Pathway Services Inc. Selects iXBlue’s New ATLANS-C

Based on superior performance and lower total cost of ownership, and following performance demonstration in PathRunner challenging road tests, Pathway Services Inc. purchases a number of ATLANS-C Inertial navigation GNSS systems for mobile mapping applications.

Boston, MA, June 6, 2014 – iXBlue is a leading global provider of innovative solutions and services for navigation, positioning, and imaging with offices around the world, including iXBlue Inc. U.S. offices in Boston and Houston. Pathway Services, the largest road and pavement condition service provider in the USA, is a worldwide leader in the development and integration of pavement-condition data acquisition systems. Following iXBlue’s ATLANS-C product release in February 2014, Pathway Services Inc. decided to put ATLANS-C to field test, focusing on its need for higher continuity and accuracy of positioning in challenging urban and road conditions. ATLANS-C fiber-optic gyroscope and inertial navigation system with its integrated smart coupling technique fills a gap for robust high-performance requirements for use in demanding applications such as Pathway’s PathRunner data collection vehicles (DCV).
Scott Mathison, vice president operations, Pathway Services, says, “We operate a fleet of 22 PathRunner DCV’s and have 60 worldwide. We have collected over two million miles of center-line data in the USA and are always looking for better solutions, which is why we were keen to test iXBlue’s ATLANS-C. Integration, calibration and initial testing were completed in less than half a day – we didn’t even need to contact iXBlue. We’ve tested multiple data types with the ATLANS-C, including real-time kinematic and virtual reference station differential global positioning system, road geometrics, ground penetrating radar, digital imaging, roadway asset extraction and LIDAR data. We currently use a position and orientation system that has a larger form factor and far greater hardware requirements than iXBlue’s system. The evaluation showed the ATLANS-C not only delivers higher performance but also is a more cost-effective solution. We purchased a number of systems right away after our tests.”
ATLANS-C brings to customers the versatility of having one system for both land and air applications and is a true north seeking gyro in ‘all-in-one’ solution. The equipment supplies a full heading accuracy in a GPS denied environments (cities, harbors, rural, and urban canyons). ATLANS-C embeds iXBlue’s latest solid-state fiber-optic inertial navigation system for high performance and ‘no maintenance concept’. Phillip Wilson iXBlue vice president of North America sales and marketing says, “ATLANS-C standard 5 years warranty is a testimony to its maintenance-free and reliability qualities. The 5 year warranty peace of mind along with other ATLANS-C’s time and money saving benefits such as ease-of-use and single-box solution translate to customer’s lower total cost of ownership. These are important attributes for PathRunner DCV systems, which spend long periods of collecting data from remote roads of varying quality.”