Hemisphere GNSS has launched two new GNSS receivers to enable better positioning for machine control applications. The new receivers are in addition to products announced earlier this week, including GradeMetrix application software and an array of compatible GNSS hardware components.
Designed for harsh construction environments, both the Vector VR1000 and the C321 base and rover (when combined with the new SiteMatrix software) are system components that empower heavy equipment manufacturers to deliver their own machine control and guidance solutions to their customers. Both also feature a powerful new web user interface.
Hemisphere GNSS made the announcements at Conexpo-Con/Agg 2017, which is taking place March 7-12 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hemisphere GNSS is exhibiting at booth G71925.
Vector VR1000 Rugged GNSS Receiver
Designed specifically for harsh machine-control environments, the Vector VR1000 multi-frequency, multi-GNSS receiver offers real-time kinematic (RTK) positioning and high-precision heading.
“The Vector VR1000 is our most robust GNSS receiver yet,” said Lyle Geck, product manager at Hemisphere. “The receiver offers a feature- and performance-packed combination of Athena RTK engine, Atlas L-band corrections, and excellent connectivity. With a baseline separation up to 10 meters, users can achieve heading accuracies of up to 0.01 degrees.”
The 744-channel VR1000 excels in difficult environments, tracking GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and IRNSS. Its connectivity features support Ethernet, CAN, internal 400 MHz/900 MHz radio, serial, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. It also has 12 multi-color LED indicators.
Powered by Athena GNSS engine, VR1000 provides centimeter-level RTK. Athena excels in environments where high-accuracy GNSS receivers can be used.
Integrated L-band adds support for Atlas GNSS global corrections for meter- to sub-decimeter-level accuracy while new Tracer technology helps maintain position during correction signal outages.
VR1000 also uses Hemisphere’s aRTK technology, powered by Atlas. This feature allows the receiver to operate with RTK accuracies when RTK corrections fail. If the VR1000 is Atlas-subscribed, it will continue to operate at the subscribed service level until RTK is restored.
C321 RTK Base and Rover
Hemisphere GNSS also debuted the C321 GNSS Smart Antenna for heavy highway and site construction. When paired with the company’s SiteMetrix Site Management software, the multi-frequency, multi-GNSS C321 antenna can be used as an all-in-one construction base and rover site controller.
The C321 combines Hemisphere’s Athena GNSS engine and Atlas L-band correction technologies. The ruggedized antenna is designed for the most challenging environments and meets IP67-standard requirements.
Powered by Athena GNSS engine, the C321 provides best-in-class, centimeter-level RTK. Athena excels in virtually every environment where high-accuracy GNSS receivers can be used. Tested and proven, Athena performs with long baselines in open-sky environments, under heavy canopy, and in geographic locations experiencing significant scintillation.
Atlas GNSS Global Corrections. The C321 ships pre-configured to test-drive corrections from Hemisphere’s Atlas L-band corrections service. The bundled solution provides users worldwide with an easy way to utilize Atlas, including the worldwide H10 service offering 8 cm 95% accuracy (4 cm RMS). C321 also uses Hemisphere’s aRTK technology, powered by Atlas. This feature allows the receiver to operate with RTK accuracies when RTK corrections fail. If the C321 is Atlas-subscribed, it will continue to operate at the subscribed service level until RTK is restored.
SiteMetrix Site Management Software
Hemisphere’s SiteMetrix is a complete 3D/GNSS site management and inspection tool, implementing most grading, mining and landfill applications. SiteMetrix provides cut-and-fill information across the job site in real time, moving easily between a vehicle to a man-rover pole. SiteMetrix supports most GNSS receivers by offering a large GNSS library.
Using SiteMetrix offers easy-to-use stakeout, collection, volume computations and reporting, and as-built points. Developed as versatile software, SiteMetrix provides an incredible amount of direct import files, including DWG, DXF, TN3, GC3, LN3, TIN and GRD. With a customizable user interface, SiteMetrix can be as easy or advanced as necessary.