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Topcon Introduces Field Controller for Advanced Data Collection

The FC-500 is designed for the professional operating Topcon Magnet field, site and layout software and Topcon's pocket 3D.

Mon June 09, 2014 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Topcon Positioning Group’s new data controller — the FC-500 — has numerous features and benefits, including a large 4.3-in. touchscreen display and 5MP camera with built-in LED flash.

The FC-500 is designed for the professional operating Topcon Magnet field, site and layout software and Topcon’s pocket 3D.

Ray Kerwin, director of global surveying products, said, "The FC-500 works with all Topcon GPS/GNSS receivers and total stations, and meets or exceeds all field application requirements. Additionally, the FC-500 works with the new Topcon LN-100 instrument dedicated to BIM and one-person construction layout, simplifying workflow with the seamless integration with our Magnet suite of software solutions."

Kerwin said, "With a sunlight readable screen, the controller is easy to use even in bright sunlight. It is the ideal job site controller in any condition [waterproof up to one meter, IP68 rating] and the large camera format with built-in LED flash and built-in 8GB flash storage allows the storing of hundreds of job site photos."

The standard model has both Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity, while the FC-500 GEO has Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS. A third model comes with the addition of a 3.5G cellular modem that allows access to the Magnet Enterprise Solutions suite, "making the FC-500 the perfect field instrument for sending and receiving data files to the Magnet cloud," Kerwin said.

For the GIS professional using Magnet Field software, the FC-500 has a geo-tagging feature that allows imprinting file information, including GPS location, directly on photos.

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