements The Test & Save utility for NAVdisplay has been improved and now has the ability to interpolate data for the CSV export. The Test & Save plugin is extremely useful for a number of ADAS or vehicle dynamics tests that require multiple data sets triggered on certain conditions. For example, an engineer performing a brake test may need to start logging a separate data file once a specified speed has been reached, and then stopping the file once the speed reaches zero. The Test & Save utility allows users to easily review data only relevant to their tests.   Other changes A few other minor changes have also been made for this release. NAVdisplay now displays some tips and tricks on startup to help users get going and maybe teach them something new. The Garage mode setting is now available in the Options page of NAVconfig for the Survey+, Inertial+, and xNAV products. The Terrastar-C PPP service is supported and properly displayed when enabled on compatible devices. The default GNSS weighting when configuring an xNAV has been changed from medium to high, since xNAVs are most often used on UAVs in open sky conditions. A number of various bug fixes are also included.
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New generation of GNSS receivers bring GLONASS support

The OxTS RT2500, xNAV200/500, and Inertial+ inertial navigation systems have undergone a hardware update to replace the integrated GNSS receivers with the latest generation available, bringing GLONASS support to these products. Now for the first time, every INS available from OxTS is capable of tracking the GLONASS constellation. The benefit of adding GLONASS tracking to your receiver is the ability to see and utilise a larger number of satellites, an extra 24 to choose from on top of the 30 from GPS. This becomes particularly important in environments that have poor sky visibility such as urban canyons. Having a larger number of possible satellites overhead makes it more likely that even with limited visibility, there will still be enough in view to calculate a robust position solution. The new hardware in these products also means they will now be able to take advantage of the recent developments in OxTS data processing. Dual antenna models like the xNAV and RT2502 will have their heading greatly improved with the addition of GLONASS, which can now be enabled on the secondary receiver for heading calculations and a more robust solution. Additionally, all new models with GLONASS will be able to make use of the raw GNSS data with tight-coupling in gx/ix™ processing, further improving performance in poor GNSS environments. Contact us for more information or register your interest for a demo system to try out
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OxTS unveils new self-contained base station for centimetre level accuracy in all-weather

The new RT-Base S from Oxford Technical Solutions represents a complete redesign of their self-contained portable base station, which can be used to achieve centimetre level GNSS accuracy in all weathers. The IP65-rated system is now smaller and lighter, while also providing a number of enhanced features to make it both easier to use and quicker to setup in real-world applications. In response to customer feedback, the RT-Base S is now 22% lighter at 11.9kg, and has shrunk by almost 20%. This helps when transporting lots of equipment in a car prior to a test, or when it is necessary to fly equipment out to a test location. However, OxTS engineers haven't compromised on performance. The RT-Base S can still achieve centimetre level accuracy in all-weather thanks to its IP65 protection and wide-range of operating temperatures. As well as transmitting differential corrections in one of six popular formats via the built-in radio modem, the RT-Base S also outputs corrections via Ethernet. If the RT Base S supplied with an optional Wi-Fi module instead of radio modems, it's able to transmit corrections via Wi-Fi, which is particularly useful to customers using our vehicle-to-vehicle RT-Range system; or when local restrictions prevent the use of radio modems. For complete piece of mind, as well as broadcasting corrections for use in real-time, the RT-Base S also logs corrections internally for later download. The ability to log corrections means that if for some reason a rover fails to receive corrections during testing—perhaps because it has been driven out of range or the signal is being blocked by buildings—they can simply be download later and applied in post-processing. Without this logging ability, the test would either need to be repeated, or the data from every rover in the test would need to be post-processed using an independent correction source. Setting up the RT-Base S is now even easier as the system is capable of loading up to 10 previously used locations from memory, or it can average a position over a user-definable period of time. Surveyed locations can be entered and set-up via the free configuration software, and once powered-up, the batteries in the RT-Base S will keep it going for a minimum of 24 hours, even in temperatures as low as -10 °C. As you would expect, the RT-Base S works seamlessly with OxTS' extensive range of GNSS-aided inertial navigation systems, but is not limited to them. In fact, the RT-Base S can be set-up to work with most GNSS receivers capable of receiving DGNSS corrections. This makes the RT-Base S an incredibly useful and powerful piece of equipment for anyone who needs a stand-alone, portable, all-weather base station that can be turned-on and forgotten about. For more information on the RT-Base S, or to arrange a demonstration, please email the OxTS sales team at sales@oxts.com, or contact your local OxTS representative.   OxTS is a leading worldwide supplier of GNSS-aided inertial navigation systems to the automotive, survey and UAV industries. Their products are known
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Networked DGPS allows differential corrections to be shared from one vehicle to multiple vehicles in a WLAN network

Differential GPS corrections being received by one OxTS device can now be shared wirelessly between multiple devices in a WLAN thanks to the networked DGPS feature in the latest release of NAVsuite. While this enhancement saves money and reduces system complexity, it also gives car manufacturers even greater flexibility when evaluating ADAS sensors in public traffic. Differential GNSS corrections can be transmitted or received on the IP network, e.g. over the RT-XLAN, allowing multiple devices to share a single correction source. This means only one INS on a network needs to receive those corrections on a serial interface from an external source, such as NTRIP via a radio or modem. That INS then acts as the "Network Corrections Transmitter (NCT)" and sends the corrections over the network as UDP datagrams. Other INS units on the network act as "Network Corrections Receivers (NCR)" capturing the UDP broadcast differential corrections and using them as if they had been received directly via a radio modem.             Using this system reduces complexity in situations where multiple RTs need DGPS corrections as only one pair of radio modems needs to be used. Customers can configure this feature in the “Differential corrections” window in the “Options” tab of NAVconfig (see screenshot below). For more information please contact Support (support@oxts.com) or your local rep.                                
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Dual receiver systems get improvement with GLONASS heading calculations

OxTS has improved its GNSS navigation processing so that it can now take advantage of GLONASS signals in the dual antenna heading calculations. Our dual receiver inertial navigation systems like the RT3000, Survey+, and xNAV are able to use GLONASS, which can now also be enabled on the secondary receiver. The benefit of utilising GLONASS on the secondary receiver is that once heading is initialised, there should be significantly more satellites in view meaning the heading solution will be more robust. More satellites means it is easier for the Kalman filter to reject bad updates from multipath effects and refine the heading to achieve the most accurate solution. These benefits aren’t only available to new customers either. Existing users with dual antenna systems can easily upgrade their INS in the field to take advantage of the new enhancements. Contact sales@oxts.com for more information. This is only the beginning however, as we plan to continue development and always strive to improve performance. The coming projects will not only improve heading performance after initialisation but will help speed up heading initialisation to begin with, particularly useful for users who require static initialisation. To make sure you can get access to these enhancements as soon as they’re available, don’t forget to look at the OxTS Support Contracts.
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World’s first INS integration with Locata: OxTS Inertial+

OxTS have successfully integrated a Locata receiver with their Inertial+ to create the world’s first Locata+INS device—capable of achieving centimetre level accuracy where GPS systems fail. Locata is an innovative positioning system designed to complement rather than replace GPS, by addressing the issues and shortfalls of a Global Positioning System. As always, the Inertial+ allows Locata users to take advantage of their existing technology while enjoying the extra layer of measurements an aided-inertial navigation system brings. One of the many benefits of Locata is that it enables positioning in environments where GPS is either marginal or unavailable. Instead of using signals from satellites, a local network of ground-based transmitters can be set up to send GPS-like signals for a Locata receiver to calculate position and timing from. However, unlike GPS where signals are so weak they cannot penetrate into buildings, Locata’s signals are very powerful—approximately one million times more powerful than GPS. Additionally, the benefit of having a local-based system rather than global satellite system is that a Locata system can be set up in areas where GPS is unusable or unreliable, such as inside warehouses, on dockyards, or in open-pit mines. OxTS inertial navigation technology + Locata positioning By combining the technologies of an inertial navigation system and a local positioning system, users have access to an extremely reliable and robust navigation solution. Locata positioning data is fused with the IMU data in the Inertial+ with OxTS' custom Kalman Filter, creating a full 3D navigation solution with precise position, orientation, heading, velocity, and acceleration measurements. To learn more about Locata and the benefits of an alternative positioning technology, visit www.locata.com. For more information on the Inertial+ and how it can improve your GNSS or Locata system, visit the Inertial+ webpage or contact Sales.
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