Trimble Catalyst brings high-accuracy positioning to Android devices

July 6, 2017  - By

The Trimble Catalyst software-defined GNSS receiver for Android devices is now available through Trimble’s global distribution network.

Trimble Catalyst DA1 antenna attaches to a smartphone running a Catalyst-enabled app.

Through Catalyst and a special antenna, customers can access positioning-as-a-service to collect geolocation data with Trimble or third-party apps on smartphones, tablets and mobile handhelds.

When combined with a plug-and-play digital antenna and subscription to the Catalyst service, the receiver provides on-demand GNSS positioning capabilities to turn consumer Android devices into centimeter-accurate data-collection systems.

Catalyst requires only a few components:

  • Any location-enabled mobile app.
  • A Catalyst subscription, with accuracy options ranging from one meter to centimeter level.
  • Trimble’s small, lightweight DA1 antenna that plugs directly into Android smartphones and tablets.

“Our goal has always been to extend the accessibility of high-accuracy positioning to a broader base of geospatial and non-geospatial professionals,” said Ron Bisio, vice president of Trimble Geospatial. “Trimble Catalyst represents a new era of GNSS technology by making high-precision positioning a reality for new user segments around the world. With economical on-demand service, it puts high-accuracy in the palm of anyone’s hand — it’s revolutionary.”

Both Trimble and third-party development teams have produced a range of Catalyst-enabled applications for geographic information system (GIS) data acquisition, cadastral land management, topographic mapping and ground control for unmanned aircraft systems (UAVs).

Also, the Trimble Catalyst solution includes a software development kit (SDK) for building mobile applications with integrated professional workflows.

“Trimble is enabling us to deliver better solutions for our customers thanks to the level of integration that the SDK provides,” said Paul Brodin of Korec Group. “It allows us to provide sophisticated solutions that are innovative, easy to use and remove the technical complexity associated with high-accuracy workflows.”

Trimble Catalyst service subscriptions and the Catalyst DA1 antenna are now available through Trimble’s Authorized GIS Distribution Network. Catalyst availability, pricing, subscription and accuracy may vary by region. Catalyst-enabled apps for Android can be found in the Google Play Store.


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