The staff at Anatum Field Solutions have many years of experience conducting a wide variety of environmental surveys throughout much of North America. We have worked for government agencies, private developers, environmental consulting firms, and research projects; all with different data collection needs. For the last decade, we have made use of expensive GPS units to collect location data and limited amounts of survey data in electronic forms.
While these expensive GPS units are great at acquiring location coordinates, they have a tiny electronic "brain" that makes them terrible at collecting additional electronic data. Not to mention their small screens and the need for a stylus. But with the advancement of the iPad and external GPS receivers, the game has changed.
ios and GPS
Between 2010 and 2012, we used iPhones to help us navigate to the general area of our projects and use field guide apps. However, collecting electronic field data and getting accurate location data was difficult and not very reliable if we were in areas with poor cellular service.
Receiver Bluetoothed to our iPads
Thankfully, technology has advanced to the point that submeter and even centimeter accuracy receivers are available. In 2013 we began using a submeter receiver Bluetoothed to our iPads. In addition, many iOS apps have been created that increase a field technicians ability to travel to the job site, navigate among project features, and collect specific data appropriate to you and your clients needs. This data can be collected in apps like iGeoTrak and Fulcrum and then saved to a project cloud, keeping client confidential project data off rental iPads. This isn’t possible with rental GPS devices, where it is up to the project personnel to wipe their device before returning it to those big impersonal rental companies.
Rugged Android tablets
Now it is 2016, and Anatum Field Solutions has expanded our staff and our rental options to include rugged Android tablets and rugged Windows Mobile handhelds running ArcPad 10. We have also greatly expanded our GNSS receiver options to include the Arrow 100, Trimble R1, and iSXBlue II submeter receivers and even the 1-2 centimeter Arrow 200 RTK receiver.
Anatum Field Solutions has a rugged tablet and GNSS receiver rental solution to meet all your field data collection problems. We are excited to bring our experience with field surveys and mobile GIS to help our clients move from old handhelds to tablets and mobile GIS.