How to Connect the Juniper Systems Geode to the Trimble TDC100 Running Esri Collector

The Trimble TDC100 runs the Android OS, so it’s important that before you begin, make sure to get the Geode Connect App from the Play Store.   This app allows you to configure the settings inside the Geode.  Here are the recommended settings: Turn on the Juniper Systems Geode On the TDC100, tap the Menu […]

Work or Play? Mapping Baseball Fields with Laser Technology

It’s not every day one gets to spend on home plate at AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play baseball in front of thousands of spectators at the field and millions watching on TV. When a client came to Elecdata asking for a more efficient and accurate way to map assets and features surrounding […]

Elecdata Receives 333 Exemption for Commercial UAS Operations

On July 15, 2015 Electronic Data Solutions (Elecdata) was granted a Section 333 exemption from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) which allows Elecdata to legally operate the Trimble UX5 and the UX5 HP for commercial purposes. A long time in the making, this is an exciting milestone for Elecdata who intends to market UAS products […]

Differential Correction Sources: SBAS, RTK Base Stations, and Real-time GNSS Networks

We get a lot of questions about how to improve in-the-field accuracy with GNSS equipment.  Many new or less-experienced users suspect that when a device is marketed to provide 10 cm or 1 cm level accuracy, that it provides that right out of the box.  When you pay a pretty penny for a high-end machine […]

The New Trimble R1 GNSS Receiver is Small but Powerful

Smart devices such as iPads and Android tablets are becoming more and more popular for collecting GIS data in the field.  They are affordable, readily available, and powerful and offer benefits that GIS folks like such as a larger view for displaying imagery and completing an attribute form.  The “tablet craze” as you might call […]

Satellites Galore! What We Launch Into Space and GPS Modernization

Today there are hundreds of satellites orbiting Earth.  A portion of those are Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) like GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), Galileo (European Union), and COMPASS or BeiDou (China).  But there are many other reasons governments and commercial interests want to put birds in the sky: imagery capture, communications, television broadcasting, weather monitoring, intelligence […]

Chase Fly, Michael Clancy, and Cliff Askew from Elecdata at the UX5 Training in Boise.

Elecdata Hits the Skies with the Trimble UX5

Unmanned Aerial Systems continue to make the news almost daily and we at Elecdata are anxious to see the FAA open the skies up to commercial use of the technology for mapping and surveying.  The FAA has said it will release an initial draft of regulations for operating small drones (sUAS) by the end of this […]

Beautiful Idaho Story Map

Elecdata’s ArcGIS Online site is gaining content.  My favorite addition is the Scenic Byways of Idaho Story Map.  Use the tools in the floating window to scroll through the scenic drives, view videos and click on the many points of interest along the way.  We’d love to hear what you think. Need assistance making your own story map?  Give […]

The Latest Functionality in Esri’s Collector App and Trimble’s TerraFlex Software

Have you seen what’s new in the smartphone GIS data collection apps?  Here’s a quick overview of a couple of the highlights, and look for our detailed comparison coming later this month. In Esri’s Collector App, the search button now allows you to search for features in your map.  They have added the ability to […]

Should I Post Process My GPS Field Data?

The answer to this question may seem obvious. We all want to get the best data possible when using a GPS or GNSS receiver, right? So how can we accomplish that? Many of us are happy with real time corrections. But, what if real time corrections are not available? In North America, most of us […]