During GEO WEEK (Booth# 1001), Trimble (NASDAQ: TRMB) unveiled its latest collaboration with DroneDeploy, integrating the Trimble Applanix POSPac CloudⓇ post-processed kinematic (PPK) GNSS positioning service, featuring CenterPointⓇ RTX, with DroneDeploy’s reality capture platform. This integration aims to elevate the accuracy of drone mapping and streamline the workflow for users.
Through this integration, DroneDeploy customers can now benefit from centimeter-level accuracy and an automated workflow when conducting reality capture with drones. The Trimble cloud positioning service enables the post-processing of GNSS kinematic positions based on dual-frequency observables logged by the drone and CenterPoint RTX.
“The collaboration with DroneDeploy is leading the trend for PPK-enabled drone data capture without base stations, enabled by Trimble RTX,” stated Joe Hutton, director of inertial technology and airborne business at Trimble. “This evolution will expand the possibilities for operators who can now more quickly and more consistently deliver highly accurate maps, enabling drones to be used in precision geospatial applications.”
Trimble’s RTX family of corrections services offers users real-time and post-processed centimeter-level accuracy almost anywhere globally. This eliminates the need for base stations and simplifies workflows for drone operators. With no onsite setup required and a fixed global datum, the Applanix POSPac Cloud PPK solution with RTX significantly enhances accuracy and workflow efficiency.
“DroneDeploy is delivering high accuracy by default. The collaboration with Trimble allows us to provide centimeter-level accurate data collection as simple as drag and drop,” said Michael Winn, CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy. “In testing, we’ve seen large construction, energy and agriculture customers get high-accuracy drone maps simply and reliably to gain insights about the projects and assets they care about, while operating with more confidence.”
The integration of Applanix POSPac Cloud PPK and RTX with DroneDeploy’s reality capture software is currently available via subscription and compatible with most common RTK-enabled drones.