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Topcon Expands GNSS Corrections Network

Published: 19 Aug 2021 by

Topcon has expanded its Topnet Live Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) network of correction solutions with more types of correction services and subscription options. The expansion aims to meet the increasing demand for digitalization in various industries such as construction, surveying, machine control, and agriculture.

Topnet Live service options include Realpoint, a Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) service, and Starpoint, a Precise Point Positioning (PPP) service. The different services have varying delivery methods, coverage, and reliable centimeter-level accuracy. Skybridge, an RTK service supported by PPP, is also available to maintain connectivity and productivity if the customer temporarily leaves RTK coverage.

The robust network provides positioning, navigation and guidance for OEMs developing for applications such as industrial Internet of Things (IoT), drones and autonomous robotics. OEMs can sell their hardware with correction services onboard and preconfigured for immediate use by customers, regardless of geographic location, with flexible subscription and licensing options to suit the exact need.

Topnet Live uses all four GNSS constellations: GPS, GLONASS, Galileo and BeiDou. Users benefit from continuous accuracy and always-on service coverage. This service provides these distinct advantages in the industries it supports:

Survey, Construction and Machine Control – Topnet Live removes the need for individual base stations, dramatically increasing flexibility, productivity and safety and can drive large-scale projects with constant, reliable accuracy.

Precision Agriculture – The solution delivers fast, consistent, accurate positioning any time of day or night for soil preparation, seeding, spreading, spraying and harvesting.

OEMs, System Integrators and Product Designers – The solution provides scalable precise positioning and supports the implementation of flexible business models tailored to fit both OEM and customer needs.

Ian Stilgoe, Topcon vice president, commented: “The Topnet Live RTK network, first established over a decade ago, continues to grow with 5,100 reference stations globally, a 14% increase in the last year. We are growing throughout the world in areas where there is an increasing demand for productivity and accuracy through digitalization, with strong growth particularly in North America and Europe. We are focused on continued expansion to maximize support for our customers, so they always have the best options globally.”

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