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Ricoh unveils G800SE camera

Ricoh unveils G800SE, a rugged camera to streamline critical information workflow

Digital camera with barcode and GPS capability
embeds important business information into photo files

MALVERN, PA, Oct. 27, 2014 Ricoh Americas Corporation today unveiled major improvements to its innovative water-, dust- and shock-resistant camera, which includes an innovative barcode reading capability that helps streamline workflows across a wide range of industries.

The new Wi-Fi- and Bluetooth-enabled RICOH G800SE enables dynamic information capture in industries such as automotive, logistics, government, healthcare, emergency services and more. For example, a car dealership can scan the barcode on a new car, photograph the vehicle, and have the photograph and vehicle information flow directly to the dealership website for customers to see. This new workflow saves hours of painstaking information retrieval and organization. With a standard camera, clerks would need to manually match images to each car, introducing the possibility of error at every step.

“By embedding critical data into images, the RICOH G800SE epitomizes information mobility, the ability for employees to access just the information they need in the form they need it to make important decisions,” said Matt Sakauchi, Vice President, Technology Marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. “This is just one way we’re making customers’ business information work for them in this new world of work.”

The RICOH G800SE includes a host of upgrades over the previous generation of ruggedized Ricoh wireless-enabled camera, the RICOH G700SE. For example, a higher-resolution image sensor provides a new ability to capture images under low-light conditions. The RICOH G800SE also takes advantage of higher wireless transmission speeds and the more secure “enterprise” Wi-Fi increasingly seen in healthcare facilities and government agencies. It leverages the Protected Extensible Authentication Protocol (PEAP), an emerging standard in enterprise wireless security.

A flexible password lock feature enables organizations to create separate passwords for administrators and users with each one unlocking different sets of permissions. A smartphone connection enables users to remotely operate the camera via their mobile devices. Using a smartphone or tablet, they can preview, zoom, shoot and capture image data, including GPS position. The capability is ideal for surveillance applications.

Organizations can manage fleets of RICOH G800SE cameras via remote management software with the ability to upgrade firmware, adjust camera settings and update memo functions. An alternative for camera configuration is distributing SD cards with prescribed settings.

Like its predecessor, the RICOH G800SE includes a powerful memo capability that enables users to record up to 20 text or voice information fields as memos embedded in the photo file. The camera is available without wireless and GPS functions as the RICOH G800. An optional laser barcode scanning feature on the G800SE speeds reading of barcodes and enables reading in dark places.

Trimble Positions Desktop Add-in for ArcMap

What's New

This release contains some new functionality that we’re excited to share with the user community. At the high level, Trimble has made significant changes in the Trimble Positions Desktop add-in to not only provide better support for ArcGIS for Windows Mobile and ArcPad workflows by addressing user feedback, but also to provide a much stronger Esri integration story for Trimble TerraSync™ users.


  •        Support for TerraSync workflows.
  •        New wizard for project creation and editing.
  •        Session Processor utility for automation.
  •        Support for MSL (Main Sea Level) heights in addition to HAE (heights above WGS84 ellipsoid).
Additional information is available in the release notes:

ArcGIS 10.3 Now Available

Map Like a Pro!

Esri has announced that ArcGIS 10.3 is now available. ArcGIS 10.3 is a major release that will help you discover, make, use, and share maps from any device, anywhere, at any time.

ArcGIS 10.3 includes new apps and enhancements that will boost your efficiency and extend the impact of your work in your organization. Here are some of the highlights:

ArcGIS Pro - Your New ArcGIS for Desktop App
ArcGIS Pro reinvents desktop GIS. This brand new 64-bit desktop app lets you render and process your data faster than ever. With ArcGIS Pro, you can design and edit in 2D and 3D, work with multiple displays and layouts, and publish maps directly to ArcGIS Online or Portal for ArcGIS.

More Tools for ArcMap
At 10.3, ArcMap is better than ever with improvements like new analysis and automation tools, infographics capabilities, and tools for managing your data more efficiently. You can even run any version of ArcMap side by side with ArcGIS Pro.

Get Your Work into the Hands of More People with Web GIS
Since the 10.2 release, ArcGIS for Desktop comes with an ArcGIS Online account that lets you share your work through a suite of ready-to-use apps. Now with ArcGIS 10.3, you can have that same web GIS capability on your own infrastructure. How? At 10.3, ArcGIS for Server Standard or Advanced entitles you to Portal for ArcGIS. Portal for ArcGIS unlocks the full suite of ArcGIS apps so that everyone in your organization can leverage your GIS work.

Learn more about the new features in ArcGIS 10.3.

Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC® Used to Measure Largest Trees in the World

Hyampom, CA — Juniper Systems’ Archer Field PC® was recently used to measure some of the largest trees in the world. Juniper Systems rugged handhelds are used for a wide variety of applications due to their extreme ruggedness, high quality, and renowned reliability.

California Big Trees Coordinator, Michael Taylor, is a member of The Native Tree Society (NTS), a group of outdoor enthusiasts known as “Tree Hunters.” Members of this group search forand document trees of immense stature, old age, and unique characteristics. Recently, Taylor used the Archer Field PC®, along with Laser Technology Inc.’s MapSmart software and laser rangefinder to map tree footprints. To accomplish this, Taylor used the equipment to collect tree measurements and map thousands of points on each tree. He then created 3D surface point clouds of the tree trunks in Microsoft Excel to determine volume, and used these points to create a tree footprint.

“I realized other uses for the Archer/MapSmart survey package in tree measurement that could not be performed better with other equipment,” said Taylor. “One function the Archer/MapSmart appears to be particularly adept for is footprint mapping of trees, especially in remote, cluttered, forested environments. I have not found a better set of tools for the job.” Taylor’s complete notes on his tree footprint mapping experience with the Archer may be found on the Native Tree Society BBS.

“Juniper Systems rugged handhelds are designed to operate in a wide variety of extreme environments,” said Trevor Brown, Market Manager of Natural Resources at Juniper Systems. “When a customer attests to our handhelds’ quality and ruggedness, it’s always very fulfilling—a kind of pat on the back.”

About Juniper Systems:

Based out of Logan, UT, Juniper Systems designs and manufactures rugged handheld computers and provides field data collection solutions for use in extreme environments. Since 1993, Juniper Systems has provided innovative mobile technology to natural resources, public works, geomatics, agriculture, industrial, and military markets. For more information on Juniper Systems products, please visit

Article originates on, July 2013.

Photographs and literature are available.

Trimble Introduces the New Yuma 2 Rugged Handheld Tablet

Product Overview Yuma 2 Trio

Unlike consumer products or tablets that have been given an exterior shell to make them “rugged,” the Trimble Yuma 2 is built rugged from the inside out, with IP65 protection from dust and water, and with military-grade MIL-STD-810G certification for temperature, altitude, humidity extremes, vibration and shock.

Using the Microsoft® Windows 7 Professional operating system and 4 GB of DDR3 DRAM, the Yuma 2 allows mobile users to work with the same documents and data as they do in the office.

Connectivity via Bluetooth®, Wi-Fi and optional dual-mode GSM or CDMA 3.75G cellular data module enables manageable and efficient workflows wherever your mobile workforce goes. The Yuma 2 tablet computer includes a dual-core 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor to run software applications fast and reliably.

The Yuma 2 includes two USB host ports, HDMI output and a matched set of long-life batteries for all day use in the field, with a set of even stronger extended life batteries available as an optional accessory. There are six keys including three user-programmable function buttons and a 5-way directional keypad.

For security, the Yuma 2 provides a built-in, certified Trusted Processing Module (TPM) encryption module to allow security programming for Wi-Fi and direct connect authentication. A Kensington security port provides your workers with the ability to physically secure the Yuma 2 using a variety of Kensington computer security products.

The Yuma 2 is available in 4 models and 3 color combinations.

New Bright Sunlight Readable Display

The Yuma 2 features a new patent-pending dual technology display system created specifically to enhance the sunlight readability of the Yuma 2. No matter how bright or direct the glare, the Yuma 2 provides a clear, easy-to-read workspace. The full-color, seven inch screen resides under a Gorilla® Glass panel that is just as tough as the rest of the tablet.

With the multi-touch capacitive touchscreen, users can type with fingers, stylus or capacitive gloves and can control the size of the keyboard on the display for ease of use. Controlled zoom can optimize the user experience with maps and detailed information. The display can be used vertically or horizontally and is configurable to hold the orientation or to alter it in response to the accelerometer.

Enhanced Features of the Yuma 2

The GPS Receiver is accurate to 2 to 4 meters with SBAS, and the Yuma 2 supports connecting an external GPS antenna that can be utilized when users are on foot or inside a vehicle.

The 5 megapixel camera captures photos and videos, features autofocus and an LED flash, and the camera software can automatically include time and location data from the GPS receiver. Smart lithium-ion batteries power the Yuma 2 for 8 hours in typical use, and the optional Extended Battery Set enables up to 16 hours of use1.

Trimble MCS announced the Yuma 2 rugged computer and related accessory products on October 29, 2012. Product shipments will commence the week of November 14, 2012. See our Web store for details.

Trimble Introduces the New Juno T41 Handheld Computer

Juno T41, Gray, AndroidThe new Trimble Juno T41 handheld is a rugged GPS device that has the look and feel of a smartphone. The T41 is thinner and lighter than any other rugged handheld products today. The Juno T41 handheld computer offers 3.75G voice and data option and can be purchased with either Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 or Android 2.3.4 'Gingerbread' OS.

The initial launch of the Trimble Juno T41 computer features:

  • Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 or Android 2.3.4 "Gingerbread" operating system in choice of 10 languages
  • Multi-touch user interface with capacitive stylus compatibility
  • 8 MP camera with dual LED flash and geo-tagging
  • 3.75G cellular data, SMS text and voice capability option 
  • Bluetooth and Wi-Fi® b/g/n
  • 4.3" WVGA sunlight-readable Gorilla® Glass display
  • GPS receiver with typical 2-4 meter accuracy
  • Accelerometer and Electronic Compass
  • Fully rugged design with IP65 or IP68 rating
  • 800MHz or 1 GHz processor with up to 512MB RAM
  • Up to 16 GB non-volatile onboard flash storage, plus microSD card slot
  • Built-in rechargeable 3300 mAh lithium-ion battery

The Trimble Juno T41 is available for order now with shipments beginning in September 2012.

GPS Analyst Extension is not yet compatible with ArcGIS 10.1

If you are a current user of GPS Analyst Extension for ESRI ArcGIS desktop software then you should not update to the current release of ArcGIS v10.1 just yet. GPS Analyst is only compatible with ESRI ArcGIS for Desktop software version 10 or earlier.

Trimble is currently working on a solution. As Trimble adds support for ArcGIS 10.1, GPS Analyst users that are still under a maintenance agreement will be able to convert at no additional cost.

It is recommended that if you are using a workflow that includes Trimble GPS Correct extension for ESRI ArcPad and GPS Analyst extension for ESRI ArgGIS, that you continue to ESRI ArcMap version 10 at this time. More information coming soon.


Trimble Announces New Trimble Positions Software Suite

Announcing New Addition to the Trimble Positions Software Suite

More information coming soon.


Trimble has announced the Trimble®Positions™Mobile extension—a new streamlined choice for integrating Trimble’s professional field solutions and data verification into the Esri ArcGIS for Windows Mobile® environment.

The Trimble Positions software suite was first introduced as a development kit to Trimble’s GISTrimblePositions developer community in late 2011. Today, the suite has expanded to provide a streamlined option for users who wish to work directly with Esri’s ArcGIS for Windows Mobile technology.

 “Now, common Trimble and Esri users have a streamlined workflow between their Trimble devices and the Esri mobile software environment,” said Daniel Wallace, General Manager of Trimble’s GIS Data Collection Division.“Because all data is verified and validated before it reaches Esri’s Enterprise GIS, each update adds value, making the geodatabase more reliable and more useful.”

This release adds real-time and postprocessed corrections support for Trimble’s market-leading GNSS receivers, including the Trimble GeoExplorer®, Juno®, Nomad®, and Pro series receivers.

Trimble Positions is the smart way to ensure your mobile GIS is only populated with the best quality data.

Top 10 Productivity Improvements in ArcGIS 10.1

ESRI International User Conference 2012

By ESRI UC on July 23, 2012

An Esri UC plenary tradition is the presentation of the top 10 advancements in ArcGIS. This year, Esri’s Ismael Chivite shared developers’ favorites at ArcGIS 10.1.

ArcGIS10.1 Blog 1

Geoprocessing tools are four to five times faster at ArcGIS 10.1

1. Sharing—As a complete system, ArcGIS allows anyone in your organization to leverage your work. You can connect the world of desktop to a server. Once you have web services running, you can automatically register your desktop work with your organization and with ArcGIS Online. GIS services can be used in any ArcGIS application, such as ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Explorer Online, in the free, configurable viewer apps for Flex and Silverlight, in the Viewer, or in custom web applications that have been built with ArcGIS APIs for Flex, JavaScript, or Silverlight.

2. Improved server functionalityArcGIS for Server has an out-of-the-box tool that authors high quality maps on the web. New print tool allows the user to pick the title and set scale.

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3. Performance improvements—The ArcGIS 10.1 geoprocessing tools are four to five times faster. Routing analysis can be completed on-the-fly. The new version has faster querying capabilities such as map/chart integration. As the user changes the map extent, the bar chart updates right along with it. With 10.1 comes higher scalability, a better user experience, and on-the-fly analysis.

4. ArcGIS 10.1 for Server executes on a 64-bit processing, native application architecture.

5. Editor tracking on the web—Features are tagged with the editor’s name. The author can set ownership and control who can edit what. The editor tracking tool records information about who made changes to datasets and when the edits were performed.

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6. Editing enhancements—A new editing tool automatically aligns shapes. An editor tracking tool tracks every transaction in the geodatabase. New editing tools help the user integrate datasets and work with shared boundaries.

7. Geodatabse version dialog—A new geodatabase dialog box lists displays all the versions in your database. You can also find who has connected to the database, from which machine, and when.

8. Coordinates tool—Type in coordinate UTMs that are relevant to the current area of interest in the map. Type a keyword for the coordinate system and apply a spatial filter to the coordinates relevant to your job.

9. Dynamic legends—ArcGIS 10.1 has legends that are dynamic, instantly changing along with the map extent. The legend changes only the relevant items.

10. Maplex is included in ArcGIS 10.1—Maplex is an advanced, rule-based text placement engine that controls label positioning.

Measurement Specialties Inc. Acquires Eureka Environmental

Measurement Specialties Inc. acquired Eureka Environmental, one of only a few water-quality multiprobe manufacturers with world-wide credibility. Eureka instruments are known for ease of use, economical operation and technical excellence. Eureka has a full line of water-quality multiprobes and a selection of two dozen different sensors.  The multiprobes are supported with durable field data displays and turn-key cellular or satellite data telemetry systems.

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