iPad for marine field data collection...several questions

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions - Site Assistance' started by akbreezo, May 17, 2012.

  1. akbreezo

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    iPF Noob

    May 17, 2012
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    Hi all,
    I've been using a Trimble Geo XM unit for GPS integrated data collection in the marine environment for several year, but it's beyond buggy and cumbersome to use. I'd like to explore the possiblity of using an iPad for data collection as an alternative. So, my questions are:
    1. In remote areas of the Gulf of Alaska, where I work, how does the GPS function work? From what I've understood, as long as I get an iPad with 3G I should be able to receive a GPS signal whereever I am.
    2. With regard to 3G, if I only use it for GPS functionality on the water, do I have to pay for the 3G service?
    3. Are there any recommendations on apps for data collection (i.e. forms that can download to a database or export csv)? I have come across TapForms and Form Central as possible options for this.
    4. Anything else I should consider (besides the obvious issues associated using the iPad in a marine environment)?
    5. Is an iPad with the proper set up a good substitute for a Trimble?

    If there is a more appropriate resource to ask these questions, I'd love to know.

    Many thanks,
  2. leelai

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    Apr 24, 2011
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    Hi Bree and welcome to the Forum!

    No you will not have to pay for a 3g service to access GPS, the chip is built into the ipad and I'm fairly certain this will function anywhere but I hope someone will chime in here to confirm this.
    There are also quite a few threads here on waterproof cases for the iPad and a simple search will find them.

    The IPad Forum is a community of members from all walks of life and from all over the world coming together to share our experiences and to help each other learn about this wonderful piece of technology the Ipad. There is a wealth of information already here in the many threads we have so doing some searches will answer most of the questions you have. If then you cannot find the answer you are seeking then by all means post your question. There are many friendly and informed members here only too willing to help you.

    We also have our own App - It is a very simple app to navigate.
    Reading the IPad manual is a great place to start so please download a copy of these.
    2 very informative threads from which you will learn many tips and shortcuts for the IPad.
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