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Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, Sept. 29, 2015—The Agricultural Land Management and Statistic Department (ALMS) in Myanmar recently concluded comparative field tests of four leading models of GNSS receivers. The Spectra Precision SP80 swept to first in all tests. Based on the test results and bids, ALMS chose the SP80 and ordered 340 units. The comparative field tests included; positioning accuracy, initialization speed, internal radio performance, pole drop test, water immersion test to one meter, and on-board battery performance.

ALMS, under the Myanmar Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, has as its primary function land survey and map preparation in the maintenance of the nation’s agricultural land registry.  ALMS’s current survey practices have used traditional land survey methods using paper maps and conventional survey equipment including steel tape, compass and theodolites.  In an effort to move from traditional survey practices to regional and internationally accepted standards, ALMS is working to eliminate paper maps and sketches to improve land registration and ownership service and in support of the government’s overall move to e-Government.  Before making the very substantial commitment to move to GNSS receivers and survey methods, ALMS conducted a rigorous set of tests on four of the leading brands of GNSS receivers.

According to Chan Htun Aung of Suntac Technologies, the Spectra Precision dealer for Myanmar, the SP80 performed better than the competition under all conditions, and it did especially well under tree canopy.  Initialization was well within the 5 to 10 seconds required specification.  Also of particular note to ALMS was the superior distance, 4.6 kilometers, through dense tree cover achieved with the SP80 2W internal radio, as well as its long battery life – six hours for the base station and eight hours for the rover.  In addition, the SP80 passed the drop test from 1.5 meters onto a concrete road.

About Suntac Technologies

Established in 1999, Suntac Technologies, is a subsidiary of the Suntac Group of companies and based in Yangon, Myanmar.  Suntac Technologies provides a comprehensive range of engineering services and solutions in surveying, aerial mapping, remote sensing and GIS technology and construction.

About the SP80 GNSS Receiver

The SP80 GNSS receiver uses Z-Blade processing technology running on a next generation Spectra Precision 240-channel 6G ASIC that fully uses all six GNSS systems: GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo, QZSS and SBAS. The unique GNSS-centric capability optimally combines GNSS signals without dependency on any specific GNSS system; allowing operations in GLONASS-only or BeiDou-only mode if needed. The SP80 also has a unique combination of communication technologies including an integrated 3.5G GSM/UMTS modem, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi connectivity, and optional internal UHF-transmit radio. The cellular modem may be used for SMS (text message) and e-mail alerts as well as regular Internet or VRS connectivity. The SP80 can also connect to the Internet from the field using Wi-Fi hotspots, where available.

About the Spectra Precision Brand 

Spectra Precision is an established brand known for delivering quality products to the survey and construction markets. Focusing on the specific needs of the conventional surveying market, the Spectra Precision brand offers a complete product portfolio including Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Global Positioning Systems (GPS), optical total stations, data collection hardware, field and office software, as well as a wide range of construction tools.

Spectra Precision surveying equipment is an economical choice that utilizes technologies for optimal efficiency. With convenience and reliability as the foundation of the Spectra Precision brand, it is an ideal choice for value. The Spectra Precision brand is backed with the strong technical support that users have come to expect from a quality name in surveying and construction.