Inertial+ software release September 2011

Software Releases

September 22, 2011

Many customers already use the Inertial+ navigation system in combination with a GPS receiver to obtain continuous position and highly accurate orientation measurements. We have updated the Inertial+ software and added many new features that our customers on a support contract can now benefit from.

Inertial+ interface to NavCom’s SF-3050

148_SF3050The latest I+ software features an interface for the NavCom SF-3050 GNSS receiver. By combining the SF-3050 receiver with the Inertial+ navigation system you can remove jumps from the position measurements, increase the output data rate and include orientation measurements with your data. The NavCom receiver supports GPS, GLONASS and Galileo. The SF-3050 allows reception of NavCom’s StarFire satellite based correction service providing better than 10cm positioning accuracy without the use of a base-station. Centimetre level accuracy can be obtained with a local base-station. Read more…



Reliable GNSS in urban conditions

148_SF3050dataYou need reliable positioning in the city but your GNSS receiver is not measuring what you want. See how an Inertial+ can improve things for you with this data from London. The SF-3050 is one of the best receivers we have seen in urban conditions but the Inertial+ can still make a big improvement to its outputs. To show how good the Inertial+ and the SF-3050 are together we drove off to London on a route designed to upset even the most capable GNSS receiver. We looped round some back streets and down small alleys with high buildings to make the task more difficult. To see the test data click here…



Using the Inertial+’s improved configuration

148_ConfigurationOxTS is releasing a quick way to save the Kalman filter’s improved configuration into the Inertial+. Why is this useful? You’ve driven and warmed up your Inertial+. The Kalman filter has learned some critical parameters about your configuration, like the mounting angle of the two GPS antennas used for heading and the mounting angle of the Inertial+ in the vehicle. It has improved the measurement of the external GPS antenna position. Wouldn’t it be good to use these values next time you turned on your Inertial+? With the new version of i+config it is easy to save the improved configuration and use it each time the Inertial+ starts up in the future. Read more…



OxTS UDP server

148_UDPOxTS is releasing a beta version of our UDP server for the Inertial+ and RT products. The UDP server will share the information from any Inertial+ and RT products so that several applications can access them at the same time. The OxTS UDP Server installs as a service and opens the port when the computer starts. This ensures that no application can open the port before the server. When each application starts it will look for the OxTS UDP Server before it tries to open the port. If the server is there then it will get data from the server instead of from the port. Read more… »




Optech file output

148_OTAOxTS is releasing a new output format that is compatible with Optech laser scanners. These laser scanners are often used in combination with the OxTS inertial navigation systems for mobile mapping projects. This new format is output by RT Post-process, which translates NCOM data to the new format. The format works with the Optech ILRIS scanners for mobile mapping applications. The ASCII format output by OxTS will have a “.ota” file extension and can have GPS time, latitude, longitude, ellipsoidal altitude, roll, pitch as well as heading. Read more… »




Combined CNav-C and inertial navigation

148_VesselOxTS is launching a dedicated interface to their Inertial+ product family for the C&C Technologies C-Nav3050 receiver. By attaching the C-Nav3050 to an OxTS Inertial+2, the output of the Inertial+2 will also be accurate to 10cm. The Inertial+2 can displace its output to other locations on the ship so the location of other sensors can be located with similar accuracy too. After all, it is rarely the position of the GNSS antenna that needs to be measured accurately. Using the outputs of the C-Nav3050 the Inertial+2 is able to measure roll and pitch to 0.03 degrees and heading accurate to 0.15 degrees. It is able to output at a high, 100Hz data rate. Read more…



More languages added to the I+ software

148_LanguagesThe i+config software supports multiple languages. In addition to English, the I+ Config software is also available in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish. In the latest version of i+config we have now included a Chinese translation and we expect to add even more languages in future software releases. Inertial+ users can select the required language from the drop-down menu at the bottom of i+config. The translation of our software reflects our commitment to being a truly international company and shows our effort to make our products easy to use – anywhere in the world.




List of all Inertial+ software improvements

148_AllSoftwareChangesEveryone in our R&D department has worked hard over the last few months to improve the Inertial+ software and to add useful, new features for our customers. We have also integrated yet another GPS receiver into the Inertial+. This has been a big software release with many important changes to the Inertial+ software. The main ones are summarised here in our Inertial+ software release newsletter.

If you would like to read the full list of software changes on our website, please click here…»



Intergeo 2011 – booth A.71

148_Intergeo_2011OxTS is going to exhibit at the Intergeo, held in Nuremberg, Germany from 27th to 29th September 2011. The booth will feature the Inertial+, a turnkey INS/GPS solution for airborne and land-based survey and mapping applications. The Inertial+ provides highly accurate position and reliable orientation data in real-time, even under the most demanding GPS conditions. The compact Inertial+ system is already used worldwide for applications like road profiling, airborne LiDAR surveys, and other mobile mapping projects. See us on booth A.71 to find out more about our compact inertial and GPS navigation systems.



Small research aircraft measures volcanic ash cloud

148_AshCloudThe ash cloud which travelled to Australia after the recent Chilean volcano eruption has led to hundreds of flight cancellations, 200,000 stranded passengers and cost the airlines an estimated $21 million. Jorg Hacker, OxTS customer and scientist at Airborne Research Australia, has equipped a small aircraft with high-tech measurement systems and is now able to fly through ash clouds in order to quantify the amount of ash particles in the air. This will give the airline industry more scientific information on their decision making whether to cancel flights or not. Read the story here…»