Starling Positioning Engine

Starling Positioning Engine

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The Starling Positioning Engine from Swift Navigation is a GNSS positioning engine designed for autonomous and automotive vehicle applications.



The Starling Positioning Engine is GNSS receiver agnostic and works with a variety of automotive grade inertial sensors and GNSS chipsets.

Starling is platform independent and enhances the measurements of commercially available GNSS receivers to provide true integrity and precision capabilities. It operates easily with Swift’s Piksi Duro and Multi receivers, and also with other third-party chips including Broadcom’s Dual-Frequency BCM47755 GNSS Chip and STMicroelectronics’ TeseoV Automotive-Grade and TeseoAPP GNSS Chips.

Starling enhances measurements of commercially-available GNSS receivers to provide true integrity and precision capabilities. It is capable of using raw GNSS observations from any measurement engine (ME).

Starling provides centimeter-level accuracy by using multi-constellation, multi-band support. It calculates integrity outputs to provide absolute position, velocity and time (PVT). When combined with wheel odometers, inertial sensor measurements and other sensor inputs, the unit can help with vehicle control, decision and localization.

Starling has being engineered to comply with the automotive industry functional-safety standard – ISO 26262 for Automotive Safety Integrity Level (ASIL)-B safety standards.

Starling uses many multi-constellation, multi-frequency commercial-grade and automotive GNSS measurement engines. When combined with a high quality GNSS corrections service e.g. Skylark, Starling reduces the cost of centimeter-level accurate positioning for autonomous applications significantly.

Starling can run in post processing and in real time, enabling customers to configure Starling to suit their requirements at the system level, from the output rate desired to the number of constellations tracked.


  • GNSS Receiver Agnostic
  • Supports 3rd-Party GNSS Measurement Engines
  • Built for Integrity
  • ASIL Ready
  • Centimeter-Level Performance


  • Highly Flexible and Portable Architecture
  • Real-Time Processing Engine
  • Works with Multi-Frequency, Multi-Constellation GNSS Receivers
  • Configurable to meet customer processing requirements
  • Reference Inputs / Outputs: RTCM 3.1, 3.2
  • Navigation Outputs: NMEA 0183 and Swift Binary Protocol (SBP)
  • Supports GPS L1/L2/L5, GLONASS G1/G2, BeiDou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b/E5a and SBAS


The Starling Positioning Engine from Swift Navigation is available through Canal Geomatics. If you would like more information about this software, please feel free to get in touch with us by completing the Request Pricing form.