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Knowing the GPS Receiver depends on how you will use the device. The number of different types of GPS tools have jumped in recent years because of the availability of mapping services. Depending the scale of your project, you may be able to rent a basic GPS receiver, but most heavy-duty jobs require a professional-grade GPS receiver. Here are factors to consider when choosing a GPS receiver to rent:
Some questions to ask yourself before renting a GPS Receiver:
1. Does your GPS need to be a part of a GPS data collection system?
2. Will your GPS need to work with a larger enterprise system?
3. What accuracy do I need for the project?
4. What is my price range?
If you need accuracy
Professional grade receivers are more precise than portable navigation devices. For this reason, professional grade receivers are more expensive than their portable counterparts. If you require placements within a meter or better to determine spatial measurements, you need a professional grade receiver.
Though mid-grade portable GPS receivers share certain features, specifically real-time differential correction, portable units do not have post process capabilities because of the lack of a robust hardware.
The three main differences between portable, non-professional and professional grade receivers are the following:
1. Better quality control (post processing, etc.)
2. Electromagnetic shielding
3. Enhanced antenna technology
If you are inside an urban area
If you plan to use the GPS receiver in an urban or busy environment, having a strong signal is important. Antennas on professional devices are designed to block out multi-channel signals. Before renting your GPS receiver, make sure it has the power required for your environment.
Choosing a compatible device
Before renting a GPS receiver, check the requirements needed for integration and compatibility. Some items to consider are the following:
1. Software compatibility
One of the crucial aspects of renting a GPS device, is making sure the software is compatible with your current system. Most professional-grade GPS receivers have a Windows-based operating system. If you need specialized functionality, it’s wise to consider application-specific software. For example, GeoSpatial Innovation’s Pocket Designer software for layout of utility pole installations.
2. Integration & hardware specifications
Knowing the duration of time you will be using your GPS receiver in one setting is helpful when choosing battery specifications on your device. Another feature to consider is the cable to connect the GPS receiver itself to your other devices. What does your set up need, or do you need adapters to make your setup work?
Common manufacturers of GPS Receivers include: Trimble, Seco, Accord, Acumen, Garmin, Geodetics, GPS Outfitters