DIY Antenna Clip for iSXBlue and Arrows

DIY Antenna Clip for iSXBlue and Arrows

While we still recommend holding external antennas with either the GPS Hat, GPS Vest or a range pole for the best results with submeter GPS/GNSS receivers, we recognize that the GPS Hat isn’t the most stylish article of clothing in your closet.  This video shows how to DIY your own clip attachment for the external antenna used by the Arrow and SXBlue receiver product lines.
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DIY External Tablet Battery Mount for Range Pole

DIY External Tablet Battery Mount for Range Pole

Short video on how to create a custom battery pack holder for your iPad to attach to a range pole.
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Galileo Satellite Constellation

Galileo Satellite Constellation

The Galileo system will have all brand new cutting-edge satellites technologically comparable to the U.S. GPS satellites and expectedly more reliable than the Russian Glonass satellites.  But the best part is that the Galileo satellites will be able to add more available satellites to receivers capable of tracking more than two constellations simultaneously.
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How to Assemble Pole Mounting Kit for Eos Arrow 100

How to Assemble Pole Mounting Kit for Eos Arrow 100

How to mount Eos Arrow 100 GNSS or Lite GPS to range pole. Also mounting the Arrow 100 antenna to antenna mounting plate to attach to top of pole.
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Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Anatum’s depth of experience working with Esri’s Collector and GNSS Equipment for Mobile GIS Solutions for enterprises was published in Fall 2016 edition of Esri News for Water & Wastewater

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How Waterproof is that Unit?

How Waterproof is that Unit?

One of the first couple questions users often ask about tablets, lasers, or GNSS receivers is how waterproof it is, especially those in the Pacific Northwest!  This breaks down the different waterproof ratings.
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Bad Elf GPS Interface App Tutorial

Bad Elf GPS Interface App Tutorial

Quick tutorial video for the Bad Elf GPS ios app for phone or tablet.
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Real-time Centimeter Accuracy and Esri's Collector App

Real-time Centimeter Accuracy and Esri's Collector App

This talk was presented at the 2016 NWGIS User Group Conference in Salem, Oregon.  It highlights how Esri's Collector app can easily work with RTK equipment like the Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold.
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Adopting Mobile GIS

Adopting Mobile GIS

Adopting Mobile GIS Solutions
Important lessons learned from six years of implementations and thousands of hours in the field.


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Announcing Eos Arrow Gold RTK

Announcing Eos Arrow Gold RTK

Eos Arrow Gold is World’s Most Advanced GNSS Receiver for Every Mobile Device

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RTK GPS Explained

RTK GPS Explained

RTK GPS receivers are traditionally very expensive and their accuracy has been thought of as beyond the field mapping needs of most environmental and engineering firms, and government land management groups.  However, with the introduction of Bluetooth RTK receivers for use with field tablets and mobile GIS, RTK’s potential has become less expensive to achieve and much desired.  Add to that the availability of Bluetooth RTK receiver rentals from Anatum Field Solutions, and the continued progression of many companies into mobile GIS workflows with tablets becomes much easier and more affordable.
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ESRI's Trek2There App

ESRI's Trek2There App

Esri's free app Trek2There is a simple app with little functionality; however, it does something clients ask us about from time to time.  How do I navigate to a location with Collector?
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Tutorial Video for Creating RTK Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

Tutorial Video for Creating RTK Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating a RTK Correction Profile (NAD83 - 2011) for Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.
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Tutorial Video for Creating SBAS (WAAS) Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

Tutorial Video for Creating SBAS (WAAS) Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating a WAAS correction profile for submeter GPS for Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.   Update: Collector now includes the "Default" profile for submeter work with WAAS; however you can still manually set it if you prefer.
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Tutorial Video for Connecting GPS/GNSS Receiver to Esri Collector for iOS

Tutorial Video for Connecting GPS/GNSS Receiver to Esri Collector for iOS

This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating connecting an external Bluetooth GPS/GNSS receiver to Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.
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Tablets & Mobile GIS to Save Money & Time on Aerial Raptor Nest Surveys

Tablets & Mobile GIS to Save Money & Time on Aerial Raptor Nest Surveys

This talk was presented at the 2016 Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference in San Diego.  It highlights our experience using tablets to speed up raptor nest surveys from helicopters.
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ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS

ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS

Esri has been chasing the rest of the mobile GIS app world for a long time.  But, with this summer’s update that adds on-the-fly datum transformations, Collector catapults itself above almost all competitors in the GNSS interface category.  We are excited to spend more time in the Collector work flow with RTK equipment, but hope that Collector continues to develop additional functionality to keep up with competitors that have more robust data forms.
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RTK Setup with Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS

RTK Setup with Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS

Video tutorial for setting up RTK corrections with the Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS.
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Field Testing Submeter Bluetooth GPS and GNSS

Field Testing Submeter Bluetooth GPS and GNSS

This talk was presented at the 2016 CalGIS conference in Anaheim.  It highlights our field testing of Bluetooth GPS and GNSS receivers for submeter field work.
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FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet

FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet

Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the “blanket” altitude authorization of 200 feet for Section 333 exemption holders has been increased to 400 feet.  This essentially doubles the approved commercial UAV flight height legally defined by the FAA.  While our testing has found that for orthomosaic creation the ideal height for a 12MP camera, like the one on the DJI Phantom 3, is about 200 – 250 feet, this new ruling by the FAA opens things for infrastructure inspections. 
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Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?

Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?

One of the things professionals have to get used to when they switch from submeter handheld GNSS equipment to mobile GIS workflows with submeter GNSS receivers is their antenna.  The important thing to keep in mind is the antenna needs to “see” as much sky as possible and preferably at all times.  Below we present a few methods for working with the external antennas used with Bluetooth GPS and GNSS receivers.
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Arrow GNSS Interface App

Arrow GNSS Interface App

At Anatum Field Solutions, our group prides itself on being both agnostic to equipment manufacturers and using this equipment in the field.  We don’t do as much field work as we did working as biologists and environmental consultants before we started this company, but we still do a lot of field testing of equipment both independently and with our clients around the United States. 
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Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared

Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared

As an agnostic reseller and rental company of GPS equipment for use with Mobile GIS workflows, it is important that we know how the market performs.  There are a multiple Bluetooth-capable GPS and GNSS receivers on the market now and we tested and compared them in real-world settings on our GPS Test Course.  These field tests compared the accuracy and precision of Bluetooth submeter-rated GNSS receivers under conditions that ranged from open-sky to heavy canopy cover. 
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Geneq iSXBlue II Receiver Interface App Tutorial

Geneq iSXBlue II Receiver Interface App Tutorial

Tutorial video for the Geneq iSXBlue II GNSS receiver on iOS.
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Using Tablets in the Field: A Case Study

Using Tablets in the Field: A Case Study

Based on the results of our 2013 and 2014 case studies, we found the quality of data from using the mobile technology likely improved by eliminating potential errors introduced during the manual transfer of data from paper datasheets to an electronic database. The efficiencies gained in the documentation and distribution of the data resulted in substantial cost savings, even when considering some of the upfront costs of training and pre-survey preparation of automated data forms and creation of the Project specific GIS data in the mobile GIS app system. In addition, this technology is extremely adaptable and can be applied to survey data in a variety of disciplines aside from biology, including documentation of cultural resources surveys, geotechnical data, and other engineering data that may be needed for the Project.
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