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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.

RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

RDO Integrated Controls Approved by FAA to Fly Drones

FARGO, ND (October 19, 2015) – RDO Integrated Controls, a division of RDO Equipment Co., has received FAA approval to operate unmanned aircraft vehicles (UAVs) to conduct mapping, training, agricultural, and survey applications. The company is an authorized senseFly distributor and sells and supports various UAV units for customers across many industries.

The FAA approval comes in the form of an exemption to Section 333 of the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012 (FMRA), which covers the operation and registration of aircraft in the national airspace. The Section 333 Exemption grants authorization for certain unmanned aircraft to perform commercial operations. These flights must occur at or below 200 feet by a UAV operator with aircraft weighing less than 55 pounds during daytime and be conducted within visual line of sight of the pilots while maintaining a certain distance from airports or heliports. Fewer than 2,000 Section 333 exemptions have been granted nationwide to date.

Matt Hayes, RDO Integrated Controls Mapping/UAV Product Supervisor, commented, “We are extremely pleased with the news. Receiving our exemption is a positive step towards expanding the benefits of this technology within the commercial marketplace.”

For more information about how RDO Integrated Controls UAV solutions can work for your business, visit www.rdoic.com/products/uav/.

About RDO Integrated Controls
RDO Integrated Controls, founded in 2009, is a division of RDO Equipment Co. The division provides positioning solutions for customers in the construction, mining, engineering, survey, and landfill industries. For more information, visit www.rdointegratedcontrols.com

About RDO Equipment Co.
Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and support agriculture, construction, environmental, positioning, surveying, and irrigation equipment from manufacturers including John Deere, Vermeer, and Topcon. With more than 75 locations across the United States, including partnerships in Russia, Ukraine, and Australia, RDO Equipment Co. is a total solutions provider. Learn more at www.rdoequipment.com