Montreal-based Eos Positioning Systems, known for its Arrow Series GNSS receivers, has released Eos Bridge. The device clips on your belt and gives almost any positioning instrument iOS Bluetooth compatibility.
Just by way of background, GNSS stands for Global Navigation Satellite Systems. As such, it underlies the better-known Global Positioning System (GPS) used in the U.S. and elsewhere. GPS is one of five GNSS constellations in play around the world, and the oldest one. You can learn more here.
Eos Bridge to your iOS device
Eos Bridge is a pocket-sized device that connects to mapping or positioning instruments via Bluetooth Classic or a serial port. It transmits data from the instrument to any Apple iOS device, like an iPhone or iPad. It also works with Android and Windows mobile devices.
Two ways to connect
The Eos Bridge offers two connectivity methods to virtually hundreds of instruments.
First Method: Bluetooth Classic to Apple iOS Bluetooth
Instruments equipped with non-iOS Bluetooth, including laser rangefinders and utility-locating instruments, can use Eos Bridge to connect to Apple iOS devices.
Second Method: Serial port to iOS, Android and Windows devices
With the Eos Bridge, instruments whose only connectivity option is a serial port may now be connected to any iOS, Android or Windows device via Bluetooth. This includes any instrument or sensor with an RS-232 serial port, for example.
Light in weight and long in battery life
The Eos Bridge weighs only about 150 grams (about 5.3 ounces). It can be worn clipped to a belt, stored in a pocket or mounted to an instrument or sensor. The battery lasts 48 to 72 hours, the company said.
The Eos Bridge expands the potential pairings of legacy instruments and sensors by making them Bluetooth compatible with modern mobile devices and Arrow GNSS receivers.
Two applications for current Arrow GNSS users include Eos Laser Mapping for ArcGIS offset data-collection, and Eos Locate for ArcGIS for underground utility mapping.