Satmap Systems Ltd, a majority owned subsidiary of Bollin Group Ltd, has announced the launch of the Satmap Active 20 Sports GPS unit.
The Active 20 represents a significant advance in the realm of handheld sports GPS devices, bringing high performance and flexibility to outdoor GPS users. Specifically, dual touchscreen and button control, with mapping, GPS performance, battery life and weatherproofing.
Managing director and founder, Howard Dyson said: “Satmap is very excited to bring to market the outstanding Active 20 unit, having listened carefully during the development period to the needs of dedicated users. Whilst being easy to use, this GPS unit sets new standards of dual touchscreen and button control, superb mapping and best-in-class GPS performance, all combined within a very robust platform. We believe that the Active 20 offers a significant step forward for GPS users’ enjoyment and safety in the Great Outdoors” .
‘DualControl’: Touchscreen and Buttons
The Active 20 is the first device of its class to be fully touchscreen or button operated (‘DualControl’), successfully catering to the wider needs of the outdoor community, who seek the ease, convenience and familiarity of full touchscreen control, whilst at the same time looking after the needs of other professional users in very tough weather conditions who tend to prefer the certainty, control feedback and gloved use that comes with full button control.
Best-in-class GPS receiver (including GLONASS & Galileo)
Fitted with the latest, high-sensitivity GPS receiver (uBlox MAX M8), the Active 20 supports all the primary satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS, GALILEO, BeiDou, WAAS, EGNOS, etc.) with superb accuracy results, even indoors, in cars, in town and under heavy tree cover. Accuracy figures of 1-2m are typical in many conditions. uBlox modules are renowned for maintaining a good GPS lock in the most demanding of conditions. The uBlox module boasts industry leading -167dBm navigation sensitivity, with superior anti-spoofing and anti-jamming capabilities. The Active 20 uses a finely tuned 25mm Taoglas ceramic patch antenna (the largest in this class of product) to achieve remarkably high signal-to-noise ratio values (typically 46-51), leading to outstanding GPS performance.
Bright HVGA screen
The Active 20 now boasts an all-new, large (3.5”), super-bright (600cd) transmissive, full colour HVGA TFT display. This screen is optically bonded to Gorilla Glass to provide the very best light transmission and sunlight readability. Full backlight control and ‘red-filter’ allow for optimal viewing in all conditions. There is even a high-contrast sunlight mode for snow & glacier conditions.
The Active 20 is all about displaying superb topographic mapping, and providing advanced users with a full range of GPS functionality. The extensive additional topographic map catalogue of over 450 global map titles (including full Ordnance Survey GB coverage) uniquely providing easy toggling between various map types. Satmap has been the industry leader since 2007 in providing the very best and clearest quality colour topographic mapping to sports GPS users. Recent licence fee changes now allow Satmap to offer Hi-Res (660 dpi) Ordnance Survey full GB coverage of the 1:25k Explorer series on a single SD card at the lowest prices. The full range ofdetailed HARVEY walkers maps is also available for use on the Active 20.
LiPol and AA Battery operation
The Active 20 has a unique dual-battery system that includes a long-life 5,100mAh rechargeable LiPol battery pack, and optionally, a AA Battery Pack which supports AA Lithium, NiMH, and Alkaline primary cells, giving uses a complete range of power sources. Using various power-saving options (including a flexible backlight timer and reduced frequency updates) battery duration of up to 16 hours can be achieved. Full-gas (100% backlight, no power saving and constant movement) battery life is 11 hours. Spare LiPol battery packs are available for extended duration expeditions. Recharging
of the unit is in-situ via microUSB cable, from either 1A wall charger, 12V car charger, PC/Mac or any other USB power source.
Wi-Fi & BT Smart 4.0
Enhanced Active 20 connectivity is achieved via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth features. Currently, Wi-Fi connectivity is available for platform and application software updates. Users are uniquely able to choose between ‘formal release’ and ‘beta’ software options allowing them access to the very latest
features, but with the ability to ‘roll-back’ if they wish. Shortly after release, users will be also able to sync their route and POI data with the Satmap Xpedition Online Route Planner, an HTML version of which is in the pipeline, working equally well on PC/Mac, tablet and SmartPhone.
BT Smart 4.0 functionality currently allows users to exchange routes between the Satmap Active GPS family (Active 12 and Active 20), and the BTLE side supports BT Heart Rate Monitor Profile, as well as BT Bike Speed & Cadence Profile. BT Power and other useful BT Profiles will be added in the near future.
GPX, TCX and Mass Storage Mode
Active 20 now fully supports the universal GPX & TCX route and activity formats, and connection to a PC/Mac allows both internal and SD storage to be easily accessed. In keeping with the earlier Active 10/12 units, the Active 20 is also fully supported by the offline SatSYNC application which allows for
easy data transfer and conversions between GPS unit and desktop.
The Active 20 has achieved higher than average waterproofing standards than industry norms. Rated to IP68 (1.5m depth for 1.5 hours of submersion) the Active 20 outperforms the majority of its rivals in this class of Sports GPS. Likewise, it is rated to IK7 impact protection so that it can cope with the knocks and bangs of serious outdoor usage. Uniquely fitted with 2.5mm Gorilla Glass the Active 20 achieves unparalleled screen protection and scratch resistance in its class.
Bike & Vehicle Mounts
The Active 20 uses the very popular Quad Lock bike and vehicle mounting system. Utilising a bespoke backplate, the Active 20 will fit the full range of standard Quad Lock mounts.
Satmap Systems is proud to support British industry, and the Active 20 is wholly UK manufactured, with hardware from Lancaster and Torquay, with software and mapping from Leatherhead, Cambridge and other national providers.