Leica brings GPS down to earth

By on 18 January, 2011

Leica Geosystems has launched a GPS Augmentation Network that can fill holes in the satellite coverage of open-pit mines.

Such mines can present challenges for satellite-based positioning at the bottom of pits, or on sites where the walls are steep, reducing GPS availability and accuracy.

The angle of ‘sky view’ is further reduced where machinery is in close proximity to the pit walls.

Leica’s terrestrial-based network ensures 24/7 positioning coverage for fleet management systems in pits.

Under an exclusive technology partnership with Locata, Leica claims its Jigsaw360 is the first fleet management system with the ability to replicate the GPS satellite constellation from the ground.

The technology also includes improved GPS collision avoidance systems and automated mining systems.

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