Trimble expands VRS navigation network through acquisition

21-09-2020 | |
Foto: Michel Velderman
Foto: Michel Velderman

Trimble TRMB acquired MidStates VRS from Butler Machinery and Frontier Precision in a bid to bolster the footprint of Trimble VRS Now networks.

Notably, the newly added North and South Dakota located network offers real-time GNSS correction services to farmers. With the latest acquisition, the company brings additional 105,000 square miles under its the Trimble VRS Now network coverage, expanding its total coverage to above one million square miles in North America.

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Equipped with a Trimble or third-party commercial GNSS receiver, VRS users such as construction surveyors and farmers can “leverage instant high-accuracy corrections delivered via cellular network to improve productivity,” according to Trimble.

Trimble to offer positioning in more areas to farmers

This deal is crucial for Trimble VRS Now GNSS corrections service. Moreover, it is likely to encourage the subscription of this service. The addition of MidStates VRS will enable Trimble to offer fast, reliable and highly accurate positioning in more areas to farmers of its VRS Now correction service. This, in turn, will help farmers and contractors to boost productivity and lower their operation costs.

CenterPoint RTX

This gives farmers the ability to have cellular delivered corrections or satellite delivered corrections on their farm. Trimble has applied GPS technologies to provide real-time corrections data via CenterPoint RTX Fast satellite delivered service.

This service also eliminates the need for farmers to set up their own base stations and or connect to (often overloaded) cellular networks to obtain highly accurate GPS measurements.

Move highly beneficial for Trimble

The latest move is expected to be highly beneficial for Trimble, according to Nasdaq investment experts. The move bodes well for the company’s solid efforts toward expanding and broadening its correction service offerings for autonomous solutions.

They also note that Trimble VRS Now, which is ideal for applications that require sub-inch level accuracy, is expected to drive the company’s momentum among autonomous applications such as Vehicle-to-Anything position identification, unmanned aerial system guidance and lane-keeping for passenger vehicles on the heels of the recent acquisition.

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Geert Hekkert Chief editor of Future Farming
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