A semi independent Portable Pilot Unit (PPU)

A solution to provide maritime pilots with a semi-independent solution for piloting, navigation and aid to docking & berthing  which depends on the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

BANANAS Single is a single antenna system with independant sensors : GNSS antenna and inertial augmentation through Gyro with AIS embedded.



The BANANAS Single is easily transportable in its bag. All necessary parts fit together, making the system dependable and quick to set-up.


High degree of connectivity to various types of radio networks: 3G, UHF, VHF, AIS, Wi-Fi, Long-Range Wi-Fi.


The system is a single antenna solution that has independent sensors. Rate-of-Turn data are highly accurate thanks to its own internal Gyro aiding with embedded AIS. Pilots bring it on board and connect to it with their tablet.

Augmented GNSS

By relying on augmented-GNSS navigation technology, BANANAS is a highly-sophisticated solution that delivers decitimeter precision.


Despite its sophistication, pilots love its simplicity. There is only one power On/Off button. The system has no cables, no connectors, no antennas, and it is compatible with any pilot software.


Hot-swappable battery gives unlimited autonomy

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SBAS position accuracy

GNSS Constellations

By default, its GNSS receivers are set to work with GPS+Glonass constellations. It is also possible to extend to Beidou+Galileo.

GNSS Accuracy

Receiver is powered by Trimble technology which automatically provide a SBAS 0.5m-1m level of accuracy.
Options: L-Band (RTX): 4cm -10 cm / RTK: 1cm-2cm (adding a POS beacon)

Orientation Accuracy

This system use a single heading antenna GNSS compass and a Gyro-aiding with AIS to deliver a ROT accuracy less than 0,1°/min and the HDG is less than 0,5°.


Rate Of Turn


The hot-swappable and rechargeable Nickel–Metal Hydride batteries (NiMH). These type of batteries are safer during transport as compared to Lithium-Ion batteries. Each battery has an autonomy of 6 hours. If needed, a battery can be replaced while a beacon is on, without any loss of power. The recharging time of a battery is 3 hours which allow enough time with a spare set to provide endless autonomy.

Communication Range

The system can send navigation data to the pilots' tablet in a range of 100m-200m.

Navigation SW Compatibility

Any navigation software that can take an NMEA feed (e.g.: Qastor, SEAiq, Orca Pilot G2, Pilot Pro, SafePilot, etc.), gives the possibility to choose this navigation sensor.

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Speed Detection

Inertial Navigation

GNSS-INS data are fused together and stabilized vie means of advanced Kalman filters. This assures the most accurate and reliable augmented-GNSS navigation solution.

Radio Comms

All antennas, modems, and firmware to make the system communicate with various types of radio networks are embedded: 3G/4G, UHF (410-470 MHz, ), AIS, Wi-Fi, Long-Range Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz).

Output Rate

2Hz NMEA wireless output is provided for integration with any navigation software

Key Features

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Upcoming Exhibitions & Showcase Events

Cadden is an exhibitor

Cadden will present BANANAS to the delegation of the European Maritime Pilots Association. 53rd EMPA General Meeting is held from May 22nd until May 24th in Liverpool, UK.