The Latvian State Forest Service (SFS) recently evaluated four brands of GNSS handheld mapping devices in a head-to-head comparison that included rigorous field trials, financial cost and technical specifications. The Ashtech MobileMapper 100 achieved the best results in all comparisons, according to an SFS spokesperson.
Spectra Precision introduced the Ashtech MobileMapper 10, the latest addition to its new line of GIS/GNSS smart data collectors. The MobileMapper 10 is a lightweight, low power and cost-effective mapping solution with real-time meter level accuracy.
Confirming the accuracy of as-built plans for recently buried fiber optic, gas and electric lines has become much simpler and more efficient with the aid of the Ashtech ProMark 500 GNSS receiver and a new EdiPocket GIS software module. SIEA, a French association that manages energy, communication, electricity and gas networks for the 419 communes of the Ain department in eastern France, has found the innovative new method both simple and efficient, and it expects that it can lead to improved contractor performance.
GeoSam Oy, a newly-formed Finnish distributor of global positioning and surveying equipment, has been selected to represent Ashtech machine control, GIS, GNSS and GPS products.
Trimble announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire privately-held Ashtech S.A.S., headquartered in Carquefou, France, and its affiliates. The acquisition is expected to expand Trimble’s Spectra Precision portfolio of survey solutions and allow the company to better address emerging markets worldwide. Closing of the transaction, anticipated in the second quarter, is subject to certain closing conditions. Financial terms were not disclosed.
The Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (HCA), a public national agricultural informational and advisory service assisting Hungarian agricultural producers, has recommended that Hungarian farmers purchase MobileMapper CX, GPS/GIS receivers to measure and calculate the size of land parcels they farm. The recommendation was made following HCA tests of several competing brands. The HCA, which purchased and tested ten MobileMapper CX receivers for its own use, determined the MobileMapper CX GIS/GPS handheld was best suited to meet the needs of local farmers.
Terrain, an Athens-based cartographic company, is publishing the first highly detailed, large-scale maps (1:10,000 to 1:100,000) of Greece using GIS data exclusively acquired by mobile teams of cartographers. By foot, bike, auto and boat, Terrain surveyor teams, traveling with Ashtech MobileMapper 100 handheld smart GNSS receivers loaded with ArcPad, are mapping Greece in unprecedented rich detail, even its remotest regions.
Interview teams assisted by Team Epi-Aid, an award-winning volunteer group at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, are conducting cluster sampling studies using Ashtech handheld MobileMapper 6 smart GPS/GIS devices to navigate to designated survey sites and collect point specific field data.
DigitalGeo, a startup Portuguese GIS distributor, has been selected to represent the Ashtech GIS product line in Portugal.