It would be hard to overestimate the importance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in today’s world. These technologies, designed to capture, store, manipulate, analyze, manage and present all types of spatial or geographical data are generally powered by advanced GNSS technologies.

GIS serves many disciplines, from real estate to public health, landscape architecture and archaeology, national security and sustainable development, and many more.

With more, better and easier-to-use technologies coming online, GIS users, it would seem, are getting a bit spoiled.

PPM 1Stefan Geissler is managing director of PPM (Precise Positioning Management) GmbH. He says, “People who use GIS like to work with big screens and huge data sets, and our PPM10xx is the ideal answer for the new trend in GIS, which is to use tablet PCs or big-screen smartphones in the field.” These “field computers” enable users to edit live data employing wireless connections, enhanced by high-level GPS units such as those produced by PPM with embedded NovAtel components. Users can create maps and analyze data directly on site, eliminating the need to import, update, and post-process data back at the office after the fieldwork is completed, making the whole process simpler and more efficient.

Founded in 1998, PPM is located in Penzberg, Germany, about 40 kilometres south of Munich. The company develops and manufactures its own GNSS-based products and distributes GNSS products from NovAtel.

PPM is competing in a dynamic GIS market, where costs are coming down and continual upgrades in hardware and software components are being made, but Geissler says there is still room for improvement.

“The problem for GIS users is that the internal GPS sensors found in today’s tablets and smartphones are not accurate or reliable enough for their needs,” Geissler explains.

“Our PPM10xx, with NovAtel’s OEM617™ inside, is lightweight and easy to use and it delivers the perfect, precise GNSS enhancement for our customers.”

One such customer is Germany’s ili gis-services. Founded in 1994, the company calls itself“a competent partner in the field of GIS andGPS for users in the field of spatial planning.” Itsmain focus lies in the distribution of GIS hardwareand software for both desktop and mobilesolutions, adaptation of software products forcustomer-specific needs, and the processing of major GIS projects, often in collaboration withconsultants from various disciplines.