Industrial applications covers many areas including agriculture, oil & gas, construction, power generation & utilities, medical and machine to machine. All of these areas have a common requirement for high precision, accurate, reliable and seamless technology which is robust and able to stand up to the demanding and often safety critical nature of the use of GNSS in these areas.
GNSS technology in precision agriculture products help to minimize costs and maximize yields. Chronos can provide GNSS solutions that deliver sub-metre to centimetre accuracy and automated control. This reduces the potential for skips or overlaps and enables our customers to apply seed and fertiliser only where they are needed – minimizing application costs and increasing productivity. Easy and effective integration and deployment of GNSS systems deliver a fast return on investment.
Chronos represents key supplier Septentrio in this sector. By integrating Septentrio’s GNSS+ technology – RTK receivers, antennas and base stations into their machines, cultivators can maximize their yields by knowing the exact area of their land, eliminating waste by knowing how much fertilizer to use, and minimizing machine wear through precision guidance.
Septentrio's products range from the AsteRx-4 OEM board featuring TERRASTAR PPP correction services and +LOCK technology, which maintains tracking even during heavy machinery vibrations; the AsteRx-U an all in one multi-frequency GNSS receiver; AsteRx-m a very low power GPS/GLONASS dual-frequency RTK receiver for high accuracy in low-power and space-constrained applications. For more information please click on Contact Us at the top of this page.
Oil and Gas
The Oil and Gas industry was one of the first industrial sectors to embrace the possibilities of GNSS technology. From seismic exploration, dynamic marine positioning, survey and construction to dynamic positioning drilling operations the full range of technology is utilised to improve efficiency, safety and availability of assets throughout the collection lifecycle.
Chronos represent providers of products for the Oil and Gas Industry including precision positioning equipment (GNSS receivers), GNSS infrastructure (Antennas and distribution) and have relationships with the key service providers in this field to enable the highly accurate dynamic positioning systems.
A key use of GNSS is in machine control applications, farming and agriculture are good examples of this but in the heavy industrial area, machine control of construction equipment is using GNSS technology to strongly increase a machines’ productivity through a shortening in the execution time and a reduction of the costs for the ground crew. An effective machine control system will normally require a real-time GNSS positioning with a few centimetres accuracy.
GNSS research in the university and scientific communities has pushed the boundaries of knowledge since the first GPS satellites were launched. Modern times show the signals from multiple-satellite constellation systems being received on a single board, utilising multiple frequencies to push the boundaries of accuracy and precision. Scientific exploration and research such as ionospheric scintillation, earth deformation and other geophysical topics all heavily use high precision GNSS systems often for baseline data gathering.
As well as supplying high precision GNSS equipment such as multi-constellation receivers from Septentrio, into scientific establishments, Chronos is also involved in the research field itself.
Simulation and Testing
Industrial, scientific and machine control applications benefit particularly from GNSS simulation, record & replay systems. To research, develop, test and manufacture effectively you need a controlled and repeatable signal source. Simulators can test the fully capability of the GNSS product whether it be a dedicated machine development system or a research concept, and can lead to shorter development cycles and a reduction in in-field testing.
The advent of record & replay systems such as the LabSat product by our partner Racelogic can provide flexible affordable testing in the development, verification and support phases of a product lifecycle.
A flexible range of external signals can be incorporated in the data-recording, allowing for replay of these signals plus other inputs into the system as a whole, allowing complete 'hardware in the loop' testing using the same synchronised time source. Modules are available for Digital, Serial (RS232, RS422 and RS485) and CAN logging and an analogue module will be available soon.
More complex user derived simulation scenarios can be created with the Satgen software from the LabSat.
Chronos are able to provide a full range of GNSS simulation and testing systems as well as consultancy services.
Bespoke GPS Timing Services
Chronos is able to provide bespoke GPS based timing systems, specified to particular customer requirements. Our design in service allows customers to detail their problem and Chronos will work with them to provide a solution. Accurate time-base; laboratory GNSS distribution; frequency distribution and measurement; customer application boards and OEM integration packs are all services offered to customers utilising the in-house skills or those of our partners. We are also able to integrate multiple types of system such as Fibre Optic time distribution for specialist applications.