We have different products for different applications and our product range starts with 2D, 3D and Indicate Machine control systems. All these can be fitted with any branded machinery. We can install these systems on machinery like motor graders, pavers, excavators, bull dozers etc, says Deepak Nehru, Senior Manager – EBD, Topcon. Excerpts from the interview.What are the core competencies and strength of Topcon?Topcon is globally known for its advanced and innovative technology products. So our key strength is our technology and service backup.What is the potential for machine control technologies in India?In a couple of years we can see a good potential for machine control products in India.How do you evaluate the response and awareness level of the end-user segments here?Compared to global market, we are lagging behind. Globally these products are accepted long back and are in big demand there, but for Indian market it is just a beginning. I can say that the acceptance may take some time, but in coming years it will be a bigger market.Tell us about the product portfolio and also brief us how a user is benefitted through the use of these systems.We introduced new and advance technology for Indian Paving application ‘mmGPS’. The same technology can be used for grading work for road construction.What is mmGPS system?1) RTK-GPS measures the horizontal distance between Zone Laser and mmGPS receivers.2) mmGPS system measures the angle between Zone Laser and mmGPS receivers.3) Then this system can be computed by the distance and the angle.Let’s take Case 1: road construction. GPS system can be use 20 km across (one base station). GPS base station can be set on any known stakes/point. It can be equipping on the buildings, houses or anywhere open sky.To what extent you have been able to create a footprint in the use of these systems?I can say that we are the first company in India to Introduce this technology and able to mark a footprints in this field.Do you think cost is a deterrent in the acceptance of these systems? How do you address these? Also tell us about the major challenges in this area.As per the technology such cost is evident, were customer get lots of benefits in material saving, complete work more quickly and with better accuracy. The only challenge in this area is education to machine operators. Since most of them are not educated and are not ready to accept new things so we have to focus more on them and make them understand about its features and benefits.Which are the types of equipment where these systems are more used?We have different products for different applications and our product range starts with 2D, 3D and Indicate Machine control systems. All these can be fitted fitted with any branded machinery. We can install these systems on machinery like motor graders, pavers, excavators, and bull dozers etc.