The Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (HCA), a public national agricultural informational and advisory service assisting Hungarian agricultural producers, has recommended that Hungarian farmers purchase MobileMapper® CX, GPS/GIS receivers to measure and calculate the size of land parcels they farm. The recommendation was made following HCA tests of several competing brands. The HCA, which purchased and tested ten MobileMapper CX receivers for its own use, determined the MobileMapper CX GIS/GPS handheld was best suited to meet the needs of local farmers.
The HCA tests required agricultural field measurements to be within a sub-three-meter accuracy. The MobileMapper CX achieved this accuracy, as did the competing brands, but the MobileMapper CX achieved the accuracy with the greatest stability and highest reliability. As requested by EU, Hungarian farmers provide their agriculture data to European Union agencies in reports and using measurement protocols which are provided by Digiterra® Professional V6 that runs on the MobileMapper CX open platform. The MobileMapper CX was also competitively priced. Twenty MobileMapper CX GPS units were purchased in 2010 from GPSCom, Ashtech distributor in Hungaria, and additional deployments are planned as farmers are getting involved in this European environmental management program financed and supervised by EU for the next 5 years. Local farmers obtain subventions from European funds based on their contribution to the EU program led by the HCA in Hungaria.
About the HCA
The Hungarian Chamber of Agriculture (HCA) is national public body and the umbrella-organization of the Budapest chamber and 19 regional chambers. These chambers represent more than 11,000 voluntary members in agricultural, forestry, fishery and hunting sectors, including related processing, trading and servicing enterprises. HCA duties relate to development, subsidies, representation of general interest of the agricultural sector, European Union Common Agricultural policy and rural development. Its advisory system helps the producers to receive EU subsidies. These services are available not only for the members but for all producers. HCA operates the Farm Information Service with the network of 202 advisors throughout Hungary. www.agrarkamara.hu
GPSCom Ltd is the Ashtech distributor in Hungaria. It is a privately owned Hungarian shareholders company established in 2008 (former GUARDS Co Ltd. established 1994). The company includes three divisions: ASHTECH GNSS positioning systems, KENWOOD UHF communication systems and INMARSAT/IRIDIUM/THURAYA satellite phones. GPSCOM headquarters are located in Budapest. www.gpscom.hu
Recognized as an industry innovator, Ashtech has been developing GNSS technology for more than 25 years. Ashtech is the creator of BLADE technology, which introduces a unique patented method to the market using multiple GNSS constellations for high-accuracy positioning. Ashtech has also introduced the MobileMapper® series of products for GIS and mapping, as well as the ProFlex 500 and ProMark™ series, including the ProMark 500, ProMark100 and ProMark 200, a well-recognized GNSS Land Survey product line currently on the market. Ashtech S.A.S. is privately held and headquartered in Carquefou, France, with offices in Beijing, China, and Singapore, as well as affiliates in Santa Clara, California (Ashtech LLC) and Moscow (Ashtech A/O LLC). For more information on Ashtech, visit www.ashtech.com.
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