Press Release

Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics Now Shipping Duro, an Enclosed Version of the Piksi Multi Dual-Frequency RTK GNSS Receiver

Built for Outdoor Operations, Duro Combines Centimeter-Accurate Positioning with Military Ruggedness at a Breakthrough Price

San Francisco and Pittsburgh, November 28, 2017—Swift Navigation and Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL) today announced immediate availability of Duro™, an extremely rugged, low-cost, centimeter-accurate, dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver in an easily-deployable enclosure. San Francisco-based Swift Navigation, a tech firm building centimeter-accurate GPS technology to power a world of autonomous vehicles, teamed with Pittsburgh-based CRL—the industry leader in reliable robotic components and systems—to develop Duro, which is a ruggedized, enclosed version of Swift Navigation’s flagship Piksi® Multi dual-frequency RTK GNSS receiver. The new product can be ordered at

Built for outdoor operations, Duro combines a rugged enclosure with centimeter-accurate positioning at a breakthrough price. Leveraging design and test standards from military and mining hardware, the GNSS sensor is protected against weather, moisture, vibration, dust, water immersion and EMI exposure typical of long-duration, harsh outdoor deployments. In addition to its ruggedness, Duro is easy-to-deploy and is ready to connect right out of the box. Primary industries for this product include: Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Precision Agriculture, Mapping, Military, Outdoor Industrial and Maritime.

“We are thrilled to make this product available for the many industries that can now unlock vast autonomous vehicle applications with cost-effective RTK solutions,” said Tim Harris, CEO and Co-Founder of Swift Navigation. “Duro is the perfect combination of our centimeter-accurate GNSS technology and Carnegie Robotics’ rugged robotic systems, renowned for getting work done for real world applications.”

“This product, the first of many joint developments between Swift and Carnegie, marks an exciting innovation milestone that ticks all the boxes: high-accuracy, low-cost and ruggedized for real world applications,” said John Bares, CEO of Carnegie Robotics. “We are providing a solution with significant implications for manned and unmanned vehicles in industries including mining, material handling and precision agriculture. Duro’s feature-set and price point will unlock a new generation of outdoor autonomous robotic systems.”

Top-level benefits for users include:

  • Dual-frequency RTK GNSS, providing accurate position and solution fast recovery

  • Tough, military-grade hardware

  • IP67-rated enclosure with M12 standard-sealed connectors and passive thermal design

  • Raw IMU data stream output

  • Future-proof hardware with in-field software upgrade capability

  • Protected I/O, including RS232 Serial Ports, 100mbit Ethernet, Event Inputs, Pulse Per Second (PPS) and more

  • Mounting accommodation for a GPS antenna, further simplifying vehicle installation

  • Durable UV and chemical-resistant powder-coating

  • All in a single package that is easy to install on any vehicle

Duro builds on Swift Navigation’s mission to utilize real-time kinematics (RTK) technology to provide location solutions that are 100 times more accurate than traditional GPS, at a fraction of the cost of competing systems. Ushering in a new era of precision GPS affordability, Duro incorporates Piksi Multi and builds on this revolution in advanced precision GNSS capabilities for the mass market.

For more detailed information, please see the Duro Product Summary.

Orders can be placed via Swift Navigation’s online store. Initially, the product will ship only to North America, with worldwide shipping coming soon.


Swift Navigation, Inc. was founded in 2012 to make GPS positioning technology more accurate and affordable. Today Swift Navigation has gained a reputation for defining a new category of GNSS systems as the industry’s first low-cost, high accuracy real-time kinematics (RTK) receiver. Its GPS and GNSS positioning products are available a fraction of the price of the competition and deliver 100 times better accuracy than the GPS in a cell phone. Swift Navigation’s technology benefits a multitude of industries and applications—including autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), precision agriculture, robotics, surveying and space. With its innovation and technology honored by Inc.’s 2016 and Forbes 2017 30 Under 30 lists, Swift Navigation is enabling a world where fields farm themselves, drones fly safely and autonomous transportation can take you home. Learn more online at, follow Swift on Twitter @Swiftnav

Carnegie Robotics LLC (CRL) was founded in 2010 to be an end-to-end provider of reliable robotic components and autonomous mobile ground robots. CRL has particular focus in inertial-based pose, GPS-denied positioning and perception technologies. Carnegie Robotics offers both its own product lines and custom product development to support the defense, light industrial, agriculture, mining and infrastructure markets. The company fuses engineering, manufacturing and testing expertise with a strong focus on meeting end user needs for reliability, productivity, safety and the dozens of other essential factors necessary for a product to work in the real world. The performance and reliability of CRL's products is a result of an ISO 9001:2008 certified process which covers all aspects of CRL's product design, testing, requirement validation and production. Learn more online at and follow CRL on Twitter @CRLBots.