Caterpillar To Expand GPS Capabilities

Posted on February 7, 2006

Caterpillar said it 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 its GLONASS satellite constellation.

This broader range of positioning frequencies be available on Caterpillar products, such as AccuGrade, CAES and Aquila Drill and Dragline Systems, by the end of 2006. Operators in the northernmost and southernmost regions of the world, such as northern Canada, Australia, and southern Africa, will be most affected by this release and will experience significant productivity improvements, Cat said. 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.