RTK corrections are broadcast in several different formats. RTCM is the most widely adopted by most rovers, however, some still prefer to use CMR as well. There are other rovers which use neither of these, electing to use their own proprietary format, such as John Deere. It is important to verify which formats a network supports when trying to determine if a rover is able to be serviced by that network.
One of DigiFarm’s strengths is our ability to support all major brands of GPS receivers. Many GPS service providers broadcast a default CMR and RTCM message for rovers to use. Not all GPS receivers are created equal, so we don’t treat them as such. DigiFarm customizes the data stream for each brand of GPS rover in an effort to optimize the performance of that rover.
DigiFarm is the only 3rd party company to support an in-house GPS and GLONASS John Deere network solution for John Deere 3000 and 6000 GPS receivers. This means that you have a one stop shop for JD cellular hardware as well as the RTK signal, all supported under one roof. Also, DigiFarm is the only network to create customized data streams for Ag Leader Paradymes and GeoSteers, providing enhanced performance over other “network solutions” within the industry.
DigiFarm is the first company to offer compatibility with iOS devices. As more iPads find their way into tractors, it seems inevitable that we’d leverage them in any way that we can. DigiFarm is proud to support the Beacon Bluetooth, capable of plugging into any major GPS rover available on the market in order to stream GPS corrections via the iPad, taking advantage of the iPad’s already existing data plan…another industry first!
Proprietary server architecture and software, all developed in-house, give DigiFarm an upper hand over standard “off the shelf” software solutions which are limited in functionality by the vendors’ capabilities. Without the ability to develop custom code for new rovers and applications, a network can encounter several problems as new rovers and functionality are released to the market. Be sure that your network provider is flexible in their ability to react to market changes in hardware and functionality.