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The new firmware, driver and application software allows developers to extract I&Q from the SBS-3 and users to be able to use SDR# either standalone or with Basestation.
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Chris Taylor, our Sales and Product Manager for the past two years, will fulfil his ambition to run his own business, Taylor Made RF Limited.
Chris has our fullest support in this new, and completely separate business venture, and as of 1 January 2013 will become our distributor based at Elstree Aerodrome. Taylor Made RF Limited has taken premises from us, and we have just completed a re-organisation and building works to enable Chris to be totally self sufficient and trade with dealers and the public alike, and to be able to expand his product offerings to include other manufacturers products.
Our dealers have always received a healthy margin from us in order to enable them to provide a comprehensive support capability to their clients. Having reviewed the levels of support provided and customer feedback, which we have always taken seriously, we have agreed with Chris that the number of dealers should be reduced in order to maintain the quality of service that customers expect. It is important that customers understand their rights to support from their point of sale dealer.
Like most manufacturing businesses, Kinetic will not handle support directly and customers will be directed back to their point of sale dealer. Taylor Made RF Limited will offer chargeable support services including remote installation and remote support on a per incident basis.
Due to the huge amount of support material on the forum bearing Chris's handle, KineticChris, he will continue with this handle until such time as we can provide a smooth transition over to a new handle. The E-Store has been closed and links will be promoted to Taylor Made RF Limited as our distributor.
We regret that it will not be possible to transfer calls to Taylor Made RF Limited.
This exciting transition will enable Kinetic to focus on continuing research, design and development of exciting and innovative new products whilst ensuring that competent and comprehensive sales and support services are available.
Chris will continue to have direct access to the development team which means he will be the best placed person to represent to and provide feedback from , the trade and the public, regarding our products.
This release of BaseStation also supports the new PUCK devices from Kinetic. Also included are a number of feature fixes.
Hear Hear, Hear Hear, Hear Hear !!!
The release is available now from the Downloads area of our site.
The "BLUE PUCK" is a 1090 MHz ADS-B receiver as used in the SBS-3. It comes complete with a 1090 MHz antenna and connects to the computer using a micro-USB lead. The "BLUE PUCK" will allow existing users to move from home to the field swapping between their SBS-3 and "BLUE PUCK" without having to make any configuration changes to their BaseStation setup.
The "BLACK PUCK" is a single receiver SDR, operating from 27 MHz to 980 MHz, using the same technology as the SBS-3. Providing digital / audio over USB and or reception of ACARS , AIS and broadcast stations.
Again, this device is intended to support existing SBS-1 customers and new customers alike.
Both devices will be very competitively priced to undercut competitors and offer the class of functionality provided by the SBS family of devices.
Six channels allows users to monitor ACARS, ADSB and AIS simultaneously whilst still being able to listen to a suitable audio frequency.
Uplifting the total number of channels to six raises the performance bar of the SBS-3 which already stands head and shoulders above the rest.
The API (Application Programming Interface) will be updated to include the enhanced command set and functionality and the BaseStation application will also be upgraded to offer scanner control.
It is provided as a proof of concept application only and is not intended to replace BaseStation.
It does have some nice features which will appear in the BaseStation re-write and it is a proving ground for us.
Thanks Gaby !
The new firmware provides internal ACARS decoding on any of the the 4 SDR channels and the latest BaseStation software release provides not only a display of ACARS data but a socket stream interface as well.
This release cements the SBS-3 as the finest product of its kind in the world.
A triple A product providing ADS-B, ACARS and AIS plus a multi channel SDR receiver. All in one box. Outstanding.
The expected release date is May 18th and this will place the SBS-3 head and shoulders above any competition. One device providing legendary 1090 reception and decoding, two SDR tuner with 4 channels. Built-in AIS and ACARS decoding with UAT decoding scheduled before the summer.
And listen to the radio as well on VHF and UHF from 26MHz through to 980MHz.
All of this without requiring your PC to do the decoding and offering a standalone server box WITH a published Application Programming Interface, USB and Ethernet interface, serial GPS interface and auxillary input output port.
Simply open a connection to the SBS-3 and receive a stream of VHF AIS data, as well as Mode-S data, without the requirment to waste money on additional receivers and decoders. Our Beta team have successfully tested the firmware which has been proven to work with PlanePlotter, ShipPlotter and CombiPlotter from COAA
With internal ACARS decoding and UAT decoding scheduled for development, we look forward to a busy development and delivery timetable, and as standard with Kinetic - firmware updates are FREE of charge.
When the SBS-3 is used with our BaseStation software application the Saitek Radio Panel becomes a high visibility remote frequency display giving gravitas to any users setup. The adaptor has now completed internal Beta testing and should be with our external Beta testers imminently.
Kinetic is pleased to announce that it has now switched to using an alternative supplier renown for quality and with an extensive and audited list of satisfied customers.
Our customers will be pleased to note that while there are no noticable working or physical differences in the product the range of power supply options have increased to allow for DC supplies.
Kinetic have for a long time challenged the false claims that both AirNav Systems and Waters and Stanton make and can only direct customers to read the adjudication for themselves. Hopefully, customers will be the catalyst the companies need to commit to honest advertising and remove the misleading claims from their websites.
Customers should be aware and undertake independent research before committing to purchasing products.
Read the adjudication here.
Multi-channel and multi-band, complete with USB, Ethernet and digital streaming, the SBS-3 does not require a computer to act as a standalone remote monitoring station.
The units will be shipping within weeks and dealers are ready to take your pre-orders.
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Chris brings a wealth of expertise with our products and is a very welcome member of our team.
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The SBS-3 is the evolution.