Case IH is enhancing its RTK+ correction signal network by adding the European Galileo system to its list compatible satellites, which will help improve signal reception and reliability for farmers using Case IH RTK+ guided auto-steering and related technologies, the company announced recently.

Real time kinematic (RTK) systems typically depend on signals from the American GPS or Russian GLONASS satellite networks, both designed primarily for non-civilian use. The European, civilian-focused Galileo network gives European Case IH users a reliable alternative when using RTK+ guided steering systems.

The addition of Galileo to the global GNSS constellation helps minimize the risk of signal failure, a key driver for the integration of its signals into the Case IH AFS RTK+ signal system. European satellite network independence is a principal objective, but Case IH AFS RTK+ is also designed to be compatible with existing and planned GNSS satellites and inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS. 

Galileo builds on the capabilities of EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service), the first pan-European satellite navigation system, with improved positioning and timing information. As a result, consistency of signal coverage is enhanced, and a robust and reliable signal for accurate pass-to-pass repeatability is ensured. This benefits farmers by minimizing downtime from waiting for lost signal to be regained, and ensures consistently high efficiency of use of seed, fertilizer and crop protection products through parallel passes with minimal overlap, thereby maximizing crop potential.

The company says the network will be first available in January.

“The use of GNSS technology is opening up new productivity levels and opportunities in European agriculture, providing farmers with an unprecedented level of knowledge about their crops, livestock and operations while making the sector more efficient, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable,” says Maxime Rocaboy, Product Marketing Manager AFS technology at Case IH.