Velocity

2014

NovAtel's Annual Journal of GNSS Technology Solutions and Innovation

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geomatics 2014 For more Solutions visit http://www.novatel.com velocity 23 LED BY GEOSPATIAL INNOVATOR Roman Kathofer, Canadian-based Frontier Geomat- ics specializes in developing tailored airborne and mobile mapping solutions to meet some of today's most intensive, unique and challenging projects from tracking high voltage power lines to mapping wildfire hotspots. Kathofer says, "Every customer has a unique set of challenges and requirements. We don't pro- vide turnkey solutions—we develop optimized, tailored hardware systems that mesh with exist- ing equipment, expertise and processes. We try to make it all fit within the designated budget while meeting our customer's short and long-term mapping objectives." In the following, Kathofer provides insight into how he and his team match Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) plus Inertial Navigation System (INS) solutions with today's wide range of camera systems to achieve cost effective, high- performing navigation solutions. Begin with Flexibility Integrating LIDAR systems, film and digital cameras, GNSS receivers and Inertial Measure- ment Units (IMU) as well as flight management systems into a seamless mapping solution— within a reasonable budget—isn't something that can be bought off-the-shelf or pulled out of a box. Most airborne mapping specialists have com- piled their favorite cameras, sensors and flight systems from multiple manufacturers. These experts look to Frontier Geomatics to in- tegrate their existing and new hardware systems (or to recommend new hardware) with advanced accuracy/positioning technology to improve op- erational processes and/or data workflow. A key part of Frontier Geomatics customized solution fit is the modular SPAN ® positioning and attitude measurement system, which includes a deeply- coupled GNSS receiver with an IMU. The challenges associated with combining a GNSS+INS system with an aerial camera are many—and flexibility is imperative. Kathofer says, "Every installation is different; there is no cookie cutter solution. The wide per- formance range of NovAtel solutions allows me to focus on the best fit installation for just about any customer." Photo courtesy of Blue Skies Consulting. NovAtel SPAN-CPT on large format fi lm camera in Cessna C210. CUSTOM AIRBORNE MAPPING SOLUTIONS Modular GNSS+INS Technology Navigates New Era in

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