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Panasonic has announced the launch of what it says is the world’s first tablet using centimetre-level RTK GNSS technology, in collaboration with u-blox.

Toughpad, the new version of the company’s professional grade notebooks family, is specifically designed for precision agriculture, machine control and robotic guidance applications in harsh environments and conditions. Embedded in the tablet is a u-blox NEO-M8 GNSS receiver module delivering high integrity and precision in demanding applications world-wide.

First successfully tested for collecting snow in Hokkaido, the Toughpad tablet uses Panasonic’s satellite positioning technology combining a satellite radio receiver module, wireless WAN, and a single band Real Time Kinematic (RTK) Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver connected to an external antenna. This system enables high precision positioning down to centimetre-level in open sky conditions.

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