Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS

Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS

This article will break down the nitty-gritty of today’s GPS equipment and how to use the newest Bluetooth-enabled GPS receivers with your phone or tablet to get the best out of your Mobile GIS field data collection.

It was originally published in the Fall 2017 Volume 10 Issue 1 of BayGeo Journal.
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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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RTK Accuracy with ArcGIS Collector for Stream Monitoring

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Why Aren't You Using Centimeter Accurate GNSS Receivers With Esri's Collector?

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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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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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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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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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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 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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EOS Arrow GNSS Receiver Interface App Tutorial

EOS Arrow GNSS Receiver Interface App Tutorial

Video tutorial for the interface app by Eos for the Arrow receiver product line.  Eos Tools Pro for iOS.
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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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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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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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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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Brief Introduction to GPS and GLONASS

Brief Introduction to GPS and GLONASS

This post discusses simplified descriptions of GPS and GLONASS, and a follow-up post will discuss User Best Practices to keep in mind for achieving the most accurate data.
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GNSS User Best Practices

GNSS User Best Practices

This article will focuses on the various types of measurement biases and errors can be encountered; some of which is hardware instrument error and some user.
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Accuracy and Precision Related to Surveying

Accuracy and Precision Related to Surveying

This article defines both "Accuracy" and "Precision" and how they differ.
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UAV Power System Technologies Examined

UAV Power System Technologies Examined

Current technology on UAVs provides variations of a few systems, all gas, all electric (lithium), solar power to charge onboard lithium batteries, hybrid gas-powered generators that charge onboard lithium batteries, fuel cell batteries, and lastly tethered drones running like a vacuum would.  I’m not sure which system is going to prove to be the most versatile, but here is a discussion of the technologies as they stand today.
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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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Using Tablets For Data Collection to Increase the Efficiency of Aerial Surveys

Using Tablets For Data Collection to Increase the Efficiency of Aerial Surveys

Recent technological advancements in the form of tablets with mobile GIS software paired through Bluetooth with external GPS receivers are providing new opportunities to aerial surveyors that can substantially increase efficiency and accuracy while simultaneously reducing potential impacts to wildlife.  GPS receivers that we have used include the Arrow 100 for submeter accuracy and the Bad Elf GPS Pro with 2.5-meter accuracy.  The appropriate GPS receiver depends on your projects accuracy requirements.
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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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Nationwide BYOD RTK GNSS Rental Press Release

Nationwide BYOD RTK GNSS Rental Press Release

Anatum Field Solutions has decades of experience using high-accuracy GNSS receivers in the field. We’ve tested and used many different types of GNSS receivers, mobile devices and mobile GIS software. By renting from us, you’ll benefit from our objective opinion on the best GNSS mapping solution to fit your needs, and we have a technical support group to back you up. We are the only BYOD-centric rental company in the US that supports all operating systems (iOS, Android, Windows, Windows Mobile/EHH) with centimeter and submeter GNSS receivers.
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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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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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