Topcon introduces new field controller

Topcon Positioning Systems has introduced a new field controller, the FC-2500. The FC-2500 features increased speed, storage and memory with a 624MHz XScale processor. The unit speeds up data collection with 256MB RAM and 2GB flash storage memory. The FC-2500 also provides an advanced field controller feature, a 5.17-megapixel camera.

The FC-2500 has an add-on connection for a spread spectrum radio for communication with Topcon’s robotic total stations. This connector used with Topcon’s RS-1 radio module provides a cable-free radio connection to Topcon robotic instruments. The FC-2500 is waterproof and shock-resistant — rated at IP-67, which means it can be fully submersed in water without data loss. The unit can be dropped many times, from up to four feet, on all sides, and keep on working without losing any data, according to the company.

The USB mini-port has ‘On-The-Go’ (OTG) functionality. OTG is one of the design features allowing for expanded memory and easy file transfer through USB flash drives or ActiveSync connection. This design also provides solid data protection not compromised by opening a card door.

With two NiMH batteries loaded standard with 2500mAh each, battery performance can be as high as 50 hours. The typical power drain from a Bluetooth connection to a GPS receiver will run for up to 24 hours. The FC-2500 has internal temperature monitors to prevent any unexpected high temperature issues so “overcharging” will not occur.