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A look at the 100 Mobile Mapper

Recently Ashtech launched its new team model, which was shown at the ESRI International Conference recently, called MobileMobile mapper 100 Mapper 100, which is an evolution with the characteristics of the Mobile Mapper 6 but with higher precision than the ProMark3.

In essence, this is the team that I think Magellan will be holding for the next few years, because it finally breaks with that closed scheme of the PM3 that is certainly a donkey to work but limited in what we have all questioned.

The downside of Promark3 is that it does not allow third-party applications to run, in the case of ArcPad. Although the simple game of screens with numbers the size of grandfather's eyes are very practical.

Also the Promark had limitations to load conventional rasters, unless they were binary. Otherwise a great team, if the cable is carefully treated, which already gave us a drag one day.

Then he MobileMapper 6 It remained limited as it was a device that did not support double frequency, although it did support post-processing, achieving sub-meter precision was limited. Nor could it be a base and then the size of the numbers that was to suffer, it seems he will inherit 100.

What is the best of MM100

  • Precision. This is undoubtedly the most valuable, although the team is going for almost $ 5,000. Almost 2,000 more than a Promark and four times what the MM6. Although they ensure optimization for data capture in canyons and under covers while maintaining high precision:

Minor of 50 centimeters in real time SBAS, less than 30 centimeters in real time DGPS and less than one centimeter with postprocess or in RTK.

  • Features GNSS. The options for differential correction are the biggest innovation when compared to the MM6 and even PM3:

45 parallel all-in-view channels
-L1 C / A
BLADE Technology
DGPS, RTK and postprocess with MobileMapper Office
It can capture raw data as a base, and it can also be Rover.
NMEA 183 messages output
RTCM2.3, RTCM3.1, CMR and CMR +, DBEN,
ATOM (This is an Ashtech wave called Optimized Messaging)
Supports third-party RTK bases: VRS, FKP, MAC

  • Windows. In 11 languages, including Spanish, with which ArcPad can run any other capture or navigation application that runs on Windows Mobile 6.5.
  • Extra Software. It comes with Mobile Mapping which is an Ashtech application, GNSS Toolbox for GNS control, Mobile Mapping Field and Microsoft Office Mobile. Apart from Internet Explorer, ActiveSync and Transcriber for handwriting recognition.
  • As for connectivity, it brings like the MM6 Bluetooth, but it already supports Wireless 802.11. It also supports docking station.
  • Just like the MM6 brings camera, compass sensor, microphone to store and speaker.
  • It comes with a 256 MB card and the battery is already Lithium that charges in three hours. Also, the adapter is no longer a strange thing but a universal AC charger.

In short, a submeter equipment in real time. Until a novelty, we will have to wait for the name game, since Promark 100 and Promark 200 are included, which I understand are the same but with antenna and geodesy software. The one that varies is the Mobile Mapper 10, of which a review is made Broader in this link.

mm100 It does not look bad, although it will have to be tried. That that Magellan becomes Ashtech, then returns to Magellan seems to begin to stabilize, although one or another representative of one of the two brands was taken along. But since the bad experiences of the MMPro days, we have seen better support capacity from Ashtech, and we hope that the jump from Promark3 to these teams does not mean making them totally obsolete to the degree that happened with the Pro.

Good Pro, but chaotic handling of your mistakes.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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  1. Good morning, I have a gps spectra pressure, the string map shows me an error as I do to activate it or I have to buy the software or register somewhere, and what antenna to buy for the gps spectra 10

  2. I have a spectra presicion and in the gnss toolbox I can not see utm coordinates, do you know how to configure it?

  3. I am from peru. I have acquired a SPECTRA L1 DIFFERENTIAL GPS, but it only works with the GPS constellation I want to know how the GLONASS constellation is activated.
    Thank you very much for the reply.



  5. Good how about because when loading the 2 gps of mobilemaper 100, the yellow light appears in one and the red light next to it should not appear the same color of light ...

  6. Hi, I need video tutorials to manage the program for post processing in Spanish is the gsnn solution

  7. Hi, I need video tutorials for the management of promark fild 100 in Spanish.
    Could you give me some address

  8. The comment is about the question of the survey that you want to do with 100 promarck and / or another Gps team, you will have to convert the files of the other team that is not promarck into RINEX file and then do post-processing with the GGSS solution program of ASterch. luck.

  9. Hello, how are you ... I had a while that I did not enter pro here ... but I do not know if it works for you yet ... if you really need to have the license for the post process ... it is sold separately ...

  10. Good day I would like to know how the postprocess is done in a 100 mobilemapper or a league to see the greetings and thanks


    Dear I need, can I collaborate?

    I have a molibe mapper 6 and I have not been able to perform the postprocessing process, I recently learned that the program or software is a license and to perform the post process is another, since when I activate the box register raw gross data for postprocess, I get That the license is not valid.

    Please help


    Dear I need, can I collaborate?

    I have a molibe mapper 6 and I have not been able to perform the postprocessing process, I recently learned that the program or software is a license and to perform the post process is another, since when I activate the box register raw gross data for postprocess, I get That the license is not valid since it was providing the software.

    Can you help me in this?

    I am waiting for a comment thanks

  13. Hello, I am from Colombia, what submetric equipment do you recommend to use as a rover, having a local base as a pro for an excellent post-processing process? pro as a base while I do the perimeter with MM100 then with the file of both the rover and the base that I use in this case I do the postprocessing ...) for this type of example that rover you recommend that I give results with greater precision in postprocess
    Or if you have a better idea of ​​how to do the survey I mentioned earlier
    Another question if I do this under this method can be used for mooring coordinates

    Or recommend me buy two MM100 to use one as base and another as rover thanks for the attention paid

  14. We do not sell it. You have to find a distributor in your country.

  15. How much does it cost and how is the payment method

  16. The mobile maper 100 is for topographic surveys greetings

  17. I want to know if there is any application of mobile mapper that can be used in the ipad or iphon

  18. If it could, but the precision is not adequate. Stake-out requires centimetric or millimetric accuracy, especially in plots.

  19. Thank you for your comment, it helps me a lot greetings from Mexico and congratulations to this page luck

  20. Let's see if I understood by parts:

    -A GPS Mobile Mapper 100 requires a post-processing license, so that the data they take can be adjusted using this method.
    - It will always be more accurate post-processing against data taken with another equipment or a local base than against Rinex data.
    -In this site there are several articles that indicate how post-processing is done using the Mobile Mapper Office, both using the Mobile Mapping and the Mobile Mapper Office.

  21. Good day, could you help me with some questions?

    I have a mobilemapper 100 with arcpad ... but I want to do post-processing, so you recommend that I acquire the post-processing license to make the subsequent adjustments on my pc or I can download the rinex data to tie it later without having to acquire the post-processing license ... or it is more It is convenient to acquire the post-processing code or it comes out the same with the activated code or without activated code… .if it is without the activation code, could you tell me how to perform the post-processing from the download of dator rinex, the transformation of rinex data to ashtech until the tie of data from both the gps and the data from rinex ... or how is the process in the mobilemapper office.

    In advance thank you and greetings from mexico

  22. Good morning, my question is if with the MM100 I can carry out basic outlines, such as stakeout, of course it is feeding you with real points.

  23. Hi rochin
    It depends on the application you want. Usually for planimetry it is sufficient (land measurement), if the data are postprocessed, but if it were altimetry work, such as to generate terrain for an irrigation design or the settling for a road gradient, the precision in quota Is not enough, because there an inch count when designing a channel or mark a cut.

    For topography, the ideal is total station, conventional theodolite or level of precision.

  24. Hello G. I have an MM6 team with prosprocess, do you think that this MM100 team could really achieve these precisions, so that it could function as a reliable team for topographic surveys… Thank you

  25. I would recommend Garmin GPS Map 62st. I do not trust Magellan. It is my criterion.

  26. I am a botanist, I do not require the precision of a surveyor, and I had thought of a Magellan Triton. What do you think?

  27. Totally true. The cable seems very weak in the part that connects to the antenna, it requires a lot of care.

    Same the USB cable of the total station, if it is treated locally, then safe is no longer useful. They are expensive to buy them for individual, other than they take to arrive if there is no existence.

  28. It was time for all those considerations. The bad of these equipments are the cables.
    Greetings to all

  29. Our friends,

    I have a MM6 and I work in perfect working conditions, and time these devices are excellent and very helpful especially for the elderly, congratulations on the new creations, keep going.

    God bless everyone-

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