The Catalyst, a new Trimble GNSS receiver, works with select Android mobile handhelds, smartphones and tablets. It provides on-demand GNSS, geo-location capabilities when combined with a small, plug-and-play digital antenna. Access requires a subscription to the Catalyst service.

“The addition of Trimble Catalyst expands our portfolio to address the needs of organizations that have adopted a workplace bring your own device (BYOD) strategy for their businesses and individuals who periodically need accurate positioning to support various work activities,” says Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble’s Geospatial Division.

With the evolution of smartphones and tablets as mobile information devices, more field workers and consumers have access to positioning technologies for geospatial data use and collection. The software-defined Catalyst GNSS receiver is designed to be integrated into a wide range of applications, providing a dual-frequency, multi-constellation receiver.

The mobile device receives dual-frequency signals from the plug-and-play Trimble DA1 digital antenna. The small size and light weight of the antenna makes it easy to store it in a car glove box or backpack. Trimble Catalyst offers meter level to centimeter level accuracy.

“Our focus is to provide a variety of options and flexibility when it comes to mobile device deployment and data collection to increase productivity and improve operations. Trimble Catalyst puts high-accuracy, low-cost, on-demand services in the palm of anyone’s hand — it’s revolutionary,” Bisio says.

Trimble Catalyst service is ushering in a new era of GNSS technology, positioning-as-a-service. Users download applications to suit their business needs, purchase the DA1 digital antenna and subscribe to the level of service required for the application. For GNSS corrections, the solution automatically selects the best available correction service based on the user’s location and subscription level. 

Corrections powered by Trimble RTX technology and the Trimble VRS Now networks are supported. Trimble RTX corrections can be received via IP/cellular connection or L-band satellite. The subscription cost is based on usage, allowing users to scale up/down for projects with minimal capital expense.

The first available application for the Trimble Catalyst service is the Trimble TerraFlex cloud-based mapping and geographic information system (GIS) field software, enabling users to achieve up to centimeter-level accuracy.

TerraFlex addresses a wide variety of field requirements including attribute-rich GIS data collection on consumer devices. With an intuitive interface and streamlined toolset for creating custom digital form templates, TerraFlex keeps the data flow standardized and streamlined from the field to the office.

Trimble Catalyst service subscriptions and Catalyst DA1 antenna are expected to be available in the first quarter of 2017. In addition, a software development kit (SDK) is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 2016 for developers who are interested in developing new applications that use the Trimble Catalyst positioning on-demand service.

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Trimble delivers products and services that connect the physical and digital worlds. Core technologies in positioning, modeling, connectivity and data analytics enable customers to improve productivity, quality, safety and sustainability. From purpose-built products to enterprise lifecycle solutions, Trimble software, and hardware serve industries such as agriculture, construction, geospatial and transportation and logistics.