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The Ashtech MobileMapper 6, the beginning of the best MobileMapper product in my opinion. This was the massive migration to the new Windows Mobile OS for Ashtech and the new MobileMapper Field we see and enjoy today. This was also the beginning of the giant leap forward in ability to post porcess RAW data from a SiRF chip and achieve sub-meter results. NO ONE got that right except Ashtech. I mention in a couple of other rental product pages the 2 "all-in one" handhelds we embraced when we got our start, and the MobileMapper product line was the other. We started with the MobileMapperCX aka MMCX, but when the MobileMapper 6 came out with the new Windows Mobile 6 we knew that any products from this line moving forward was gonna be awesome, and it was. The MobileMapper 6 ran on (2) AA batteries, had a small 2MP camera, a small LED flashlight and easily fit into any pocket. It was rugged but not so much that the price jumped way up. It ran the new MobileMapper Field application and the latest version of ArcPad. This unit is a staple with me at any time, any road trip or vacation, its with me.
Using the receiver with simple SBAS its a 2-5 m. real-time solution. Collect and process RAW data and its a sub-meter solution. One of my consulting gigs in Southern California doing an inventory of protected California Joshua Trees, we used this device for the sub-meter results, and got them, everyday, for several weeks. The real shine and polish of this unit is the MobileMapper Field application. Its inexpensive, easy to set up and easy to train anyone to use. Its a simple and clean interface without “too many” menus and sub-menus. Add to that the MobileMapper Office application is FREE. (your IT people can take a seat, as it can be installed on as many and wherever you want. There is no licensing or codes to install for use) This is the program that lets you post process data to achieve sub-meter (with the MobileMapper 6 and MobileMapper 10) and sub-foot (with the MobileMapper 100), then export to Google KML, GPX (GPS exchange), or CSV for the spreadsheet user(s) in the group. You know who I'm talking about.
CAD users: We have other processes for you folks. Let me ask, when was the last time your GPS sales person could talk tech with you about Blocks with Attributes or Cells with Tags? What about how to get your data collected to the correct layer or level? AutoCAD and Microstation users know what I'm talking about. I have used AutoCAD and Microstation since 1995. Jumped into GIS in 1997, so getting to know how to do “what to what” in order to get that file to open and be useable in my application was a part of my daily life. If you use CAD and need to do field work with a GNSS receiver, you really should be talking with us about a solution and feel "fuzzy and warm" about talking with a CAD user about a CAD solution.
LTI TruPulse users: We paired via Bluetooth, performed offsets using MMField, ArcPad, and had no issues, it works just fine.
Its fast enough for most any field work, has plenty of storage and expansion options, has Bluetooth and WiFi, integrated 2MP camera takes nice clean images, and runs on AA batteries, it is inexpensive to replace or purchase extras. It is small like the consumer Magellan Triton product, and therefore the screen is small too. Its never bothered me especially when using MM Field, but some people like bigger screens. For those folks I recommend the MobileMapper 10. I'm gonna stop before I get started on a cost comparison vs. the competition.
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