Catalyst has taken top honors at the 2017 NZ Spatial Excellence Awards, securing the Supreme Excellence Award and the award for Innovation & Commercialisation. Bringing together innovators from the NZ spatial industries, the awards recognise products or projects that made a significant contribution to the industry through the introduction of a new idea, method, technology, process or application resulting in social, environmental and/or economic benefits.
“Trimble’s innovation, called Catalyst, allows positioning measurements to be more cost-effective and accessible to a much wider audience without compromising accuracy” says Hadyn Smith, NZSEA chair.
“Out of all the entries, this promises to have the most impact. It stood out for its immense potential for delivering survey accurate measurement solutions using widely available mobile means – its professional and public reach, therefore, cannot be underestimated” commented the award judges.
With increasing processing power, high resolution graphics and the connectivity to deliver spatial data to their users, smartphones and tablets have become a low cost data collection tool.
With these increased capabilities a broad range of mobile apps have become available, however their use in the spatial industry has been limited by the accuracy of the internal GNSS receiver in the mobile devices, and the relative cost of high accuracy GNSS receivers. While high accuracy GNSS has been adopted by the members of the spatial industry whose roles are dedicated to measurement, the cost/benefit ratio has been a barrier to the broader use of high accuracy GNSS by casual users of positioning – people who are primarily performing a work task from maintenance and inspection through communication and collaboration who in the course of their work periodically need high accuracy positioning.
In the past, either compromises have been made on accuracy or the need has been serviced by bringing in measurement professionals. This innovation has been the development of an Android based soft GNSS receiver (a GNSS receiver that is purely in software) and low cost multi frequency GNSS antenna allowing smartphones to achieve accuracies of up to a centimeter using a globally available subscription service.
Delivered using a positioning as a service business model the innovation changes the cost/benefit ratio to make the use and availability of high accuracy GNSS now affordable for the casual users where accurate positioning is required to support their primary job/task, opening up the use of high accuracy spatial information to a far more extensive range of users through a growing range of smartphone/tablet based applications.
Visit the Catalyst website for more information.