After months of anticipation, Trimble Catalyst — a high-accuracy, on-demand positioning-as-a-service for Android devices — is hitting the market today worldwide, so I wanted to make sure you received the news directly. Here’s a link to the press release:
What is Catalyst? Trimble Catalyst transforms consumer devices into centimeter-accurate mobile geo-data collection systems, and it is available for purchase for the first time today through Trimble’s global distribution network.
Why is this important? Catalyst kicks off a new era of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) technology by making professional-grade positioning easily accessible to a broader base of users. Catalyst is revolutionary because of its flexibility. By reducing reliance on hardware for high-accuracy positioning, customers can use it on demand rather than spend money on hardware that often sits unused. Here’s a one-minute demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsUr9tiXpOM&feature=youtu.be
What’s required? Catalyst is a software-defined receiver for Android devices that requires just three components:
- a 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.
How will this change the way the world works? Many people and organizations can benefit from higher accuracy positioning, so Trimble Catalyst includes a Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers to build mobile applications to expand the capabilities of Catalyst in ways we haven’t conceived of yet.
Here are some photos of Trimble Catalyst for your publication: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/y0ce9n3hrkrlizd/AAAZ67sMhsOBwru8aq1_j-K5a?dl=0
If you’d like to talk with someone at Trimble for quotes or more information, please let me know how I can assist.