March 24, 2021

OpenARC map400x275ACEINNA, which develops inertial-based guidance and navigation systems for autonomous vehicles and devices, has announced the commercial availability of OpenARC, a precise positioning hardware and software platform that offers easy system integration of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) corrections with high-performance INS and real-time kinematic (RTK) hardware. OpenARC is powered by Point One Navigation, which develops precise positioning for next-generation transportation applications. 

The companies said GNSS alone can fall short when it comes to position accuracy, enabling only meter-level accuracy in ideal operating conditions. Autonomous vehicle systems require position accuracy better than 10cm to achieve performance targets and safety goals. A navigation system that includes an RTK positioning engine and GNSS corrections delivered from a ground-based network of secure base stations will reliably improve position accuracy to meet that centimeter-level accuracy.

The platform combines Point One’s Polaris GNSS correction service with ACEINNA’s OpenRTK330 hardware and software solution for developers of autonomous systems in trucking, precision agriculture, construction, mapping, surveying, and robotics. OpenARC provides high precision and confidence in positioning and localization applications, giving centimeter-level accuracy for challenging tasks such as lane-keeping, agricultural guidance, and UAV landing maneuvers.

“We are excited to launch OpenARC, the most reliable, turnkey and affordable precise positioning solution on the market,” said Yang Zhao, chairman and CEO of ACEINNA.  “OpenARC integrates high-performance inertial navigation hardware and algorithms, with Point One’s unique technology, to deliver a complete high-performance positioning solution. This enables our customers to optimize their development costs by leveraging our combined expertise, which we now bring to many industries and applications together through our partnership.”

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OpenARC is powered by Point One's proprietary Polaris GNSS cloud correction service, which was built from the ground up for the needs of modern automotive and robotics customers. "Polaris delivers superior station density in areas where operators need it the most, including urban centers and suburban surrounding areas, enabling cold convergence times of under 10 seconds – the fastest of any network solution available," said ACEINNA. Fully owned by Point One, the Polaris network uses the latest in base station technology, including advanced anti-jam, interference mitigation, security, and integrity monitoring. The cloud-based correction architecture allows for GNSS corrections in RTK or State Space Representation (SSR) configuration. Its open-source interfaces demonstrate compatibility with receivers and chipsets from leading providers. The service is also compatible with any NTRIP/RTCM3 compliant receiver, the companies said.

OpenARC is integrated into the OpenRTK330LI navigation module, offers an easy registration and activation process, and can support single-unit installations to high-volume deployments, ACEINNA said. For more details on OpenARC operation, head to this website.