SUNNYVALE, Calif., January 21, 2013 — Trimble introduced a new high-accuracy correction service available to the agriculture market. The Trimble RangePoint RTX correction service is an introductory, cost-effective correction service available to farmers across the contiguous U.S. as well as most of Canada, South America, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States, Africa, Asia and Australasia. The RangePoint RTX service is ideal for broadacre agriculture applications. For 2013, all compatible devices—the Trimble CFX-750 display, FmX integrated display and the AG-372 GNSS receiver—are eligible for an introductory, free 12-month subscription to the RangePoint RTX correction service.
The new service uses satellite broadcast capabilities to deliver real time accuracies of better than 50 centimeter (20 inch) repeatable, or a superior 15 centimeter (6 inch) pass-to-pass, and does not require the use of traditional reference station infrastructure. Trimble RTX technology supports both GPS and GLONASS satellite constellations, increasing accuracy and reliability for users by leveraging the availability of multiple satellite systems. As a result, the RangePoint RTX service can provide a more accurate, reliable correction solution than some of the traditional Satellite Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS), and is also available in certain geographic areas where SBAS is not currently accessible.
"Trimble is committed to expanding the services and software applications that we provide to the global farming community," said Mike Martinez, market manager for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "We recently expanded the availability of real-time, satellite-delivered corrections to most of the world through Trimble's CenterPoint RTX correction service. Now, we are enhancing the Trimble correction services portfolio by providing an introductory RTX-based option for farmers looking for more accuracy at an affordable price point. Our customers want a broad range of solutions, and we're delivering those options."
The Trimble RangePoint RTX service is expected to be available by March 2013. To learn more, visit: http://www.trimble.com/agcorrectionservices, or contact a local Trimble dealer at: http://www.trimble.com/locator.
No Additional Hardware Required
Trimble RangePoint RTX real-time satellite delivered corrections can be received directly by compatible GNSS receivers, so there are no additional costs for mobile data plans or requirements for additional hardware such as radios and antennas. The RangePoint RTX service is compatible with the Trimble CFX-750 display, FmX integrated display and the AG-372 GNSS receiver.
Trimble Introduces xFill Technology for Agriculture to Sustain RTK Positioning During Radio or Internet Outages
Trimble also announced today a new technology for agriculture to sustain RTK positions during correction outage periods. Trimble xFill technology utilizes Trimble RTX technology, delivered via satellite, to "fill in" for RTK corrections in the event of temporary radio or Internet connection outages, which are the primary sources of dropped corrections. As a result, farmers can experience more in-field run time with fewer interruptions.
The xFill technology maintains RTK-level accuracy during the first five minutes of radio or cellular interruption and will continue to extend RTK fixed positions with a gradual decrease in accuracy for a period of up to 20 minutes in agricultural applications. The technology requires no convergence wait time, and provides seamless transitions between RTK and xFill. It functions by using the last known RTK position in conjunction with satellite-delivered RTX technology to sustain high-accuracy positions. The service is available to most of the world, in areas where Trimble RTX-based services are delivered via satellite.
"With the introduction of xFill technology, Trimble continues to step up the level of RTK performance and reliability we provide to the agricultural market," said Mike Martinez, market manager for Trimble's Agriculture Division. "The new technology provides a reliable connection for users that require uninterrupted connectivity and accuracy, and with Trimble's expansion of RTX technology to most of the world, more farmers than ever before will be able to take advantage of this new capability."
The xFill technology is expected to be available in agricultural RTK products in the first quarter of 2013, and is available at no cost to CenterPoint RTK customers. To learn more, visit: http://www.trimble.com/agriculture, or contact a local Trimble dealer at: http://www.trimble.com/locator.