Another leap second is about to be added to official timekeeping on December 31, 2016. This occurs approximately every eighteen months, to compensate for the very gradual slowing of the Earth’s rotation - and whilst it makes everyone's day and year officially one second longer, it is a change that is hardly significant unless you are an engineer or product designer dealing with GNSS devices.
Do you know how your GPS device's firmware and algorithms will behave during the upcoming leap second correction? Are you prepared for the 2016 leap second adjustment? Many have been caught out before, but it is easy to avoid...
With LabSat you can simulate leap second corrections, including the one on 31st December 2016 at your desk. RACELOGIC have provided the relevant scenarios to download for free.
If you have purchased SatGen software, you can also simulate previous leap second events to test the robustness of your device. The latest SatGen v3 software release offers leap second events between 30th July 1981 and 31st December 2016.
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