Quectel and Point One module provides cm-level positioning

  • December 15, 2021
  • Steve Rogerson

Quectel and California-based Point One Navigation have jointly created an affordable, small and easy-to-use high precision GNSS module integrating real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning for mass market applications.

Shanghai-based Quectel is a supplier of IoT modules and antennas, and Point One Navigation specialises in precision location technology. Together, they have announced the LG69T-AM, the latest addition to the LG69T GNSS module series.

Point One’s positioning engine powers the LG69T-AM and enables centimetre-level global accuracy by integrating augmented GNSS in an affordable yet easy-to-use module with open-source API.

The module uses ST Microelectronics’ Teseo V positioning receiver platform with 80 tracking and four fast acquisition channels compatible with GPS, Glonass, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS and Navic. It leverages Point One’s RTK and SSR technology for centimetre-level accuracy and fast convergence time.

It is designed for easy integration with minimal e-BoM modification and is suitable for mass market adoption without the need for an expensive external co-processor. Due to its small package size, light weight and low power consumption, it suits applications such as micro mobility and precision agriculture.

Embedded in the module is Point One’s Fusion Engine and its Polaris correction service client. Polaris is Point One’s GNSS correction service that unlocks better than 10cm absolute accuracy with a coast-to-coast footprint in the USA and coverage across Europe. It offers various connectivity options including delivery over cellular and L-band. The network is purpose-built for precision agriculture users and includes anti-jam, interference mitigation, end to end security and automatic integrity monitoring. The module is also compatible with standards-based corrections services.

“Quectel is excited to be working with Point One Navigation to deliver high performance and easy-to-use precision GNSS,” said Mark Murray, vice president at Quectel. “The LG69T-AM, together with Point One’s Fusion Engine and Polaris, brings a truly game-changing solution to the market.”

Aaron Nathan, CEO of Point One Navigation, added: “Point One’s full suite of offerings enables precise location for anything in the real world that moves. We’re thrilled to be working with Quectel and leveraging their deep experience in module design, support and integration. This joint offering will enable safer and more effective robotic systems for truly mass-market applications.”

Quectel has added Polte’s massive IoT location technology to its module portfolio. This will help developers achieve more secure, accurate, globally available location intelligence for asset tracking across industries.