Tri-Global Technologies has introduced Tri-Global UtiliDroid for Android smartphones. UtiliDroid allows field technicians equipped with portable Android devices to easily document utility mark-outs.
Tri-Global developed UtiliDroid with integrated spatial technologies that enable Bluetooth connectivity with third-party electromagnetic utility locators so the user can record critical utility-locate information documenting the depth of the asset, its geographic location and time/date of the mapping. Wireless Google KML/KMZ data transmission can be established between office and field, allowing managers to view field mapping progress within the Google Earth or Google Maps environment.
UtiliDroid users can expect typical documentation-grade accuracy from smartphone devices of around +/- 10 meters.
Tri-Global expects the commercial release of UtiliDroid in late 2011, however, prerelease licensing is available now.
UtiliDroid development coincides with the release of Tri-Global's Mobile Utility Suite version 5.1 (MobileStaker, UtiliMapper, SiteMapper and Inspection) with full support for the new Trimble(R) GeoExplorer(TM) 6000 series GPS receiver for mapping with sub-meter and decimeter accuracy. It also integrates with utility line locators from 3M Dynatel, Radiodetection, and Vivax-Metrotech as well as RFID Electronic Marking System locators from 3M Dynatel. Mobile Utility Suite 5.1 is available today.