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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.
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 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).
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 (http://procommunity.ashtech.com) 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.
Below is the list of applications targetted with this product.
Updated: January 18, 2013