Precision Navigation Systems is developing software and hardware solutions for the variety of applied and infrastructural tasks using GNSS technology. Stargate RTK is a GNSS correction service for the precise positioning of robotics, drones and IoT applications. Stargate RTK utilises existing GNSS infrastructure owned by different GNSS correction providers (public and commercial) and provides value-added services that help robotic/drone manufacturers and operators scale their fleets and remain budget-savvy.
There is a growing trend of the emergence and increasing usage of innovative GNSS OEM solutions for mass applications with RTK functionality:
- U-blox: ZED-F9P;
- Quectel: L26-P;
- Septentrio: mosaic-X5;
- SkyTraq: PX1122R;
- and others.
Due to the low price, small size and light weight, GNSS modules based on these solutions became a vital part of mass-market autonomous applications: outdoor robots, drones, autonomous vehicles and even IoT applications.
To achieve cm-level positioning accuracy, the applications mentioned above rely on GNSS correction services. There are many GNSS correction services available; however, they were not designed to serve mass applications:
- they are difficult to access
- they lack compatibility, as they all have different connection credentials, correction types, data formats
- they are difficult to integrate as they can’t provide you with a correction stream with specific requirements for your project.
- they have limited coverage
- their pricing models aren’t attractive for large fleet operators.
So, although the ground infrastructure is there, it’s still hard to deploy and precisely track thousands of connected devices.
Stargate RTK is bridging the gap between legacy GNSS
correction providers and modern needs of robotic
and IoT applications.
Stargate RTK is a GNSS correction service for the precise positioning of robotics, drones and IoT applications. Stargate RTK utilises existing GNSS infrastructure owned by different GNSS correction providers (public and commercial) and provides value-added services that help robotic/drone manufacturers and operators scale their fleets and remain budget-savvy.
Competitors like HxGN Smartnet, Trimble VRS or Topcon Live do have wide service coverage. However, they are still stuck with old business models as their main customers were always humans: surveyors, farmers, machine operators, and not growing autonomous fleets. Thus, they have all the problems mentioned above.
And modern PPP-RTK providers have limited compatibility with GNSS/INS modules that are already on the market. Their lock-in business models also aren’t attractive.
Stargate RTK utilises existing public infrastructure and adopts and enhances its GNSS data for future autonomous and green applications like delivery, street cleaning, snow-shovelling and trash-collecting. That increases economic efficiency and helps save resources. From that standpoint, Stargate RTK solves one of the SDG — building resilient infrastructure.