This helpful video goes over the initial set-up of a vLoc3-RTK receiver.
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The vLoc3-RTK-Pro from Vivax-Metrotech is the industry's first all-in-one utility locator with a built-in RTK (Real-Time Kinematic) GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technology providing centimeter-level survey-grade accuracy. In addition, using its internal cellular module with 4G LTE capabilities, the locate technician now can connect to the NTRIP RTK caster that provides RTCM3 corrections. As a result, the vLoc3-RTK is perfect for utility mapping.
 
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RTK-GNSS allows for precision line marking and survey-grade accuracy mapping to coincide. Technicians can perform a regular utility line marking procedure with data collection logs by pressing a single button. GPS data is stored in the cloud automatically via its built-in 4G LTE cellular connection. The technician's input ends when the ordinary pipe & cable locate is completed. The data is in the cloud in real-time and ready for mapping and is also stored onboard the locator, available for export for review and use with other compatible mapping software. For RTK accuracy, users connect to an NTRIP RTK caster that can provide RTCM 3 correction data.

Technicians can also locate and GNSS mark utility pipes & cables, meters, manholes, valves, hydrants, and any utility attribute on any job site. This versatility provides for complete utility mapping in real-time from the instrument. A properly set-up vLoc3-RTK with service is all any technician would ever need to produce survey-grade utility maps in just a few minutes after arriving at the job site.

The vLoc3-RTK-Pro includes all the same functionality and features as the vLoc3-Pro receiver.

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Keep up with the latest vLoc3 software release with over-the-air (OTA) updates. With the OTA updates, vLoc3 Receivers deployed in the field will no longer require the MyLocator3 PC app to run the latest optimized features. OTA eliminates using a PC and USB cable while keeping your fleet devices up to date.

Please note OTA update functionality require version 2.1 and above. The vLoc3 will first need version 2.0 installed via MyLocator3 and a USB. OTA Updates are automatically downloaded in the background without interrupting the user's workflow. Users can continue to collect data and operate the vLoc3 as normal.

An overview of the OTA Update will indicate during the power-up. The vLoc3 uses the cellular network to communicate with the VMMap server, comparing the current software release to the one installed in the RTK-Pro device.

Once an OTA Update is available, the vLoc3 will prompt the user at device power-up and ask if they want to update now or later. If you select later, the device will continue its boot-up process and work normally.

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If the Update Now option is selected, the software Update will automatically install and complete within a few minutes.

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Once the Update completes, the vLoc3 will require a power cycle to operate on the newest software revision with the latest features.

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In case of an unsuccessful installation, users will be prompted to try again. If this occurs, correct the issue and power cycle the receiver, and the device will attempt the software installation again.

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Model vLoc3-RTK-Pro

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Set-up your Model vLoc3-RTK-Pro

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Model vLoc3-RTK-Pro

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Walk Back feature

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FAQ

NO. The vLoc3-RTK requires only two things to achieve sub-centimeter or Survey-Grade accuracies.

1.) A SIM card is needed, and we provide a very affordable pre-paid option that can be purchased with the vLoc3-RTK locator.

2.) An RTK subscription is required, and in many states, this service is FREE and offered through DOT. Or you can purchase a subscription from whomever you like using. E.g., we recommend iNET for our Tennessee customers, but for Florida we recommend FDOT service.

$0.00. It's FREE. However, there could be an occasion where a user might want to employ an API service to send the data directly to an application or a legacy system already being used for mapping or GIS, etc. On those occasions, a small fee might apply. For everyone else, the cloud service is FREE.

Absolutely NOT. It would be silly to design an RTK-capable receiver with centimeter-grade accuracy and not include a SIM card and cloud service technology. The seamless interface of the vLoc3-RTK makes mapping simple, easy, and accurate. However, the vLoc3-RTK can be ordered with Bluetooth should you want to use a 3rd party mapping application.

NO. The vLoc3-RTK receiver is identical to the features and performance of the top-rated vLoc3-Pro receiver. While there are internal hardware changes, the most identifiable difference between these receivers is the additional housing for the GNSS antenna and slot for the SIM card.

The locating and mapping community has searched for a more streamlined process for survey-grade mapping of utilities for decades. In the past and on older outdated systems, cumbersome set-ups have always been available where users would hodgepodge together an antenna, bulky GPS receiver, and a mobile smartphone to try and achieve results. Using smartphones and clunky brackets, etc., and mapping applications has limitations, including additional hardware, cables, and batteries to keep charged, etc., to try and achieve sub-par mapping. Fortunately, Vivax-Metrotech engineers designed a locator with all this seamlessly integrated, allowing survey-grade mapping to less than centimeter-grade accuracy while locating utilities simultaneously. Nothing else on the market compares with the performance, affordability, simplicity, and capabilities of the vLoc3-RTK.

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Tracer Electronics LLC uses iNET RTK services from Earl Dudley LLC. We recommend iNET as service provider for the states of Alabama, N.Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. CLICK HERE for additional information.


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Vivax-Metrotech vLoc3-RTK-Pro Precision Line Locator w/RTK GPS