The planned upgrade to the OSNet network of GNSS receivers that it operates across the UK mainland has been completed. The receivers which were installed nine years ago to take advantage of the newly available GLONASS satellites had reached the end of their operational life and needed to be replaced, plus new receivers would take advantage of the signals from the (soon to be fully operational) Galileo and Beidou satellites.
So, what does that mean for you?
For most of us that means more birds in the sky when you’re connecting to SmartNet. Previously, even if your rover receiver can receive signals from Galileo and Beidou satellites the minute you connected to your correction service those extra signals would be dropped as your base can only deliver corrections based on the satellites it can see. So, with this update you’ll be using a greater number of satellites and that means when you’re in a tricky environment (deep in the urban canyon say) you’ve got a better chance of getting a good position.
To take advantage of this upgrade you’ll need
- A receiver that can receive Galieo and Beidou signals – This can be dependent on the hardware within the receiver and software license keys which you may (or may not) have purchased with your kit
- To change some settings in how you connect to SmartNet in the UK
You can utilise the new constellations if you have a GS07, GS14, GS15, GS16 or GS18 receiver and have the necessary software licenses activated.
Guides to making the settings changes on your kit can be found here
If you want to know more drop us a line here at Opti-cal towers about upgrading your kit by filling in the form on our contact page.
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