On 3 February, 2015 Sokkia introduced the latest GNSS integrated receiver designed for lightweight and convenient field operation — the GCX2. “Nicknamed ‘the bullet’, the GCX2 exemplifies a completely reimagined approach to receiver design that offers an ultra-lightweight and ergonomic solution at a low cost,” said Eduardo Falcon, executive vice president and general manager of the GeoPositioning Solutions Group.
The multi-constellation and dual frequency receiver is designed to offer affordable high-quality results for traditional applications in the surveying and construction fields — as well as unconventional utilizations such as in landscape architecture, GIS, BIM and forensic mapping. The receiver connects via Bluetooth® to the Sokkia S-10 or GHX2 field controller enabling ease-of-operation within the MAGNET® suite of software. The GXC2 utilizes 226 channels; each one optimized to constantly track any currently available satellite signals.
“This is the smallest and lightest integrated receiver Sokkia has ever offered,” said Falcon. “The innovative POST™ (Precision Orbital Satellite Technology) antenna element allows for a form that is both ergonomic and extremely lightweight, which fully differentiates it from existing receivers in the market. The unique ‘bullet’ shape appears as a small extension of the range pole — almost as if it’s not even there.”
The receiver features radio-free RTK operation via interference-free data communication technology, which eliminates licensing issues. When used as a base station, it may support up to three concurrent GCX2 rovers at a range of up to 300 meters. Each receiver may be used as a base or as a rover.For network operation, the GCX2 may be paired with a cellular-enabled data-controller to provide RTK network corrections and connectivity with MAGNET Enterprise.
“The GCX2 delivers a high level of performance and efficient workflow, and it’s offered with a substantial pricing advantage over competitive systems,” said Falcon.
Additional features include a rechargeable battery and Sokkia receiver utility (SRU) software compatibility.