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Also, Thales announced enhancements to its single-frequency survey system, ProMark2. Surveyors can extend their ProMark2 basemap coverage to any region around the globe by adding a MapSend WorldWide Basemap. Adding Worldwide basemaps to the ProMark2 does not erase the built-in basemap-it enables surveyors to have map coverage for areas not covered by the built-in map. New basemaps can be loaded and saved from a PC to the ProMark2 via a PC to GPS cable. Each basemap region, defined by the customer, contains the essential basic map features such as cities, highways, waterways, railroads, national boundaries and shorelines. Worldwide Basemap also includes basic topography contours, which can help surveyors stay oriented in their environment and find points of interest. Additionally, ProMark2 now includes 50 control points, an enhancement to the previous 16. Ashtech Solutions, sold in conjunction with ProMark2, contains fully editable coordinate system parameters.
All Thales enhancements are available through a free firmware download to existing customers from ftp.thalesnavigation.com/firmware. New customers will automatically receive all of these benefits upon purchase of a new survey system. (Thales, Santa Clara, Calif.)