Trimble introduced new features for its two GPS reference station software packages, Trimble GPSBase and GPSNet version 2.2. Enhancements to the two software packages make it even easier for users to set up and maintain GPS surveying and positioning systems. GPSBase and GPSNet are part of the Trimble offering of scalable GPS infrastructure solutions.
The announcement was made today at Intergeo 2003, the largest European conference on geodesy, geoinformatics and land management. The introduction coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the introduction of RTK GPS for surveying applications.
GPSBase software represents the first phase of Trimble’s line of scalable GPS infrastructure solutions. Ideal for surveyors, engineers, mappers, and geomatics professionals, Trimble GPSBase reference station software provides the base functionality for a fixed reference station solution. Designed for the setup of a single-site GPS reference station, this fully automated system operates continuously to provide either RTK or postprocessed data to GPS users within a local area. GPSBase software is an affordable, flexible and easy-to-use solution that makes the setup of fixed reference stations quick and easy.
Next in the progression of the Trimble line of scalable infrastructure solutions is GPSNet software, available as a starting point for new networks of reference stations or as an upgrade to GPSBase. Designed to connect multiple GPS receivers in a network, the Trimble GPSNet reference station software package is ideal for a range of precision GPS applications including surveying, engineering, monitoring and GIS data collection. It is an innovative and easy-to-use solution that enables scalability using multiple receivers in a GPS network.
The new versions of software include a range of features that enhance the usability and robustness of the system for both system operators and end users. With an expanded list of supported data communication formats, improved data flow and data management tools, and the ability to better store end customer account information, system operators can be confident that they are providing a robust, flexible and reliable service. For end users, the implementation of redundant communications, enhanced data communications, and improved modeling techniques means faster initializations, higher accuracy, improved productivity and increased confidence in the data.
In addition to improved operational characteristics, both GPSBase and GPSNet, version 2.2 includes full support for new Trimble GPS receivers, including the dedicated Continuously Operating Reference Station (CORS) NetRS GPS receiver and the R7 and R8 RTK GPS receivers. These new receivers feature Trimble’s R-track technology, which includes the capability of tracking the new Civil Signal (L2C) scheduled to be available on certain GPS satellites in 2004.
For users interested in setting up a fully-modeled RTK network with VRS (Virtual Reference Station) functionality, GPSNet can be upgraded to RTKNet. RTKNet software utilizes GPS data provided by GPSNet to correct for ionospheric-, geometric- and atmospheric-induced errors to provide the highest level of accuracy and precision over a network’s geographic area.
“These new software releases are a continuation of Trimble’s commitment to providing each customer with GPS infrastructure that meets their unique requirements,” said Nancy Nelson, division vice president of Infrastructure for Trimble’s Geomatics and Engineering Division. “You can start small with GPSBase, then upgrade to GPSNet as your needs grow. Both systems are easy to set up, fully automated and extremely versatile.”
The GPSBase and GPSNet version 2.2 software packages are available now through Trimble’s Geomatics and Engineering Division dealer network.
Source: Trimble, Sept. 17, 2003