Torrance, CA, March 29, 2004 - NavCom Technology, Inc. a leader in precise positioning and communications, announced today that they have teamed with I.T.S. Corporation (ITS) to win the award of a multi-year contract to provide the U. S. Navy, Naval Oceanographic Office (NAVOCEANO) with an integrated Real Time Kinematic (RTK) and Satellite Based Augmentation (SBAS) Global Positioning System (GPS) for inshore hydrographic and offshore oceanographic vessels. The award was made under the ITS’s General Services Administration’s (GSA) ANSWER contract. The initial task order under the GSA ANSWER contract is to deliver 13 systems with options for 16 additional systems in the years following.
The basis of the solution is the StarFire™ Network, the first truly global satellite based augmentation system capable of real-time decimeter accuracy independent of the distance from a reference station. NavCom’s integrated RTK-StarFire solution is portable, accurate and provides a single shipboard unit for both inshore and offshore positioning.
“The NavCom solution delivers a reliability and accuracy previously unachievable in a single instrument and is clearly the reason that our team won this contract” said ITS Vice President and ANSWER Program Manager Stan Joosse.
“NavCom’s integrated RTK-StarFire solution advances oceanographic survey methodology. For the first time, a single system delivers centimeter positioning inshore using RTK and will seamlessly transition to decimeter accuracy offshore,” said NavCom Director of Mobile Communications Vic Hsiao. “Using StarFire’s satellite based signal when out of range of a local RTK base station provides the ship with better than 10 centimeter positioning accuracy anywhere on the globe. When they are within radio range of the RTK station, they will have 1 to 2 centimeter accuracy.” In addition to the shipboard units, NavCom will supply portable RTK base stations, which can be deployed onshore from the survey vessel and left unattended for up to 30 days operating off solar cells. The result is a more efficient, accurate, cost-effective method of precise positioning for maritime hydrographic and geodetic surveys resulting in increased productivity, reduced labor and training costs as well as superior precision.
The Naval Oceanographic Office conducts multidisciplinary ocean surveys; collects and analyzes all-source oceanographic data; provides global, numerical, oceanographic observations and products; tests and implements numerical techniques to solve oceanographic analytical and forecasting problems; generates strategic, operational, and tactical oceanographic and geospatial products to meet the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense safe navigation and weapon/sensor performance needs.
“NAVOCEANO hydrographic survey missions require positioning derived from a GPS receiver capable of providing seamless high-accuracy navigation in real-time -anywhere and at any time, (RTK-StarFire is) the solution that will transform NAVOCEANO operations,” said Technical Lead, NAVOCEANO Hydrography office Doug Cronin.
I.T.S. Corporation (www.itscorporation.com) is an information technology solutions company, which designs, installs, operates and maintains a wide variety of information technology systems including desktop and mainframe computers and local and wide area networks for the federal government. Privately held ITS employs 850 technical and professional personnel supporting federally funded projects at more than 100 U.S. locations in 26 states. The company is a recipient of numerous awards including Inc-500, Deloitte & Touche Fast 50, and Vice President’s Hammer Awards.
NavCom Technology, Inc., a John Deere Company (NYSE:DE), is a leading provider of advanced GPS products for OEMs, VARs and system integrators needing high performance RTK systems, global decimeter level GPS satellite corrections, geodetic quality GPS receivers, wireless communication products and engineering consulting in the areas of precise positioning and wireless communications. For more information on NavCom and its products, please visit www.NavComTech.com or contact sales@NavComTech.com.