Topcon Positioning Systems will supply GNSS hardware components to DDK Positioning Ltd. of Aberdeen, Scotland, to integrate with signals from the Iridium satellite network to create a robust, resilient and completely independent GNSS-augmenting positioning solution.
DDK Positioning will deliver its MAX services to Oceaneering International, Inc.’s clients in the offshore maritime market. These clients, primarily in the marine energy sector, can achieve accuracy to less than 5 centimeters with this new service, according to the companies. The MAX unified solution offers two-way communication enabling machine control and feedback, and redundancy to cover potential signal losses. Oceaneering recently conducted an extensive review of how it delivers positioning services to its clients and evaluated the significant advances made in communications infrastructure and services over recent years.
Ian Stilgoe, vice president of Topcon emerging business, said, “With Topcon Positioning Systems’ extensive history in precise positioning, providing high performance and quality GNSS boards, antennas and receivers to the OEM industry for over 20 years, the company is well-positioned to supply DDK Positioning with the hardware needed to support their clients globally. Working closely with DDK Positioning and Iridium was key to meet the requirements of Oceaneering and the maritime market.
Founded in 2016, DDK has used Iridium’s low-Earth orbit satellite constellation to create a robust, resilient and completely independent GNSS solution. Oceaneering International is a global provider of engineered services and products, primarily to the offshore energy industry. The company also serves the defense, aerospace, and entertainment industries.