Recently Ashtech launched its new team model, which was shown at the ESRI International Conference recently, called Mobile 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
-SBAS: WAAS / EGNOS / MSAS
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.
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.