Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) has been awarded what is said to be the world's first government GNSS contract designed to harness signals from all current and planned positioning satellite systems — GPS, GLONASS andGalileo (G3).
The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) will begin using the world's first satellite reference network which will utilize more than 40 satellites currently operational. The total available satellite signals available for use will exceed 80 when all the Galileo satellites are in service, and system upgrades and additions to the GPS and GLONASS systems are completed.
The state's Department of General Services recently awarded TPS and Hayes Instrument Co., Inc., of Shelbyville, Tenn., a contract for the world's first G3-enabled GPS reference network. The network will incorporate Topcon Net-G3 GNSS reference station receivers with G3-A1 GNSS antennas.
Included in the winning bid are Topcon GPS rovers, Topcon GPS base stations, Topcon GMS-2 GIS receivers,Topcon Tools software, and TopNET Network software. The government contract also includes training of state employees by Topcon personnel at on-site locations, plus annual maintenance contracts on all hardware and software. Topcon will also provide three days of on-site assistance for each reference station installation.