Caterpillar Announces Expanded GPS Capabilities

Caterpillar is implementing new technology on several of its control and guidance products to provide customer access to a broader range of GPS positioning frequencies. Caterpillar is providing this technology to take advantage of recent enhancements to the US NAVSTAR GPS system, as well as Russia’s renewed commitment and improvements to their GLONASS satellite constellation. This broader range of positioning frequencies will allow Caterpillar products to use the US NAVSTAR GPS system L5 and L2C frequencies as well as the Russian GLONASS G1 and G2 signals.

Customers located in the northernmost and southernmost regions of the world, such as northern Canada, Australia and southern Africa, will be most affected by this new release and will experience dramatic productivity improvements. In addition, those working in areas where line of sight to the sky is difficult, such as in dense tree-lined areas, urban sites encircled by tall buildings, and deep pit mining sites, will witness improved uptime and capabilities.

Customers worldwide will see increased signal strength, better signal acquisition and retention, improved initialization time, and overall, more robust performance in difficult environments.

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