Trimble has launched a world-first, patent-pending VerticalPoint RTK system for grade control in agriculture.
VerticalPoint RTK provides significantly enhanced vertical accuracy and stability of standard single-baseline RTK systems which reduces the downtime and costly delays experienced by many agricultural land improvement contractors.
VerticalPoint RTK is currently available in North America and Australia as an unlock on the Trimble FmX integrated and TMX-2050 displays. It works in combination with the Trimble FieldLevel II system which streamlines surveying, designing, and leveling required for land leveling projects.
The VerticalPoint RTK system also includes two stationary supplemental rovers for live, dynamic data collection.
When vertical accuracy inconsistencies occur, agricultural contractors must wait to re-start leveling until the vertical signal is once again accurate, and in some instances even rework portions of the field incorrectly leveled before the vertical signal inconsistency was discovered.
The VerticalPoint RTK system significantly reduces vertical design errors in leveling and land forming projects which occur from inconsistent vertical GPS signals resulting from atmospheric interference.
With VerticalPoint RTK, contractors can experience about a 25 percent increase in overall uptime.
Currently, the industry experiences about 75 percent uptime. With VerticalPoint RTK, the uptime can increase to approximately 95 percent. In addition, the uptime increase occurs even in the most challenging environments year round.
Trimble is excited to launch this technology that enhances vertical GPS accuracy to enable agricultural contractors to better perform leveling or land forming operations. The VerticalPoint RTK system can significantly reduce downtime leading to reduced expenses in labor and fuel while also increasing productivity.
During the summer months on average there can be five-to-six hours a day where the level of vertical GPS accuracy is lower than what’s needed to complete passes.