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Honeywell’s HG4930 S-Class IMU for Camera Stabilization, Gimbal Stabilization and Antennas

Honeywell’s HG4930 S-Class IMU for Camera Stabilization, Gimbal Stabilization and Antennas

Honeywell’s high-performance, non-ITAR inertial measurement units (IMUs) and inertial navigation systems have been used for decades to serve as navigation and correction aids for some of the most demanding customer applications.

In areas like camera stabilization, gimbal stabilization or antenna stabilization, using a small, lightweight and low power IMU that optimizes latency and bandwidth without sacrificing accuracy can be critical.

Fortunately, Honeywell’s HG4930 S-Class IMU provides the right level of performance for commercial and industrial applications where control and stability are essential.

For the past three decades, Honeywell has perfected its micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) IMUs to stabilize antennas and cameras while isolating them from shock and severe vibrations.

As a result of our rich aerospace background and experience testing our inertial sensors on aircraft that are required to perform in tough environments, our sensors are designed to detect the slightest vibrations on cameras, gimbals, antennas or other moving platforms.

Without a highly reliable IMU, communication and/or camera quality can be degraded or lost, and images can be shaky or out of focus. Think of Uncle Phil’s camerawork at your cousin’s wedding.

In the case of antenna stabilization where antennas are used to send and receive transmissions from satellites, aircraft and mobile ground stations, our IMUs can help with real-time data that helps keep the antenna correctly pointed at all times.

This is especially important when antennas are mounted on a moving vehicle like a ship, helicopter, drone or off-road vehicle. The IMU senses the motion of the vehicle and provides real-time data that enables the platform to compensate for movement, so the antenna stays engaged and locked onto the signal.

IMUs for camera stabilization in industrial and broadcast applications are also common and highly important to capture highly quality data. Professional videographers need to produce images that are sharp and steady, even when they’re using a helicopter, drone, crane or camera boom to capture the shot. They’ve been using IMUs to stabilize cameras for decades in conditions as varied as a movie set, sporting event or police chase.

Inertial measurement units use gyroscopes and accelerometers to sense rotation and acceleration. They can be used in any application for which it’s important to accurately measure and compensate for vibration and motion under the most challenging conditions. In addition to helping stabilize antennas and cameras, IMUs are also used on robots, autonomous vehicles and drones that require navigation in the absence of external aiding signals.

Electronic sensors have replaced mechanical gyros in many applications, including camera and antenna stabilization. In the past, the electronic sensors were often fiber optic gyros (FOGs), but these days engineers are using MEMS IMUs to reduce cost and weight but maintain performance.

In 2019, Honeywell announced the Honeywell HG4930 S-Class MEMS IMU, a great option for customers looking to improve their camera stabilization, gimbal stabilization or antennas while optimizing latency and bandwidth without sacrificing performance.

We’re continually looking for new ways to apply our unique expertise in inertial sensing and navigation technology to industrial applications such areas as agriculture, autonomous vehicles, industrial equipment, robotics, survey/mapping, stabilized platforms, transportation and unmanned aerial vehicles.

For more information about Honeywell’s HG4930 S-Class MEMS IMU for camera stabilization, gimbal stabilization or antennas, please click here.

Jeremy Dingman
Director, Customer Marketing

Jeremy Dingman is the Director of Product Marketing and has been with Honeywell since 2015.