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Trimble introduces new GNSS smart antenna for high accuracy construction site measurements

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article image The new ultra-rugged Trimble SPS985 GNSS Smart Antenna conducts highly accurate construction site measurements

Trimble Australia  announces the release of the ultra-rugged Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antenna for performing high accuracy construction site measurements in heavy civil construction projects.  

Made of a specially developed alloy that combines superior strength and durability into a compact form, the Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antennas are built to withstand the daily abuse of construction work. Its enhanced internal shock isolation allows the SPS985 to be installed in high-vibration all-terrain vehicles or supervisor trucks.  

User-friendly features such as a quick release connector and smartphone configuration make the smart antennas easy to deploy and use as a base station or rover, mounted on a range pole or truck roof. Advanced communications including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and optional wideband radio integrate the receiver into the connected construction site.  

Rugged design  

The Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antenna is built on Trimble’s experience and expertise in rugged and functional housing design, which has been proven with their GNSS grade control systems that can withstand machine vibration and harsh construction conditions. The Trimble SPS985 leverages Trimble’s engineering innovation and extensive field-testing for machine control to apply the same toughness and usability standards for off-machine GNSS receivers.  

According to Chuck Maniscalco, director of engineering for Trimble, the Trimble SPS985 was designed based on customer feedback to be tough, compact and user-friendly. The housing has been built 50% stronger than any previous Trimble antenna to enable the antenna to perform ideally under extreme conditions.  

Flexible and easy-to-use as a rover or base  

Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antennas offer maximum flexibility, when used as a rover on a wide variety of site measurement tasks. It can be deployed with satellite-delivered GNSS corrections without a base station for initial site reconnaissance while higher accuracy site measurements can be enabled with the antenna receiving Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) corrections via the internal wideband radio, Wi-Fi or the Internet.  

An SPS985 unit can be easily moved from carrying case to range pole, tripod, T-bar or vehicle with a single click, allowing work to begin faster and enabling more flexible operation. For example, a grade checker can mount the SPS985 to an ATV and easily conduct site topography, check as-builts and verify road centrelines where it is not easy or safe to walk with a range pole. The same unit can then be mounted on the roof of a supervisor’s truck roof to collect and manage progress data.  

Key features of Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antennas:  

  • Incorporates Wi-Fi communications for small site projects
  • Optional wideband radio available for long-range operations on large projects
  • Automatically establishes a radio or Wi-Fi connection and transmits RTK corrections to another rover or machine control system
  • Allows construction crews to spend more time working and less time setting up and maintaining the equipment
  • Offers connectivity features that save administrative time and increase productivity as part of Trimble Connected Site solutions
  • When used with a Connected Controller, job crews can connect to a mobile hotspot in the site trailer or supervisor’s truck and receive GNSS corrections via VRS network or Trimble Internet Base Station (IBSS)
  • Wirelessly synchronises progress data to the job supervisor or head office and receives updated design information back at the job site
  • Quick start technology and ability to setup and configure the receiver using a smartphone increases flexibility and eliminates the need to use a more expensive controller for daily setup
  • Trimble Web UI optimised for small screen devices, allowing a GNSS manager to monitor base station performance, availability and configuration without visiting the job site for set up
The new Trimble SPS985 GNSS smart antenna is available now through Trimble’s worldwide SITECH Technology Dealer Channel.

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