TAG (Technology Advancement Group, Inc.) along with ITT Exelis have announced they were successful in integrating their Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) system, which allows positioning accuracy to the centimeter based on high-precision measurements, from their embedded GPS receiver with Selective Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SASM) technology. The Army Geospatial Center (AGC) of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has contracted TAG to provide a Precise Positioning Service (PPS) GPS Survey System (PGSS) that meets the strict requirements of deployed Army surveyors. The GPS controller, which integrates the embedded ITT Exelis SAASM GPS receiver, RTK algorithms, and an RTK radio, is a component of the PGSS contained in a compact package.
This technology, which is highly-integrated, is already built in kinematic applications and is easily customizable for a host of military applications, like robotics, machine control, and unmanned vehicles, but does not require a separate commercial RTK GPS receiver. This gives the user the utmost assurance of complete military system performance during all phases of operations. The added bonus: a single receiver means smaller size, power, weight, and cost.
“We are proud that our solution enables AGC and other military customers to have access to centimeter-level accurate positioning while simultaneously enjoying the benefit of a fully-certified SAASM-based embedded GPS receiver,” said TAG’s CEO Jim McEwan. “It will deliver full, uncompromising performance at all times without relying upon any commercial receiver technology.”
Orders are currently being taken for these receivers from authorized customers only. If customization is required, the units can be expected to be delivered in 90-120 days.
TAG is a leading provider of “ruggedized computing solutions” to the government and commercial customers for about 30 years. Their Tactical Systems Group works to develop rugged customized mobile electronic systems using their expertise and use of state-of-the-art technology, best practice processes, and leveraging existing modules.