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True Mobile GIS for Everyone
MobileMapper 6 provides a complete set of all necessary features required by a mapping device for anyone who needs productive data collection and efficient asset management in the field. Unlike consumer-grade units, the low-cost easy-to-use MobileMapper 6 offeers full compatibility with popular GIS software to enable companies to select and use GIS software of choice.

Performance GPS
MobileMapper 6 GPS engine provides professional accuracy in real time and post-processing. This SBAS-enabled high-sensitivity GPS receiver computes and updates your position even in difficult conditions, such as under tree canopy and in urban surroundings.

Versatile Mobile GIS Solution
The MobileMapper 6 comes with Microsoft Windows Mobile 6 operating system, a color touch-screen, and it has Bluetooth for wireless connectivity. You can collect GIS/GPS points and maps via the GIS application of your choice: either a third party software or the proprietary Ashtech MobileMapper Field software. You can also navigate, get your direction from the integrated e-compass, and communicate wirelessly.

Field-proven Rugged Design
MobileMapper 6 fits comfortably in one hand and weighs less than eight ounces (224g). It is made for intensive outdoor use and can be dropped in the dirt or into water again and again without harm. It keeps working, and you won't lose any data.

Feature-rich Mapping Device
Embedded speaker and microphone make it easy to record audio files, for a rich archive of locations and projects. You can take pictures using the integrated 2-megapixel digital camera, use the e-compass to determine the camera orientation at the time the picture is taken, and use other Windows Office Mobile applications, all with a single device.

Software Options
MobileMapper Field software: Ashtech software provides easy-to-use and simple yet professional and effective GIS data collection capabilities. You can select this optional Mobile Mapping application to create and update maps for analysis and maintenance in a standard GIS system.

MobileMapper Office: Use this software option to differentially post-process raw GPS data collected with the Ashtech MobileMapper Field software. Through post-processing, the positions of every GIS feature you collect in the field can be improved to sub meter (< 1m) accuracy.

ESRI ArcPad (USA only): Mobile GIS and field mapping software for ArcGis users. (Bundle offer)

GPSDifferential for ArcPad 8: post-processing software extension for ArcPad 8. (Bundle offer)

MobileMapper 6 - Specifications

Product specifications

  • Constellation : GPS, SBAS
  • Channels : 12
  • Frequency : L1
  • Update Rate : 1 Hz
  • Data format : NMEA
  • Raw data output : No
  • Real-time Accuracy - SBAS mode (HRMS) : 1-2 m
  • Post-Processed Accuracy (HRMS) : <1m
  • Time to first fix : N/A
  • Initialization range : N/A
  • Processor : 400 MHz
  • Operating system : Windows Mobile 6.1
  • Communications : Bluetooth, USB
  • Unit size (mm / inches) : 14.6x6.4x2.9 cm
  • Weight : 224 g
  • Display : 2.7
  • Memory : 64MB SDRAM, 128 MB Flash, SD card
  • Temp Min (°C) : -20°C
  • Temp Max (°C) : +60°C
  • Waterproof : IPX7
  • Shock & vibration : 1 m drop
  • Power (type - lifetime) : Standard AA battery x2
  • Antenna Type : Internal / External
  • Firmware options : No
  • Software options : Yes

MobileMapper 6 - Support

Technical support

What is MobileMapper 6?

MobileMapper 6 is an entry-level mapping device from Ashtech. It is an affordable and easy-to-use, yet professional GPS/GIS receiver based on the Windows Mobile 6 operating system, and it provides a complete set of all necessary features and applications for productive data collection and mapping.

What is Windows Mobile 6?

Windows Mobile 6 is a Microsoft Windows operating system designed for mobile devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smartphones or handheld PCs. The Windows Mobile 6 is the latest available version from Microsoft, released in 2007.

What kind and size of processor does the MobileMapper 6 use?

MobileMapper 6 has Samsung S3C2442B43 CPU which is running at 400 MHz.

How much memory does the MobileMapper 6 come with?

The MobileMapper 6 comes with two types of internal memory:

  • RAM (Random Access Memory), very fast but “volatile” in that any program or data stored in RAM disappears when the computer is turned off
  • Flash memory is stored on an EEPROM (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read Only Memory) where the programs are permanently stored, but this memory is upgradeable

MobileMapper 6 includes 64 MB of RAM and 128 MB of Flash memory.

It also has an SD (Secure Digital) card slot for external memory cards. These cards can be used for storing maps for display on the MobileMapper 6 and for GIS data collected by the MobileMapper 6.

What is the maximum size of SD cards I can use with the unit?

Up to 4 GB SD (Secure Digital) cards can be used with MobileMapper 6. They can be regular SD or SDHC (SD High Capacity) cards. We recommend use of SanDisk SD cards.

What software is standard with MobileMapper 6?

MobileMapper 6 ships with the following applications (among others):

  • ActiveSync
  • Bluetooth manager
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Notes
  • External GPS (GPS COM port configuration)
  • File Explorer
  • E-mail messaging
  • Internet Explorer
  • Office Mobile: Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Pictures & Videos Viewer
  • Windows Media Player 

What is the battery life?

MobileMapper 6 can be powered for up to 10 hours of operation, depending on temperature and the use of the product: backlight on and off periods, backlight brightness, applications used (e.g. Bluetooth) as well as type of the batteries used (rechargeable vs. standard AA).

How accurate is MobileMapper 6?

MobileMapper 6 provides:

  • 2-5 meter accuracy in real-time with SBAS (WAAS, EGNOS, MSAS) corrections
  • Below 1 meter accuracy with post-processing

What GIS software comes with MobileMapper 6?

Because it is an open platform Windows Mobile 6 device, MobileMapper 6 allows you to choose the software that is right for you:

  • Our own MobileMapper Field software is available either in a bundle with the MobileMapper 6 device, or it can be purchased separately. In order to benefit from the post-processing option, a separate activation code has to be purchased, either together with the MobileMapper Field software or separately.
  • We offer MobileMapper 6 bundles with ESRI ArcPad software (for the US market only).

 Is the MobileMapper 6 compatible with the latest ArcPad 8 version?

Absolutely. ArcPad 8 is now compatible only with Windows Mobile OS based devices like the MobileMapper 6 which is running the Windows Mobile 6 OS. There is no issue with installing and using ArcPAd 8 on MobileMapper 6 platform.

Can I install other programs on MobileMapper 6?

MobileMapper 6 is an open platform allowing one to install theoretically any Windows Mobile 6 compatible software, whether a mapping application or not. Our ProCommunity web site ( provides a long, but not exhaustive, list of different 3rd party applications that are compatible with our platform.

Can I post-process MobileMapper 6 data?

Yes, it is possible when using our MobileMapper Field software. An additional activation code has to be purchased (either together with the MobileMapper Field software, or separately if you already possess Ashtech MobileMapper Field application) in order to collect raw data for post-processing. The post-processing of the raw data is then performed with the MobileMapper Office software which is included in the MobileMapper Field software CD.

Can I collect raw data for post-processing while using ArcPad 8 on MobileMapper 6?

Yes. Ashtech provides a post-processing extension called GPSDifferential for ArcPad 8, which allows collecting raw data for post-processing. Raw data collected through GPSDifferential for ArcPad 8 is stored in a Ashtech proprietary format. Therefore in order to post-process this data one has to use Ashtech MobileMapper Office software which is delivered together with the GPSDifferential for ArcPad 8 extension.


MobileMapper 6 - Application

Below is the list of applications targetted with this product.

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Updated: January 18, 2013


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