Trimble announced today a new technology for agriculture to sustain RTK positions during correction outage periods. Trimble xFill technology utilizes Trimble RTX technology, delivered via satellite, to “fill in” for RTK corrections in the event of temporary radio or Internet connection outages, which are the primary sources of dropped corrections. As a result, farmers can experience more in-field run time with fewer interruptions.
The xFill technology maintains RTK-level accuracy during the first five minutes of radio or cellular interruption and will continue to extend RTK fixed positions with a gradual decrease in accuracy for a period of up to 20 minutes in agricultural applications. The technology requires no convergence wait time, and provides seamless transitions between RTK and xFill. It functions by using the last known RTK position in conjunction with satellite-delivered RTX technology to sustain high-accuracy positions. The service is available to most of the world, in areas where Trimble RTX-based services are delivered via satellite.
“With the introduction of xFill technology, Trimble continues to step up the level of RTK performance and reliability we provide to the agricultural market,” said Mike Martinez, market manager for Trimble’s Agriculture Division. “The new technology provides a reliable connection for users that require uninterrupted connectivity and accuracy, and with Trimble’s expansion of RTX technology to most of the world, more farmers than ever before will be able to take advantage of this new capability.”
The xFill technology is expected to be available in agricultural RTK products in the first quarter of 2013, and is available at no cost to CenterPoint RTK customers. To learn more contact a local Trimble dealer.