November 27, 2007

Topcon GIS mapping areas of two California fires

Topcon and ESRI technology was used in the field mapping of the recent wildfires in Southern California... TPS, headquartered in Livermore, Calif., in a partnership with the Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI), supplied GMS-2s (geographical mapping system), spare batteries and battery chargers for accurate fire damage assessment in two major areas hit by the fires. The Topcon GMS-2 instruments were used to map burned acreage caused by the Canyon and Buckweed fires. Topcon’s GMS-2 is a unique device that speeds up field data collection. Typically, damage assessments involve the use of paper maps, forms, a GPS receiver, and a separate camera. With the GMS-2, all pertinent data can be recorded with one device. It eliminates the need to carry multiple items into the field, allowing emergency personnel to move about disaster scenes freely and easily - more info here.

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