California, USA, 19 July 2006: Aimed at the surveying and GIS professional market, Topcon has launched its new product GMS-2, GIS hand-held mobile GPS receiver. As per the company, the unit is a GIS-GPS product with: Dual-constellation tracking; an integrated digital camera linking photos to feature locations; an electronic compass for bearing and direction information; and the functionality to be used as a GIS mapping system, an L1 static survey grade receiver or a field controller.
Using a Windows CE operating system, the GMS-2 is equipped with vivid, color touch-screen, a powerful Intel processor, internal wireless Bluetooth connectivity, accuracy levels from sub-meter to centimeter range, removable, rechargeable lithium ion battery, SD memory slot and USB port.
Also available are numerous options including a beacon receiver, Topcon Tools GIS post-processing office software, and various TopSURV field software programs. Topcon’s field technologies simplify and expedite GIS mapping tasks. Digital images, GPS coordinates, compass bearings, and attribute information can all be obtained with integrated imaging technology in a single trip to the field.
Mike Weir, Topcon GIS sales manager, said, “This unit opens up diverse opportunities for surveyors and GIS professionals. The capability of having dual-constellation access guarantees increased productivity on the job site. Using the unit’s integrated digital imaging technology eliminates the need for external devices in the field.”
GMS-2 provides two choices of field management and mapping software to fit specific GIS requirements. The unit is suitable for the advanced GIS professional who demands the functionality of ESRI software in the field. TopPAD is a new field mapping and management software from Topcon. It combines the power of ESRI ArcPad field software with a special user interface designed specifically to take advantage of all GPS functionality available in a Topcon GIS mapping system.