Leon Toorenburg discusses ikeGPS mobile GIS solutions at the 2010 ESRI International User Conference
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Surveylab will be attending the ESRI Federal User Conference January 19-21, 2011 in Washington, D.C. to demonstrate ikeGPS and discuss applications in a variety of industries, including military, energy, environmental-forestry and law enforcement. Surveylab will be joining Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) in their booth, where the full ikeGPS team will be available Thursday, January 20 between 10 AM and 4 PM in the Exhibit Hall.
In addition to showcasing the latest mobile GIS system technology available, the ikeGPS team are keen to:
- meet with Federal customers that engage in mapping activity and require mobile solutions
- meet with energy, environmental-forestry and law enforcement customers, where applications for ikeGPS and customer experience provide for case studies for civilian use
- meet with company software engineers who manage the analysis and use of data gathered from mapping in the field and introduce the benefits of ikeGPS when it comes to compatibility, speed and ease of use
- demonstrate and discuss the latest version of ikeOS, the ikeGPS operating system
Please join hosts Randy Crawford (SAIC), Richard Taylor (Vice President, ikeGPS Americas) and John Mercer, to find out more about ikeGPS mobile GIS systems. We look forward to meeting with you and discussing your mobile GIS data collection challenges.
Register today for a discussion with an ikeGPS representative. Your sign-up will allow us to contact you for follow-up discussions, product materials and customer support request.
About remote standoff
Surveylab has wrapped into one compact handheld a laser rangefinder with a powerful GPS receiver, 3D compass and 5MP digital camera. To this we add a PDA running Windows® Mobile 6. This creates our highly versatile, multi-functional ikeGPS capture tool with one very unique, defining feature – users can standoff and capture inaccessible positional data, take multiple geotagged photographs, and attribute information without having to get right 'on the spot'. Remote standoff makes data capture a lot easier and safer. Invest wisely. If you'd like to learn what remote standoff means to you and how it puts money back in your pocket, whistle up an online presentation with Terry Ross, VP International Sales. info@ikeGPS.com
Plant City, Florida Case Study
Florida's Plant City has contributed a case study on using ikeGPS to capture data and prepare an inventory of engineering assets including stormwater outlets, roadway culverts and sewers. Zlatko (Zack) Knezevic, GIS Coordinator for the Engineering Division says in the study, "Not only does the ikeGPS help us capture more data in a shorter timeframe, but it's much safer for our team. With the unique rangefinder inspectors can capture asset data without standing on busy streets, wading in stormwater drainage ditches, or climbing steep banks." Zack is now trialing ikeGPS for inventories and re-establishment records for streetlights, signposts, traffic signals and intersection signage. For a copy of the case study, please contact Terry Ross, VP International Sales. terry.ross@ikeGPS.com.
Philip Owusu, Customer Service Coordinator, Surveylab USA
Philip joined the Surveylab in Washington DC in August 2008. He has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Minor in Business Administration. He has developed wide-ranging product and GIS experience providing sales and technical support.
He recently conducted a comparative data capture field trial for a water & sewer authority. ikeGPS performed much better than competing GPS capture devices and earned the big tick for picking up more satellites, obtaining the GPS fix faster, and not losing a fix at any time throughout the trial. Philip Owusu 703 760 8601 philip.owusu@ikeGPS.com
ikeGPS around the world
Six months into the calendar year and Surveylab has shipped ikeGPS solutions around the world to new customers in the USA, Australia, Italy, Sweden, Netherlands, India, Denmark, France, Taiwan, and Malaysia. We're seeing uptake of ikeGPS instruments from utilities, local government GIS service providers, and homeland security agencies.
Become an ikeGPS reseller
Surveylab plans to appoint further distributors. If you are a distributor or reseller of GIS solutions, or a customer and would like to recommend a reseller, we'd be pleased to hear from you. There might even be a little something in it for you. Contact Glenn Milnes, Commercial Director, Surveylab. glenn.milnes@ikeGPS.com.
Engineering consultancy captures ikeGPS
Opus New Zealand has begun track testing their new ikeGPS. Opus is an international multidisciplinary consultancy providing asset development and management solutions for infrastructure. ikeGPS will be used for a diverse range of GIS data capture including cellular infrastructure, environmental resource consent planning, bridge maintenance surveys, and traffic engineering. http://bit.ly/cWT7Qp
2010 ESRI User Conference Interviews
Sanjay Gangal for GISCafe.com talking with Surveylab founder Leon Toorenburg (and others) at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego.http://bit.ly/bCglPM
Thank you ESRI
And finally a big thank you to ESRI, the presenters and organisers of the User Conference, and everyone we met in San Diego. We had an awesome show and appreciated the opportunity to engage with so many GIS professionals. The ESRI Plenary Session Videos are available here. http://bit.ly/c4IhKn
Buy the ikeGPS data collector with remote standoff before 31 July and take home your own 16GB iPad*. Contact Terry Ross at the ESRI User Conference. Mobile +64 21 650 540. Email email@example.com
Boasting Windows® Mobile 6, a laser rangefinder, powerful GPS receiver, 3D compass and 5 MP digital camera, the ikeGPS from Surveylab is a great multifunctional instrument for professional standoff data capture.
*Some conditions may apply. 1. One iPad per sales transaction. 2. Your iPad will ship directly from Apple and is subject to availability.
As part of the 2010 ESRI User Conference and until 31 July 2010, Surveylab offers two special pricing deals on the ike1000 GPS data capture instruments.
- $1000 off the sticker price of $5995, or
- A free field kit: carry case, holster, screen protector, SD card, vehicle charger, spare battery and ikeCapture for ArcPad altogether valued at $1000, or
- A free 2-year warranty and service plan valued at $2250
In addition to the above offer, buyers of 3 or more ike1000 units will receive an Apple iPad 16GB valued at $499 (while stocks last)
Please contact Terry Ross, VP International Sales, Surveylab Ltd terry.ross@ikeGPS.com
Terms & Conditions
- Payment in full with the order
- Confirmation of price and delivery terms directly with Surveylab
- No other offer or discount is applicable
- Typical delivery 4-8 weeks after receipt of order
- Apple iPad 16GB delivered directly to customer, and independently of ike1000 order
Texan municipal and federal public safety agencies leverage the latest GIS technologies for disaster management.
Liberty Hill, TEXAS – June 1, 2010 – Tactical Communications, provider of leading technology and services for emergency and disaster communications, today announced an agreement to distribute Surveylab’s Ike1000 series of geospatial field data collection tools in Texas. Texas-based municipal and federal public safety agencies are leveraging emerging GPS and GIS technologies to help measure, monitor, and manage their assets.
"The advent of this new generation of GPS devices, together with sophisticated mapping and asset management software, is transforming the way organizations review and manage assets, perform damage assessments and prepare disaster recovery plans," said Phil Dolbow, Principal of Tactical Communications, LLC. "The Ike1000 will allow agencies to gather and consolidate data more efficiently, and quickly share or retrieve information about their assets and damage assessment, in situations where accurate and rapid responses are required."
Previously, first responders or wide area assessment teams would carry multiple devices, including a digital camera, separately logging specific locations of each image and manually uploading the information to a computer device. This process not only drained resources and slowed the transfer of critical information to emergency operations centers, but the risk of human error was high. Ike1000’s unique integration of rangefinder, GPS, high accuracy digital compass and camera, means customers need only purchase and travel with one hand-held device and information transfer is easy.
The Ike1000 enables an independent field operative or damage assessment team to discreetly and safely capture GPS positional data, take verifiable geo-tagged photographs, attribute information on geographic features and infrastructure assets, and then export that data to mapping and data visualisation databases.
The Ike1000 was recently debuted during one of the largest Texas Rapid Response Task Force disaster drills ever organized by the State of Texas. This multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional Task Force deploys during major disaster events. This was the first time the Task Force was mobilized for a hurricane drill and sent down range along with the Tactical Communications team.
"Texas agencies are committed to being well prepared to quickly respond to any emergency or disaster situation. Adopting these new technologies and testing them in fully engaged drill environments is an important part of that preparation," said Dolbow. "The Ike1000 has now proven itself to be an invaluable resource that enables wide area damage assessment teams to effectively and efficiently report situational awareness information back to the Emergency Operations Center. These new tools have proven to provide far deeper and richer data, and improved economies and efficiencies both in the field and back in the EOC."
About Tactical Communications
Tactical Communications, LLC specializes in providing communications products and systems engineering services for emergency response and disaster communications, technology, and security services to Texas state and federal agencies and the military.
Their personnel are certified professionals with military, NSA, ISC2 and Federal Communications Commission licenses and certifications.
C. R. Kennedy Pty Ltd to distribute ikeGPS GIS data collection instruments in Australia.
This extraordinary new GIS field tool puts information at your fingertips. The advanced ike1000 links a PDA computer running Windows with a GPS receiver, 3D compass, a laser rangefinder and a digital camera - all in the palm of your hand.
Record geotagged digital photographs with GPS co-ordinates, create an image database, collect reference points in inaccessible terrain, and much more.
Imagine the possibilities for gathering information, surveying, mapping, planning and decision making?
Australian public safety, emergency response agencies and utilities are gaining new insights about their assets through advances in GPS data acquisition and GIS mapping software.
“These new tools are enabling better operational viewpoints and are vital for informed decision-making,” says John Da Mina, National Manager Geomatics, of C. R. Kennedy & Company Pty. Ltd., Australia’s leading distributor of professional photographic, surveying, surveillance and medical equipment.
“We’re now providing GPS enabled field tools that enable a sole operator to rapidly survey, collect data, and attribute information about assets or geographical features for downloading into sophisticated mapping databases.
“Until quite recently this type of information was often paper-based, unverifiable, slow to capture and assimilate, and impossible to consolidate into a comprehensive overview.
“Worldwide public safety organizations (including those responsible for wildfire and flood management), and mining, energy and telecommunications utilities are deploying GIS data capture and mapping solutions,” says Mr. Da Mina.
“For example, utilities can achieve real cost savings through reducing workflow and travel time and expensive field logistics by surveying and mapping their infrastructure assets in a coordinated maintenance program.
“Mapping the location of vital structures and geographic features as part of disaster planning can provide vital visibility to emergency response directors and their teams in the field.
“Tools such as the new ike1000 GPS data collection devices from Surveylab deliver an important part of the GIS information trail that begins with field collection. I believe these products have particular relevance in an Australian context.
“The ike1000 is a robust, highly portable, professional’s tool. It boasts a state-of-the-art PDA computer with Windows Mobile 6 and built-in GPS receiver, 3D compass, 5.0 megapixel digital camera, and laser rangefinder.
“The ike1000 enables a field operative to record geotagged digital photographs (with the GPS coordinates embedded) creating a verifiable image database.
“The advantage we see in the ike1000 is that the operator doesn’t need to be physically on-the-spot to obtain the required information. By using the laser rangefinder the operator may take a photograph and locate the position beyond for example a security fence or on private property, when separated from a target by waterways or inaccessible terrain, or where there are safety concerns such as passing traffic and heavy machinery operating.
“The ike1000 also enables a user to collect several reference points and information about multiple assets from one position reducing time-consuming stop starts in difficult terrain or a congested metropolitan environment.
“We see two major cost advantages for customers using these tools,” says John Da Mina.
“Firstly they enable a solo operator to capture information quickly and safely. Time spent on data capture is an important cost centre, and operator safekeeping a health and safety consideration.
“The second point is that the unique integration of rangefinder, GPS and camera, means customers need only purchase and travel with one device, and not three or four from different manufacturers. This reduces capital investment and the total cost of ownership in areas such as training and servicing”.
C. R. Kennedy has Surveylab ike1000 units available for demonstrations and field trials.
About C.R Kennedy: C.R Kennedy & Company Pty. Ltd., is Australia's foremost importer/ distributor of photographic, CCTV, medical and digital audio equipment. With famous brands such as Pentax, Hasselblad, Sigma, Bowens, Elmo, Leica Geosystems, Optech, Riegl Dallmeier, LG, iriver, and Ilford, and offices in all major Australian capital cities and Auckland, New Zealand, C.R. Kennedy is able to provide a quality of service to match the caliber of its brands.
In May 2010 Surveylab hosted ikeGPS customer Dr. Allen McGrew of the Department of Geology at The University of Dayton in Ohio.
Dr. McGrew, together with Professor/Researcher Umesh Haritashya, Associate Professor Dan Goldman, and fifteen geology students are visiting New Zealand to learn and apply geological field methods to describe and interpret New Zealand’s geologic history and active tectonics.
The course will involve three major components: an exploration of the volcanic centers of the Taupo volcanic zone in the North Island, field study of the stratigraphy and structural geology of the Abel-Tasman and Nelson Districts of the South Island, and investigation of the Pleistocene history of New Zealand, including the history of glacial retreat in the Southern Alps of New Zealand and the stratigraphic record of sea-level change on the North Island.
Dayton University use ikeGPS data collection instruments as an all-purpose geological field mapping tool to locate not only the position of rock units in the field, but also to collect georeferenced field photographs and record field observations.
Their data is imported automatically into ESRI ArcGIS to build and visualize the geologic map as they work. Dayton also use IkeGPS instruments to document the field context of localities where they collect samples, and the standoff remote capture capability of the ike1000 is valuable in mapping inaccessible features such as cliff faces.
The Wellington Gold Awards recognize businesses that’ve had a positive impact on the wider Wellington community.
The Awards Night is an important date on the city calendar with about 800 people acknowledging the region's successful businesses.
Surveylab and the launch of the ike1000 GIS data collection instrument were one of five Finalists in the Discovering Gold category for technological, scientific and innovative research and development projects.
We wouldn’t have wanted to develop our products anywhere else in the world.
Congratulations to the other finalists and winners in the nine categories. Thank you Wellington.
Surveylab are entrants in the inaugural Wellington Bright Ideas Challenge, an initiative from Grow Wellington to stimulate innovation in New Zealand's capital. http://bit.ly/dmzHSj