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Smart antenna from Leica extends machine control solutions to more applications

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Leica's new iCON 120 machine smart antenna allows connection of more machines and applications to the MC1 solution platform. Leica Geosystems

The introduction of a new smart antenna by Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon, will provide additional scalable and flexible machine control solutions to construction professionals.

The Leica iCON 120 machine smart antenna integrates into Leica's MC1 solution platform. Its flexibility, scalability, and modularity extends machine control solutions to more applications and machine types, the company states. Machines like compaction rollers, which usually require only sub-metre accuracy without heading, can now be equipped with a tailor-made Leica MC1 machine control solution that allows streamlined operations and consistent workflows between heavy construction equipment that vary in application requirements.

Using the Leica MC1 machine control solution enables more precise and faster task completion, added fleet efficiency, reduced waste, and more environmentally friendly operations.

Construction customers can start with a single GNSS solution using a satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) or HxGN SmartNet PPP service. Once they need to advance their systems to higher specifications, they can easily upgrade to an RTK solution with low or high accuracy by adding the Leica CR50 communication unit. With a second iCON gps 120 Machine Smart Antenna, users get a full high-accuracy dual GNSS solution with heading. The iCON gps 120 customizable solutions will suit their requirements, regardless of machine control accuracy or specifications. The antennas can be easily switched between Leica MC1 prepared machines, thanks to easy mounting and dismounting, such as the quick disconnect system.

"Leica Geosystems' innovative and flexible solutions are robust enablers of digital construction workflows," says Tommi Kauppinen, Vice President, Heavy Construction, Machine Control Field Solutions at Leica Geosystems. "The iCON gps 120 Machine Smart Antenna expands the machine control technology possibilities on the construction site by offering scalable solutions to even more machines and applications."

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5051 Peachtree Corners Circle #250
Norcross, GA
US, 30092


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