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February 10th, 2017: NovAtel Connect and Convert 2.0 Released

Filed under: General

NovAtel’s newest Graphical User Interface (GUI) for interfacing with NovAtel’s GNSS receivers is now available for download. This new 2.0 version is engineered for use with Windows 10 and Windows 7 operating systems. (continue reading this entry…)

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December 9th, 2016: Dec 31 2016 Leap Second

Filed under: Firmware Updates/Info,General

On December 31, 2016 at 23:59:59, a positive leap second will be added into the UTC time. This may affect some users of NovAtel GLONASS capable receivers. It is recommended that if you have a GLONASS model, to check your firmware version and upgrade if necessary.

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July 7th, 2015: OmniSTAR Satellite Coverage Area Change

Filed under: General

OmniSTAR will be transitioning to a new satellite broadcast that provides a different coverage area. Users that do not use or have autotune capability in their receivers, may need to change their frequency to continue receiving corrections. The change will occur on July 21 2015 from 11:00 to 15:00 CDT. There will be a short signal outage during the transition period. (continue reading this entry…)

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July 28th, 2014: GPS Week Rollover July 2014

Filed under: General

GPS week rollover happened this weekend, Jul 26 – 27 2014. Users with outdated firmware could experience an issue with the reported GPS week showing as year 1980. It is highly recommended that is you experience this issue, you need to check your firmware version and see if an update is available. (continue reading this entry…)

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March 31st, 2014: SPAR International 2014

Filed under: General

Come see us at the SPA International 2013 show in Colorado Springs, CO from April 14 – 17. Stop by and talk with us at booth #533 about your application. We have years of experience in finding a solution for a variety of applications.

For more information see:

http://www.sparpointgroup.com/International/

 

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March 19th, 2013: SPAR International 2013

Filed under: General

Come see us at the SPAR International 2013 show in Colorado Springs, CO from April 15 – 18. You can find us at booth #508. Stop by and talk with us about your application and we will offer targeted solutions.

For more information see:

http://www.sparpointgroup.com/International/

 

 

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April 12th, 2012: SPAR International 2012

Filed under: General

Come see us at the SPAR International 2012 show in The Woodlands (Houston) Texas April 15th – 18th. The show is a great source for 3D mapping, imaging, and processing solutions. Stop by and see us at booth #26 and let’s discuss solutions for your application.

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December 18th, 2010: OEMStar Lower Power Consumption

Filed under: General,Products

With the release of firmware version 1.011, the OEMStar GPS receiver has a lower power consumption. The receiver now uses only 450mW for GPS and GLONASS tracking. It only uses 360mW for GPS-only operation. This is the lowest power consumption among the leading L1 GPS/GLONASS receivers currently available.

This lower power use makes the OEMStar ideal for battery powered projects/applications such as:

  • Handheld Data Collectors
  • Unmanned or autonomous vehicles
  • Smart Antennas

For more information on the OEMStar hardware or for model pricing, please contact SLAinc.

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January 11th, 2010: FreeWave Tool Suite 2.4

Filed under: General,Products

The latest wireless modem utility for FreeWave Technologies products is now available. You can download it from SLA Inc.

Changes/Improvements

  • New radio templating feature
  • Improved loading performance
  • New and improved interface
  • Added support for additional radio models
  • Ability to create default radio configurations
  • Reversed sort order of folders
  • Improved radio tree nodes
  • Transmit Power is now available to be changed over the air
  • Improvements to the Spectrum Tool

Download the latest Tool Suite here. Should you have any questions, or need assistance, please contact us.

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January 8th, 2010: In Memorial – Steve Lieber

Filed under: General

The first week of January 2010, we lost a close friend and colleague. Steve Lieber passed away on Jan 5 2010 in his home at the age of 72. Following his wishes, there will be no viewing or memorial service. It was not his desire for anyone to grieve over his death, but to celebrate the memory of his life.

A memorial for Steve Lieber can be found at http://www.slieber.com. There is a guestbook where everyone that knew him can say their farewells and add their own stories.

Obituary

Steven H. Lieber of League City, TX passed away on January 5, 2010 at the age of 72. He was the son of Henry and Geraldine (Frickel) Lieber of Jersey City, NJ. He graduated from Ridgewood High School and served our country in the United State Air Force. He traveled around the world in support of various U.S. Research Programs. Steve spent his career in many related industries including survey, navigation, and GPS systems. In 1987, he founded Steve Lieber & Associates, Inc. where he worked for 20 years. He recently retired which enabled him to spend more time traveling and doing what he loved most, taking pictures. Steve had a passion for nature photography. He treasured his fellow Nikonian friends and the art of photography. Steve was also a huge NASCAR fan and supporter of the Jimmy Johnson Foundation. He will be missed by many friends, family and colleagues. Following Steve’s wishes, there will be no viewing or memorial service. It was not his desire for anyone to grieve over his death, but to celebrate the memory of his life. He is survived by his sisters, Claire MacBride and Maggie Lieber. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

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November 3rd, 2009: FreeWave Tool Suite 2.2 Available

Filed under: General,Products

FreeWave Technologies has released the latest version of the Tool Suite, version 2.2.  This new version includes support for the FGRplus (diagnostics), HTplus (diagnostics), and 1.3 GHz Series of wireless radios.  There are improvements to the configuration and diagnostics sections as well as added functionality.

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September 21st, 2009: OmniSTAR Frequency Change for Europe and Africa Regions

Filed under: General

All users of the OmniSTAR VBS, XP, or HP services in the European and African regions should be aware of a frequency/satellite change.  Those users currently on the AFSAT satellite (1535.080 MHz) will need to change to the new EUSAT satellite (1537.440 MHz).  This should not affect those using the auto-tune setting (requires download of a new almanac).

The new frequency is available now.  The old frequency/satellite will be transmitting until the end of November, but due to the location change may offer poor performance.  It is highly recommended those using AFSAT change to the new EUSAT as soon as possible. (continue reading this entry…)

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July 14th, 2009: FreeWave Tool Suite 2.0.1

Filed under: General,Products

FreeWave Tool Suite version 2.0.1 is available for download. This new version fixes an issue with the dBm calculation in the previous version. You can get and apply the update through the update button in the software or you can download the latest version here.

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July 13th, 2009: Waypoint Toolbox 1.00 Beta

Filed under: General

The 1.00 Beta version of Waypoint Toolbox is available for download.  This highly requested software gives you several tools for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) users.  With an easy Graphical User Interface (GUI) you can plan, view data, and use other GPS related utilities.

What’s in the Toolbox?

  • Mission Planner
    Download GPS and/or GLONASS satellite almanac information.  This info allows you to plan your job when more satellites will be in view.
  • GPB Data Viewer
    View converted NovAtel files and display raw GPS measurements in ASCII format.
  • Plot View
    Plot view of real-time position, velocity, and altitude data.  View plots of gyro and accelerometer measurements.  Azimuth and distance measurement tools can be used here also.
  • Polar Satellite Observation Viewer
    Monitor satellite availability and projected path or view constellation information from almanac or collected data.
  • Google Earth Export
    Export data to .kml format to view data in Google Earth.

The Waypoint Toolbox can be downloaded at:  http://www.novatel.com/products/waypoint_pps.htm#waypoint_software

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June 26th, 2009: FreeWave Tool Suite

Filed under: General,Products

FreeWave’s EZ Config has recently been replaced with the new Tool Suite.  FreeWave’s Tool Suite is a Graphical User Interface (GIU) that allows easy configuration, programming, and troubleshooting of your FreeWave wireless radios.  This free software utility is a great alternative to using a terminal program such as HyperTerminal for setting up your radios.  It allows for quick setup of several telemetry radios either by direct connection or over a radio network.

  • Intuitive user interface
  • Manage multiple radio networks and multiple frequencies
  • Centralized management of diagnostic data
  • Manage multiple configurations from a central storage location
  • Detailed reporting section

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