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Trimble TDC600 integrates smartphone and GIS data collector

May 22, 2019  - By
Photo: Trimble

Photo: Trimble

Trimble has introduced the TDC600 handheld, an ultra-rugged, all-in-one smartphone and GNSS data collector for geographic information system (GIS) and field inspection applications.

The next-generation smartphone data collector runs on an Android 8.0 operating system. It has a bright sunlight-readable 6-inch display, 2.2-GHz processor, 4-GB memory and an enhanced capacity all-day battery.

More powerful and with a longer lasting battery than its predecessor, the TDC600 handheld supports the Trimble Catalyst GNSS positioning service that delivers subscription-based accuracy on demand for Android devices.

In addition, the TDC600 can be used with external receivers such as the Trimble R2 and R1 GNSS receivers, and also features a built-in GNSS receiver that supports GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou constellations plus satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) capabilities for real-time positioning.

The TDC600 is built for GIS users in organizations across a variety of industries —environmental management, utilities and government agencies. With Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and 4G LTE cellular connectivity that supports data and voice calls, field workers are able to use the TDC600 as they would any consumer smartphone, communicating between the field and office, sending emails and texting.

Featuring a slim, lightweight and ergonomic pocket-size form factor, the TDC600 fits in a user’s hand with a fitted strap providing extra security. Constructed to meet military (MIL-STD-810G) specifications, the durable design absorbs drops and shocks, and works in harsh weather conditions, without the need for a protective case.

The TDC600 integrates seamlessly with Trimble’s data collection applications —Trimble TerraFlex] software and Trimble Penmap for Android software — as well as third-party apps such as Esri Collector for ArcGIS.

With its Google Mobile Services certification, users can run Google core applications and access apps on the Google Play Store to personalize their device.

“The global mobile workforce is growing, and field personnel are constantly tasked with capturing and computing large amounts of data in more places with greater accuracy, requiring powerful and reliable data collection methods,” said Rachel Blair-Winkler, business area manager for Trimble Mapping & GIS.

“A professional turnkey solution such as the TDC600 handheld running Trimble data collection apps paired with the Trimble Catalyst service fulfills this requirement,” Blair-Winkler said. “Our customers now have a powerful, comprehensive and cost-effective entry-level system to collect and retrieve highly accurate GIS data virtually anywhere in the world.”

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.