PPI to Present Topcon GIS Solutions at Washington State Conference

Livermore, Calif. – April 16, 2009 – The PPI Group, Inc., a Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) distributor located in Portland, Oregon and in Washington state, will exhibit at the Washington State GIS Conference on May 4-6, 2009 in Bellevue, WA. 
The event will be held at the Meydenbauer Center.

The company will show the latest Topcon GIS field mapping solutions and describe how agencies using these products can make data collection simpler and safer for field personnel. Specific products shown will be the GMS-2 Pro, which incorporates a digital camera and laser distance meter into one small hand-held device.

Ken Shersty, vice president at PPI, said, “This is the perfect solution for users who have a requirement to collect data in a busy, urban environment. Structures that need to be mapped may be blocked by buildings or may even be dangerous or inaccessible due to traffic conditions or other concerns.

“The GMS-2 Pro allows our users to stand in a safe location and map features that cannot be approached by creating offsets using the internal laser of the hand-held device.”

An added benefit of the GMS-2 Pro is the integrated digital camera for the collection and storage of descriptive data which can be accessed at any time in the field and in the GIS database itself. Height and width calculations can be made on the photo on the hand-held unit and saved as attributes for additional information. All data can be stored on board or on the user accessible SD memory card for easy file management.

The PPI group will also display other new technologies that keep their customers efficient in the field, including the latest Autodesk® GIS/Mapping Software, Map 3D 2010, MapGuide® and Topobase®.  Free product demos will be given throughout the conference.

For more information on the PPI group, please visit: www.theppigroup.com

About the PPI Group
The PPI Group has been serving the A/E/C industries since 1927 – longer than any other company in the Northwest. Over the course of more than 80 years, we’ve helped our clients adapt to new business models, technologies and industry trends. And the increasing reliance on sophisticated software and other networked technologies will continue to influence the way projects are planned, managed and built.  We’re committed to providing our clients with the most sophisticated hardware and software tools they need to be successful. And we’ll continue to offer the training and support that are essential to realizing the efficiencies and profitability that such products promise. www.theppigroup.com

About Topcon Positioning Systems
Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc., (TPS) designs and manufactures precise positioning products and solutions for the global surveying, construction, agriculture, civil engineering, mapping and GIS, asset management and mobile control markets. The company has worldwide employee operations and dealer networks. Topcon Corporation was founded in 1932. It is the parent company of TPS and is traded on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (7732). www.topconpositioning.com