Leica Geosystems Mining has announced an exclusive industry partnership with Locata Corporation Pty Ltd to provide the mining industry with a high-precision radio positioning system that is not reliant on GPS.
Leica Geosystems Mining has announced an exclusive industry partnership with Locata Corporation Pty Ltd to provide the mining industry with a high-precision radio positioning system that is not reliant on GPS. The new system, known as the Leica Jigsaw Positioning System (Jps), deploys ground-based LocataLite transmitters, which serve, says Leica, “as a new constellation of ground-based satellites or alternative points of reference that can be used in conjunction with, or completely independent of, the GPS satellite network.” According to Leica, the transmitters work without the added correction, communication or other assistance normally needed in high-precision GPS systems and can function in deep pits or against high walls that can block satellite signals.
Within minutes of being turned on, says Leica, the LocataLites generate an autonomous, nanosecond-accurate positioning network through a new synchronization process called “TimeLoc.” According to Leica, each LocataLite unit becomes the functional equivalent of a GPS satellite and thus creates an alternative point of reference for the positioning network. LocataLites can be placed in any mining area requiring additional coverage, says the company, and can be permanently positioned on site or moved as needed.
PowerDigger 3D is a cable-free system that can be easily transferred between excavators, dozers and graders for 2D and 3D applications.
Next generation SP technology not only enhances flexibility and productivity, but also now supports machine control with total stations and increases grading speed on jobs where GPS is not usable.