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Trimble introduces GNSS correction service

06/30/2011 @ 3:59pm

Trimble introduced today its new high-accuracy Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) compatible correction service. The Trimble® CenterPoint™ RTX™ correction service can offer 4 centimeter  (1.5 inch) repeatable accuracy and will be available initially through Trimble’s Agriculture Division. 

CenterPoint RTX is a GPS and GLONASS enabled correction service that covers approximately a 1.8 billion acre swath of central North America, extending from Canada into northern Mexico. 

Fast Convergence Time
The CenterPoint RTX correction service can deliver a fully-converged position in less than one minute at startup within the five central U.S. “corn belt” states from Nebraska to Illinois, so farmers can begin work immediately. For the area outside of the five U.S. states, the CenterPoint RTX correction service provides the same 4 centimeter (1.5 inch) repeatable accuracy, but farmers will experience additional convergence time to reach full accuracy. By using Trimble’s FastRestart technology, this convergence time can be reduced and full accuracy can be achieved in less than 3 minutes. 

Accuracy Options
Trimble continues to expand its accuracy correction options for agriculture applications. The CenterPoint RTX service provides a new satellite-delivered high-accuracy correction option for growers located throughout a central swath of North America. CenterPoint RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) reference stations and cellular-delivered CenterPoint™ VRS™  (formerly VRS Now™ Ag) services continue to provide high-accuracy correction options for farming operations not only throughout North America, but for locations around the world.  Additional sub-decimeter and sub-meter accuracy corrections options are available globally from Trimble through the recently acquired OmniSTAR™ GNSS signal corrections business. 

No Additional Hardware Required
The corrections are satellite-delivered directly to the GNSS receiver, so there are no additional hardware costs such as radios, antennas or cellular data plans. The CenterPoint RTX service is compatible with both the Trimble CFX-750™ and FmX® displays. The service is expected to be available by the end of July.

“The addition of CenterPoint RTX satellite-based corrections demonstrates that Trimble is committed to delivering a broad portfolio of correction options to our customers,” said Erik Arvesen, vice president of Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “Farmers want to be able to choose their accuracy based on their needs and budget. Adding these premium satellite correction services to WAAS, OmniSTAR HP and XP services, sub-inch accurate Trimble RTK, or network-based Trimble VRS Now Ag, offers our customers an even wider range of accuracy options.”

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