Esri announced the availability of the Trimble R1 Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver for collecting professional-grade GPS data with Collector for ArcGIS. The GNSS receiver is rugged certified MIL-STD-810, IP65 rated, compact, and lightweight and provides professional-grade positioning information to iOS, Android, or Windows mobile handhelds, smartphones, and tablets using Bluetooth connectivity for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities.
"We're very pleased that Esri will distribute the R1 GNSS receiver to its customers," said Ron Bisio, general manager of Surveying and Geospatial at Trimble. "Offering a complete, integrated solution that provides accurate data collection enables Esri and Trimble's joint customers to build a better and more reliable asset inventory."
Some users of Collector for ArcGIS on consumer-grade mobile devices might find their GPS to be less accurate than they need it to be. Now the locational precision of mobile devices can be enhanced via Bluetooth connected to the Trimble R1 GNSS receiver. The receiver is capable of supporting multiple global satellite constellation systems, including GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and BeiDou, and delivers GNSS positions in real time without the need for postprocessing.
"Collector for ArcGIS is used by organizations to collect and update GIS data in the field," said Esri product manager Jeff Shaner. "Many of our customers like the ease of use of Collector for ArcGIS on consumer handheld devices. Paired with the Trimble R1 GNSS receiver, users can now capture GIS data on their smartphones and tablets that meets the more stringent spatial accuracy requirements of their organization."
Designed for GIS professionals in a variety of organizations, the stand-alone Bluetooth Trimble R1 GNSS receiver enables users to collect high-accuracy location data with Collector for ArcGIS on an existing device—whether it's a modern smart device, such as a mobile phone or tablet, or a traditional integrated data collection handheld or tablet. The receiver can be pole mounted, carried in a vest pocket, or attached to a belt using the optional belt pouch for ease of use.