Is mobile field data collection too hard or too expensive for your organization?
We all love Ted talks right? If you haven’ watched one lately I urge you to give it a go, particularly a Ted talk from your local area. You never really know what kind of amazing things and people are right in your own backyard. Case in point, a guy in my town here in Victoria, BC, Canada who’s an avid cyclist turned GPS enthusiast, turned artist. [Read more…] about TEDx Talks – Cyclist creates GPS Doodles with Garmin GPS + Strava
Here’s a gadget tip for any of you that work in remote forests, urban jungles, dry desert regions, or isolated wetland areas – the Trimble Nomad® 1050 series of handheld. These ultra-rugged and field-proven handhelds are ideal for carrying out GIS data collection and inspection activities just about anywhere.
Some of the key featured include:
- Work productively in challenging environments on ultra-rugged IP68-rated handhelds that meet rigorous MIL-STD-810G military standards
- Work for longer in the field with the 15 hour battery life that provides continuous use, even in cold temperatures
- Process field data faster with a powerful 1 GHz processor
- Store substantial amounts of data and images with the Nomad’s 8 GB of built-in storage plus 512 MB Ram
- Maintain field compatibility with your back-office apps using the latest Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Handheld version 6.5 operating system
- Capture high resolution images for maintenance and repair applications with the 5 megapixel integrated camera with flash and geo-tagging capabilities
- Easily track assets using the optional 1D/2D integrated barcode scanner
- Connect from the field back to the office via an optional integrated 3.75G dual-band GSM/CDMA wireless cellular modem with internal cellular antenna
Keywords: Trimble, Nomad, GPS, rugged, mobile, data collector
This guide was written to help organizations leave the past behind and join today’s mobile revolution. Here are five compelling reasons for operations managers to modernize their field data collection workﬂows, free their field workers from the shackles of proprietary GPS handhelds and tap into the massive benefits of modern technology.
An interesting update for those of you in need of Survey Grade Precision for Field Workers and Data Management Tools for your GIS Department.
As a GeoGeek who’s also craft beer crazy this one is right up my alley – and likely yours too! The Denver Beer Co. is GPS tagging special cans of beer with secret locations for a beer photo challenge!
Apparently that’s exactly what GPS can do for companies that need to manage and monitor their fleet assets according to recent findings. According to George Karonis, CEO of liveviewGPS.com, news reports from over the last few years that stated:
- The city government of Islip, New York saved nearly 14,000 gallons of gas over a three-month period from the previous year after GPS devices were installed in the city’s 614 fleet vehicles. At current gas prices, that amounts to a savings of $38,500 for that quarter. Annual savings would amount to $154,000.In the city of Denver, Colorado, 76 government vehicles equipped with GPS systems were driven 5,000 fewer miles than the unequipped fleet had during the same period the previous year. Denver plans to outfit police cars, snowplows and trash trucks with GPS soon.
- School officials in Boston use GPS systems to track school buses, enabling them to advise worried parents when a bus is running late.
motionX GPS for iPhone is a handy app that enables users to easily record and share waypoints and GPS tracks. The image below shows the simple email that results when sharing a point. location information is supplied along with a KMZ file and a GPX open STD waypoints file as well as any related media captured at the location… a powerful and free app. see motionx.com
Some interesting early results from a poll we recently launched asking what kind of GPS people are currently using for work… seems Blackberry, Symbian S60, and Garmin are at the top of the responses so far. You can respond to the poll question HERE
We’re interested to know what kind of mobile device with GPS you use most frequently or have access to (for business or personal use)… please select the most appropriate response… Thanks!