Romania Chooses Topcon

Topcon wins huge handheld geographic information systems (GIS) bid in Europe.

The country of Romania has acquired 530 hand-held GMS-2 GIS instruments from Topcon in what was described as one of the world’s largest GIS data collection system sales. Two Topcon distributors — the Czech exclusive distributor GEODIS BRNO and its Romanian daughter company GEODIS RO — were awarded the contract.

More than 40 local offices of the agriculture organization received training in the use of the GMS-2 as part of the project.

"That number of GIS units (530) is a large number, even if you take into account that already more than 1.2 million Romanian farmers submitted requests for EU-subsidies for their farmland since the beginning of 2007. The units will undoubtedly be used to their maximum," says Stefan Naumann, Topcon Europe GIS product marketing manager.

The Romania agency has "already performed monumental tasks related to land use mapping thanks to the in-time delivery of Topcon’s hand-held GMS-2. In a period of less than five months, 60,000 farms were surveyed and verified. All reports from local offices reflect satisfaction with the accuracy of the data collected as well as technical aspects of the equipment," Naumann says.

Aimed at the surveying and GIS professional market, Topcon’s GMS-2 GIS hand-held mobile data collection system is the industry’s first GIS-GPS (global positioning system) product with an integrated digital camera linking photos to feature locations; an electronic compass for bearing and direction information; and Dual-constellation tracking. The ag agency is using the GMS-2 as a mapping system, an L1 static survey grade receiver and a field controller.

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