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Digital Yacht GPS150 DualNav GPS/GLONASS

The new GPS150 DualNav positioning sensor from Digital Yacht combines a super-accurate 50 channel GPS with GLONASS, the Russian-funded satellite positioning system that is now online and providing an excellent backup or alternative to GPS. This “smart” sensor will automatically switch between the systems, or the user can manually select the most appropriate for their activity. The GPS150 will also be able to utilize the European-funded Galileo positioning system when it comes online in 2018.

Digital Yacht’s GPS150 utilizes the industry standard NMEA data format, allowing older chartplotters as well as current generation products to take advantage of this new technology. The GPS150 also allows the user to select a variety of different NMEA baud rates (4800, 38400 and 115200) to allow interfacing with legacy and current systems.

It also supports a new TurboNav mode, which will appeal to racing yachtsmen and performance users where GPS/GLONASS data is output at 10Hz (10 times faster update than normal) and with an interface speed of 115200 baud, which is 24 times the speed of normal NMEA data. This massively improves slow-speed navigation data, as well as providing the best course and speed data in a dynamic situation.

The GPS150 houses all the electronics in its compact, three-inch antenna and has a single multi-core cable for power and data. Power consumption is just 30mA at 12V. It can be used as a simple positioning sensor for plotter or VHF DSC systems, as well as a precision, high-speed sensor for performance sailing or superyachts. Setup is easy, with a block of simple internal switches setting the characteristics of the unit. This allows the device to be programmed in the field without specialist software or programming tools.

Digital Yacht has also developed a range of external interfaces for the GPS150, including a wireless adaptor to allow data to be sent to mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads and tablets, as well as a USB interface for PC and MAC users. An NMEA 2000 interface will be available in 2014, allowing multiple sensors to be connected to a NMEA2000 backbone, so the user can have alternative positioning inputs on complex systems.

The GPS150 is priced at $189.95, which brings affordable next generation satellite navigation technology to all maritime users. For further details 978 277 1234 or visit www.dualnav.com.

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