“ili gis-services has been a PPM partner for more than 10 years,” says Geissler. Among other things, they are experts in GPS for GIS applications, being an ESRI software partner.” That means they distribute ESRI’s GIS and geodatabase management programs that currently hold more than 40 percent of the worldwide GIS software market, including the widely used ArcGIS Desktop application.
“Their clients are professional GIS users working in forestry, landscaping, land appraisal, ordinance clearance, and public utilities, just to name a few,” says Geissler.
A typical GIS field system supplied by ili gis-services might include a field computer, i.e., a tablet or smartphone with appropriate software, an enhanced GNSS device, such as PPM’s 10xx, and a GPS antenna.
The 10xx is essentially a small box with one USB port for connecting to the computer and another port for connecting to the antenna. In addition to data transfer, the USB port also supplies the necessary five volts of power from the computer to the 10xx.
It tracks all current GNSS constellations including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou and Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS), and features configurable channels to optimize satellite availability. The OEM617 is also “future ready,” with upgradable software to track new GNSS signals as they become available.
“The 10xx GNSS Sensor is the simplest and most affordable way to add a professional, precise GNSS receiver to any kind of IT device, like smartphones, tablets and notebooks,” says Geissler, “with USB connectivity, regardless of which OS is installed on the device. We offer USB drivers for Windows XP, 7, 8, 10, CE and Mobile, Linux, IOS, MCOS and Android.
“I’m not aware of any other product that supports this wide a range of hardware and operating systems,” he says.
“On top of that, the 10xx is very light, at just 130 grams, and it is extremely easy to handle. Bundled with our own ‘GNSS Commander’ software, which supports NTRIP communication, the 10xx is even more powerful.”