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New software releases for Mid-Tech CenterLine™ Lightbar Guidance System


April 23, 2008
By Fruit & Vegetable

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Added functionality and simplified
operation are the key benefits of new software releases announced by
Midwest Technologies (MID-TECH). The CenterLine Lightbar Guidance
System with wireless remote control features new operating modes.

smartpad_iiAdded functionality and simplified operation are the key benefits of new software releases announced by Midwest Technologies (MID-TECH). The CenterLine Lightbar Guidance System with wireless remote control features new operating modes. And, a new SmartPad handheld computer for the Swath XL and Guideline Lightbar Guidance Systems adds enhancements. For spraying, seeding and other tasks, the compact, economical CenterLine Lightbar Guidance System guides operators in swaths with repeatable accuracy. Once the driving pattern has been set, CenterLine determines the closest swath for guidance. New software now includes a Curved AB guidance mode so operators can steer along curved lines in addition to the Straight and Headland modes previously available. Other CenterLine software enhancements include the use of a GPS-only mode for operation without differential corrections. DGPS remains the default setting. A method of showing the current guidance mode has been incorporated into the updated software and additional language support has been added to increase the options to nine. A significant upgrade to the handheld computer used in Swath XL and Guideline Lightbar Guidance Systems features a color touch-screen display and a new ergonomic design. The handheld unit includes enhanced software with many new capabilities including a field and hazard mapping application, the ability to connect directly to a GPS receiver and an option to operate on battery power. In addition, the SmartPad II is compatible with the CenterLine guidance system, adding on-screen mapping and data collection capabilities to this popular lightbar.

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