Leica Geosystems Announces Breakthrough Surveying System

SmartStation Is First to Integrate GPS into High-Performance Total Station

Leica Geosystems today announced a revolutionary breakthrough in surveying technology with the unveiling of SmartStation, the first and only total station with fully integrated GPS. 

The new Leica SmartStation integrates GPS and total station functionality into a single compact package with common software, database, storage medium and user interface.  All operating procedures for GPS and terrestrial surveying are carried out through the total station keyboard and display.  All data are stored in the same database on a CompactFlash card.  The integrated package eliminates the need for cables, additional batteries or extra data loggers. 

“The SmartStation can reduce the time required for setup and orientation by up to 80%, boosting the user’s productivity and profits for all types of surveying jobs,” said Bob Williams, president of the Surveying & Engineering Division for the Americas.  “Position coordinates can be determined at the touch of a key; control points, traverses and resections are no longer necessary.  All you have to do is set up the SmartStation at any convenient location and press the GPS key.  SmartStation does the rest, determining the position to centimeter accuracy within a few seconds.”

SmartStation offers unlimited flexibility.  The TPS and GPS components can be used either together or separately.  Once the SmartStation is positioned by RTK, the SmartAntenna can be removed and used as a full-fledged RTK rover on a pole, while the total station works alone with full functionality.

The SmartAntenna provides rapid satellite acquisition and robust tracking and uses Leica Geosystems’ exclusive SmartCheck algorithms to provide RTK accuracy of 10mm ± 1ppm horizontal and 20mm ± 1ppm vertical with 99.9% reliability at ranges of up to 50 km from the base station.

“The SmartStation is ideal for jobs such as topographic surveys in remote areas, legal boundary surveys in rural areas, stakeout on construction sites or utilities surveys in urban areas, providing easier operation, consistent accuracy and less time spent in the field,” said Williams

About Leica Geosystems
Leica Geosystems’ Surveying & Engineering Division provides solutions for positioning and data capture for surveying, civil engineering, construction and mining industries.   Leica Geosystems has developed leading-edge technologies for total stations, GPS, leveling and machine automation.  The Surveying & Engineering Division is the largest division within Leica Geosystems, contributing more than 60% of the company’s annual revenues.

With nearly 200 years of pioneering solutions to measure the world, Leica Geosystems (www.leica-geosystems.com) offers a broad array of products that capture accurately, model quickly, analyze easily and visualize and present spatial information in three dimensions.  Based in Heerbrugg, Switzerland, Leica Geosystems is a global company with tens of thousands of customers supported by more than 2,400 employees and 23 countries and hundreds of partners located in more than 120 countries around the world.  Leica Geosystems is a publicly listed company, registered with the Swiss Stock Exchange.