8 October 2021
Demonstrating the role that new technology is playing in making work sites more efficient, Topcon Positioning says it is expanding its Topnet Live Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) network of correction solutions to support modern work environments, adding more services and subscription options.
This growth is a result of the increasing demand for digitalisation in various industries including construction, surveying and machine control.
Flexible service options include Realpoint, the Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) service, and Starpoint, a precise point positioning (PPP) service. Various subscription models are offered, as well as an RTK service supported by PPP, called Skybridge, which enables users to maintain connectivity and productivity if they should temporarily leave RTK coverage.
“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,” said Ian Stilgoe, Topcon vice president.
“We are growing throughout the world in areas where there is an increasing demand for productivity and accuracy through digitalisation, with strong growth particularly in North America and Europe.”
Topcon says that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) supplying automotive, industrial Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous robotics and all sectors that require positioning, navigation and guidance also benefit from the enhanced robustness of the network.
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.
Topnet Live uses four GNSS elements for continuous accuracy and always-on coverage. For users involved in survey, construction and machine control applications, the system removes the need for individual base stations, in turn increasing flexibility, productivity and safety, and can enhance accuracy on large-scale projects.