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Swift Navigation

October 10, 2016 11:00 ET

Swift Navigation Announces Piksi Multi, a Multi-Band, Multi-Constellation High-Precision GNSS Receiver

Offering a Major Upgrade in RTK Performance on a Future-Proof Hardware Platform, Piksi Multi Enables Much Faster Convergence Times at a Much Lower Cost Than Competitors -- Enabling Multi for the Masses

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - October 10, 2016) - Swift Navigation, the San Francisco-based startup building centimeter-accurate GPS technology that will power a world of autonomous vehicles, today announced its newest product, PiksiMulti, a multi-band, multi-constellation high-precision GNSS receiver. Just as the original Piksi module ushered in a new era of precision GPS affordability, the new Piksi Multi represents a revolution in advanced precision GNSS capabilities for the mass market.

Autonomous devices require precision navigation -- especially those that perform critical functions. Swift Navigation solutions utilize real-time kinematics (RTK) technology, providing location solutions that are 100 times more accurate than traditional GPS.

Piksi Multi supports GPS L1/L2 and is hardware-ready for GLONASS G1/G2, BeiDou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b, QZSS L1/L2 and SBAS. Multiple signal bands enable convergence times measured in seconds, not minutes. Multiple satellite constellations enhance availability in new environments. To learn more about Piksi Multi's centimeter-accurate performance, advanced hardware and breakthrough $600 price, read the Product Summary.

The Piksi Multi Evaluation Kit has also been upgraded with all new components. The new kit contains 2 Piksi Multi GNSS modules, 2 integrator-friendly evaluation boards, 2 GNSS survey-grade antennas, 2 high-performance radios, delivering best-in-class reliability and range -- well over 10 kilometers -- and all of the accessories required for rapid prototyping and integration. Despite these top tier components, the Evaluation Kit is the lowest-priced multi-band RTK kit on the market, at $2,000.

Swift Navigation expects Piksi Multi to ship in early Q1-2017. The company is accepting pre-orders in its online store at www.swiftnav.com.

Piksi Multi is an open platform. It enables customers to run Linux OS on its second core; allowing them to quickly prototype and adopt their own applications in a well-known and widely-used environment. Industries standing to benefit most from the new product include: autonomous vehicles, UAV, precision agriculture, robotics, space, survey and control and R&D applications requiring precise positioning.

Swift Navigation was built on the notion that highly-precise RTK solutions should be offered at an affordable price. Piksi Multi embraces the foundation of unmatched affordability and is available at a much lower cost than comparable systems. Top-level benefits for customers include:

  • Centimeter-Level Accuracy, using RTK
  • Fast Convergence Times, using Multi-Band
  • Robust Positioning, using onboard MEMS Hardware
  • Open Platform, with onboard Linux
  • Rapid Prototyping, with a top-of-the-line Evaluation Kit
  • Future-Proof Hardware with In-Field Software Upgrades
  • Breakthrough Price, allowing more people to use RTK than ever before

"With the launch of Piksi Multi, Swift is taking another huge step forward in delivering affordable and highly-precise GNSS technology," said Swift Navigation CEO, Timothy Harris. "No one else is able to offer the centimeter-accuracy, enhanced availability and fast convergence times at such a low cost. Piksi Multi will continue to revolutionize the autonomous devices category, which is growing at an unbelievable rate."

Swift Navigation will be showing Piksi Multi at InterGeo October 11-13 in Hamburg, Germany. The company's booth is located in Hall A1, in the US Pavilion, booth #B1.061.

ABOUT SWIFT NAVIGATION

Swift Navigation, Inc. provides centimeter-accurate real-time kinematics (RTK) GPS and GNSS positioning technology for autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture, robotics, surveying, space applications and more. Its products deliver 100 times better accuracy than the GPS in a cell phone -- at a fraction of the price of the competition. By optimizing inexpensive off-the-shelf cell components with sophisticated software, Swift Navigation has already delivered radically less expensive and more flexible solutions to customers of its original Piksi™ GPS Receiver. Honored in Inc.'s 2016 30 Under 30 List of Most Dynamic Young Entrepreneurs in America, Swift Navigation is enabling a world where fields farm themselves, drones fly safely and autonomous transportation can take you home. Visit the company online at www.swiftnav.com, or follow Swift on Twitter @Swiftnav.

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