What are the differences Between GPS and GLONASS?
Let’s take a look and compare GPS (Global Positioning System) with the Russian GLONASS (Globalnaya navigatsionnaya sputnikovaya sistema), or “Global Navigation Satellite System”)) system. For GPS, the US has committed to maintaining at least 24 operational GPS satellites, 95% of the time. In the past few years 31 satellites have been steadily operational. The GLONASS constellation was also completed in 1995, but at the end of the 1990s became incomplete with the loss of satellites. Under Vladimir Putin’s presidency the GLONASS project was made a priority and received a substantial increase in funding. By October 2011 the full constellation of 24 satellites was restored, giving global coverage. In terms of positional accuracy GPS is slightly better than GLONASS overall, but due to the different positioning of the GLONASS satellites, GLONASS has better accuracy at high latitudes (far north or south).
Using the Traverse Alpha it is possible to use GPS only and to activate and deactivate GLONASS when extra location accuracy is required. However using GLONASS consumes more battery than using GPS alone.
Create routes in Suunto Movescount with topographic maps and altitude information. See the altitude profile of your route directly from the watch. The built-in barometric pressure sensor accurately tracks your ascent. Save points of interest along the way and, if needed, re-trace your steps using the automatic breadcrumb trail. Use the digital compass to quickly orientate yourself in unknown terrain.
Suunto Traverse Alpha combines strong build quality with a full set of outdoor features. It is your guide in the wild, keeping you on track with GPS/GLONASS navigation. Specific fishing and hunting features provide useful tools for your activity, including moon phase calendar, shot detection, sunrise alert, weather trend, and red backlight for nighttime use. Plan your routes and keep a diary of your fishing and hunting trips with Suunto Movescount.
Location based moon phase calendar with moonrise and moonset times helps you determine the best fishing times, while the barometric pressure graph allows you to closely follow weather changes.
Automatic shot detection keeps track of the number and location of shots. When scouting, use hunting specific POI types to mark trails and important locations. Sunrise and sunset alerts help plan your day, while the customizable red backlight does not interfere with night vision.
Featuring a knurled stainless steel bezel, water repellent nylon textile strap and scratch resistant sapphire crystal glass, Suunto Traverse Alpha is the optimal watch for hunters, anglers and hikers looking for maximum durability. Vibration alerts and a night vision goggle compatible red backlight help you stay unnoticed.
Suunto Traverse and Traverse Alpha outdoor watches have been tested according to military standards (MIL STD 810G). The watches have passed 19 tests*, including vibration, shock, drop, freeze/thaw, rain, humidity, immersion, sand and dust.
Discover new routes with heatmaps on Suunto Movescount and Suunto Movescount App
Route planning in Suunto Movescount with topographic maps
Route preview and route altitude profile on the watch