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Leica Geosystems opens GPSnet CORS network to Victorian farmers

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Leica Geosystems  and the Department of Sustainability and Environment are pleased to announce that Leica Geosystems has been appointed as a reseller for the GPSnet Continually Operating Reference Station (CORS) network. Access plans have been released by Leica and are now available to Victorian farmers.  

“I am delighted to announce that Leica Geosystems is leading the industry by offering precision agriculture solutions via Victoria’s GPSnet,” says Glenn Clark, Leica Geosystems business manager Agriculture for Australia and New Zealand. “CORS networks are in use around the world in other precision technology industries such as surveying and without doubt they represent the future for precision farming.”  

Using the Leica mojoRTK platform, high accuracy CORS network corrections can now be used for a wide range of precision agriculture applications including auto-steer guidance. GPSnet provides a true Network RTK solution, not just clusters of single point reference stations. This guarantees customers get consistent RTK accuracy regardless of their distance from a base when within the network.    

“Leica Geosystems is uniquely positioned in this technology because the mojoRTK comes with a built-in HSDPA modem that enables it to access GPSnet directly,” continues Clark. “As more government-run CORS networks such as GPSnet become available, Leica Geosystems is ready-equipped to provide access to these networks to farmers throughout Australia.”  

With around a third of the network currently completed, the GPSnet CORS network will be rolled out in a staged project called Positioning Regional Victoria (PRV), with full state wide coverage expected by mid-2011. The Wimmera Mallee region is the first priority stage in rural Victoria for the roll-out.  

Bruce Thompson, director of Spatial Information Infrastructure, Department of Sustainability & Environment, says: "Partnering with businesses such as Leica Geosystems, who can add value to the state’s positioning infrastructure by delivering real time kinematic solutions for agriculture applications like controlled traffic farming and inter-row sowing, will result in an estimated $36 million in benefits to be realised when full state wide coverage is achieved from GPSnet in 2011.”  

Customers can now access GPSnet using a mojoRTK network-ready console and benefit from a flexible pricing structure to suit individual requirements.

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