Below is an update from the Iowa DOT…
As of the end of October, 79 of the 80 continually operating reference stations have been installed. The last station will be located on the Iowa DOT’s new maintenance facility in Fairfield. This facility is under construction and the reference station installation will occur once the building is finished. We expect the installation of this station will be completed in December of this year.
Presently, we are working on resolving network communications & software issues for a handful of the installed reference stations. Over the next couple months, we will be collecting GPS data from each of the reference stations, processing that data and refining the position of each station, and field testing of the network.
While these efforts are underway, we will also be working with our network vender to develop the online registration application, the procedures for use of the network, and the user training curriculum. We will update you on the IaRTN network registration process and the training plans as this information becomes available.
There is still much work to be completed which could affect the opening of the network to the public. At this time, we anticipate the network will be available for use by the public on Monday, February 2, 2009.
We will keep you updated to any changes in the progress of the opening of the network.