July 30, 2012 -- Geo Tactical Solutions, Inc. (GTS) expands product line of advanced GPS-enabled digital cameras to include Canon EOS digital SLRs. The DSLR cameras are coupled with a GeoMapr GPS module to achieve advanced geo-tagging capabilities that were previously only available in the Ricoh G700SE-M camera. In addition to the superior quality and functionality provided by a Canon DSLR, GeoMapr adds powerful features including GPS and compass heading, recording ‘object’ location, attaching descriptive ‘memos’ to images, integrating data with mapping/GIS applications, and SAASM GPS compatibility.
“We have had a lot of positive feedback from our customers in regards to the capabilities offered by the G700SE-M camera and wanted to make it possible to get those same capabilities into any digital camera, including our line of Canon EOS Digital SLRs such as the new 5D Mark III,” said Matt Kidd, President at Geo Tactical Solutions. “To accomplish this, we have enhanced the GeoMapr GPS module to work seamlessly with DSLR systems. Now, using any Canon EOS DSLR camera coupled with GeoMapr, the photographer can capture the critical who, what, when, where and why with a simple press of the shutter.”
Depending on the user’s requirements, GPS coordinates can be stored and/or converted into a variety of common formats including LAT/LONG, MGRS, decimal degrees, UTM, and State Plane. GeoMapr also records GPS track-logs and compass heading via its built-in electronic compass.
Recording Object Location
Laser range finders may be connected to the GeoMapr module via Bluetooth or cable connection to record distance and GPS coordinates of objects. This is done by combining the laser range finder’s data with GPS positional data to automatically calculate the location of an ‘object’ within a photograph.
GeoMapr supports up to 20 attribute fields for each image called ‘memos’ which are used to tag photographs with relevant information such as photographer’s name, operation ID, operation type, unit ID, and so on. This information, along with GPS coordinates, date and time, are automatically stored as metadata in each image file. “Memo fields are created and stored within the GeoMapr module before photographs are taken, thereby automating the process of capturing the who, what, when, where and why of each photo,” explained Andy Shannon, Director of Business Development at Geo Tactical Solutions. “Collecting this information not only transforms a photograph into a powerful source of information, it keeps photographs organized by common attributes and simplifies the mapping and reporting process.”
A Selective Availability Anti-spoofing Module (SAASM) is used to allow decryption of precision GPS coordinates in order to obtain accurate GPS readings in a GPS compromised environment. These secure and decrypted GPS signals can be recorded by connecting GeoMapr to a Defense Advanced GPS Receiver (DAGR).
GTS offers photo mapping and management software (PhotoGIS) along with their GPS-enabled camera solutions for mapping, editing and reporting photos collected in the field. With PhotoGIS, digital photographs collected using a GPS-enabled DSLR can be converted into a variety of file formats suitable for popular mapping applications such as ArcGIS, FalconView, GeoSuite, TIGR, and Google Earth.
About Geo Tactical Solutions
Geo Tactical Solutions is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) that provides advanced GPS cameras, GPS modules, photo mapping software and on-site training to government and commercial customers worldwide. Learn more at http://www.geotacticalsolutions.com/