RDO Integrated Controls has completed its fourth Topcon TopNETlive network station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, and activated its 15th network station across the state of Minnesota. This news follows months of hard work; in April, RDO Integrated Controls expanded the TopNETlive network into five new states: Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The growth and expansion of the network has a major impact on customers who rely on TopNETlive as part of their daily business. It allows users to connect to a true VRS network when available and provides the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.
For those in industries such as surveying, construction, agriculture, and GIS who aren’t yet utilizing the network but are interested in the opportunity, here are five reasons why this latest TopNETlive expansion is significant.
1. More Coverage
By adding a fourth network station in the Twin Cities, TopNETlive coverage increases to 80% of the entire metro area.
With the 15th station now active in the state, Minnesota has added full network coverage to major cities including Duluth, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, and Virginia. These cities were previously not covered by the network but now offer complete coverage.
2. Largest Network
In addition to the expansion into Minnesota, RDO Integrated Controls offers TopNETlive coverage in California, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
The added coverage builds on the existing network already established in 19 other states, making TopNETlive the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.
3. Unmatched Offerings
There isn’t another network out there with the national coverage, reliability, and accuracy in machine control as offered with TopNETlive.
Furthermore, Topcon Positioning Systems works closely with RDO Integrated Controls to provide advice on network design, antennae installation, and positioning to ensure the highest-quality, professional grade, real-time GNSS reference network services.
4. Future Opportunities
TopNETlive is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.
Our team’s goal is to continue growth and expansion of TopNETlive in Minnesota, and have 100% of the Twin Cities metro area and a number of other cities covered by spring 2017.
5. Numerous Applications
The TopNETlive network is practical for several applications across numerous industries.
Its accuracy and availability have opened up the network to be used on high-profile construction projects, from large scale highway construction to airport runways. Professional land surveyors and engineers can save time and enhance safety on the jobsite by using the TopNETlive network. And the opportunities the network offers in cropping, fertilization, and land-leveling applications is contributing to its rising popularity in precision agriculture.
As coverage continues to expand in the TopNETlive network, the possibilities will grow for current RDO Integrated Controls customers, with doors opening for other professionals seeking time-saving, accuracy-boosting tools on the jobsite.
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Interested in joining the Topcon TopNETlive network in your area? Contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.