TRIMBLE LAUNCHED its newest high-performance global positioning system at the recent 2004 National Farm Machinery in Louisville, Ky.

Using a rugged, all-in-one, smart antenna design, Trimble's AgGPS252 allows farmers to increase productivity, efficiency and profitability by providing a total four-in-one accuracy solution, the company says. The new unit eliminates the need for multiple GPS receivers.

“The AgGPS252 receiver takes GPS to a new level, providing flexibility in one package,” says Alan Townsend, vice president and general manager of Trimble's Field Solutions Division. “The receiver's multi-accuracy options have never before been offered in one compact unit. Based on Trimble's reliable technology, the AgGPS252 protects the farmers' equipment investment. Now farmers can choose one receiver for all of their guidance needs.”

The newly-released multi-function receiver is capable of providing sub meter, decimeter and centimeter level accuracies. It works with Trimble's Autopilot guidance system, and provides an easy upgrade path to increase accuracy as precision requirements grow.

Townsend says the system can save producers both time and money, because one unit can be used for broad acre or row crops, eliminating the expense of multiple units.