OxTS is prepared for OmniStar Satellite Switch
On 31st March OmniStar will switch satellite beams in Europe, Middle East and North Africa. The old Europe frequency will be turned off and users will have to use the new frequency.
OxTS has been following the news from OmniStar and has already taken action to ensure that the latest RT configuration software can select the correct satellite. Customers with older software can use the advanced frequency options to select the new satellite even if they do not have the latest software.
The new satellite that must be used is the AFSAT, at 1535.080MHz and with a baud rate of 1200. This replaces the EASAT, at 1535.152 and 1200 baud, which will not be operational after 31st March 2009.
The new satellite requires receivers to be upgraded to a recent version of software, one that can support the VBS2 service. If you need to know which version of GPS firmware you are running you will need to contact OxTS. Our records show that there are very few customers remaining who are running old firmware.
Data from OxTS shows that OmniStar still has a competitive edge over EGNOS, which is free. Recent changes to the EGNOS processing in the GPS card have not quite caught up the gap between the two sets of differential corrections. OmniStar VBS still has a place for mobile surveyors who are looking to achieve the best performance vs. cost ratio.