u-blox and Velocitek chosen by several of the world's top sailing teams
Velocitek's SC-1 speed compass with u-blox' GPS receiver module conveys critical real-time speed, heading and position data to several world champion sailing crews
The GPS speedometer SC-1 is designed and manufactured by Hawaii-based Velocitek, specialists in GPS accessories for performance sailing. Velocitek's products target this highly competitive market, positioning them among the world's top marine technology companies. Velocitek's SC-1 is used onboard the top boats in the Melges 24 and Viper 640 sport boat classes. The SC-1 also guided reigning Moth-class sailing world champion John Harris on his race to victory, and was recently spotted in use onboard Alinghi's VX40 catamaran at the iShares cup race held in Lugano.
To provide the critical heading, speed and position data needed for calculations such as starting line proximity, velocity made good (VMG), and tactical compass readouts in the SC-1, Velocitek depends on a u-blox' GPS receiver technology. The high-performance u-blox GPS receiver module is notable for its small footprint, low power consumption and robust performance in challenging marine conditions including high humidity, wide temperature range and frequent mechanical shock.
"Our GPS receivers have been designed to perform in demanding environments. With its robust tracking and dynamic sensitivity, u-blox GPS technology provides continuous position, direction and speed information. It is perfectly suited to the rigors of ocean sailboat racing," says Nikolaos Papadopoulos, president of u-blox America.
"The unique ability of the u-blox GPS module to provide accurate, robust, GPS solutions four times a second allows us to provide accurate, real-time GPS performance feedback for racing sailboats with a product that is both more accurate and less costly than non GPS-based alternatives," notes Alec Stewart, president of Velocitek.
About the Velocitek SC-1
The SC-1, recently used to win both the Moth Worlds and the Melges 24 North Americans, is for hard-core racers who are looking for an edge on the competition. Whether it is providing accurate VMG feedback to help get the most out of the boat or helping get a jump on the fleet with sag-busting distance-to-line measurements, the SC-1 gives the instantaneous feedback needed to win. SC-1 readouts include speedometer, compass, start line proximity, VMG, timer and tactical compass.
Velocitek enables dinghy and sportboat racers to improve their boat speed and tactics with real-time on-the-water performance feedback from the SC-1 and SpeedPuck high-accuracy GPS instruments as well as post-race analysis using the Velocitek SpeedPlay race replay computer program. The Velocitek system is unique in that it forms a completely integrated hardware-software solution for GPS-assisted sail training. For more information, please visit www.velocitek.com
u-blox is a leading fabless semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets. Our solutions enable people, devices, vehicles and machines to locate their exact position and wirelessly communicate via voice, text or video. With a broad portfolio of GPS modules, cards, chips, and software solutions together with wireless modules and solutions, u-blox is uniquely positioned to enable OEMs to develop innovative solutions quickly and cost-effectively. Headquartered in Switzerland and with global presence in Europe, Asia and the Americas, u-blox employs 180 people. Founded in 1997, u-blox is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange. (www.u-blox.com)