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Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS

Posted by Matt on 1/15/2018 to Knowledge Base
Everything You Need to Know About GPS for Switching to Mobile GIS
This article will break down the nitty-gritty of today’s GPS equipment and how to use the newest Bluetooth-enabled GPS receivers with your phone or tablet to get the best out of your Mobile GIS field data collection.

It was originally published in the Fall 2017 Volume 10 Issue 1 of BayGeo Journal.

Four Satellite Constellations for Arrow 100

Posted by AFS on 3/31/2017 to Product News
Four Satellite Constellations for Arrow 100
The submeter Arrow 100 GNSS has the ability to track and use all four available constellations simultaneously!  No upgrade cost required!

Are Rentals a Better Deal Than Buying?

Posted by Matt on 2/9/2017 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Are Rentals a Better Deal Than Buying?

Is Renting your field equipment like GPS and rugged tablets a better financial decision than buying?

Well, that depends, but the answer is likely Yes.

DIY Antenna Clip for iSXBlue and Arrows

Posted by Matt on 1/18/2017 to Tutorial Videos
DIY Antenna Clip for iSXBlue and Arrows
While we still recommend holding external antennas with either the GPS Hat, GPS Vest or a range pole for the best results with submeter GPS/GNSS receivers, we recognize that the GPS Hat isn’t the most stylish article of clothing in your closet.  This video shows how to DIY your own clip attachment for the external antenna used by the Arrow and SXBlue receiver product lines.

DIY External Tablet Battery Mount for Range Pole

Posted by Matt on 1/17/2017 to Tutorial Videos
DIY External Tablet Battery Mount for Range Pole
Short video on how to create a custom battery pack holder for your iPad to attach to a range pole.

Galileo Satellite Constellation

Posted by AFS on 1/1/2017 to Knowledge Base
Galileo Satellite Constellation
The Galileo system will have all brand new cutting-edge satellites technologically comparable to the U.S. GPS satellites and expectedly more reliable than the Russian Glonass satellites.  But the best part is that the Galileo satellites will be able to add more available satellites to receivers capable of tracking more than two constellations simultaneously.

Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Posted by AFS on 12/19/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Anatum's Expertise Displayed in ESRI Newsletter

Anatum’s depth of experience working with Esri’s Collector and GNSS Equipment for Mobile GIS Solutions for enterprises was published in Fall 2016 edition of Esri News for Water & Wastewater

Bad Elf GPS Interface App Tutorial

Posted by AFS on 11/8/2016 to Tutorial Videos
Bad Elf GPS Interface App Tutorial
Quick tutorial video for the Bad Elf GPS ios app for phone or tablet.

Real-time Centimeter Accuracy and Esri's Collector App

Posted by Matt on 10/27/2016 to Conference Presentations
Real-time Centimeter Accuracy and Esri's Collector App
This talk was presented at the 2016 NWGIS User Group Conference in Salem, Oregon.  It highlights how Esri's Collector app can easily work with RTK equipment like the Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold.

Adopting Mobile GIS

Posted by Matt on 10/17/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
Adopting Mobile GIS

Adopting Mobile GIS Solutions
Important lessons learned from six years of implementations and thousands of hours in the field.


Announcing Eos Arrow Gold RTK

Posted by AFS on 10/16/2016 to Product News
Announcing Eos Arrow Gold RTK

Eos Arrow Gold is World’s Most Advanced GNSS Receiver for Every Mobile Device

RTK GPS Explained

Posted by AFS on 10/16/2016 to Knowledge Base
RTK GPS Explained
RTK GPS receivers are traditionally very expensive and their accuracy has been thought of as beyond the field mapping needs of most environmental and engineering firms, and government land management groups.  However, with the introduction of Bluetooth RTK receivers for use with field tablets and mobile GIS, RTK’s potential has become less expensive to achieve and much desired.  Add to that the availability of Bluetooth RTK receiver rentals from Anatum Field Solutions, and the continued progression of many companies into mobile GIS workflows with tablets becomes much easier and more affordable.

ESRI's Trek2There App

Posted by Matt on 9/2/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
ESRI's Trek2There App
Esri's free app Trek2There is a simple app with little functionality; however, it does something clients ask us about from time to time.  How do I navigate to a location with Collector?

Tutorial Video for Creating RTK Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

Posted by AFS on 7/13/2016 to Knowledge Base
Tutorial Video for Creating RTK Correction Profile in Collector for iOS
This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating a RTK Correction Profile (NAD83 - 2011) for Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.

Tutorial Video for Creating SBAS (WAAS) Correction Profile in Collector for iOS

Posted by AFS on 7/6/2016 to Tutorial Videos
Tutorial Video for Creating SBAS (WAAS) Correction Profile in Collector for iOS
This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating a RTK Correction Profile (NAD83 - 2011) for Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.   Update: Collector now includes the "Default" profile for submeter work with WAAS; however you can still manually set it if you prefer.

Tutorial Video for Connecting GPS/GNSS Receiver to Esri Collector for iOS

Posted by AFS on 7/1/2016 to Tutorial Videos
Tutorial Video for Connecting GPS/GNSS Receiver to Esri Collector for iOS
This tutorial video walks through the steps for creating connecting an external Bluetooth GPS/GNSS receiver to Esri's Collector app on iOS platforms.

Tablets & Mobile GIS to Save Money & Time on Aerial Raptor Nest Surveys

Posted by Matt on 6/8/2016 to Conference Presentations
Tablets & Mobile GIS to Save Money & Time on Aerial Raptor Nest Surveys
This talk was presented at the 2016 Energy, Utility, & Environment Conference in San Diego.  It highlights our experience using tablets to speed up raptor nest surveys from helicopters.

ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS

Posted by Matt on 6/1/2016 to Adopting Mobile GIS
ESRI Collector Supports High-Precision GNSS
Esri has been chasing the rest of the mobile GIS app world for a long time.  But, with this summer’s update that adds on-the-fly datum transformations, Collector catapults itself above almost all competitors in the GNSS interface category.  We are excited to spend more time in the Collector work flow with RTK equipment, but hope that Collector continues to develop additional functionality to keep up with competitors that have more robust data forms.

RTK Setup with Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS

Posted by Matt on 5/3/2016 to Knowledge Base
RTK Setup with Eos Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS
Video tutorial for setting up RTK corrections with the Arrow 200 and Arrow Gold for iOS.

Field Testing Submeter Bluetooth GPS and GNSS

Posted by Matt on 4/1/2016 to Conference Presentations
Field Testing Submeter Bluetooth GPS and GNSS
This talk was presented at the 2016 CalGIS conference in Anaheim.  It highlights our field testing of Bluetooth GPS and GNSS receivers for submeter field work.

FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet

Posted by Matt on 3/29/2016 to Drones
FAA Increases UAV Nationwide COA Ceiling to 400 Feet
Today the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has announced that the “blanket” altitude authorization of 200 feet for Section 333 exemption holders has been increased to 400 feet.  This essentially doubles the approved commercial UAV flight height legally defined by the FAA.  While our testing has found that for orthomosaic creation the ideal height for a 12MP camera, like the one on the DJI Phantom 3, is about 200 – 250 feet, this new ruling by the FAA opens things for infrastructure inspections. 

Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?

Posted by AFS on 3/17/2016 to Knowledge Base
Mobile GIS: What to do with a GPS Antenna?
One of the things professionals have to get used to when they switch from submeter handheld GNSS equipment to mobile GIS workflows with submeter GNSS receivers is their antenna.  The important thing to keep in mind is the antenna needs to “see” as much sky as possible and preferably at all times.  Below we present a few methods for working with the external antennas used with Bluetooth GPS and GNSS receivers.

Arrow GNSS Interface App

Posted by AFS on 3/1/2016 to Product News
Arrow GNSS Interface App
At Anatum Field Solutions, our group prides itself on being both agnostic to equipment manufacturers and using this equipment in the field.  We don’t do as much field work as we did working as biologists and environmental consultants before we started this company, but we still do a lot of field testing of equipment both independently and with our clients around the United States. 

Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared

Posted by Matt on 2/18/2016 to Knowledge Base
Bluetooth GPS/GNSS For Mobile GIS Field Tested and Compared
As an agnostic reseller and rental company of GPS equipment for use with Mobile GIS workflows, it is important that we know how the market performs.  There are a multiple Bluetooth-capable GPS and GNSS receivers on the market now and we tested and compared them in real-world settings on our GPS Test Course.  These field tests compared the accuracy and precision of Bluetooth submeter-rated GNSS receivers under conditions that ranged from open-sky to heavy canopy cover. 

Geneq iSXBlue II Receiver Interface App Tutorial

Posted by AFS on 2/16/2016 to Tutorial Videos
Geneq iSXBlue II Receiver Interface App Tutorial
Tutorial video for the Geneq iSXBlue II GNSS receiver on iOS.