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Topcon and GeoAge Expand Partnership

October 22, 2008

LIVERMORE, Calif. –After just more than a year of working with OEM partner GeoAge, Inc., Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) is expanding the company’s sales territory nationwide.

Florida-based GeoAge originally served as a Topcon certified GIS dealer in 10 states.

Richard Rybka, TPS’ GIS partner development manager, said, “Due to GeoAge’s success in deploying and supporting our bundled solution, this service is being expanded across the country.  This move will bring valuable access to excellent resources for adopting and successfully deploying GeoAge software on Topcon’s GMS-2 mobile mapping receiver to private and public agencies all over the country.”

GeoAge, located in Jacksonville, Florida, delivers mobility solutions that allow business and government end-users to gain a competitive edge by “providing access to real-time information,” Rybka said.

GeoAge’s FAST software (Field Adapted Survey Toolkit), allows users to quickly create customized data collection forms that match exactly how their specific business processes work.  The forms can be designed on site, capturing just the information the user requires in the format they need. When running on Topcon’s GMS-2 mobile mapping handheld receiver, GeoAge FAST users can incorporate digital image capture and accurate GPS coordinate locations in addition to other pertinent business information in their custom forms.

TPS offers advanced tools for GIS field data collection and maintenance.  The rugged, compact GMS-2 mobile mapping receiver is an integral piece of the TPS lineup of advanced GPS solutions.

The GMS-2 was the industry's first GIS-GPS product with:
  • An integrated digital camera linking photos to feature locations and attributes;
  • GNSS (dual-constellation) tracking;
  • An electronic compass for bearing and direction information; and
  • The functionality to be used as a standalone GIS mapping device or a field controller for high accuracy Topcon RTK systems and total stations.
Rybka said, “Our OEM partnership with GeoAge provides customers with a full-featured, time-saving GIS data collection solution.  GeoAge developed a version of FAST specifically for Topcon's GMS-2 to take full advantage of our device's integrated image capture and dual constellation GNSS tracking capabilities.

"This is a great combination,” Rybka said. "We are pleased to expand our working relationship with GeoAge to market and sell our leading-edge hardware and software solutions."

Jeff Arnold, president and CEO of GeoAge, said, “Topcon was first on the market to integrate photos and high precision GPS.  It has been a truly symbiotic relationship between our data collection software and the GMS-2.  We are excited to have the ability to promote their GMS-2 nationwide.  We also look forward to some exciting new devices coming from Topcon.”

For more information, visit www.topconpositioning.com and vwww.geoage.com.