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Ashtech ProMark2 from Thales Navigation Adds Kinematic Capability 08.29.2002

August 29, 2002
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Surveyors can dramatically increase ROI with faster data collection, one-person operation and no line-of-sight requirement between points.

Thales Navigation, a leading global provider of GPS solutions including the Magellan consumer and Ashtech professional product lines, announced that its ProMark2 now offers kinematic capabilities, making it the first kinematic GPS survey system to combine precise positioning and street navigation capabilities in one compact solution. ProMark2, now with kinematic capability, delivers productivity and efficiency not previously available to surveyors. With data collection 100 times faster than static GPS systems, one-person operation and no line-of-sight requirement between points, ProMark2 can have a dramatic impact on the profitability of any survey project.

Positioning and Navigation in One
Locating and surveying hard-to-find-points is a snap with ProMark2. It features post-processed, centimeter-level survey capabilities and stand-alone, real-time, 3-5 meter reconnaissance and navigation.

The navigation mode assists surveyors in performing two important tasks: job-site location and point reconnaissance. Simply enter the coordinates or the point of interest address, and ProMark2 will display the location of the desired destination on a built-in map. In addition, the built-in map database allows users to see their position relative to highways, waterways, and railways, while displaying bearing, heading, distance, speed, and more.

Transitioning from finding the point to surveying it requires only a few keystrokes. The ProMark2 features an intuitive interface that enables simple and fast data collection. In the survey mode using the new Ashtech ProAntenna(TM) and Ashtech Solutions(TM) GPS post-processing software (L1), the ProMark2 survey system accurately establishes coordinates for new or existing points.

A Higher Level of GPS Productivity
ProMark2 with kinematic capabilities lets surveyors collect data up to 100 times faster than with a static GPS system. Topographic features can be collected as fast as with an optical total station but at half the price. ProMark2 is also about half the cost of other GPS surveying systems, and it provides additional long-term savings in manpower since only one person is required for operation and users can span long distances with single observations. A mobile user can move rapidly from point to point with as few as 15 seconds of occupation time.

As Easy to Learn and Use As Conventional Survey Equipment
Through easy-to-learn software, experienced and novice surveyors alike can unlock the productivity gains of GPS surveying with reliable, high-quality results. The ProMark2 display and software provide a level of usability not found in other professional grade GPS survey systems because of Thales Navigation's experience in developing GPS solutions for recreational use.

The ProMark2 surveying system with kinematic capabilities includes two ProMark2 GPS receivers and accessories, as well as antennas and cables, field bags, mounting brackets, measuring tapes, instruction manuals and more. Customers can purchase additional receivers to use with the same base station. Each system also includes one Ashtech Solutions version 2 post-processing software package.

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