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RDO Integrated Controls Grows Coverage of TopNETlive Network

RDO Integrated Controls Grows Coverage of TopNETlive Network

RDO Integrated Controls expands the Topcon TopNETlive network to 100% coverage of Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN. Full coverage of the F-M metro area was completed with the installation and activation of three network receiver stations.

Just over a year ago, the initial expansion of the TopNETlive network brought coverage into Minnesota and North Dakota for the first time. Since then, RDO Integrated Controls has grown the network, most recently, adding four receivers to offer 80% coverage of the Twin Cities metro area.

According to Adam Gilbertson, General Manager, the team plans to extend coverage to cities around the Fargo-Moorhead area and continue expansion across North Dakota throughout the next several weeks.

“Immediate plans include coverage for Casselton, Hawley, and Lisbon, followed by major western cities Bismarck and Minot,” he said.

TopNETlive is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

Gilbertson is proud of his team’s ongoing efforts to grow the network, the largest in the country, saying, “There isn’t another network out there with the national coverage, reliability, and accuracy in machine control as offered with TopNETlive.” He encourages anyone interested in joining the network to contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.

The Topcon TopNETlive network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

In addition to Minnesota and North Dakota, RDO Integrated Controls offers TopNETlive coverage in California, Montana, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The added coverage builds on the existing network already established in 19 other states, making TopNETlive the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

Additional details on the Topcon TopNETlive network are available here.

April 27, 2017  |  Category: News
Leap Second effect on Topcon GNSS Products

Leap Second effect on Topcon GNSS Products

International Earth Rotation and Reference Systems Service (IERS) announced there will be an extra second added to the end of this year, so clocks will read 23:59:60 on December 31, 2016. Such leap seconds are occasionally needed to ensure Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), the official measure of time, stays in sync with changes in the Earth’s rotation.

Topcon has been working hard to provide a firmware solution assuring Topcon receivers are not impacted. Without this firmware update users may experience issues acquiring or sustaining a fixed solution. In some cases position solution may resolve itself after a new almanac & ephemeris are downloaded however, it's strongly recommend you download the firmware update for GNSS receivers.

This leap second addition is global, affecting all GNSS receivers and should be addressed as quickly as possible.

Please visit www.topconpositioning.com/support to download the latest firmware for GNSS receivers. Receivers that are not on the list will not be affected by the leap second event, however it is important to update these receivers to the latest firmware available for that model.

An update for Machine Control GNSS receivers will be announced soon.

Receivers requiring firmware updates include:

Email us or call the RDOIC Solutions Center (877-90-RDOIC) for more information.

December 20, 2016  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls Continues Growth of TopNETlive Network in Minnesota

RDO Integrated Controls has completed its fourth Topcon TopNETlive network station in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, increasing coverage to 80% of the Twin Cities metro area. Additionally, RDO Integrated Controls expanded the network to Duluth, International Falls, Mankato, Marshall, Moorhead, Rochester, and Virginia, MN.

Since the initial expansion of the TopNETlive Network into Minnesota earlier this year, RDO Integrated Controls has added and activated 15 network stations across the state. Adam Gilbertson, General Manager, says he’s proud of his team’s efforts to grow the network and offer customers access to the largest, most reliable network in the country.

“There isn’t another network out there with the national coverage, reliability, and accuracy in machine control as offered with TopNETlive,” he said. “We’re continuing our expansion to provide customers real-time network coverage for machine control across Minnesota.”

TopNETlive is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

“Our goal is to continue growth and expansion in Minnesota, and have 100% of the Twin Cities metro area covered by spring 2017,” Gilbertson said. “We welcome all customers interested in joining the network and expanding the co-op opportunity to contact us.”

The Topcon TopNETlive network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

In addition to Minnesota, RDO Integrated Controls offers TopNETlive coverage in California, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming. The added coverage builds on the existing network already established in 19 other states, making TopNETlive the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

Get more details on the Topcon TopNETlive network.

To join the Topcon TopNETlive network, contact the RDO Integrated Controls team.

FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

October 25- The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) began issuing Part 107 waivers and airspace authorizations to drone operators starting August 29, 2016, the effective date of the new rule. As of October 24, 2016, the agency has approved 81 authorizations for flights in Class D and E airspace, and has issued 36 waivers of Part 107 provisions to drone operators who applied after the rule’s effective date.


However, the agency has found that many applications have incorrect or incomplete information. Many applicants request too many waivers or request waivers for flights in types of airspace for which the FAA is not yet granting approvals. As a result, the agency has had to reject 71 waiver requests and 854 airspace applications.

It’s important for applicants to understand the information needed to make a successful safety case for granting a waiver. The performance-based standards are available here

For example, we clearly spell out the information required for a waiver to fly at night – one of the most common requests:
• Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to maintain visual line of sight during darkness.
• Applicant must provide a method for the remote pilot to see and avoid other aircraft, people on the ground, and ground-based structures and obstacles during darkness.
• Applicant must provide a method by which the remote pilot will be able to continuously know and determine the position, altitude, attitude, and movement of their small unmanned aircraft (sUA).
• Applicant must assure all required persons participating in the sUA operation have knowledge to recognize and overcome visual illusions caused by darkness, and understand physiological conditions which may degrade night vision.
• Applicant must provide a method to increase conspicuity of the sUA to be seen at a distance of 3 statute miles unless a system is in place that can avoid all non-participating aircraft.

The other performance-based standards also list exactly what the FAA needs to consider a waiver. Operators must make waiver requests here

Without a detailed description of how the applicant intends to meet these standards, the FAA can’t determine if a waiver is possible. Operators should select only the Part 107 regulations that need to be waived for the proposed operation. Applicants also should respond promptly to any request we make for additional information. If the agency does not receive a response after 30 days, it will withdraw the request.

Operators must apply for airspace authorizations on the same web page. The required information is spelled out in the waiver/airspace authorization instructions document

As the FAA previously announced, operators who want to fly in Class G (uncontrolled) airspace don’t need FAA authorization. The agency is currently processing requests to operate in Class D and Class E airport surfaces. We will begin to consider requests for Class C drone flights after October 31 and for Class A airspace after December 5. Applications to fly in those areas before the indicated dates won’t be approved.

The Part 107 regulations provide a flexible framework for unmanned aircraft operations. Waivers and airspace authorizations are an important part of making the new rule work as intended. Applicants can help speed the process by making sure they make a solid, detailed safety case for any flights not covered under the small drone rule.

Article provided by the Federal Aviation Administration. 
FAA Issues Part 107 Waivers, Airspace Authorizations

October 26, 2016  |  Category: News
RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Partnership with Topcon

FARGO, ND (August 3, 2016) – RDO Integrated Controls has been named an Authorized OEM Machine Control Dealer by Topcon Positioning Systems. The new agreement goes into effect immediately and affects RDO Integrated Controls’ stores in the state of Arizona

A division of RDO Equipment Co., RDO Integrated Controls is already an established Topcon dealer in California, Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, and South Dakota. This existing relationship, combined with a successful track record of sales and service, opened up the opportunity for the expanded agreement.

“While we’re honored to be recognized by Topcon and excited for the added opportunity in Arizona, the greatest impact of this agreement will be felt by our customers,” Dennis Howard, Vice President of the companies’ southwest region said.

Visit www.rdoic.com for more info on the full offering of Topcon positioning solutions now available at stores in the six states, or contact RDO Integrated Controls directly with questions.

August 22, 2016  |  Category: News

RDO Integrated Controls Expands Topcon TopNet Live Network

Industry leader in Topcon solutions and support adds five states to coverage network

FARGO, ND (April 15, 2016) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., brings Topcon’s TopNet live network to Minnesota, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. This expands RDO Integrated Controls’ footprint from California, and builds on the existing network coverage already established in 19 other states, making TopNet live the largest network in the country with more than 700 reference stations.

TopNet Live is a network cooperative managed by Topcon Positioning Systems and its global dealer network. The unique nature of this cooperative enables clients and users the opportunity to invest in the network. Those who choose to do so receive benefits from the cooperative that enable them to recoup their initial investment in less than three years, and maintain the benefits as long as their reference stations are active in the network.

“What we see on the horizon is deeper integration into live networks, and ease of use for clients to run machine control and survey equipment in a connected environment,” Adam Gilbertson, General Manager of RDO Integrated Controls said. “TopNet live gives our clients the most flexibility and reliability available on the market today from the largest network in the United States.”

The Topcon TopNet live network is both a productivity-enhancing and cost-reducing opportunity for clients and users. It’s also the most flexible network in the world, allowing users to connect to a true VRS network when available, and providing the option to select a single baseline RTK correction in an area where signal quality is degraded. Subscribers have the ability to connect quickly to a reliable network with 24/7 accessibility, and there are no bases for users to set up and localize on their own.

For more details on the Topcon TopNet live network from RDO Integrated Controls, visit www.rdoic.com/products/software/topnet

April 15, 2016  |  Category: News

Orbit GT and RDO Equipment Co., USA sign Reseller Agreement

Orbit GeoSpatial Technologies is proud to announce that RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., USA has been appointed as Reseller of Orbit GT Mobile Mapping and UAS Mapping software products. 

“We are very happy to have signed a Reseller Agreement with RDO Integrated Controls, a leading provider of integrated solutions in the US”, says Peter Bonne, CEO of Orbit GT. “Their excellent reputation and highly specialised team makes RDO Integrated Controls a perfect match to Orbit GT in a growing mobile and uas mapping business. We are convinced that together we are building a strong partnership that will offer the best solutions for customers.”

Kelly Gress, Vice President of RDO Integrated Controls, added, “With the partnership of Orbit and RDO Integrated Controls, we will be able to provide our customers a unique and limitless mobile mapping solution.”

November 19, 2014  |  Category: News