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June 15th, 2021: OmniSTAR Service Beam Change

Filed under: General

OmniSTAR satellite beams in North America will be transitioning to a single satellite beam. This will affect all North America users of OmniSTAR VBS, XP, G2, and HP services. The new frequency will be available starting on Jun 15 2021. Transition will need to be completed by Jul 26 2021.

Current Beams

RegionSatellite NameFrequency (MHz)Baud Rate (bps)
Eastern USMSV-E1557.84501200
Central USMSV-C1557.83501200
Western USMSV-W1557.85501200

New Beam

RegionSatellite NameFrequency (MHz)Baud Rate (bps)
North America and CanadaCONNA1555.78851200

Users currently using Auto-tune setting in their receivers should update to the new frequency automatically if powered up during the transitioning period. Some users may require a manual tune to the new frequency due to configuration, hardware, or firmware limitation. Instructions for manually tuning your receiver can be found at https://www.omnistar.com/Support/ReceiverInformation.aspx

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October 21st, 2020: NovAtel 7.08.00 Firmware Available

Filed under: Firmware Updates/Info

NovAtel has released OEM7 firmware version 7.08.00 for OEM719, OEM729, OEM7700, OEM7720, OEM7500, OEM7600, PwrPak7, CPT7. New features are support for tracking BeiDou B2b signal and new PwrPak7Q-E2 and PwrPak7DQ-E2. The new Q series offer the PwrPak7 without WiFi, but retains on-board data logging.

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August 1st, 2020: Kaarta Cloud

Filed under: Products

Kaarta has announced their Kaarta Cloud service. This service offloads the processing of your Kaarta Stencil, Contour, or Stencil Pro so that you can accomplish other important tasks.

You can upload your data directly from a Kaarta system or from your desktop. Kaarta Loud handles the data with their high-performance parallel-processed network.

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August 1st, 2020: Carlson BRx7 Receiver

Filed under: Products

BRx7 Receiver

The BRx7 all-in-one GNSS receiver and antenna is a multi-constellation, multi-communication unit in an IP67-rated enclosure. It tracks GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, QZSS, IRNSS, and Atlas corrections.

Multiple communications options make this a versatile receiver for just about any application. It has Bluetooth, WiFi, Serial, USB, Cellular, UHF (410 – 470 MHz) or Spread Spectrum (902.4 – 928 MHz) for ultimate flexibility.

BRx7 Datasheet

For more information or pricing, contact us.

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June 7th, 2020: KAARTA Stencil Pro

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The Stencil Pro by KAARTA is now available. This 3D scanner is the top of the line with a number of features and rugged design. It is capable of producing 360 degree high resolution color point clouds. The IP65 rating makes the Stencil Pro perfect for a range of applications and environments.

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May 29th, 2020: KAARTA 3D Scanning Products Now Available

Filed under: General,Products

High quality, high resolution KAARTA 3D scanning products are now available from Steve Lieber and Associates, Inc. These products allow you to make amazing 3D point clouds of outdoor or indoor areas for a variety of applications.

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January 31st, 2020: Waypoint 8.90 Released

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NovAtel has released version 8.90 of their Inertial Explorer, Inertial Explorer Xpress, GrafNav, and GrafNet post processing software packages. New feature PPP-AR (Precise Point Positioning Ambiguity Resolution) uses data from TerraStar-NRT to improve horizontal accuracy on short surveys up to 45%. You have the option to apply automated vehicle constraints when processing. This will be the last version to support 32-bit.

All Waypoint users with a current PCS qualify for this upgrade at no cost. Contact us for information on upgrading to 8.90.

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October 24th, 2019: Carlson 2020

Filed under: General

Carlson Software has released version 2020 of their software packages. There are over 250 new or updated features. It is now a 64-bit installation, so you need a 64-bit computer to install. 32-bit installations are no longer available.

Carlson 2020 supports AutoCAD 2020 and includes InteliCAD 9.2. It features a settings migration wizard to port custom settings from one installation to another. See below for a full list of the improvements/updates.

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September 20th, 2019: NovAtel OEM7 7.07.03 Released

Filed under: Firmware Updates/Info

NovAtel has released version 7.07.03 firmware for the OEM7 series of GNSS receivers. This firmware is for | OEM719 | OEM729 | OEM7700 | OEM7720 | OEM7500 | OEM7600 | PP7 | PP7D | CPT7 | GT7800 | receivers.

This firmware release adds support for the newly announced TerraStar-X service. For more information and download information, please contact us.

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September 10th, 2019: TerraStar-X Announced

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NovAtel has announced TerraStar-X for use in the mid-west. TerraStar-X boasts a 2.5 cm horizontal accuracy in about a minute. It can be used in a variety of applications such as agriculture, construction, and survey.

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August 1st, 2019: NovAtel OEM7 Firmware 7.07.01 Released

Filed under: Firmware Updates/Info

OEM7 firmware version 7.07.01 (OM7MR0701RN0000, EP7PR0701RN0000) is now available for NovAtel OEM GNSS receivers. It is for OEM719, OEM729, OEM7700, OEM7720, OEM7500, OEM7600, PP7, PP7D, CPT7. This release is NOT for SMART7 or SMART2.

There are improvements to marine and rail profiles, SPAN system convergence robustness, and commands/logs changes. Some of the OEM6 SPAN commands are removed in this new version, so be sure to read the documentation for upgrading.

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July 26th, 2019: NovAtel Smart2 Announced

Filed under: Products

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NovAtel has introduced their latest generation smart antenna, the SMART2™. It is their entry-level all-in-one GNSS receiver and antenna featuring dual-frequency and multi-constellation tracking.

This latest generation smart antenna tracks GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS, SBAS, and TerraStar-L. It has an integrated magnetic mount and a wide 7 to 30 volts power input range.

Optional Bluetooth connectivity, optional terrain compensation for uneven terrain is great for auto-steer applications. For more information and pricing details, contact us.

SMART2 Datasheet

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March 12th, 2019: Waypoint 8.80 Released

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Novatel’s Waypoint 8.80 is now available. This new version includes Inertial Explorer, GrafNav/GrafNet, and Inertial Explorer Express. All Waypoint users with current PCS (Post Contractual Support) will be eligible for this new version.

Key New Features

  • TerraStar-NRT option that provides high-rate precise satellite orbit and clock corrections for GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou, and QZSS systems. These are typically available within minutes for quicker workflow.
  • Option to choose L1/L2 or L1/L5 frequencies for solutions.
  • Better accuracy for pedestrian and vehicle applications
  • 64-bit support for quicker processing
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December 14th, 2018: NovAtel SPAN-CPT (OEM6) EOL Notice

Filed under: Products

NovAtel Inc has announced the End Of Life (EOL) for the SPAN-CPT series GNSS receiver with integrated IMU. The recommended replacement is the SPAN CPT7 series receiver.

Orders for the SPAN-CPT (OEM6) can be placed through February 28 2019 or until inventory is depleted.

Support for the SPAN-CPT (OEM6) will continue through May 31 2022.

Should you have any questions, or would like to place an order before they’re no longer available, please contact us.

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December 4th, 2018: OmniSTAR AORE Broadcast Discontinued

Filed under: General,Products

OmniSTAR Correction Services Will Be Discontinued On AORE Satellite Beam. This affects all OmniSTAR subscription services (VBS, XP, G2, and HP) that are currently using the AORE frequency/beam. The services will continue to be available on other satellite beams.

The broadcast for AORE will stop on December 18, 2018. It is recommended that customers currently using the AORE beam to change their receiver’s settings to use the current frequency/beam for your location. A table is below that shows the available beams/frequencies.

RegionSatellite BeamFrequency (MHz)Baud Rate (bps)
Eastern North AmericaMSV-E1557.84501200
Central North AmericaMSV-C1557.83501200
Europe, Africa, and Middle EastESAT1539.91251200
South AmericaASAT1539.93251200

If you have additional questions, or need help changing the frequency on your receiver, please contact us.

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