Desktop and smartphones with GPS

Trimble announces field data collection and collaboration system

Trimble announced the availability of MyTopo Terrain Navigator Pro Enterprise (TNPe), a GIS application designed to facilitate collaboration and position sharing in the field. 

During search and rescue operations, officials need to quickly gather reconnaissance large-scale deployments of personnel.  The information gathered by initial responders allows organizations to ensure that resources

are deployed to minimize danger to rescuers and speed recovery of victims. 

TNPe integrates desktop mapping software, a cloud connected mobile data collection platform (compatible with GPS-enabled iOS and Android devices) and a Web portal. Users can plan projects in the office, collect data in the field and access projects from the Web—simultaneously.

Geo-referenced data such as tracks, waypoints, photographs and video can be shared, updated in near real-time and displayed on included topographic, aerial/satellite or street base maps. Individual team members are permitted to view and manipulate data, and to locate fellow team members in the field or from the office.

"TNPe is designed to be deployed during large-scale search and rescue operations, environmental cleanups and multi-state conservation projects with teams using their mobile devices to collect and visualize data," said Larry Fox, business area manager for Terrain Navigator Pro in the company’s announcement. “TNPe synthesizes and displays collected data to speed in-the-field decision-making and creates a digital record of all field activity."

Brad J. Klemek, communications specialist, Urban Search and Rescue, California Task Force 3, who tested TNPe during training exercises conducted in Alaska last month, said "TNPe allows us to recon an area with pictures, notes and geolocations of points of interest. The information flows back to our planning team in near real-time, allowing a tactical action plan to be started while the recon team is still out."

The TNPe base price is $1,299 and includes two Windows desktop clients and 10 mobile/Web users combined with USGS topographic maps and aerial photos for the state purchased. TNPe can be scaled to meet multi-user, multi-state operations, the company said.

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