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Topcon FC-250: "˜Next-Generation' Field Controller Technology

February 5, 2010
The FC-250 is designed to give users increased power and performance in a rugged and compact unit.


LIVERMORE, Calif. – January 27, 2010 – Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces ‘next-generation’ field controller technology with its new FC-250. The FC-250 is designed to give users increased power and performance in a rugged and compact unit.

The FC-250 has the operating system power of the latest Windows Mobile Version 6.5. The PC performance with 806MHz processor and 256MB SDRAM is designed to significantly speed up data collection in the field. The FC-250 also has a built-in Bluetooth modem and wireless LAN capability as standard features.

Scott Langbein, TPS senior product manager, said, “The FC-250 is not a simple improvement over the successful FC-200. It offers improved graphics and user-interface as well as the highest PC performance ideal for handling video images. It offers a blazing-fast processor – lists work better, and the speed is fast.

“When used with Topcon’s IS Imaging Station, the FC-250 displays real-time images transferred from the IS via wireless LAN, allowing users to work with live images. This feature will certainly drive forward one-person survey technology,” Langbein said.

“While the FC-250 is extremely compact, it is truly ‘heavy duty.’ Rated at an IP66, inclement weather is not a deterrent to using the FC-250,” Langbein said.

Additional features of the FC-250 include: 

-- 3.7” touch-screen display;
-- Optional Spread Spectrum Radio (RS-1) can be attached;
-- Optional long-range Bluetooth modem (RS-1B) can be attached;
-- Quick access to swap the battery;
-- SD and CF card slots; and 
-- USB, and DE-9 com ports.

Langbein said, “Topcon has listened to customers and distributors to design this compact field controller with features that are invaluable to increased efficiency in the field. The FC-250 is a very rugged, advanced, affordable and powerful field controller for today’s market. The FC-250’s easy-to-navigate, intuitive user interface is another definite benefit that allows every user, including new Topcon users, to easily utilize full functionality of all Topcon GNSS receivers, total stations and Imaging Station.”


Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc. (TPS) designs and manufactures precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. TPS’ parent company, Topcon Corporation (Tokyo Stock Exchange – 7732), was founded in 1932.