Topcon Provides GNSS Solutions for Maritime Market

By Mike Ball / 26 Jan 2022
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B125 OEM GNSS Receiver BoardTopcon Positioning Systems has partnered with DDK Positioning to provide OEM GNSS hardware components that will be delivered to marine energy clients of Oceaneering International. DDK Positioning has combined technical positioning ingenuity with the Iridium satellite network to create a robust, resilient and completely independent GNSS-augmenting solution.

Oceaneering International clients, primarily in the marine energy sector, can achieve accuracy to less than 5 centimeters with this new service. Oceaneering recently conducted an extensive review of how it delivers positioning services to its clients and evaluated the significant advances made in communications infrastructure and services over recent years. Recently, Oceaneering announced an exclusive agreement with DDK Positioning to be the new provider of products and services to the offshore maritime market, delivered through the Iridium network and with Topcon OEM GNSS products.

Kevin Gaffney, CEO of DDK Positioning, commented: “Our extensive research of receivers in the market, and the performance of Topcon, made the decision for our route going forward. Topcon’s experience, their extensive support network and leadership will allow us to effectively support multiple clients, in addition to Oceaneering. We see this as a long-term partnership. Both companies worked tirelessly to bring this together.”

Ian Stilgoe, vice president of Topcon emerging business, said, “With Topcon Positioning System’s extensive history in precise positioning, providing high performance and quality GNSS boards, antennas and receivers to the OEM industry for over 20 years, the company is well-positioned to supply DDK Positioning with the hardware needed to support their clients globally. Working closely with DDK Positioning and Iridium was key to meet the requirements of Oceaneering and the maritime market. Topcon is pleased to be part of this effort to bring the latest positioning technology to this market segment.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact