Trimble Acquires MidStates VRS
BY AsphaltPro Staff
Trimble recently announced the acquisition of MidStates VRS, a virtual reference station network located in North and South Dakota, increasing the footprint of Trimble’s VRS Now GNSS corrections service to cover more than one million square miles in North America.
Global Navigation Satellite System, or GNSS, technology is particularly important to asphalt contractors who rely on intelligent compaction tools for increased accuracy, speed and efficiency on the jobsite. Trimble VRS Now offers instant access to centimeter-level positioning accuracy in the field and is an important part of a connected construction site. Expanding the Trimble VRS Now network with the addition of the MidStates VRS network will help asphalt contractors in more places, specifically across the Midwest, achieve more reliable, high accuracy positioning on paving projects using compaction control systems.
The acquisition of the MidStates network adds 105,000 square miles of coverage to the Trimble VRS Now network, making it one of the largest networks in North America. When using the service, asphalt contractors with a Trimble or third-party GNSS receiver can leverage instant, high-accuracy corrections delivered via cellular network to improve productivity.
Trimble VRS Now is always on, wherever and whenever it is needed. Trimble networks are supported by a global network operations team made up of GNSS system engineers, geodesy experts and IT professionals. The team monitors the networks 24/7 from operation centers located on three continents.
“Positioning accuracy is critically important in the asphalt compaction process because even a small error can have an impact on rideability, final density and the long-term durability of the surface,” said Kevin Garcia, general manager for Trimble Civil Specialty Solutions. “Increasing the reach of the Trimble VRS Now network gives more contractors access to simple, reliable accuracy that they can feel confident about.”