GIS Mobile Mapping
Basic overview of Mobile Mapping
When you combine global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information system (GIS) technology together you get a powerful tool better known to most in the Geomatics industry as Mobile Mapping. This combined technology allows users to visualize information with existing digital data, record new information exactly directly at the source, and interact directly with the world around you.
Over the past few years the main process of collecting field data included gathering and using information with a paper-based process that quite often involved a lot of data entry without access to real-time information.
The recent advancements in GIS and GPS technologies have changed many of the field-based information gathering processes and increased the efficiency and accuracy with which field users collect and use spatial information.
There are several different software and hardware combinations suitable for mobile mapping tasks that are currently available and range from simple inexpensive to more complex setups.