SANTA CLARA, Calif. & SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 10,
2003--Thales (TAL-less) Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS
solutions, and Geodetics, Inc., specializing in high-precision
real-time GPS software, announced today that Thales Navigation is
marketing Geodetics' RTD - Real Time Dynamics GPS Network software
system. Through this relationship, Geodetics will gain enhanced
distribution opportunities, and Thales Navigation will be able to
offer even greater value to customers and dealers with a complete
hardware/software solution, additional to the Thales Navigation suite
of reference station hardware and software solutions.
RTD is a fully automated server-client application designed for
real-time, high-precision GPS sensor tracking. The heart of the system
is the proprietary Epoch-by-Epoch(TM) technology developed by
Geodetics, Inc. that provides instantaneous
initialization/re-initialization with five or more satellites for
robust real-time positioning. For the first time, surveyors, engineers
and GIS professionals, environmentalists, structural and safety
engineers, geologists, seismologists, emergency services personnel,
and others can determine position independent of previous positioning
data at each instant in time, for real-time kinematic (RTK)
positioning. Furthermore, it allows extended range for multiple static
and moving clients through innovative single-epoch-based treatment of
ionospheric and tropospheric effects.
The RTD server centrally controls a network of GPS base stations
through a full suite of data communication, processing, and archiving
functions. Data are made available to multiple clients through the
Internet for real-time positioning with centimeter-level accuracies.
The RTD software suite is designed for controlling networks of GPS
reference stations, including the iCGRS(TM) from Thales Navigation,
which is the first direct Internet-connected reference station in the
industry. Using RTD in conjunction with Thales Navigation reference
stations, customers can reduce hardware and infrastructure costs as a
result of using fewer reference stations and can still receive wide
area RTK coverage.
Thales Navigation is currently offering RTD through its network of
distributors. The software is offered along with Thales Navigation
Micro-Z CGRS and iCGRS reference stations. RTD is available in two
versions: RTD-Net and RTD-Pro.
|--||RTD-Net is a unique software solution for continuous monitoring of permanent GPS networks operating dual-frequency receivers. The RTD algorithms produce Epoch-by-Epoch (instantaneous) three-dimensional geodetic positions for a network of continuously operating GPS reference receivers. This revolutionary advance in high-precision GPS analysis technology provides for robust real-time integrity monitoring and enhanced early warning capabilities. For the first time, the user can determine the state of the network independently at each instant in time. This "network epoch" is the basic building block of RTD-Net and the software can easily manipulate sequences of independent network epochs to automatically monitor changes in the state of the network. RTD-Net controls the GPS receivers, downloads data and converts to RINEX. It analyzes the data, and generates alarms, statistics, reports and more. It carries out a continuous, simultaneous adjustment of the data modeling the dynamic state of the entire network caused by ionosphere, troposphere and other factors.|
|--||RTD-Pro, in addition to the capabilities of RTD-Net, supports Server/Client connectivity to conventional RTK clients with RTCM messaging and provides true instantaneous RTK from multiple base stations, for PDA-based wireless clients using the unique Geodetics' Smart Client.|
The Thales Navigation iCGRS system provides direct Internet
connectivity with a 12-channel, dual-frequency continuously operating
geodetic reference station, making a laptop or other computer system
unnecessary for data control, monitoring, or downloading.
About Geodetics, Inc.
Geodetics is a developer of real-time, centimeter-accuracy, and
extended spatial coverage positioning software for static and dynamic
applications based on the Global Positioning System (GPS). Geodetics'
Epoch-by-Epoch technology provides instantaneous positioning relative
to one or multiple reference stations and autonomous heading and
attitude determination. This quantum leap in the state-of-the-art for
precise real-time GPS positioning opens up a wide variety of
previously unattainable applications in areas such as surveying and
mapping, sports tracking, airborne navigation and landing, fleet
tracking, intelligent transportation, environmental and structural
monitoring, and machine control. Geodetics' technology and products
can be utilized for wireless devices such as PDA's and smart phones.
Geodetics Inc., founded in 1999, is privately held with
headquarters in San Diego, California. For more information, visit
About Thales Navigation
Thales Navigation is one of the world's leading developers and
manufacturers of positioning, navigation, communication, and guidance
equipment with global operations. Thales Navigation markets its
Magellan brand GPS products in the consumer electronics, recreation,
and automotive markets, and its Thales Navigation GPS and GNSS
professional solutions in the survey, GIS/Mapping, tracking, and OEM
markets. Through its joint venture with Hertz, Thales Navigation has
developed the Hertz NeverLost(R) vehicle navigation system. Thales
Navigation's key innovations include the first U.S. commercial
hand-held GPS receiver for positioning and navigation, and the first
handheld GPS with industry standard Secure Digital Memory Card
Thales Navigation, headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., with
European headquarters in Carquefou, France, is a subsidiary of Thales,
a leading professional electronics company headquartered in Paris,
France, with activities in aerospace, defense and information
technology and services. For more information, visit
iCGRS is a trademark of Thales Navigation, Inc.
Hertz NeverLost is a trademark of The Hertz Corporation.
Epoch-by-Epoch is a trademark of Geodetics, Inc.
CONTACT: Thales Navigation Amanda Higgins, 408-691-6942 Email Contact or Geodetics Lydia Bock, 858-729-0872 Email Contact