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It seems only yesterday that our daily jobs were improved when our phones could tell us our location within 5-10 meters.

Today, as the capabilities of smartphones, web-delivered services and infrastructure continue to evolve at a rapid pace, our phones can tell us precisely where we are within just a few centimeters.

A recent GISCafe article, “Trimble Catalyst Adds Support for GLONASS,” features an in-depth Q&A with Trimble Geospatial’s Gareth Gibson, business development manager, about the addition of GLONASS to Trimble Catalyst, an innovative update that demonstrates the advantages of software GNSS for delivering new functionality faster and easier.

If you are not already familiar with it, Trimble Catalyst is revolutionary technology made possible by the increasing processing power of mobile devices and groundbreaking software that replicates the work of a dedicated hardware receiver. With the addition of GLONASS to Trimble Catalyst, the updated receiver is tracking – and using in some cases – nearly twice as many satellites as the previous version, which results in users spending less time waiting for the receiver to achieve an accurate position. Also, convergence time is faster and more reliable.

Trimble Catalyst

The addition of the GLONASS constellation increases the number of GNSS satellites visible when working in the field. As a result, it improves the ability to maintain lock on enough satellites to continue operating when sky visibility is limited or obstructed. So, if you find yourself working under tree canopy or around tall buildings in an urban environment, your device using Trimble Catalyst will now utilize GLONASS alongside GPS and Galileo satellites to provide accurate data on your location.

Adding GLONASS to Trimble Catalyst provides productivity improvements and more robust positioning for Catalyst users," Gibson says in the Q&A, noting that the tool appeals to a wide range of industries, especially those where high-end GNSS has been previously inaccessible due to price tag or complexity.

The update brings the technology closer in terms of “performance to that of a traditional multi-constellation, multi-frequency receiver,” he says, noting that while Catalyst already serves many traditional mapping and data collection markets – utilities and infrastructure mapping, local government asset mapping, and natural/environmental resource management – the latest update gives these organizations even more flexibility to work the way they need to from project start to finish.

“The most exciting thing is being able to leverage the incredible speed at which consumer smart devices are evolving,” Gibson says in the Q&A. “By utilizing the processing power of the smartphone’s CPU and the other technology available to us through these devices, we are expanding into a whole new era of positioning capabilities.”

Check out the full Q&A here: https://www10.giscafe.com/blogs/gissusan/2018/06/28/trimble-catalyst-ad…

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Trimble Geospatial provides Land Surveying, GIS, Scanning, Mobile Mapping, Remote Sensing, Photogrammetry and Forensics professionals with industry leading hardware and software solutions.