Trimble acquires MidStates VRS

Trimble Continues to Increase its Footprint to Deliver High-Accuracy Positioning Correction Services

Trimble acquired MidStates VRS, a network previously owned by Butler Machinery and Frontier Precision, in September 2020. The addition of the network, located in North and South Dakota, increases the footprint of Trimble’s Virtual Reference Station (VRS) GNSS real-time correction services. Adding 105,000 square miles of coverage, the acquisition expands Trimble’s VRS Now network to be one of the largest in North America—over 1 million square miles. Current customers will have a seamless experience during the ownership transition, and will now receive corrections that are backed by Trimble’s 24/7 advanced network management and customer care teams.

When using the Trimble VRS Now service, land and construction surveyors, GIS professionals, and farmers — with a Trimble or third-party commercial GNSS receiver — can leverage instant high-accuracy corrections delivered via cellular network to improve productivity. Enabling users to work without the hassle of setting up and maintaining a single GNSS base station, the service is cost-effective, simple to use, and ideal for a variety of geospatial, construction, and farming applications that require inch level vertical and sub-inch horizontal accuracy, an important component of the connected construction site and connected farm workflows.

The Benefits

Hardware Costs:

  • 50% savings over conventional RTK as VRS only requires a rover receiver and cellular/IP connectivity. No base station investment or maintenance costs.

The efficiency of Deployment:

  • Multiple crews can be deployed at one time and work simultaneously.

Productivity Improvements:

  • Begin working immediately.
  • No need to investigate base station sites.
  • Simply Connect – Correct – Measure. It’s that easy!

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Source: Trimble