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Topcon’s Hybrid Robotic System Features New DS Total Station Print E-mail
Written by Topcon Positioning Group   
Tuesday, 08 October 2013

Livermore, Calif., USA/ Capelle A/D Ijssel, The Netherlands – October 8, 2013 – Topcon Positioning Group announces the release of its Hybrid Robotic System, featuring the new DS series robotic total station and the recently announced MAGNET™ v2.0 software suite, a Topcon enterprise solution for the geomatics industry. Other Topcon components include the economical HiPer SR GNSS receiver and Tesla large-screen tablet controller.
 
The new system combines GNSS positioning and robotic measurements with an automated data workflow to provide added versatility and efficiency for any measurement or layout job, regardless of job site conditions.
 
“Topcon’s Hybrid Positioning™ technology is an innovative and highly productive system that creates an integrated GNSS-robotic rover,” said Scott Langbein, director of product marketing for Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS).
 
“The DS robotic total station provides precise measurements anywhere the prism can be seen. When the rover is out of line of sight, GNSS positioning takes over by simply pressing MAGNET’s Hybrid Switch button on the controller,” Langbein said.
 
“With this versatile system, you can auto-track the prism, use network or an RTK connection,” he said. The system also utilizes LongLink™ communications technology with the HiPer SR, which provides a wireless connection for data transfer, but “with an RTK solution for the HiPer SR, the system performs at maximum versatility on any size job.” If a network RTK solution is not available, using MAGNET Relay, “a user can set up an individualized, mobile reference RTK base,” Langbein said.
 
With MAGNET providing the link, the field and office can be connected to exchange files, receive and send messages from crews, and compile and send measurement data to the office. “The Hybrid Robotic System can quickly and efficiently add systemic data workflow in real time with MAGNET software to dramatically increase productivity,” Langbein said.
 
Hybrid Positioning technology is compatible with other robotic instruments, including the Topcon PS, IS, QS, and Sokkia SX, as well as other GNSS receivers including the Topcon HiPer V, GR-5 (Vanguard), GRS-1 and the Sokkia GRX.

About Topcon Positioning Group
Topcon Positioning Group is headquartered in Livermore, California, USA (topconpositioning.com). Its European head office is in Capelle a/d IJssel, The Netherlands (topcon-positioning.eu). Topcon Positioning Group designs, manufactures and distributes precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. Its brands include Topcon, Sokkia, 2LS and MAGNET. Topcon Corporation (topcon.com), founded in 1932, is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732).

 
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