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Trimble launches marine positioning GNSS receiver

April 3, 2018  - By
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The MPS865 GNSS receiver is designed for marine positioning.

Trimble has debuted the MPS865 marine positioning system multi-frequency and multi-application GNSS receiver.

The Trimble MPS865 is a versatile, rugged and reliable GNSS positioning and heading solution for a wide variety of real-time and post-processing applications for marine survey and construction.

It features integrated communications options such as Wi-Fi, UHF radio, cellular modem for internet connectivity, Bluetooth and MSS satellite-based correction channels.

The patented GNSS-centric technology uses all available GNSS signals to deliver reliable positions in real time. The GNSS receiver provides for the connection of two GNSS antennas for precise heading.

With a modular form factor, the MPS865 is flexible and can be used as an integrated on-board rover receiver, a base station or a continuously operating reference station. According to Trimble, the built-in precise heading feature ensures the receiver is of minimal size, consumes less power and has less cabling, which are all benefits when on-board space it at a premium.

The MPS865 adds new features to improve usability in a congested marine construction site – multi constellations, cellular connectivity and beacon support. The multi-constellation option maintains productivity in marine sites or when antennas or satellites are partly obstructed.

At many sites, the receiver can use the free-to-air beacon support. When coupled with GA830 antennas, the MPS865 will receive the free-to-air beacon signals to deliver sub-meter accurate horizontal positioning in many parts of the world. It always delivers precise heading even when no GNSS corrections are received.

The marine receiver also has cellular, making it easier to use Internet Base Station Service (IBSS) and VRS corrections over the internet as well as communicate with the receiver via the internet and SMS messages. The receiver also can be used as a data access point on the vessel to download design files or for immediate remote support.

The MPS865’s design enables a broad range of mounting capabilities and built-in communication options. Features include an internal removable battery, internal memory and optional accessory kits for specific applications.

The receiver is also compatible with a variety of software solutions including the new Trimble Marine Construction software.

The weatherproof, high-impact-resistant moulded aluminium housing protects it in extreme marine conditions or base-station applications.

“With the addition of the MPS865 receiver to our portfolio, Trimble has introduced a new generation of rugged, compact and feature-rich GNSS, a solution the marine industry has been needing for some time,” said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble’s Civil Engineering & Construction Division. “This highly flexible and capable receiver can be combined with our marine construction software providing contractors with a market-leading solution for any marine survey or construction application.”

About the Author:


Tracy Cozzens has served as managing editor of GPS World magazine since 2006, and also is editor of GPS World’s sister website, Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.

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