Advances in Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) technologies are helping the industry become more efficient out in the field with the adoption of new precision guidance technologies that help provide enhanced signal integrity assurance, centimeter-level accuracy, real-time positioning, and full-time operations. Technology is reshaping these industries by bringing together innovative precision guidance software applications bundled with touchscreen consoles, and advanced positioning communications.
TAG’s Precise Positioning Service (PPS) Global Positioning System-Survey (GPS-S) has been specifically designed to address the stringent requirements of military survey missions including geodetic, construction, airfield, and field artillery survey. PPS GPS-S provides precise GPS positioning accuracy with a military-grade GPS receiver to provide spoofing, and jamming protection. The GPS receiver is supplemented with data from other Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) constellations to increase accuracy, integrity, and service availability. PPS GPS S gives the military surveyor the tools they need to complete their missions with minimum time-on-station even in the face of GPS signal interference, attempted spoofing, or Electronic Warfare (EW).
In 2011 the Army Geospatial Center (AGC) awarded TAG a contract to build a Precise Positioning Service (PPS) Global Positioning System-Survey (GPS-S) that meets the stringent requirements of Army surveyors deployed in the field. TAG’s custom designed rugged tablet, the TAG Commander, was chosen GPS Controller for the base station, and rovers because of its ability to integrate the technologies required such as wireless communications, Multi-GNSS capabilities, and abundant processing power. Thus providing the ideal core for the rugged survey system. Integration of a military GPS receiver providing sub-millimeter precision measurements is another key ingredient to system performance. This integrated system will deliver real-time, on-site positioning with centimeter-level accuracy, using real-time kinematic (RTK) software combining data from a reference station, and rover units.
In 2010 the 2nd generation TAG Commander rugged tablet was custom designed for 3D machine control applications, and powered by Carlson Software to better serve their mining, construction, landfill, and precision agriculture customers in the global market. “The TAG Commander offers unprecedented power in the automated machine guidance 3D control box space,” says Randy Noland, Carlson’s VP of Business Development, and Director of Machine Control. ”The form factor offers customers a “cross trainer” if you will, providing a flexible, easy-to-read control box moving easily from machine to machine, to the GPS rod, pickup truck or ATV. TAG Commander's form factor is unique, and this means a portable, lower cost solution for the positioning, and 3D machine control market.”