ATLAS PL Personal GPS Locator

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The Atlas PL is a valuable component of an emergency response, search and rescue, wildfire fighting, or security team. Its many unique features make it superb for these types of applications because:The Atlas PL is part of Raveon’s RavTrack GPS tracking technology. It is compatible with the M7 GX transponder and RavTrack PC AVL software.For privacy and security, over-the air encryption is standard on every Atlas PL. For network versatility, the Atlas PL incorporates a 16-bit identification code, allowing up to 65,000 objects to be identified in one system and a “group code” (1-255). For wide-area coverage, all Atlas PLs may be set to store-and-forward messages from other RV-M7 or from other Atlas PL transponders. Although the RV-M7 is the easiest to use modem on the market, and makes the easiest to set up Automatic Vehicle Locations (AVL) system available, its re-programmability makes it extremely versatile.Most parameters within the Atlas PL may be re-configured to optimize it for specialized operations, extended range, or higher data throughput.The Atlas PL is configured using its built-in RS232 serial port. Raveon provides a software program called Radio Manager to configure the M7. More Details…

The Atlas PL has a number of different I/O drivers built into it, allowing it to work with a large range of displays, computers, and PC software applications. Like all of Raveon’s GPS RavTrack GPS tracking products, it has an open software interface, and details of all serial-port messaging is publicly available.

General Features

  • Advanced Safety Features. Automatic “Man-Down”, manual alert, critical alert, and proximity alerts are transmitted along with position and status.
  • Extended Battery Life. 24 operation with very fast updates, and many weeks of operation with slower update rates.
  • Broad Range of Software Options. Raveon’s Ravtrack products are broadly supported by numerous software solutions, including Raveon’s RavTrack PC, CES PT3, Global Mapper, and Google Earth. See http://ravtrack.com/AVL-Software.html
  • Secure. All position reports are 128-bit AES encrypted for secure communications.
  • Critical Alerts. A built-in “Man-Down” sensor along with a manually activated Alert button and a Critical Alert feature allow dispatch and command centers to quickly identify critical situations.
  • Built-In Battery and Charger. The ATLAS PL’s large 2200mAh battery operates the unit for days, and the ATLAS PL may be recharged from any 12V DC power source.
  • Extremely Rugged. The device uses Raveon’s “single-board” construction with GPS, modem, radio, and processor all secured on one circuit board. The light-weight aluminum housing is crush-proof and water-proof.
  • UHF radio channels. No public network access is needed. It works even when the cell systems don’t with no monthly fees.
  • Very Fast Updates. With up to 20 positions reports every second, you can track in truly real-time.

All measurements made per TIA-603-B

Specifications

General

  • Model Numbers
    RV-PL-UC…….. 450 – 480MHz
    RV-PL-UA…….. (export only) 403 – 434MHz
  • Size ………………. 145mm X 70mm X 35mm
  • Weight ………………. 0.46kG (15.5 ounces)
  • Over-the-air baud rates (programmable) ………………. 4800, 8000, 9600 (1200 optional)
  • Frequency stability ………………. ±1.5ppm
  • Operating temperature range ………………. -10ºC to +60ºC (-30ºC to +80ºC storage)
  • Charging temperature range ………………. 0ºC to +45º

Battery and DC Power

  • Internal Battery………………. 2200mAH Lithium-Ion
  • DC input voltage for charger ………………. 11-16V DC
  • Typical current draw, receiving, over-the-air rates ………………. < 4800bps <115mA
  • Typical current draw, transmit-only mode ………………. <25mA
  • Current draw when transmitting data ………………. <3A max, 1.2A typical at 2watts / <2.7A at 5watts
  • Low Power Mode standby current………………. <30mA
  • Sleep Mode standby current (hardware control) ………………. <1mA
  • Recharge Time ………………. <4 hours for a full charge
  • Power on time to operational ………………. <500mS
  • Internal fuse 3A mini blade. Littlefuse part number 0297003 or Raveon part, number 1X726-3
  • Charger Connector …………. Hirose HR30 series

Transmitter

 

  • Maximum RF power output ………………. ½ – 5 watts
  • Maximum duty cycle ………………. 30% at 2W, 10% at 5W
  • Maximum transmit frequency deviation ………………. ± 2.25kHz
  • RF Bandwidth ………………. 20MHz, no-tune
  • Occupied bandwidth ………………. 11 kHz (12.5kHz channels) / 15.3kHz (25kHz channels)
  • TX spurious outputs ………………. < -70dBc
  • Emissions designator………………. 11K0F1D (12.5kHz channels) / 15K3F1D (25kHz channels)

Receiver

 

  • Typical RX sensitivity (1% BER)
    9600bps, 4-level, 12.5kHz channel -108dBm
    4800bps, 2-level -114dBm
  • No-tune bandwidth ………………. 20MHz
  • RX selectivity ………………. -50dB (12.5kHz channel spacing) / -65dB (25kHz channel spacing)
  • Spurious and image rejection ………………. -75dB
  • RX intermodulation rejection ………………. -70dB
  • Conducted spurious emissions ………………. <-53dBm

User Input and Output Signals

 

  • Serial port baud rates ………………. 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 115200
  • Voltage levels ………………. RS-232
  • Modem handshake signals ………………. RTS, CTS
  • Transceiver RF ………………. 50 ohm SMA
  • GPS Connection ………………. Built-in Geo-helix antenna

GPS and Transponder Specifications

 

  • Number of channels ………………. 12
  • Horizontal accuracy (24 hour static) ………………. <2.5m 50%, <5m 90%
  • Acquisition (-130dBm, 50%) ………………. <40sec cold start, <10sec hot start
  • Sensitivity Tracking ………………. -150dBm, Acquisition -142dBm
  • NMEA Output sentences ………………. WPL, TLL, GLL, GSV, PRAVE
  • Position report rate, programmable ………………. 1 to 9999 seconds
  • Position report resolution ………………. 0.0001 degrees
  • Voltage report resolution/accuracy ………………. 0.1V/10%
  • Temperature resolution and accuracy ………………. 2 degrees C/2 degrees C
  • Number of digital inputs ………………. 2
  • Velocity resolution and accuracy ………………. 1km / 1km per hour
  • GPS connector ………………. SMA

Downloads

The Atlas PL is configured using its built-in RS232 serial port. Raveon provides a software program called Radio Manger to configure the M7. More Details…

The Atlas PL has a number of different I/O drivers built into it, allowing it to work with a large range of displays, computers, and PC software applications. Like all of Raveon’s GPS RavTrack GPS tracking products, it has an open software interface, and details of all serial-port messaging is publicly available.