Powerful multi-application GNSS solution for marine surveyors and contractors

The MPS865 adds new features to improve usability in a congested marine construction site The MPS865 adds new features to improve usability in a congested marine construction site

Trimble has announced a new MPS865 (Marine Positioning System) multi-frequency and multi-application GNSS receiver.

The Trimble MPS865 is described as a ‘highly versatile, rugged and reliable Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning and heading solution for a wide variety of real-time and post-processing applications for Marine survey and construction’. It promises a new level of connectivity to the marine positioning user and features integrated communications options such as WiFi, UHF radio, cellular modem for Internet connectivity, Bluetooth and MSS satellite based correction channels.

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

The Trimble MPS865 marine receiver has cellular inside - it’s now easier to use Internet Base Station Service (IBSS) and VRS corrections over the internet on a site as well as communicate with the receiver via the internet and SMS messages. The receiver can also be used as a data access-point on the vessel to download design files or for immediate remote support.

The patented GNSS-centric technology uses all available GNSS signals to deliver reliable positions in real-time. The MPS865 GNSS receiver allows the connection of two GNSS antennas for precise heading.

The MPS865’s design enables a broad range of mounting capabilities. In addition to the wide range of built-in communication options, the MPS865 features 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 ensures the user’s investment is safe in extreme marine conditions, which is important for marine project sites 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. This highly flexible and capable receiver can be combined with Trimble's Marine Construction Software providing contractors with a market leading solution for any marine survey or construction application" said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble's Civil Engineering & Construction Division.

The Trimble MPS865 receiver will be available from April 2018 through the Trimble Marine global dealer network.

By Jake Frith

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