Hexagon and Hitachi Zosen sign agreement to provide TerraStar-X Enterprise corrections in Japan

23 May 2023

(Calgary, Canada, May 23, 2023) – Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division and Hitachi Zosen Corporation (Hitachi Zosen) are proud to announce that they have signed an agreement to bring the TerraStar-X Enterprise correction service to Japan.  

As a regional leader in the GNSS industry, Hitachi Zosen manages a nationwide network of 1,300 reference stations operated by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI). Nippon GPS Data Service (NGDS), a subsidiary of Hitachi Zosen, will provide Hexagon with GNSS data from this network. With this data, Hexagon can offer exceptional levels of redundancy and accuracy through the TerraStar-X Enterprise GNSS correction service, which is important for automotive applications. The service is now available for testing in the Tokyo area and will be expanded across Japan. 

Hexagon currently has operational testbeds for TerraStar-X Enterprise in various locations throughout North America, Europe and China that provide reliable, lane-level accuracy in under a minute. With the addition of a testbed in Japan, vehicle manufacturers and technology providers can use the same design for all their correction service requirements.  

“Our collaboration with Hitachi Zosen and NGDS allows us the opportunity to expand our service offerings and better equip our automotive and consumer customers with access to TerraStar-X Enterprise across major markets,” said Sara Masterson, director of positioning services at Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division. “Our testbed in Japan is available to technology partners wanting to experience the high performance from TerraStar-X in their advanced driver assistance systems, smartphone applications, micromobility or safety-critical applications.”     

“We are very pleased to be working with Hexagon to bring TerraStar-X Enterprise to Japan,” said Takeshi Nakamura, associate executive officer of the electronic control business unit at Hitachi Zosen and president at NGDS. “Our local technical and market expertise, combined with Hexagon’s 30+ years of positioning experience delivering global corrections across major markets, makes for an excellent partnership.” 

By utilising data created from GSI network observations, Hexagon’s TerraStar-X Enterprise will ensure fast convergence to lane-level accuracy and is available to support large-scale programs with functional safety requirements in Japan.  

Learn more about TerraStar-X Enterprise corrections by visiting novatel.com/terrastar-x.

For further information, please contact: 

Jessica Fielding
Senior Manager, Global Marketing
Hexagon's Autonomy & Positioning division
T: +1 403 919 3388
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Tomomitsu Yamamoto 
Hitachi Zosen Corporation 
Tel: +81 6 6569 0076 
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About Hexagon

Hexagon is a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications.

Our technologies are shaping production and people-related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.

Hexagon’s Autonomy & Positioning division is a global technology leader, pioneering end-to-end solutions for assured positioning for land, sea and air. Its solutions power intelligent positioning ecosystems in vital industries and safety-of-life applications, enabling the advancement of the Autonomous X (cars, UAVs, industrial vehicles, trains, vessels and more). The division includes leading brands NovAtel, Veripos and AutonomouStuff. 

Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B) has approximately 24,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 5.2bn EUR. Learn more at hexagon.com and follow us @HexagonAB.

About Hitachi Zosen Corporation

Hitachi Zosen is one of the largest Japanese industrial and engineering companies. Our aim is to be a reliable solution provider for the creation of a recycling-oriented society, through addressing global and social issues by utilising their core business areas; energy and water.  

In the field of GNSS business, Hitachi Zosen has been engaged by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan to build, operate and maintain an Electronic Datum Point Network and real-time continuous monitoring system capable of monitoring systems and services to support advanced applications involving satellite positioning and geospatial data. We also supply systems capable of measuring surface height and tide levels at very high precision in real-time and at very long distances of up to 1,000 km. This data is used in disaster prevention and maritime applications.  

Today Hitachi Zosen employs over 10,000 people who are dedicated to tackling global environmental challenges. Our net sales amounted to approximate 441.8bn (JPY). More information at hitachizosen.com

About Nippon GPS Data Service Corporation

NGDS provides high-precision positioning support services throughout Japan using real-time data (GNSS) from electronic reference points owned by the Geospatial Information Authority of Japan (GSI). Hitachi Zosen owns 83.33% of NGDS, NGDS is a subsidiary company of Hitachi Zosen. 


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