Future-proofing with GNSS

Chapter 3: New Leica Viva GS16 GNSS smart antennae future proofs business

Future-proofing with GNSS

New Leica Viva GS16 GNSS smart antennae future proofs business

When developing the GS16 GNSS Smart Antennae, Leica Geosystems pursued the goal of being a technology leader in terms of future security. They continue to forge new paths, in regards to using current signals, and always provide users with a higher-performance GNSS measuring system. The 555 channels of the Leica GS16 are able to theoretically track up to 250 satellites and ensure compatibility with all currently recognised and planned signals.

However, it is not 100 percent certain that the proposed signal structures of future satellites will not change. Conceptually, the GS16 is unprecedented, with improved signal compatibility, sensitivity and quality. I am convinced that many GS16s, with their 555-channel GNSS receiver module, will still be being used in the field in 2030. The high degree of flexibility of the application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) and the opportunity to make further developments available via software upgrades will ensure compatibility with new signals.

Asking “can my GS16 GNSS Smart Antennae track this signal or that signal simultaneously?” is unnecessary. The answer is simply ‘yes.’ In the unlikely event that the ASIC is unable to receive a signal due to an unforeseeable signal change, the aforementioned future-proof concept serves as a point of reference. The proven future-proof concept has enabled the simple, cost-effective replacement of receiver modules for almost 10 years, while still keeping the measuring instrument.

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Story: Future-proofing with GNSS
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: New high precision receivers bring opportunities
Chapter 3: New Leica Viva GS16 GNSS smart antennae future proofs business
Chapter 4: Less can be more
Chapter 5: Increasing the stability of RTK correction data

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