Case IH has entered into an agreement with Ordnance Survey (OS) to eliminate the problem of correctional signal loss.
Intended to eliminate the problem of correctional signal loss, a key issue for those dependent on guidance systems based on real time kinematics (RTK), Case IH has entered into an agreement with Ordnance Survey (OS).
Using the OS Net national network of global navigation satellite system (GNSS) reference stations, comprising 110 masts, losing RTK signal should be a thing of the past, says the machinery maker.
By working with signals supplied by GNSS, the network brings together positioning data supplied by GPS, Russia’s Glonass satellite network, and the developing Chinese Compass and European Galileo satellite systems. The network is said to be the largest of its type in Europe.
Ross MacDonald, Case IH Advanced Farming Systems (AFS) specialist says; "The result is a guidance sytem that provides optimum signal availability no matter what the topography, eliminating the inaccuracy, downtime and stress that can be caused by signal loss."
In practice, the operator does not need to switch across reference stations as the system automatically does this. Case IH UK’s agreement with OS forms part of a European-wide RTK+ network launched early in 2015. This is compatible with the majority of guidance equipment available.
AFS uses a roaming SIM card which ensures it always looks for the best available GSM data signal, it says.
With the UK covered, Case IH is also looking into using OS reference stations to service Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Annual user subscription for the OS-supported Case IH RTK+ signal costs £850 including SIM card.