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Mobile Mapper 10, first impression

After the acquisition of Ashtech by Trimble, Spectra has begun to promote Mobile Mapper products. The simplest of these is Mobile Mapper 10, which I want to take a look at this time.

Mobile Mapper Pro, CE and CX versions ended up but there’s still in the market the clip_image001last one. The popular Mobile Mapper 6 was launched since Blade technology appeared, this is the predecessor of the one we are now presenting. It has a different line, because despite a MM6 has new technology in operating system terms, does not exceed Mobile Mapper Pro in terms of responsiveness. That was a very fine receiver with the ability to read the C / A code and carrier phase. It wore standard post-processing and its cost with a good bargain walked by 1.200 dollars with postprocessing. While MM10 still only reads the C / A code and with technology (at level software, not receiving) makes 50 cm in post-processing, provided it has the post process activated, but this option costs an additional $ 500 so it comes out by 1.900.

What is the Mobile Mapper 10 difference from the Mobile Mapper 6

In general differences are significant. In terms of design, MM10 is taller, wider, but narrower, with better space distribution; we never knew what the reason of the foil on top is. At the ends have rubber bumps that make it easier to handle with one hand.

The bottom table shows in green aspects that give the Mobile Mapper 10 greatest potential regarding the MM6 and those marked in red are negative differences inevitable with change. I am also placing a column to show what happens with the Mobile Mapper 100, of which I spoke earlier.

Mobile Mapper 6 Mobile Mapper 10 Mobile Mapper 100
Channels 12 20 45
Frequency L1 L1 L1, L2
Update 1 Hz 1 Hz 0.05 segundos
Data Format NMEA NMEA RTCM 3.1, ATOM, CMR(+), NMEA
Can operate as base no no Yes
Real Time precision in SBAS mode 1 – 2 mts. 1 – 2 mts. Less than 50 cm.. in SBAS,  less than 30 cm. in DGPS.
Postprocessing accuracy Less than a meter Less than 50 centímeters 1 cm.
Processor 400 Mhz 600 Mhz 806 MHz
Operating System Windows Mobile 6.1 Windows Mobile 6.5 Windows Mobile 6.5
Comunication Bluetooth, USB Bluetooth, USB, GSM/GPRS, Wifi GSM/GPRS, BT, WLAN
Size 14.6 x 6.4 x 2.9 cm 16.9 x 8.8 x 2.5 cm 19 x 9 x 4.33 cm
Weight 224 grams 380 grams with battery 648 grams
Display 2.7 “ 3.5″ 3.5 “
Memory 64MB SDRAM, 128 MB Flash, memoria SD 128 MB SDRAM, 256 MB NAND, Micro SDHC Memory up to 8GB 256 MB SDRAM / 2 GB NAND,  Micro SDHC
Minimum Temperature -20 C -10 C -20 C
Maximum Temperature +60 C +60 C +60 C
Drop Support and vibrations 1 metro 1.20 meters on concrete 1.20 meters on concrete, plus ETS300 019 & MIL-STD-810 standards
Battery An AA couple Lithium / duration up to 20 hours Lithium / duration up to 8 hours
Antenna type Internal / External Internal / External Internal / External

A substantial improvement is in the battery, rather than the AA pair brings a lithium battery with up to 20 hours autonomy; not bad for nearly three working days of 7 hours. This was the reason sure helped it be more narrow.

There’s no improvement in precision without post processing, it’s almost a browser with radial accuracies down to 2 meters. It must be understood that is an equipment of just one frequency, it does not support RTK. But it improves over MM6 in data accuracy on further processing, which may be below 50 cm, equivalent to an orthophoto pixel in a conventional rural surveying.

We assume it arrives at this precision because reaches up to 20 channels (GPS L1 C / A in SBAS mode: WAAS / EGNOS / MSAS). Additionally, post-processing could be understood with respect to a remote base via GPRS or Wifi.

Brings a more recent version of Windows Mobile, the processor has been improved (is an ARM9) but brings the same software: Windows Mobile, Active Sync and Internet Explorer. Includes Mobile Mapper Field, which is similar to Mobile Mapping with some improvements; however it also supports ArcPad although this license can be purchased only at United States.

The memory also has greater capacity, it brings up to 256 MB NAND (Flash non-volatile), now supports up to 8 GB MicroSD.

As extras you can buy an external antenna and the racket to hang on a stick. To enable post-processing must be paid an activation key.


For its price, that walks down the $ 1,500 is not bad. Although in my opinion is just a Pocket with GPS and GIS capabilities.

It is ideal for rural cadastre, forestry, environmental projects, or those where 50 inches of accuracy is sufficient. Obviously, we must take advantage of the GIS, because it allows rising lines layers, polygons or points with the desired attributes’ number, including pictures and audio.

It would have to be seen what happens when using gvSIG Mobile to find something more than simple Mobile Mapper Field.

clip_image002 What’s the difference respect the Mobile Mapper 100

Of course, the Mobile Mapper 10 is a toy when compare with Mobile Mapper 100. That is another level of instrument with precision after post-processing up to 1 cm, although it remains as single frequency equipment.

Perhaps MM10 biggest drawback is that it is not scalable; arrives only where the designed purposes let it.

Instead, the Mobile Mapper 100 can scale. With an external antenna and some configurations it could become a Promark 100; with something more, in a Promark 200 that already supports dual frequency.

Although outside the cabinet is the same.

This comparison will be seen in another post.

Here you can find a representative of these products.

Here you can find more Ashtech products.


  1. Roberto

    Me pueden ayudar, coloque la memeria MicroSD de 8 GB en el GPS mobilemapper 10 y no la reconoce, no se cual es le procedimeinto para que lea la memoria microSD.

    • eg!

      No debería dar problema, soporta hasta 8 GB.
      Verifica si tu tarjeta es Micro SDHC, pues es el tipo de velocidad que requiere el almacenamiento de datos. Existen otras tarjetas MicroSD que no son SDHC que apenas sirven para almacenar fotografías.

  2. veronica flores

    hola buenas tardes

    me puede cotizar lo siguiente por favor


    me estoy comunicando del H. Ayuntamiento del Municipio de Durango

    mis datos:

    Verónica Flores

    Analista de Compras

    tel 6181378034

    cualquier duda o comentario quedo a sus órdenes


    • eg!

      Hola Verónica.
      A tu correo estaremos enviando la cotización. Uno de nuestros amigos te contactará desde Monterrey.


  3. Que tal buen día, me interesa cotizar 3 Mobile Mapper 10, para la ciudad de México y si me podrían enviar las especificaciones ya que los necesitamos con post-proceso y el costo total por favor o en su defecto si tienen algún centro de distribución en la Ciudad de México, de antemano muchas gracias.



  5. eg!

    Tengo mis dudas, creo que lo mejor es que le consultes a tu distribuidor local.

    ¿En qué país y ciudad estás?

  6. Manuel Manobanda

    Hola me gustaria saber si puedo localizar mi equipo mobil Mapper 10 ya q se me cayo y tengo q responderlo ayudemen con eso …….ah y cuanto cuesta un equipo nuevo de estos……….para Ecuador

  7. roberto

    hola soy roberto quiero que me ayuden soy de nicaragua y tengo un mobile mapper 10 no se un principio leia my bien dara bien la orientacion y todo no se por que ahora no me da la orientacion adecuada, soy topografo y me interesaria que me ayudara, le explico que cuando hago un nuevo trabajo es usar platilla o capa anterior, no se si me desconfiguro o no se ke le pasa, ultimamente solo me agarra lo mas 8 satelites

  8. Alfred Molina

    solicito que tipo de puerto mcx es el de la salida para conectar la antena externa,
    y si tienen este tipo de cable. Gracias

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