Navigation So Smart and Small, it’s Genius

As a child of the ‘70s, I remember watching “The Six Million Dollar Man”, fascinated by the “technology” that made Steve Austin better…stronger…faster in Oscar Goldman’s immortal words. That was really cool.

The sort of theoretical super-advanced tech that we saw in “The Six Million Dollar Man” and other tech-centric shows of the era (anyone else remember “Knight Rider” and KITT?) – robots, high-tech aircraft, space capsules, tiny submarines, self-driving cars, and more – has all moved from TV fantasy to reality as engineers are creating mind-boggling advances.

With every advance though, they face familiar pain points and challenges, especially when trying to crack the tough nut of navigation and guidance. How to get the performance needed? How to balance performance against price? What are the tradeoffs and must-haves for size and weight of components? Is the critical tech readily available? How do you accurately navigate in GNSS-denied environments?

KVH GEO-FOG 3D and 3D Dual inertial navigation systemsKVH’s new GEO-FOG 3D and GEO-FOG 3D Dual inertial navigation systems focus on relieving those pain points. We’ve made inertial navigation systems smaller…faster…smarter, all for a lot less than six million dollars and without the cheesy sound effects and slo-mo camera work.

Built on our high-performance Fiber Optic Gyro (FOG)-based 1750 inertial measurement unit (IMU), the compact GEO-FOG 3D and 3D Dual systems offer:

  • GEO-FOG 3D: a seamless fusion of IMUs with 6 degrees of freedom and GNSS
  • GEO-FOG 3D Dual: a seamless fusion of IMUs with 9 degrees of freedom and GNSS
  • an embedded dual or triple frequency Trimble GNSS receiver
  • an artificial intelligence algorithm delivering more – and more accurate – data faster than standard Kalman filtering
  • a north-seeking gyrocompass, and more

The GEO-FOG 3D and 3D Dual are a natural evolution of our integrated inertial systems. Fast, tough, versatile, small, lightweight, and affordable, they offer ideal inertial solutions for navigation and control systems along with Attitude and Heading Reference Systems (AHRS) needed for the increasing demand driven by expanding unmanned, manned, and autonomous applications, such as:

  • robotics
  • georeferencing
  • positioning and imaging
  • surveying
  • underground navigation, and more

It’s navigation so smart, it’s genius. Even Steve Austin’s brilliant buddy, Dr. Rudy Wells, would agree with that.

Get all the details about the GEO-FOG 3D and 3D Dual inertial navigation systems as well as how KVH technology is guiding intelligent systems for unmanned and autonomous applications.

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Chris is the senior director of marketing for KVH Industries. A lifelong sailor and storyteller, he's a self-professed geek who finds all of this technical stuff fascinating.

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