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High accuracy on demand GPS positioning service for your smartphone


It's GPS, but not as you know it…

Trimble Catalyst is GPS positioning-as-a-service for Android smartphones and tablets.

To build Catalyst, Trimble have extracted the core of their hardware GPS receiver technology and transformed it into a software service that can run inside an app on your phone. So all you have to do is select a service plan to get on-demand accuracy, directly to your mobile device.

With the addition of a simple, light-weight USB antenna, running the Catalyst service app on your Android device can turn your smartphone or tablet into a powerful centimeter accurate mapping, navigation, and measurement instrument that you can use with any location-enabled app or service.


Accuracy on demand, on your smartphone

Because Catalyst’s revolutionary technology delivers high accuracy positioning with an on-demand subscription service, you only pay for what you need, when you need it. Pay monthly for unlimited access at your desired accuracy, or choose the convenience and flexibility of hourly pay-per-use Catalyst Precision On Demand.

1 Meter

$42 / month
Unlimited use

Meter accuracy in optimal conditions

Sub Meter

$126 / month
Unlimited use

30cm-75cm accuracy in optimal conditions


$210 / month
Unlimited use

Up to 10cm accuracy in optimal conditions


$368 / month
Unlimited use

1cm-2cm accuracy in optimal conditions

On Demand

$10.5/ hour

1cm-2cm accuracy in optimal GPS conditions


There’s an app for that

Apps are the key to the innovation of Catalyst. Any location-enabled workflow can take high-precision GNSS and add value or drive efficiency through the benefits of affordable, accessible precision. Use the free Trimble Mobile Manager app to handle your Catalyst subscription and manage a connection to the Catalyst softGNSS engine, then choose the workflow app you need to get your job done.

Mapping & Asset ManagementWith Catalyst you can create accurate maps with points lines and polygon-based mapping workflows. Choose from a wide range of Catalyst SDK enabled and third-party apps using digital form- and map-driven workflows.Example appsTrimble TerraFlex, Survey 123, Collector for ArcGIS, K-Mobile, Geomeet, Network Collector…

Surveying & CadastreWith Catalyst you can perform high accuracy survey and land administration workflows with your smartphone. With enough accuracy to support data collection and stakeout workflows, get to the point faster with Catalyst.Example appsTrimble Penmap for Android

Aerial MappingCatalyst is the ideal tool for efficient, streamlined ground control point capture for UAV mapping workflows. Catalyst is already supported by a range of GCP apps.Example apps3DR GCP, Drone Deploy, Trimble UAV Ground Control

BYO AppWhatever app you use, supercharge your workflow with high quality GNSS positioning.Works out of the boxWith the option to plug directly into the Android OS, Catalyst can provide high accuracy to any location-enabled app, right out of the box.For developersIntegrate support using the Catalyst SDK to completely control the receiver. Contact us for more information.



Precision subscription 10 mm HRMS + 1ppm / 20 mm VRMS + 1ppm after 2 minutes
Decimeter subscription 10 cm HRMS and VRMS after 1 minute
Sub Meter subscription 30 cm HRMS and VRMS after 1 minute
1 Meter subscription 100 cm HRMS and VRMS after 1 minute
No subscription 200 cm (autonomous) after 1 minute

*For all positioning subscription levels with Trimble Catalyst, performance depends heavily on many contributing factors. Accuracy and reliability may be subject to anomalies such as multipath, satellite geometry, atmospheric conditions, and proximity to obstructions such as trees, mountains, buildings and other structures. Position accuracy specifications for Trimble Catalyst subscriptions levels are validated in normal conditions with clear lines of site to the sky, and position accuracy may degrade quickly and significantly under any of the aforementioned anomalous conditions.

GNSS specifications

Operating temperature range -20 to +60 °C
Corrections RTCM 3.x, CMRx, MSS (RTX)
Trimble Corrections Hub Configuration-less access to Trimble VRS Now and RTX
Software channels Track and use up to 32 GNSS satellites
Position rate 1 Hz / 5 Hz

DA1 Antenna

Dimensions 130 x 60 mm
Weight 300 g
Operating temperature range -20 to +60 °C
Ingress protection rating IP65
Communication to host device USB
Power consumption 0.6 W
Power source Host device or USB
Run time Depends on host device

Catalyst System Requirements

Trimble Catalyst can run on compatible Android smartphones and tablets. We have provided some guidelines below to help you understand if your device will meet the minimum hardware specifications necessary to run this service on your device.

Operating system Android 5.0 or higher
System memory 1.5 GB RAM or higher
Core type & quantity Minimum 4x ARM cores
CPU core speeds 1.5 GHz per core or higher

What is Trimble Catalyst?

Trimble Catalyst is a subscription service that allows you to generate and use centimeter-accurate GPS positions on your smartphone or tablet. As a Catalyst subscriber you can choose to be automatically charged monthly on an unlimited use plan, or alternatively pre-pay for on demand access on an hour-by-hour basis.

Do I need GPS Correction services to use Catalyst?

Trimble Catalyst uses GPS corrections to generate highly accurate GPS positions. Your subscription includes access to the Trimble Corrections Hub, which lets you use Trimble and Trimble partner correction services. Trimble Corrections Hub coverage is available in many parts of the world, but is not yet available worldwide. Check the latest coverage here. If the Trimble Corrections Hub does not provide suitable coverage in your location, you will need to provide your own local correction service.

Can I share my subscription with others?

Trimble Catalyst monthly licenses are transferable between users and devices, but may only be used on one device at a time. Catalyst On Demand licenses are non-transferrable, but On Demand pools can be shared by any number of users.

How do I manage my account?

You can see your subscription and manage your payment details in My account section. You can manage your licences and assigned users for your subscription at the Trimble License Manager application.

How can I pay for Catalyst?

Credit and Debit cards:
We accept Visa, Mastercard, and American Express cards. Cards must be enabled for recurring e-commerce transactions to work with Catalyst.

Prepaid Cards:
If you have a prepaid card with a Visa, MasterCard, or American Express logo, you can enter your card's information on our payment page. If the bank that issued the card approves our authorization request, we will accept this card for payment.

How do I resolve payment problems?
If there is a problem with your payment method, your access to the service may be disrupted. To resolve the issue, sign in to your account and update or change your payment method. In most cases, this will resolve the issue. If you’re still having trouble updating your account with new payment information, please try a different payment method, or contact your financial institution to ensure your payment information is up to date and supports e-commerce transactions. If you have confirmed that your payment method is listed under 'How can I pay for Catalyst?' above, and your payment method is still not being accepted, contact us for further assistance.


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