GPS-Photo Link - GeoSpatial Experts
GPS-Photo Link - GeoSpatial Experts
Introduction to Ricoh Camera &
GPS-Photo Link – Ricoh Edition
Camera & Software that maps your photos
More and more industries are using
photographs to illustrate the data points
they collect with their GPS.
After collecting data in the field all day, field
workers come back to the office and try to
match their photos with their location.
Where were these taken?
Ricoh Digital Camera with GPS
GPS-Photo Link- Ricoh Edition
Ricoh Camera Features
8.0 mega pixels with 3X optical zoom
Ruggedized waterproof and shock resistant
Bluetooth built-in with Optional Wi-Fi Card
Memos to record attributes
GPS-Photo Link Software
software that “links” digital photos to the GPS
coordinates where they were taken.
The simple “wizard style”
hundreds of photos in
minutes, not weeks.
How to use Camera/GPSPhoto Link-Ricoh Edition
Take pictures while
GPS collects data.
NO GPS Expertise
Run GPS-Photo Link
on your computer.
View your pictures
with location labeled.
your pictures with
shape files and
with your photos
Use shape files and
your own maps
Or use the simple
The Ricoh Edition of GPS-Photo
Link features a “one-click”
option for processing pictures.
GPS-Photo Link creates a toolbar
within ESRI’s ArcGIS versions 8.x or
9.x. Simply click on the icon to start
Then in one click, your photos will be
brought into ArcGIS as shape files
where you can view them as
thumbnails or full-size photos.
Camera (e.g. Ricoh 500SE without GPS)
GPS with Bluetooth
LTI TruPulse (optional)
GPS: Trimble with Bluetooth
GeoXM & GeoXT
Recon & Recon GPS Card ed.
Pro XT & Pro XH receivers
Pathfinder XB receiver
The Bluetooth sends the coordinates to the
camera so that they are embedded with the
Integration with TruPulse
GPS-Photo Link will work with TruPulse
data incorporating them as attributes of
Maps will show the direction and distance
to the object in the picture.
The Finished Product
Web Pages & ArcGIS Shape Files
Web page output
GPS-Photo Link creates an
overview page with:
an overview map indicating
where all the photos were
taken (click on a point and
that photo will pop up),
a thumbnail directory of all
Web pages for each photo
A web page is created
for each photo
from the internet
the photo including
date, time, location
and any comments.
from the Internet
about the photo
ArcView 8.x & 9.x extension
hot-linked photos plus:
over a point and the
thumbnail photo will popup
(must have "Web Pages
(HTML)" selected as file
output in GPS-Photo Link).
Click on a point in the
picture.shp theme, the
watermarked photo will then
Load Picture as Layer
: Loads the photo as a theme
in ArcMap. Useful for use in
Load Background Image Loads a downloaded
background image, such as
an aerial photo or topo map.
automatically imports your
photos and track logs into
Google Earth. Google
Earth allows you to view
from the ground
perspective in metro
areas. Distance data from
the Laser allows you to
create 3d cones showing
Anywhere that a GPS and camera are in the
field. Typical uses include:
Natural Resources & Environmental Management (inc. local,
state, national governments in parks, forests, wetlands, etc.)
Military and Homeland Security
Emergency response (inc. natural disasters, fire mitigation &
Utilities (inc. telecommunications, electricity, water)
Oil & Gas
Survey & Engineering Companies
Departments of Transportation
Who are current customers?
There are over 1000 organizations using GPS-Photo Link.
Here is a sample from a variety of fields:
United States Marines, Army, Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force, DOD,
Department of State, Northrop Grumman Missile Systems
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Federal Emergency
Duke Energy, Pole Maintenance Company, Oil Spill Response, Ltd., Osmose
Utility Services, Raytheon
Departments of Transportation in Georgia, Texas, Minnesota, Florida
U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. National Parks,
U.S. Fish & Wildlife, Federal Highway Administration, National Marine Fishery
Manitoba Hydro, Nuecess River Authority, Honolulu Board of Water Supply
Missoula County Weed Control, U.S. Department of Agriculture
Universities of Guelph, Copenhagen, British Columbia, New Mexico, Auburn
University, Pontifica Universidad Catolica Del Peru
Austrialia Department of Environment and Heritage, State of Qatar, British
Embassy, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Smithsonian Museum, Rhode Island Natural History Survey
Use Case #1
Streetlight Inventory was Easy for EMA
EMA, Inc, a workflow optimization company, needed to quickly inventory and
geo-locate all of a city’s light poles and record the wattage, arm-length, pole
material, pole height, and light source.
“We needed a way to identify and photograph almost 30,000 street lights,”
says A.J. Romanelli of EMA, Inc. “After researching all available options, the
Pro G3 stood out as the optimal device for our application. The camera did
exactly what we needed it to do and allowed us to finish the project ahead of
schedule and without errors.”
• In the end, four one person teams were able to
inventory, geo-locate, and collect field notes on
26,501 poles and 28,313 luminaries in only
three months – and that includes postprocessing. The EMA team averaged one pole
Imagine what the 500SE and GPS-Photo Link
could do for your next survey.
Advantages to using
Without GPS-Photo Link, field workers take pictures and
write down the coordinates on a notepad. GPS-Photo
Link is a superior solution because it automatically labels
pictures and creates maps.
For customers, this solution:
Saves time in the field (no note taking)
Saves time in the office (process hundreds of photos in
Simple to use in the field
Involves no additional wires
Can be processed in central office.
Use Case #2
GPS-Photo Link Saves Time for U.S. Forest Service
Dick Ford is a Fisheries Biologist who uses GPS-Photo
Link for geo-referencing photos of temperature
monitoring locations, remote automated weather
stations, and stream cross section surveys.
“We can geolocate photos a lot more quickly than we
did before. In fact, it is easier to send someone out in
the field to take new pictures and process them with
GPS-Photo Link, than it is to try and map old pictures
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