Honeywell Introduces Pinpoint Navigation Technology for New Industries

Honeywell has now introduced its accurate tactical navigation technology to a wide range of new industries. The industries can now benefit from the advanced precision and performance of reliable, rugged and easy-to-install Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs).

Since the mid-1990s, Honeywell Aerospace has pioneered the development of IMUs and most recently launched the next phase in that technology's growth — the HG4930. Honeywell's newest offering applies the principles of reliability, dependability and performance from aerospace and defense, and tailors it for "straight out of the factory" integration and use in various nondefense and non-aerospace industrial applications. These applications include autonomous vehicles, surveying and mapping, ground and underwater robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and gimble stabilization.

IMUs are extremely valuable tools that help people; vehicles and machines measure motion and calculate changes in position, anywhere in the world, even where global positioning system (GPS) signals are intermittent. In industries where automation is taking hold and working conditions where GPS may be out of touch, an IMU can help fill in the moments of disconnect and keep things like an autonomous underwater vehicle or a robot in a factory informed about how they are moving relative to their surroundings.

In addition to the HG4930 IMU being an extremely small, lightweight and low-power product ideal for spearheading new uses or bolstering current navigation capabilities, it is not classified under an International Traffic in Arms Regulation category, but instead is free from the burden of an export license for all but a few military-related use cases. This means a broader availability for customers around the world.

With more than 500,000 tactical grade IMUs produced to date, the HG4930 builds on a proven Honeywell legacy of reliable inertial technologies. It is the highest-performing micro-electromechanical system (MEMS)-based IMU of its size and price, and benefits from world-class inertial sensor development, calibration and compensation. It has been tailored to provide significantly improved gyroscope and accelerometer performance for the environments and use cases experienced by non-aerospace and non-defense users. So, for industries that currently depend on less reliable MEMS or large, power hungry and expensive fiber-optic gyroscopes for navigation and control capabilities, the HG4930 is an ideal solution.