The bundles, which include GPS-Photo Link photo-mapping software and GPS-enabled Ricoh 500SE cameras, are available at reduced prices to government agencies through the GSA Schedule.
THORNTON, Colorado, USA – GeoSpatial
Experts is pleased to announce the U.S. government has approved four of its
photo-mapping product bundles for direct purchase by federal agencies. The
bundles, which include GPS-Photo Link photo-mapping software and GPS-enabled
Ricoh 500SE cameras, are available at reduced prices to government agencies
through the GSA Schedule.
GPS-Photo Link bundles may be purchased from GeoSpatial
Experts via the GSA Advantage website at www.gsaadvantage.gov. The GSA contract
number is GS-35F-0350S. The product bundles are identified as GPS-Photo Pro
2504, 2509, 2604 and 2609. These bundles include a civilian version of the Ricoh
camera, which may not be used by U.S. military forces in theatre.
Already used by numerous federal and local government
agencies, the GeoSpatial Experts’ GPS-Photo Link software correlates digital
photographs with the locations where they were taken and then displays the
photos on GIS layers or on KML-based maps, such as Google Earth. The
photo-mapping software is often used in conjunction with the Ricoh 500SE camera,
which automatically geotags digital photos with location coordinates using an
attached GPS module.
“The GPS-Photo Link geotagging solution is used extensively
by government entities for asset management and disaster assessment,” said
GeoSpatial Experts President Rick Bobbitt. “Any application that requires the
acquisition of asset location and condition information at a point in time can
benefit from photo-mapping technology.”
Each of the four GeoSpatial Experts’ product bundles on the
GSA Schedule contains the GPS-Photo Link GIS Pro Series software, Ricoh 500SE
digital camera with WAAS-enabled SiRF III GPS module, 2 GB SD card, bag and
accessories. Bundle variations include an add-on directional Compass and
optional WiFi capability.
The Ricoh 500SE camera features include 8.0 mega pixel
resolution, Bluetooth, image stabilization, and 3x optical zoom with optional
attachments. The camera is ruggedized for harsh conditions. It has dust proof
armored glass, rubber casing, large buttons that can be used when wearing
gloves, and an easy-to-view 2.5-inch LCD screen. The Ricoh 500SE also has a Memo
Function allowing users to collect text memos while in the field as a part of
your photo EXIF header information - ten memo fields with 50 sub-categories per
The WAAS-enabled SiRF III GPS module affixes to the side of the
500SE, providing accuracy of 3-5 meters and fast fix times. The GPS information
is written directly into the photo image’s EXIF header. The optional WiFi
capability allows the photographer to wirelessly transmit photos from the camera
The SE-3 GPS/Compass module affixes to the side of the 500SE
to provide GPS location and direction information. The GPS and direction
information can be written directly into the image’s EXIF header. GPS-Photo Link
software uses this data to display the direction in which the camera was
pointing when the photo was taken.
GPS-Photo Link has been available since 2006 as a stand-alone
software product on the GSA Schedule. It has been used extensively by the U.S.
Fish & Wildlife, FEMA, National Parks Service, Department of Agriculture,
Army Corps of Engineers, Forest Service, NASA, USGS, Bureau of Reclamation and
Bureau of Land Management. In addition, the software is widely used among local
governments and utilities.
As stand-alone software products, GeoSpatial Experts offers
GPS-Photo Link in two editions – GPS-Photo Link: GIS Pro for geospatial
professionals mapping their photos in a true GIS environment such as ArcGIS, and
GPS-Photo Link Express for business users who map photos on a digital or
web-based map and generate reports from their photo inventories.
GeoSpatial Experts sells the software as stand-alone packages or
bundled with digital cameras and GPS receivers. To place an order, visit www.GeoSpatialExperts.com orwww.gsaadvantage.gov.
GPS-Photo Link Photo-Mapping Bundles Available on GSA Schedule
February 11, 2010