Switzerland: Leica Geosystems launched GPS Augmentation Network, incorporating exclusive technology developed by Locata Corporation. The innovative terrestrial network ensures 24X7 positioning coverage in adverse GPS situations.
Open cut mines can present challenges for satellite based positioning as the pit becomes deeper, and on sites where the walls are steep. The positioning signals transmitted from satellites can become obstructed by the pit walls, reducing GPS availability and accuracy. The angle of ‘sky view’ is further reduced where machinery is in close proximity to the pit walls. Leica’s GPS augmentation network fills holes in coverage and ensures consistent and accurate positioning is always available.
Under an exclusive technology partnership with Locata, Leica’s Jigsaw360 is the first fleet management system with the ability to replicate the GPS satellite constellation from the ground. The company claims that this ground breaking technology enables a level of control and flexibility which is not possible from the satellite GPS network. With this development, Leica Geosystems and Locata have made a significant advance in the availability of consistent positioning signals. The technology is also a significant step forward in other areas, including GPS collision avoidance systems and for automated mining developments. In these applications, constant and accurate positioning is critical to safe operation.
Source: Leica Geosystems