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Leica Geosystems Machine Smart Antenna

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment Equipment Technology

(Photo courtesy of Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon)

The Leica iCON gps 120 from Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, is a smart antenna designed to empower construction professionals with scalable and flexible machine control solutions. The antenna is integrated into the company’s existing Leica MC1 solution platform.

With its flexibility, scalability and modularity, the unit extends machine control solution offerings to more applications and machine types. Construction machines like compaction rollers, which usually require only sub-metre accuracy without heading, can now be equipped with a tailor-made control solution that the company says delivers streamlined operations and consistent workflows between heavy construction equipment that vary in application requirements.

Construction customers can start with a single GNSS solution using a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) or HxGN SmartNet PPP service. Once they need to advance their systems to higher specifications, they can upgrade to an RTK solution with low or high accuracy by adding the communication unit Leica CR50. With a second iCON gps 120 Machine Smart Antenna, customers get a full high-accuracy dual GNSS solution with heading. And the antennas can be easily switched between Leica MC1 prepared machines, thanks to simplified mounting and dismounting via the company’s quick disconnect system.

“Leica Geosystems’ innovative and flexible solutions are robust enablers of digital construction workflows,” says Tommi Kauppinen, vice-president, heavy construction, machine control field solutions at Leica Geosystems. “The iCON gps 120 Machine Smart Antenna expands the machine control technology possibilities on the construction site by offering scalable solutions to even more machines and applications.”





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