Deep Sand Technology and the GEODNET Foundation are joining forces to bring affordable precision agriculture Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) services to rural North America.
The partnership between DST and GEODNET is expected to rapidly extend affordable high-accuracy RTK-based GPS access into key US agricultural and rural areas, facilitating not only precision agriculture but also advanced cruise control systems in passenger cars, automated highway trucking operations, and eco-friendly electric robotic lawnmowers.
Deep Sand Technology has introduced a new GEODNET-compatible RTK base-station, supporting centimeter-accurate operations without the need to install a UHF radio link. According to GEODNET, customers selecting the company’s new RTK base-station may reduce the total cost to retrofit a tractor by up to $2500, making it the most affordable RTK tractor steering system on the market.
“Here at DST, we are always working to bring more affordable and simple precision agriculture technology to help improve farmers’ farming operations, regardless of how new or old their equipment is! DST started by introducing the FJ Dynamics Universal Autosteering System to the United States market, quickly becoming the largest dealer in North America. Unlike other systems sold in the United States, DST’s systems are all RTK unlocked, avoiding expensive unlock fees. However, even with an RTK unlocked solution, many farmers opt to avoid costly RTK network fees and base stations by using the less accurate and less repeatable free WAAS signal. For quite some time now, DST has been searching for an affordable and easy option to provide farmers with RTK accuracy, eliminating steering overlap and opening the door to other farming practices they couldn’t do before! It was an easy decision to partner with the GEODNET Foundation because GEODNET’s affordable RTK is both easy to use and works on all major brands,” said Joey Koebelen, CEO of Deep Sand Technology.
“On behalf of the GEODNET Foundation community, we are delighted to welcome Deep Sand and its customers to experience the benefits of a fully modernized triple-frequency, four-constellation RTK network that provides reliable centimeter accuracy for autosteering operations. With farm operations facing limited labor resources and rising input costs, emerging technologies, such as those provided by GEODNET and Deep Sand Technology, are key to keeping healthy, affordable food on the table,” added Mike Horton, Creator of the GEODNET Foundation.