Here are questions and answers related to the most important topics of our business.
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Does VerQuin install and operate academic networks?
No. We can refer you to excellent resources depending upon your goals.
Does VerQuin take care of land use lease agreements?
No. We do however have experience with this and can provide guidance, suggestions on what to budget, and refer you to a vendor.
I have an existing cGNSS network. Can VerQuin take over the stations in a maintenance contract?
Yes, if certain criteria are met. We can provide a network assessment on a cost recovery basis. Based upon the condition of the infrastructure, access, location, hardware and telemetry, we provide an estimate on required upgrades and standardization to ensure high-stability, high-quality data. This may include the recommendation for new monumentation, cabling, fittings, power system, extensive vegetation removal etc… Proof of the right of access or active land use agreement (with expiration date, conditions, and current contact information) is required. With exception, we do not monitor, maintain or install networks that have any building/rooftop/pillar/rohn tower monuments. Please see monument stability section for supporting documentation.
Is a geologic evaluation really necessary?
Usually. To the trained eye, a casual look can sometimes be enough to yield a high probability for stability and determine the drilling/driving technique. However, for most locations, a thorough assessment of the topography, soil, slope stability, artificial fill, proximity to water wells and other factors are best done by an experienced geologist. The minor cost of this step is cheap insurance against an unreliable position timeseries. Take a look at the geologic stability section for impacts of data from unsuitable geologic conditions.
Can I lease the GNSS equipment
Yes, and lease to own is an option.
What timeline should I use for the upgrade of GNSS equipment and telemetry?
It is prudent to budget for GNSS receiver and telemetry upgrades every 4-6 years. These upgrades modernize the system, increase security, often improve capabilities and data performance. As with research, the benefits of long time series data with modernized equipment can yield significant economic and societal benefits unforeseen at the onset.
What happens if the station is vandalized, damaged by animals or weather?
Repairs for minor damage are covered under the maintenance contract. Significant repairs will be covered under an amendment. For moderate to high risk sites, we factor in vandalism/environmental mitigation in the equipment configuration during network installation. This may include fencing, barbed wire, equipment enclosure armor with locks, reinforced solar system, rigid or flex conduit for external cabling, internal bracing for the monument, cameras, and site specific upgrades. After-the-fact-vandalism repair for major incidences can range in cost from $5-20k in time, materials and electronics. It is best to mitigate up front.
How much does it cost for full service data quality control, state of health monitoring, and maintenance?
Depending on various factors such as location, data rate, required response time for outages, and others, the quarterly charge can vary significantly per site. However, there is an economy of scale with larger networks to decrease the average station cost. For full-service SOH/QC/O&M, the station is visited every 2 years whether or not the data indicates an issue, regardless of access or location. This is done to conduct preventative maintenance and/or vegetation removal and to maintain contact with the equipment hosts if applicable.
What is included with full service data quality control, state of health monitoring, and maintenance?
See the Data examples page for some illustrations. Remote O&M includes firmware and configuration updates with vetted patches and security upgrades. QC and SOH monitoring includes weekly review of about a dozen performance attributes related to GNSS data, power, and telecommunications.
Are monthly telemetry charges included in the maintenance contracts?
Yes, they are integrated into quarterly invoices.