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National Park Service Selects GPS-Photo Link 06.13.2002

June 13, 2002
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GPS-Photo Link is a new tool for the National Park Service and parks around the country to link digital photos and GPS information.

The National Park Service (NPS) recently ordered another 30 copies of GPS-Photo Link. This purchase contributes to the nation-wide roll out of GPS-Photo Link as a new tool for the National Park Service and parks around the country to link digital photos and GPS information. To date, headquarters and individual NPS parks have purchased over 75 copies. Now national parks from Boston to Alaska will use GPS-Photo Link by GeoSpatial Experts to map assets quickly and simply.

Tim Smith, National Park Service GPS Coordinator states: "The NPS has a monumental task ahead of it. Over the next few years we will inventory every single facility in over 350 park units. GPS-Photo Link will help us complete this job in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost. GPS-Photo Link will allow us to meet our requirement that we have a digital photo and a geographic coordinate of every asset and much, much more."

When asked why NPS choose GPS-Photo Link Smith replied: "Price, functionality and flexibility. Flexibility is very important for our operations in the NPS"

The new features available in the recently released 1.1 version of GPS-Photo Link enhance that flexibility. Features include support for UTM, and MGRS, local grid coordinate systems, and the ability to convert to most datums worldwide. Now customers can use the maps in their own coordinate system without having to run a conversion utility. Watermarks on photos will also show local coordinate systems.

Perhaps the most anticipated feature is an ArcView extension. With the press of a button, points on maps are hot-linked to photos providing enhanced usability. "So many of our customers use ArcView that this is a natural step. It allows users to integrate GPS-Photo Link into ArcView" states Rick Bobbitt, Owner of GeoSpatial Experts.

The new features can be viewed by downloading a free trial version online at

GeoSpatial Experts will also be exhibiting at ESRI's International Users Conference in San Diego, July 9th 11th, booth #1216.


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