Real Time Kinematics
RTK, which stands for Real Time Kinematics, is fast becoming the most popular system for a year to year pass accuracy of only 2.5cm and a pass to pass accuracy normally averaging 1.5-2cm. There are two ways in which we can achieve this precision.
The first is through an RTK base station which would normally be erected on the highest point in the area. The position of the base station is known extremely accurately and this information can be used to modify and correct the satellite positioning data received by the tractor or combine in order to accurately define its position. The base station communicates with the tractor using a radio frequency.
We have our own Doe RTK base stations in Essex and Cambridgeshire so we are able to offer an RTK signal to our customers in these areas.
The second RTK solution is Virtual Reference Station (VRS). This system is as accurate as a base station (down at 2cm) but there is no limit on the area that you cover. This makes it ideal for farmers who have land that is well spread out and cannot be covered by one base station. VRS works through a network of masts across the country which act as reference stations.
Contact our AFS RTK specialist
Will Young 07795 121291
Robert Last 07901 515397