Leica Geosystems ATHENA programme: Non-profit Academic and Research Organisations staying ahead with the latest GNSS technology

4 April 2014

(Heerbrugg/Switzerland, 4 April 2014) - Leica Geosystems has updated its ATHENA programme with the most up-to-date products available in GNSS measurement technology today. ATHENA stands for "Advanced Technology for Higher Education and Non-profit Associations" and its aim is to introduce the latest GNSS Reference Station and Structural Monitoring technology to the academic and research communities. The ATHENA Programme 2014 consists of the most advanced generation of receivers, antennae, accessories and firmware options enabling non-profit academic and research organisations to stay ahead with the latest GNSS technology at a reduced price. 

The ATHENA Programme 2014 bundles include the latest future proof Leica GR10/GR25 reference station servers and Leica GM10 and GMX902 GNSS monitoring receivers at specially discounted prices. In addition, the innovative Leica AR20 choke ring antenna as well as the Leica AR10 compact geodetic antenna are also offered. 

The latest in integrated communication and future proof technology
The GNSS Reference Station bundles now include fully internet-enabled Leica GR10 and Leica GR25 WLAN multi-frequency GNSS (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou & QZSS) capable systems with up to 50Hz data rates. Both GNSS reference servers offer streamlined workflow and advanced data management . Additional interface ports also allow connecting to meteorological, tilt and other external devices. The rugged design and  low power consumption make them ideal for education, science and research. The optional Site Monitor is the most versatile of its kind for a variety of real-time position monitoring applications. 

The GNSS Monitoring bundles include the Leica GM10 GNSS Monitoring Sensor with an integrated communication solution and on-board tools for a broad range of monitoring applications as well as the GMX902 GNSS multi-frequency receivers. Additionally, the Leica GMX901plus, a compact precise and robust receiver with integrated antenna, especially designed for monitoring applications with multiple upgrade options has also been added. 

Both ATHENA bundles are complemented with a choice of either the future proof AR10 GNSS reference station antenna and integrated radome; the Leica AR20 with the most innovative high-end standard choke ring with unmatched multipath rejection, excellent phase centre characteristics and very low noise signal tracking, making it ideal for geodetic research as well as RTK networks or the  Leica AR25 3D choke ring that sets new standards in low elevation tracking.
Also available is a bundle with Leica Nivel210 two-axis high precision inclination sensor. 

Accessories included
The ATHENA bundles include all basic accessories such as power supplies, data cables and memory cards to make it easier to get started. 

The ATHENA 2014 programme is available with immediate effect. For further technical information on the technologies offered by the ATHENA programme, please check out the Leica Geosystems website at:

About Leica Geosystems’ ATHENA programme
The unique ATHENA (Advanced Technology for Higher-Education and Non-profit Associations) programme was established first in 2005 and gives education and research institutes access to the latest GNSS Reference Station and Structural Monitoring Technology in order that future graduates and researchers will be equipped with up-to-date knowledge of these important technologies and application areas. Leica Geosystems is convinced  that access to this technology will help inspire students and researchers to greater achievements. 

Institutions of higher learning or accredited members of the UNAVCO community interested in taking advantage of Leica Geosystems’ ATHENA programme for GNSS Reference Stations and Structural Monitoring please contact your local Leica Geosystems Sales representative. Find your local Leica Geosystems partner at:

Leica Geosystems - when it has to be right
Seit fast 200 Jahren revolutioniert Leica Geosystems als Marktführer für Vermessungsinstrumente und Informationstechnologie die Welt der Vermessung. Fachkräfte auf der ganzen Welt vertrauen auf unsere Komplettlösungen. Das Unternehmen ist bekannt für die Entwicklung innovativer und professioneller Lösungen, die in verschiedensten Branchen wie Vermessung und GIS, Bau und Maschinensteuerung, öffentliche Sicherheit sowie im Energie- und Anlagenbau eingesetzt werden. Präzise Instrumente, moderne Software, erstklassige Unterstützung durch den Service und Support sowie umfangreiche Dienstleistungen schaffen Kunden von Leica Geosystems täglich Mehrwert beim Gestalten der Zukunft unserer Welt.

Leica Geosystems gehört zu Hexagon (Nasdaq Stockholm: HEXA B;, einem weltweit führenden Anbieter von Informationstechnologien, dessen Lösungen die Produktivität und Qualität in allen raumbezogenen und industriellen Anwendungen steigern.


Communications Team
Leica Geosystems AG
CH-9435 Heerbrugg

Tel: +41 71 727 3131

The update of Leica Geosystems’ ATHENA programme ...

... includes the innovative Leica AR20 high-end choke ring with unmatched multipath rejection ...

... and the ‘plug and play’ reference station server Leica GR25 with advanced data logging and streaming capabilities.