Network RTK Base Station Solutions

posted Feb 4, 2015, 7:11 PM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 4:24 PM ]

Are you tired of paying expensive Network RTK subscriptions? Are you disappointed when your Network RTK service fails to deliver? Are you discouraged when told that there is no other way to obtain your high accuracy objective? It is time to take ownership! Halltech is proud to officially introduce three affordable, reliable, and easy to use Network RTK Base Station Solutions.
  • Permanent
  • Dynamic
  • Mobile  
Integrate with your existing rover or rovers. Tie into the Canadian Spatial Reference System NAD83 and vertical datum's HT2 or CGDV2013. Achieve repeatable horizontal and vertical centimeter accuracy in real-time! The Network RTK Base Station Solution starts at $8500 Canadian. Halltech also carries a unique rover solution. We are happy to demonstrate to you just how all this works. Contact us and discover why it is we have become trusted to serve public, profit, and non-profit sectors worldwide!    

Mapping While You Locate

posted Oct 28, 2014, 1:18 PM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 7:30 PM ]


Many of the underground utilities that surround you do not exist in an updated digital map format. At the time of construction technology did not allow for infrastructure to be documented in this way, but technology has since improved! Now a professional locator has the ability to update digital maps in real-time, while he or she provides the locate service.

It's as Easy as 1,2,3

All feature attribute information are collected with the click of one button. The vLocDM2 Series locator paired with the Bluetooth enabled SXBlue II GNSS receiver results in highly accurate X,Y and depth to ground measurements. The horizontal mapping accuracy of approximately 30 centimeters is much higher than the mapping accuracy of 2 to 5 meters that some have been accustomed to. With greater mapping accuracy, spatial analysts can better determine which underground utility exists at which specific property location.

Feature Attribute Information

Feature attribute information collected at the push of one button include: Field ID, Log Number, Date, Time, Distance, Depth, Current, Frequency, Mode, SD, Latitude, and Longitude. It is stored to the internal memory of the vLocDM2 Series locator with the option of also being stored to a handheld data collector such as the Panasonic Toughpad JB-T1. The handheld data collector also enables the user to view themselves in real-time on a map, but for this a cellular service is required.

Call Before You Dig

Underground utilities such as gas, electric, phone and cable utilities surround you. When you dig deep, there is always a risk that these underground utilities can be damaged. The result of this can be very expensive and sometimes fatal. It is extremely important to call Ontario One Call before you dig. Phone operators will send to your property a professional locator to determine where exactly these underground utilities exist.


Motion Computing R12 Rugged Tablet PC Platform Overview

posted Sep 3, 2014, 7:09 AM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 10:35 AM ]


The performance driven, feature rich, and reliable R12 Rugged Tablet PC is ideal for the working professional who seeks to transition easily between field, vehicle, and office environments throughout their workday.  

With Intel Core technology and up to 8GB of RAM, the R12 Rugged Tablet PC will easily compute field and office software applications intended for use with the Windows 7 and/or Windows 8 operating system.  The Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 7260 Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.0 module and the optional Sierra Wireless EM7355 4G LTE Mobile Broadband modem allow for fast and efficient wireless data transfer. 

The R12 Rugged Tablet PC includes a capacitive 12.5 inch 10-point touch HD display, an 8.0 MP rear-facing camera, and a 2.0 MP front-facing camera, as well as SnapWorks productivity software.  Snapworks productivity software allows the user to easily capture, annotate, document, and share images.  Upon purchase the R12 Rugged Tablet PC can be configured to include a short range RFID reader, a barcode scanner/ imager, and a dedicated GPS module.  It can also be configured to include additional productivity software such as Blank IT and Bluebeam, as well as added security software such as Absolute Computrace.

The R12 Rugged Tablet PC can be used in nearly any outdoor condition.  It comes standard with View Anywhere Display technology and an ingress protection rating of 54 (IP54).  It includes a 3 year warranty against manufacture defects with the option of 5 year complete coverage.  The hot swappable Lithium Ion Standard battery with 43WHr capacity will allow for approximately 9 hours of battery life when under ideal conditions.  

With many configurations, software options, and accessories to choose from the R12 Rugged Tablet PC is sure to surpass your expectations.    

Product Specifications

A New Frontier in Field Data Collection and Management

posted Mar 27, 2014, 8:03 AM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Nov 11, 2014, 10:21 AM ]

If you are a Canadian and you are or were at some point a Field Mapping Technician, it is likely that ESRI’s ArcPad was the first field mapping software you ever used.  I remember in early 2000 when myself and nearly two dozen colleagues set out to map mosquito breeding sites.  This service was part of what would be the first West Nile virus control program to be deployed in Canada.  ArcPad was installed on Windows Mobile handheld devices.  At the end of each day edits where physically synchronized with a Windows PC and then checked in and checked out of ArcGIS.  Human health was on the line therefore data validation took precedent.  Within twenty-four hours dynamic maps and attribute data where made available to those with online internet access.  In early 2000 these methods were considered to be ground breaking.  It was a time before the smart phone and the tablet; before iOS, Android and the cloud.   Yet fifteen years later, even though technology has improved dramatically, many of us still subscribe to this classical field data collection and management method.

To the many of us, I ask the following questions:
  • Does your employer provide to you a smart phone or tablet?  
  • Does your employer already subscribe to a cloud computing service (any cloud computing service)?  
If you answered yes to these questions, I am happy to tell you that you and your employer are already in a position to embark on a new frontier in field data collection and management.  

Talk to your local ESRI Canada Representative about:
Talk to a Halltech Technical Sales and Support Representative about:
For those of you who do not yet know, Halltech is a supplier of GPS/ GNSS and rugged computing technology and a long-time member of the ESRI Partner Network.  This year Halltech is proud to announce the release of the iSXBlue Series.  One will easily Bluetooth the iSXBlue II GNSS receiver to their smart phone or tablet and can achieve less than thirty centimeter horizontal position accuracy.  The iSXBlue series is compatible with the iOS, Android, and Windows operating system.  Collector for ArcGIS is supported.  


Our Kept Secret- The New and Improved ikeGPS

posted Dec 3, 2013, 2:02 PM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Apr 11, 2015, 10:40 AM ]

I must admit, this is one of my best kept secrets. As a technical sales and support representative with a diverse range of GIS experience, my boss reminds me that it is my duty to share this secret. In exchange for your valued business and with the Christmas holiday just around the corner, please consider this secret to be a gift from me to you. Perhaps somebody you know may stand to benefit from this secret also.

We all know that the more spatial data we collect the better informed our decisions will be; however, there are often barriers that inhibit our ability to capture all data in a manner that is cost effective. Such barriers can include poor GPS signal, difficulties associated with photograph integration, and an inherent complexity that comes with digital form development. In addition, there can be physical barriers that stand between the field technician and the feature to be mapped. Physical barriers can include an unsafe incline, dense vegetation, a water body, river, or stream; perhaps even heavy vehicle traffic. The cost associated with each of these barriers will vary from project to project. Often they are considered to be “a cost of doing business”. Well, not anymore my friend! Today the ikeGPS solution provides a modular hardware and software solution that is truly unique and cost effective.

Imagine you are to map a feature that is not easily accessible; maybe a tree or a utility pole on the opposite side of a fast flowing river. So, you have a couple of options: you might carry with you a Bluetooth enabled laser range finder, you might have an ability to manually offset the feature position from your current position, you might have access to updated satellite imagery allowing you to edit the feature position with some confidence, or you can walk back to your vehicle and cross the nearest bridge. These options will work; however, capturing multiple features this way is time consuming. ikeGPS enables rapid data collection. It has an integrated laser range finder that can accommodate a distance of up to 1000 meters and by use of complex algorithm it will automatically offset the feature position from the current position.

Imagine you are to map a feature where there is poor GPS signal. With the ikeGPS simply stand in an area where there is optimal view of satellites and proceed to capture multiple feature positions. With each feature the ikeGPS will automatically log a truly georeferenced photograph image. Furthermore, ikeGPS carries with it augmented reality technologies that allow one to easily measure and log a distance between two known points. This measurement is embossed into a photograph image. A photograph image is often used for validation, and yet the ikeGPS is capable of logging much more information even still. The opportunities are endless!

With ikeGPS comes ikeDesktop and ikeTools software. The combination of software allows for highly customizable and simple to deploy digital forms. What you see is what you get! With ikeDesktop installed onto a PC, use the mouse to click and drag the appropriate ikeTools and field types into a digital form template. IkeTools, specific to the capabilities of the ikeGPS, include: target position, local position, span height, and photo only. Field types include: text, numeric, pick list, check box and many more. Where applicable proceed to enter the appropriate attribute data. For example, using the field type “pick list” enter attributes the field technician will choose from. Ultimately, the digital form template is customized to meet the requirements of the project. Then proceed to save the digital form template. Connect the ikeGPS to the PC and deploy the digital form.

Data formats upon export include CSV, KML, XML, PDF, and GeoMark. For those of us who prefer the use of shape files and the geodatabase the ikeGPS is not yet capable; however, with the use of ArcGIS for Desktop by ESRI a CSV and KML file is easily exported or converted to a shape file and so on.

So there you have it. My best kept secret. Today the ikeGPS is heavily marketed toward the utility industry, but I know there are far more of you out there who can benefit from this unique solution. Halltech is proud to be the longest running Authorized Dealer of ikeGPS in North America. This year marks our ten year anniversary. During this time, we have witnessed a significant product transformation and it is with utmost confidence that we recommend the ikeGPS to our customers.

For more information on the ikeGPS, click here. If you wish to see a demonstration of the ikeGPS please contact us. If within close proximity to Guelph, Ontario, I am happy to personally demonstrate the ikeGPS at your office or work site location. For your convenience, our ikeGPS rental kit is available to all Canadian provinces.  I look forward to hearing from you.


SXBlue II GNSS Receiver

posted Jul 24, 2013, 8:11 AM by Halltech Assistant   [ updated Apr 11, 2015, 10:43 AM ]

Please bring your attention to the improved SXBlue II GNSS receiver.  It is part of what is considered to be the most cost-effective Mapping and GIS solution available in South Western Ontario today.  With this receiver, under ideal conditions, our customers achieve less than 30 cm horizontal accuracy without need of subscription or post-processing. This Bluetooth enabled receiver is compatible with Windows and Android operating systems. It is fit for use with a variety of rugged PDA handheld and field mapping software types; however, it is most often supplied with the Trimble Juno T41 and ESRI’s ArcPad Field Mapping Software

Our customers that have purchased the SXBlue II GNSS receiver in the last twelve months include the University of Waterloo, Wilfred Laurier University, McMaster University, as well as numerous municipal governments, and environmental and agricultural consulting firms.  The receiver is used to conduct research and to map assets.  

“As a wetland ecologist, I need a GPS system that gives me reliable sub-meter accuracy in real time. The SXBlue II GNSS receiver paired with ArcPad software not only meets my needs for precision in the field, it also has the capability to provide simple outputs for quality control so I can trust my readings”.

Dr. R.C. Rooney
University of Waterloo

For more information on the SXBlue II GNSS receiver, click here.  If you wish to see a demonstration of the SXBlue II GNSS receiver please contact us.  If within close proximity to Guelph, Ontario we are happy to demonstrate at your office or work site location. The SXBlue II GNSS is available to rent also.  We look forward to hearing from you.


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