Do Your GNSS Sensors Need a Firmware Update?

Keeping your surveying crews at peak performance requires the right gear and the latest firmware.

If you have a GNSS receiver, you also have firmware—software that is programmed on the hardware and provides the core set of instructions for how the instrument operates. While firmware is optimized for performance when you buy your hardware, technology continues to advance. Development teams focused on innovation regularly introduce improved efficiencies, new capabilities, bug fixes and other improvements long after a new piece of hardware enters the market. Keeping your surveying crews at peak performance requires more than just the right gear; you also need to make sure you’re running the latest firmware.

The best way to stay informed of firmware developments is to register your technology with the manufacturer. Registration typically gives you access to valuable information portals like Leica MyWorld, that will alert you to firmware updates and also give you an easy way to upgrade your system.

“When a surveying or engineering firm is trying to increase productivity, firmware is often overlooked,” says Tim Kerr, senior geomatics support engineer for Leica Geosystems US/Canada. “Upgrading your GNSS firmware is fast and easy, and it can help you make sure your receivers are running at the best possible performance.” The support team recently released an S&E Tech Tips video to show how easily the updates can be done. Watch the video here.


If you’ve been looking for a way to boost the performance of your GNSS receiver, check the firmware. It might be as simple as installing an update.

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