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Field Data Collection Brought to Life in Africa

Field Data Collection Brought to Life in Africa

February 10, 2015

By David Basil

Recent studies have shown that 11 percent of households still remain without power in South Africa – which reinforces how challenging it is to provide access to electricity. Now, however, utility contractor Prime Electrical is working to enhance its field data collection capabilities to help bring electricity to rural areas in this region.  

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GPS: Handheld Is No Longer the Way to Go

GPS: Handheld Is No Longer the Way to Go

January 29, 2015

By David Basil

There are more than 2 billion smartphones in use today, and that number is expected to jump to 6 billion by the end of the decade, according to the GSMA (Groupe Speciale Mobile Association).

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Choosing a GPS Receiver

Choosing a GPS Receiver

January 29, 2015

By David Basil

The world of GPS receivers is incredibly complicated and overflowing with acronyms, but in the end you probably just have an accuracy level requirement that you need to meet.

First, do you even need a 3rd party receiver? In clear skies, iPhone, iPad, and Android devices with GPS's can usually reach 5m accuracy.

For engineers, surveyors, and other professionals, you may need accuracy beyond that.

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Democratization of Geospatial Data with Real ROI

Democratization of Geospatial Data with Real ROI

January 28, 2015

By George Demmy

It’s easy to fall into a trap of considering data for data’s sake. Knowledge is power, after all, and by democratizing data; you spread power to more places and more people.

To what end? When an organization considers the means to acquire, analyze and present data, the investment has to be driven by both its cost and its impact on the bottom line. By performance, more than power. In this case, performance means the Return-on-Investment (ROI) in democratized data.

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