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Magellan entry level GPS/GIS mapping handheld

The rugged design of the MobileMapper 6 is impact resistant and water- and dustproof for use in harsh and difficult field conditions. It is able to withstand a one-meter drop to solid ground and water submergence.MAGELLAN INTRODUCES RUGGED, ENTRY-LEVEL, PROFESSIONAL GIS AND MAPPING SOLUTION

Feature rich hand-held GPS/GIS receiver delivers 2-5 meter accuracy and low-cost for business users

Discover MobileMapper 6 video online at http://www.pro.magellangps.com

Magellan today introduced the latest addition to its MobileMapper GIS and mapping line of products – the MobileMapper 6. A rugged, waterproof, handheld GPS/GIS receiver, the MobileMapper 6 fulfills the requirements for low-cost, professional GIS field data collection. It fills a market gap in the data collection field between high-cost devices and consumer-grade products. It is expected to particularly appeal to forestry and other natural resource organizations, oil and gas, agriculture, utilities, government agencies, and businesses large and small that need a highly-rugged, robust GIS unit that can collect geographic data with 2-5 meter accuracy in real-time with SBAS corrections.

The MobileMapper 6 is a Windows Mobile 6 open platform, unlike competing consumer-type units, it offers full compatibility with popular GIS software to enable companies to select and use the GIS software of choice. In addition, unlike PDA devices, the MobileMapper 6 is highly rugged for rough-and-tumble business applications. The MobileMapper 6 offers the professional features associated with more costly high-end GIS/GPS units, yet it is price-competitive with consumer-grade GPS.

“The MobileMapper 6 is an economically, professional-grade GPS/GIS handheld receiver rugged-built for business applications,” said Francois Erceau, general manager of Magellan Professional. “With its low-cost, lightweight rugged design, and the ability to run virtually all GIS software, we expect it to become a favorite of businesses both large and small.”

Magellan Mapper 6It comes standard with an integrated 2-megapixel camera that can take photos, which can be tagged with the GPS location and used as a point description data in any GIS application, such as Magellan’s Mobile Mapping software, ESRI’s ArcPad or other third-party software. It also includes a built-in microphone to record and replay voice notes to enrich the collected data.

The MobileMapper 6 comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile version 6, along with a touch-screen and Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. The rugged design of the MobileMapper 6 is impact resistant and water- and dustproof for use in harsh and difficult field conditions. It is able to withstand a one-meter drop to solid ground and water submergence.

Weighing less than 8 ounces (224 grams) and measuring approximately 5.7 in x 2.5 in x 1.1 in (14.6 cm x 6.4 cm x 2.9 cm), the MobileMapper 6 is lightweight and compact for easy, convenient use. It provides excellent autonomy with up to 10 hours of operation on a set of two AA alkaline batteries, easily exchangeable in the field.

Data collection is enabled by 128 MB of non-volatile Flash data storage, and storage of large amounts of field date is made possible through a Secure Digital (SD) card slot that accepts SD cards with up to 4 GB of memory.

About Magellan
Magellan allows people to travel, work and play their way with leading portable navigation and positioning solutions across multiple consumer and business-to-business markets. Recognized as an industry innovator, the company is the creator of the award-winning Magellan RoadMate® series portable car navigation systems, MaestroTM, CrossoverGPSTM, the Magellan Triton outdoor handheld navigation devices, the Hertz® NeverLost® car navigation system and the ProMarkTM 3 and ProMark 3 RTK, the best-selling single frequency GPS survey product line on the market. Magellan is privately held and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif.



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OS mapping system – Online API

OpenSpaceOrdnance Survey’s OpenSpace – their slippy mapping API has launched!   The API is OpenLayers based, with additional goodies such as gazetteer search and a “momentum” drag-and-let-go effect on the map.

However, the gazetteer doesn’t do postcodes! Also, it is in OSGB coordinates, so there is also some helper functions for translating to and from lat lon. However, this basic client side conversion can lead to errors, apparently, and in some places they can be out by tens of metres. The OS developers said that if users think that a server side conversion is better, then that could be accommodated.

 Have a look at this demo…  and see what you think as the layers available are:

 There is a range of Ordnance Survey digital products that are displayed at each zoom level:

outline of Great Britain (zoom level 1);
overview of Great Britain (zoom level 2-3);
MiniScale® (zoom level 4-5);
1:250 000 Scale Colour Raster (zoom level 6-7);
1:50 000 Scale Colour Raster (zoom level 8-9); and
OS Street View® (zoom level 10-11).


 and try


Of course it only deals with the UK… (well it is the OSGB!!)     but think about what is possible for UK archaeology companies?  and local groups…

 Of course there is the usual bugbear of pricing, and yes teh OS have managed to over complicate it again!   They are always seen as the bad guys and still are a deep shade of grey…  but at least they are trying, and the maps are what we have come to expect (no not 10 meteres out!!)  (well  a bit)  Have a look….  chew it over…  what do you think??

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