Hardware: Mapping Grade GPS Recievers Print

Mapping grade receivers and mobile devices cover a wide range of accuracy and cost.  They are defined by their tight integration of GPS and GIS processes for data collection update. Key characteristics are the ability to -
* Collect distinct point, line and polygon features
* Record attributes or information for each feature
* Enforce data integrity via standardized input methods during data collection/update and
* Export GPS data into standard GIS storage formats for integration with other GIS datasets.

Below is a general overview of the Trimble line of mapping grade receivers with increasing accuracy and cost.


Juno, Nomad, XC, XB
The GPS receiver is embedded on a computer chip. This lowest range of accuracy is comparable to that of a recreational or consumer grade unit such as a Garmin. However, it is noted, the Garmin lacks the ability to collect GIS-ready data as defined above. 


Geo XM
Slightly higher accuracy levels are achieved by the ability to filter out GPS signals by PDOP, elevation mask & SNR as signals are received.

GeoXT, ProXT
Multipath signals can be filtered out via the addition of Trimble Everest Multipath Technology. Signals from the satellite are oriented in a left-handed chirality, which reverse upon bounce. This technology filters out right-handed, bounced signals.

GeoXH, ProXH
The internal antenna is able to receive dual-frequency carrier signals.  When combined with rigorous data collection and H-Star processing, sub-foot accuracy is attainable.  An optional, external Zephyr antenna has superior magnetic shielding to further minimize multipath signals and receiver noise. Sub-8" accuracy is possible. This accuracy approaches that seen in survey grade, yet survey grade devices lack the ability to collect GIS ready data. 

ProXRT
H-Star post-processing can yield sub-foot (30 cm) to 10 cm accuracy depending on proximity to a base station. Real-time accuracy of 10 cm is possible with VRS corrections, or Omnistar HP service.  Omnistar XP provides 20 cm accuracy in real-time, and Omnistar VBS provides sub-meter accuracy in real-time.

The table shows reported horizontal accuracies based on post-processing method and at  Trimble recommended settings.

PPM is one part per million. It is known that the distance between the base and the rover affects accuracy. At a degradation of 1 ppm, 100 mm (10 cm) of degradation occurs for every 100 km between the base  station and rover.