Rueil-Malmaison, France - SBG Systems introduced the Ekinox Series, a product range of tactical grade inertial systems which brings robust and cost-effective MEMS to the Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG) level. This series consists of two ITAR Free models; the Ekinox AHRS which provides 0.05° 3D attitude and 5 cm heave, and the Ekinox INS which delivers additional 2 cm position.
Ekinox Series brings robust, maintenance free and cost-effective MEMS to the FOG accuracy. Thanks to a drastic selection of high end MEMS sensors, an advanced calibration procedure and powerful algorithm design, Ekinox Series achieves 0.05° in a compact and affordable package.
The Ekinox series has been designed for harsh environments and high demanding applications. Its IP68 enclosure is constructed of aluminum, and every system has been intensively calibrated and tested. Ekinox hardware outputs data at 200 Hz with a 3 millisecond latency and very low noise on Euler Angles (< 0.03°). All data can be recorded into the 4 GB internal data logger, displayed in real-time throughout an intuitive embedded interface and analyzed in the sbgCenter software.
The Ekinox family includes two high accuracy ITAR Free models: Ekinox AHRS and Ekinox INS. Ekinox AHRS is an Attitude and Heading Reference System (AHRS). It delivers a 0.05° attitude over 360° and 5-cm heave, surge and sway. Ekinox INS, the second model, is an Inertial Navigation System (INS). Providing the same performance, it additionally delivers a 2 cm position thanks to its embedded high end GNSS receiver. Up to four external aiding equipments can be simultaneously connected to Ekinox INS, including RTK GNSS, Odometer, DVL, EM Log, etc.
Specific error-correction models have been implemented. Throughout the embedded web interface, the user simply selects the application (ex: automotive), the connected aiding equipment (ex: Novatel GPS) and environment constraints (ex: Urban Canyon).
Surface and underwater vehicles, bathymetry
Ekinox accepts aiding data from various marine external equipments including DVL, Dual Antenna GPS, USBL and EM Log. By offering real-time surge, sway and auto adjusting heave on 4 monitoring points, NMEA protocol and ethernet communication, Ekinox is ideal for demanding marine applications such as vessel motion monitoring, ROV and AUV control, or buoy positioning. As a cost-effective alternative to FOG technology, Ekinox is also highly efficient in geo-referencing data from sonar, LiDAR and camera.
Automotive, unmanned vehicles and mobile mapping
Whether you want to control an unmanned ground vehicle, analyze car motion or geo-reference point clouds and images, Ekinox comes with the features needed. Combined with an odometer and a dual antenna RTK GPS, Ekinox INS outputs a 2 cm car position at 200 Hz. Ekinox is also very powerful for orientation, positioning and stabilization of on board equipment such as SATCOM antenna, targeting system, gyro stabilized camera, etc.
Light aircraft, UAV, on-board camera and LiDAR
Ekinox is suited to aerospace applications such as light aircraft navigation, mid-size and large UAV control, and on-board camera and LiDAR data geo-referencing. It can also be used as a high accuracy vertical gyro. With its embedded GPS receiver, its robust IP68 enclosure and its extended dynamic temperature calibration, Ekinox INS is designed for harsh environments and delivers precision in high vibrating conditions (MIL-STD-810G).
ITAR Free Ekinox AHRS and Ekinox INS will be available in April 2013. For more information about the new Ekinox Series, visit www.sbg-systems.com.