Novatel SMART-AG User Manual
Smart-ag, Quick start guide
This guide provides the basic information
required to set up and begin using your
new SMART-AG, a combined L1 GNSS
receiver and antenna with Emulated
Radar (ER) output. The SMART-AG also
features optional Bluetooth
connectivity and tilt compensation.
For more detailed information on the installation and operation of
your receiver, refer to the SMART-AG and OEMV
manuals. These manuals are available on NovAtel's website at:
SMART-AG BOX CONTENTS
In addition to this quick start guide, the following are provided
with your SMART-AG:
1 - CD containing:
• An installation program for the NovAtel PC Utilities
• Product documentation
1 - User Manual postcard for requesting printed manuals
1 - SMART-AG cable for power and communications
(NovAtel part number 01018256)
ADDITIONAL EQUIPMENT REQUIRED
The following additional equipment is required for a basic setup:
A Windows-based PC with an RS-232 DB-9 port
A battery connection (+8 to +36 V DC)
INSTALLING THE PC UTILITIES
Before setting up your SMART-AG, install NovAtel’s PC Utilities
Windows-based computer that you will use to
communicate with it. This computer must have an RS-232 DB-9
1. Start up the computer.
2. Insert the accompanying CD into the CD-ROM drive of the
3. Select Install the OEMV PC Utilities from the window that is
automatically displayed. If the window does not
automatically open when the CD is inserted, select Run from
the Start menu and select the Browse button to locate
Setup.exe on the CD drive.
4. Install the PC Utilities by advancing through the steps
provided in the NovAtel GPS PC Utilities setup program.
SETTING UP YOUR SMART-AG
Complete the steps below to connect and power your receiver.
1. Mount the SMART-AG on a secure, stable structure with an
unobstructed view of the sky.
2. Connect the SMART-AG cable to the SMART-AG.
3. Connect the SMART-AG to a DB-9 serial port on the PC.
4. Provide power to the SMART-AG as follows:
Connect the red wire of the cable (connector pin 14) to the
positive side of a 12 or 24V vehicular power circuit (or
equivalent) protected by a 5A fast blow fuse (user supplied).
NovAtel recommends an automotive blade-type fuse, rated
for 5A and with an operating voltage of more than 36V
(recommended fuse part numbers are in the SMART-AG
Connect the black wire of the cable (connector pin 9) to the
negative side of the power circuit.
If a SMART-AG cable (NovAtel part number 01018256) is
not used, a minimum wire size of 0.5 mm/ 20AWG is
The LEDs on the SMART-AG represent these categories:
The SMART-AG cable (NovAtel part number 01018256) has two
DB-9 connectors, see Figure 1. One can accommodate a
computer serial (RS-232) communication port and the other can
connect to a modem or radio transmitter to receive differential
corrections (refer to your user-supplied modem or radio
transmitter information for its connectors).
At the other end is a 14-pin connector, see Figure 1.
In addition, there are a number of bare wires where the outer
insulation is cut away but the wires beneath are intact. See Table
2 for the cable pinouts.
The SMART-AG cable provides a means of supplying power
from a battery while operating in the field. The bare wires (red for
positive and black for negative) can then be tied to a battery
supply capable of at least 5 W.
The SMART-AG cable is RoHS compliant.
QUICK START GUIDE
To access and download the most current version of our
OEMV PC Utilities, go to the Support page of the NovAtel
web site at www.novatel.com.
CAN PPS MKI
5A fast blow fuse
Table 1: SMART-MR15 LED Behavior
Power is not available
Power available but no satellites are tracking
a. Flashing means that the LED is turning on and off at a 1 Hz rate - 0.5 seconds on
and 0.5 seconds off.
Tracking at least one satellite but not a valid
Position valid in basic autonomous mode
An SBAS signal is being tracked but
sufficient data for SBAS operation has not yet
Position valid in an enhanced accuracy mode
(WAAS/EGNOS/MSAS/DGPS or RTK)