Kuker-Ranken GPS Network to Join SmartNet North America – Powered by Leica Geosystems

(Norcross, GA., 19 March 2013) At the March 2013 conference of the Land Surveyor’s Association of Washington (LSAW), officials from SmartNet North America and Kuker-Ranken Inc. announced that Kuker-Ranken’s RGPS network will be incorporated into the SmartNet network, improving realtime kinematic (RTK) coverage for SmartNet subscribers, and adding GNSS capacity and expanded regional coverage for Kuker-Ranken subscribers.

"Transitioning our RGPS network into SmartNet makes sense for everyone involved, and our customers definitely come out ahead," said Kuker-Ranken President Bob Lycke. "SmartNet gives our customers access to the GLONASS satellites and full GNSS capabilities. SmartNet has proven that they’re experts at operating statewide and nationwide RTK networks, and we’re glad they’re taking that over so we can concentrate on supporting Kuker-Ranken customers with their equipment needs."

Under the new arrangement, Kuker-Ranken subscribers in the state of Washington will gain full GNSS capability in the greater Seattle area, expanded coverage along the critical I-5 corridor, access to the SmartNet web portal providing processing and management tools, and network support based on the most advanced GNSS reference station software platform in the world, Leica Geosystems GNSS Spider. SmartNet benefits by densifying its network in the Seattle, Spokane, and Tacoma metro areas, and by adding Kuker-Ranken’s established customer base.

Wendy Watson, Director of Reference Station operations at Leica Geosystems, said, "We are very excited to be adding the network of one of our longtime dealers to SmartNet North America. Kuker-Ranken was one of the earliest adopters of reference station technology, and they’ve done a great job of developing their network and serving their subscriber base. We welcome their loyal customers to SmartNet, and are glad that we’re able to, once again, expand SmartNet within North America by merging with a technically excellent existing network."

SmartNet North America – Any Constellation, any application, open to all
Launched in 2010, SmartNet is the first commercial GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) Network to allow for a single connection point for coverages across North America! SmartNet currently contains approximately 600 sites, providing both GPS only and GPS & GLONASS coverage to 20 states and 4 Canadian provinces.  Purpose built, SmartNet provides high-precision, high availability Network RTK corrections for any application throughout North America. For more information please visit: http://smartnet.leica-geosystems.us/

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