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SBG Systems Announces Release of Ekinox 2 Series Inertial Sensors

Ekinox-D_1 copy copy.pngEkinox 2 Series Inertial Sensors. Photo source: SBG Systems.
March 20, 2017

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Rueil-Malmaison, France-based SBG Systems announces the Ekinox 2 Series, a new generation of the company’s advanced and compact inertial navigation systems.

With new accelerometers and gyroscopes, Ekinox 2’s attitude accuracy has been enhanced by a factor of two while improving resistance to vibrations and integrating the BeiDou constellation, according to the company.

Ekinox Series is a line of tactical grade MEMS-based inertial navigation systems. Released in 2013, Ekinox features a smart balance of accuracy, price, and weight. Ekinox 2 is said to deliver twice the accuracy in attitude at the same price level due to a complete redesign of the in-house Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) integrating the new gyroscopes and accelerometers.

With the same form factor and price level, Ekinox 2 Series improves the precision of Mobile Mapping Systems whether they are aerial, terrestrial, or pedestrian. The inertial navigation systems provide 0.02° roll and pitch, 0.05° heading, and a centimeter-level position. It is ideal for LiDAR motion compensation and point cloud/images synchronization and direct georeferencing. The addition of the BeiDou constellation improves signal availability in Asia.

Compact and lightweight, the Ekinox Series has been designed to simplify installation and operations. Configuration is made easy throughout the intuitive embedded web interface where all parameters can be quickly displayed and adjusted, according to the company. Users can choose their profile (plane, car, etc.) and the 3D view will provide a visualization of settings including the sensor position, alignment, and lever arms.

Ekinox 2 Series is ITAR Free. The product line will be available during the second quarter of 2017. For more information about the new Ekinox Series, including the Ekinox2-E: Externally Aided Inertial System, visit:  https://www.sbg-systems.com/products/high-end-inertial-systems-overview. The Ekinox2-E accepts aiding data from external equipment and combines an inertial measurement unit (IMU), and runs an enhanced on-board extended Kalman filter (EKF) which fuses in real-time inertial data with aiding information for optimal performance.

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