Quality Positioning Services B.V. (QPS)
Quality Positioning Services BV (QPS), headquartered in Zeist, The Netherlands, is an independent software design company founded in 1986. QPS subsidiary offices are located in Portsmouth USA, in Fredericton Canada, and in Banbury UK. Initially oriented towards navigation and positioning consultancy, QPS evolved to development of integrated navigation system software embracing real-time quality control/quality assurance functionality, missing at that time in contractor software. When survey contractors began purchasing QPS software, the company emerged as a full-time software house. In 1996 QPS moved from MS-DOS to start the development of a new Windows based software package named QINSy (Quality Integrated Navigation System). Sales started in 1997 and today many vessels use QINSy for navigation and positioning, data collection and processing.
QPS is focused on system integration of survey sensors and the development of software applications used for hydrographic surveys, sea-floor mapping, portable pilot units and Electronic Navigation Charts (ENC) production. QPS is seen as market leader in these fields. The key technology of QPS is based on precise navigation, the collection and presentation of large volumes of navigation and depth data. This also includes new techniques for 3D visualization of the underwater environment. QPS navigation and positioning software is used on board offshore construction vessels, pipe-lay barges, drilling rigs, seismic research vessels and hydrographic survey vessels. QPS has a fast growing market share in the offshore oil and gas industry, dredging industry and port communities.
This product is based on a 'no limits' design criteria whereby hardware (computers and sensors), rather than software, would be the limiting factor. The structure facilitated almost unlimited additional software developments to be made. QINSy is the cornerstone of QPS' present strong market position.
Concurrent to QINSy development, derivatives and supporting products have been developed. In 2000 QPS introduced Qastor, an ECS software package to operate with portable pilot units. Qastor is used by pilots during docking large oil and gas tankers, as well as other general purpose navigational tasks.
Over time QPS has expanded its suite of software to encompass the entire survey data flow, from acquisition of raw data to data processing to map and chart production, including software like Qomposer for electronic chart editing.
In 2011 QPS acquired IVS3D, thereby strengthening its product range with the industry-leading Fledermaus software suite. Developments are ongoing to ensure a smooth and seamless data flow between QINSy and Fledermaus.