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April 26, 2013 - Using TERRASTAR-D Precise Point Positioning (PPP) augmentation service, APS-T provides real-time, decimeter-level GNSS surveying solution without need for local reference station with UHF radios or cellular coverage from Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) networks. Solution contains Septentrio GNSS receiver with embedded L-band modem and is fully upgradeable to GNSS RTK rover if higher accuracy is required. Unit can be configured from data collector through Bluetooth or serial cable connection.

Altus Positioning Systems

20725 Western Avenue, Suite 100, Torrance, CA, 90501, USA

Original Press Release

Altus Introduces New GNSS Survey Receiver with 10-cm TERRASTAR-D

Press release date: April 15, 2013

APS-T Provides Low-Cost Global Real-Time Precise Point Positioning without a Local Base Station

Torrance, Calif. – Altus Positioning Systems today announced the introduction of the new APS-T GNSS survey receiver, which provides global real-time 10-cm positioning using the TERRASTAR-D Precise Point Positioning (PPP) augmentation service.

The new APS-T contains a Septentrio GNSS receiver with an embedded L-band modem for receiving TERRASTAR-D data for computing positions with the PPP technique. It is designed to provide a low-cost, real-time decimeter-level GNSS surveying solution without the need for a local reference station with UHF radios or cellular coverage from Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) networks.

“The APS-T with embedded TERRASTAR-D L-band capability will provide a low-cost alternative for GNSS surveying in agriculture, forestry, oil/gas, mining and construction sites in remote regions and harsh environments,” said Neil Vancans, CEO and president of Altus Positioning Systems. “It is also fully upgradeable to a GNSS RTK rover should the need for higher accuracy be required.”

The APS-T is ready to use direct from the shipping case. The unit can be configured from the data collector through a Bluetooth or serial cable connection. With Altus’ open-architecture philosophy, the user has the choice of data collector software from leading providers, including MicroSurvey FIELDGenius and Carlson SurvCE.

TERRASTAR-D is a subscription-based satellite PPP augmentation service introduced in 2012 by TERRASTAR for land-based surveying applications. TERRASTAR-D provides position accuracy at better than 10-cm (95 percent), with robust performance even in areas of high ionospheric interference. The TERRASTAR-D network broadcasts on seven independent satellites with overlapping coverage, so that a minimum of two geostationary satellites are visible at most locations in the world.

The APS-T is the latest evolution in Altus’ product line of surveying instruments based on the proven APS-3 platform that utilizes Septentrio's 136-channel GNSS receiver technology. Standard APS-T features include Bluetooth, integrated UHF radio, integrated GSM modem, hot-swappable Lithium-Ion batteries and a removable 2GB SD card.

About Altus Positioning Systems
Founded in 2006, Altus Positioning Systems has its corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities in Torrance, Calif. The privately held company provides high-precision GNSS surveying equipment through an international network of sales representatives in key countries around the world. For more information, visit www.altus-ps.com.

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Neil Vancans
Altus Positioning Systems
+1 (310) 541-8139
neil.vancans@altus-ps.com

Jim Rhodes
Rhodes Communications
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