Leica Geosystems Helps Kansas City Reference

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<p><strong>Norcross, Ga. &mdash; May 15</strong><br />The Kansas City Reference Network, an RTK network implemented by private industry in the Kansas City, Mo., area, underwent a system upgrade that has doubled the number of available satellites and dramatically improved signal-correction capabilities, offering more power, improved accuracy and speed.<br /><br />Implemented in 2003, the Kansas City Reference Network was first conceived by Laser Specialists, a Leica Geosystems distributor based in Olathe, Kan., and Clarkson Construction, a premier contractor with history of more than 100 years in Kansas City. </p><p>Today, the Network consists of 10 strategically placed reference stations that cover 8,400 square miles and most of four counties. <br /><br />&ldquo;Surveyors have already gained tremendous advantage from this network in recent years,&quot; said Bob Parker of Laser Specialists. &quot;It is an integral part of surveying activities throughout the greater Kansas City area, helping surveyors and earth-moving contractors in private and public industry save time, money and dramatically improves efficiency. The new software and hardware updates will give them an even greater edge, creating a framework for unprecedented flexibility and savings.&rdquo;<br /><br />As part of the upgrade, Laser Specialists added the Leica Geosystems&rsquo; Spider Network software, a proprietary software that adjusts for the ionic and tropospheric conditions of the entire network before sending a corrected signal to the rover or end user. </p><p>The result is that rather than merely getting information from the closest Reference Station, the surveyor or machine blade is getting a correction based on the entire network. This refined accuracy is especially valuable for all applications requiring tight vertical control, such as earth-moving.<br /><br />Laser Specialists also added new GPS sensor boards and GPS antennas that track not only the U.S. Satellite Navigation system (GPS) but also the Russian Satellite Navigation system (GLONASS). </p><p>The new 72-channel GG products will allow users to track all available global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) signals &mdash; GPS L1 and L2 (including L2C) WAAS, EGNOS and MSAT and most significantly, GLONASS. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;This essentially doubles the number of satellites that most end users can access,&quot; said Tony Wilson, area sales manager of the north for Leica Geosystems. &quot;While in optimum conditions this is not an issue, in the traditionally &#39;difficult&#39; GPS sites such as tree canopy, bridge overpasses or other horizon obstructions, these obstacles are minimized or disappear altogether. </p><p>&quot;In addition, the new sensors just added to the network are also future proof &mdash; they are designed to support all future GNSS signals &mdash; including GPS L5 and Galileo.&rdquo;<br /><br />The Kansas City Reference Network is designed to eliminate the time and costs associated with establishing daily base station set-ups for GPS on individual projects. </p><p>Eight of the 10 base stations are owned by Clarkson and two more are owned by local firms who have joined in the effort. </p>

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