ACEINNA and Point One Navigation launch OpenARC for precise positioning

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ACEINNA, a developer of inertial based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and devices, is making the OpenARC platform commercially available.

OpenARC is a complete and precise positioning hardware/software platform that provides system integration of GNSS corrections with high performance INS and RTK hardware.

With autonomous vehicle systems requiring position accuracy better than 10cm to achieve the performance targets and safety goals that are deemed critical in autonomous applications, GNSS alone tends to fall short, providing only meter level position accuracy even under ideal operating conditions.

By contrast a navigation system that includes an RTK positioning engine and GNSS corrections delivered from a ground-based network of secure base-stations is able to improve position accuracy to centimetre level accuracy.

The OpenARC positioning platform combines Point One’s Polaris GNSS correction service with ACEINNA’s OpenRTK330 hardware and software solution for developers of autonomous systems in trucking, precision agriculture, construction, mapping, surveying, and robotics. OpenARC provides high precision in positioning and localization applications, enabling centimetre level accuracy for tasks such as lane keeping, precision agricultural guidance, and UAV landing maneuvers.

OpenARC is integrated into the OpenRTK330LI navigation module to provide a secure, vertically integrated, and easy-to-use positioning platform. OpenARC offers an easy registration and activation process, and is said to be very scalable, supporting single unit installations to high-volume deployments.

The platform is powered by Point One’s proprietary Polaris GNSS cloud correction service which delivers improved station density in areas such as urban centres and suburban surrounding areas, enabling cold convergence times of under 10 seconds - said to be the fastest of any network solution currently available.

Polaris provides continuous position monitoring and tracks all modern satellite constellations. Fully owned by Point One, the Polaris network uses advanced base station technology including advanced anti-jam, interference mitigation, security, and integrity monitoring. Its cloud-based correction architecture allows for GNSS corrections in Real Time Kinematic (RTK) or State Space Representation (SSR) configuration. Its open-source interfaces demonstrate compatibility with receivers and chipsets from leading providers. The service is also compatible with any NTRIP/RTCM3 compliant receiver.

“We are excited to launch OpenArc, the most reliable, turn-key and affordable precise positioning solution on the market,” said Dr. Yang Zhao, Chairman and CEO of ACEINNA. “OpenARC integrates high performance inertial navigation hardware & algorithms, with Point One’s unique technology, to deliver a complete high performance positioning solution. This enables our customers to optimise their development costs by leveraging our combined expertise, which we now bring to many industries and applications together through our partnership.”

“Point One’s highly adaptable Polaris network is now fully deployed coast-to-coast, supporting many precise positioning and autonomous applications,” said Aaron Nathan, CEO and Co-Founder at Point One. “OpenARC delivers a precise yet affordable corrections-based solution that is easy to use and we are delighted to be working with an innovator such as ACEINNA.”