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Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal
Sanjay Gangal is the President of IBSystems, the parent company of, MCADCafe, EDACafe.Com, GISCafe.Com, and ShareCG.Com.

Innovating Precision: Calian GNSS Advances in Smart Antenna Technology

May 8th, 2024 by Sanjay Gangal

In a recent interview at Xponential 2024 Conference, Gord Echlin, Director of Business Development for Director of Business Development at Calian, shared insights into the company’s cutting-edge developments in GNSS technology and its impact across various sectors.

Calian: A Multifaceted Enterprise

Calian stands out as a substantial multi-sector entity engaged in defense, satellite systems, and health sectors, among others. Originally known as Tallysman Wireless, the division Echlin represents specializes in GNSS antennas, smart antennas, and telematic systems.

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A Broad Spectrum of Advanced Antennas

The transition to multi-constellation, multiband GNSS technologies marked a pivotal moment for Calian’s antenna business. Echlin highlighted their diverse range of antennas, which are not only high-performing but also cost-effective. These products cater to various needs—from single-band to full-band systems—incorporating sophisticated technologies that refine signal integrity. Furthermore, Calian has innovated integrated GNSS antennas that combine receivers with antennas, simplifying the complexities of GNSS positioning into a singular, efficient package. This integration allows system engineers to focus more on their core applications rather than on GNSS technicalities.

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Achieving Remarkable Accuracy

Calian’s antennas are designed to support all major GNSS constellations, enhancing their versatility and utility in global applications. Depending on the associated receiver, their systems can achieve pinpoint accuracies ranging from 0.3 to 0.5 meters. With correction technologies, such as Real-Time Kinematic (RTK), they can even reach centimeter-level precision.

Introducing the TW 5387 Smart Antenna

The TW 5387 represents a significant evolution in Calian’s product line, being the first smart antenna that departs from using a u-blox receiver. This model employs the STMicroelectronics platform and includes an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), ensuring high reliability and ease of integration with third-party services like Point One Navigation’s Polaris RTK service.

Expansive Application and Unique Differentiation

Calian’s smart antennas are primarily sold through distribution channels, partners and direct sales, catering to both large-scale customers and individual end-users. A unique selling point of Calian’s antennas lies in their XF filtering technology, which effectively mitigates out-of-band noise and ensures low phase center variation. This technical excellence supports enhanced correction and augmented performance in challenging environments.

Accessible Expertise and Resources

For those interested in exploring Calian’s offerings further, resources and detailed technical papers are available on their website. Additionally, their active presence on professional platforms like LinkedIn allows for ongoing engagement and updates on the latest advancements.

In conclusion, Calian is at the forefront of GNSS technological innovation, with smart solutions that promise not only to enhance the precision of positioning systems but also to redefine their integration and usability across diverse applications.

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