Trimble continues to expand its precision offerings with the purchase of the OmniSTAR Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal corrections business for land-based navigation, mapping and survey applications.
The purchase, from Fugro N.V., includes a multi-year service agreement for Fugro's ongoing operation of its correction network and satellite service broadcast systems that power the OmniSTAR service.
The acquisition is expected to significantly expand Trimble's worldwide ability to provide correction services for land-based agriculture, construction, mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) and survey applications, according to Trimble. Currently, there are four levels of OmniSTAR service: VBS offering sub-meter positioning, XP delivering better than 20 centimeter accuracy and HP delivering greater than 10 centimeter accuracy. In addition, the new OmniSTAR G2 service combines GPS plus GLONASS based corrections to provide decimeter level positioning.
"With the addition of the OmniSTAR services and our strong relationship with Fugro, we will offer a full range of high- precision positioning capabilities which now includes satellite-delivered corrections," said Patricia Boothe, general manager of Trimble's newly formed Positioning Services Division. "Today, our agriculture customers use OmniSTAR services to perform planting, harvesting, variable rate application and many other operations. Our expanded portfolio will provide not only farmers, but also surveying, construction and GIS professionals with more options to satisfy their particular accuracy, delivery and financial needs."