Belgium: Septentrio Achieves Another Milestone


Septentrio announced yesterday that they have obtained, based on live ICD compliant Galileo messages from the four Galileo IOV satellites, a first autonomous real-time Galileo PVT calculation.

The standalone position was calculated from in-orbit navigation messages using a standard PolaRx4 GNSS receiver equipped with commercially released firmware.

This achievement comes hot on the heels of another recent Septentrio milestone; the announcement of a first GPS+Glonass+BeiDou PVT less than two weeks after the BeiDou ICD v1.0 publication in December 2012. This ability to rapidly incorporate new constellations demonstrates clearly the unmatched flexibility of the architecture of Septentrio receivers.

Septentrio again provides evidence of the extraordinary value and expertise its customers gain from an investment in state-of-the-art products for which the company has become renowned in the world of high-end multi-frequency receiver design.

“We are delighted that Septentrio receivers are amongst the first to witness the readiness of the Galileo navigation message to perform a position fix from in-orbit signals,” commented Peter Grognard, Septentrio’s founder and CEO.Septentrio has been involved since 2003 in all major milestones that pave the way for the European constellation genesis.”

In January, Septentrio announced that DEME, a world leading group of dredging and land reclamation companies, has selected the TERRASTAR-D® “Precise Point Positioning” service to work with its Septentrio GNSS receivers.

The Belgian dredging and environmental group is exploiting the service using Septentrio AsteRx2eL GNSS positioning and AsteRx2eH GNSS heading receivers to support its nearshore dredging and construction operations worldwide. DEME has evaluated and used the service for several months and selected TERRASTAR-D® for its accuracy, stability and consistent performance.

TERRASTAR-D® in combination with Septentrio dual-frequency GNSS receivers provides a global, seamless, high-accuracy position – often better than 10cm – at high updates rate that does not require local base stations, radios or cell coverage. TERRASTAR-D® uses both GPS and GLONASS satellites to allow a reliable positioning around the world and a faster convergence even in the most demanding user environments.


Press Release, March 13, 2013