Yunnan Power Grid China Selects Ashtech MobileMapper 6 GPS/GIS

Digital mobile mapping improves pole and tower network maintenance management.

Beijing, (April 26, 2010) –Yunnan Power Grid, a major electric power grid management corporation serving five provinces in southern China, has ordered 160 Ashtech® MobileMapper 6® GPS/GIS units. The new units will be used by Yunnan Power Grid to more efficiently manage the maintenance of the corporation’s electric pole and tower network.

Yunnan Power Grid maintenance personnel will use the MobileMapper 6 units to navigate to wired poles and towers, check and record the pole and tower conditions, and download the data into the corporation’s GIS management system. The addition of the mobile mapping technology will improve GIS accuracy and maintenance team reactivity for Yunnan Power Grid. It will also increase the quality of the GIS database and as a consequence improve asset management efficiency for Yunnan Power Grid.

“Following a rigorous competitive evaluation, the Ashtech MobileMapper 6 was chosen by Yunnan for its superior performance in four principal areas,” explains Beijing TATO Digital Co, Ltd., the Ashtech GIS dealer in this region. “The MobileMapper 6 offers an open platform architecture (Windows® Mobile 6) that permits Yunnan to install its own proprietary mobile GIS application software. The unit is rugged and waterproof to the IPX7 standard; it is easy to use and it delivers the required real-time accuracy Yunnan needed, even in difficult work environments,” they added.

“The increasing use of mobile mapping technology by companies such as Yunnan Power Grid demonstrates the maturity of the GIS sector in China.” said Eric Moisset, Ashtech GIS Product Marketing Manager. “The growing use of GIS, in private and government organizations, permits central information databases to be established more quickly and completely. GIS and mobile mapping provide better resource management, and lead to more informed decision making in sectors, such as the utilities asset management and natural resources management,” added Moisset.

About the MobileMapper 6
The MobileMapper 6 is an extremely rugged, compact, Microsoft Windows Mobile-based, wireless capable and price-competitive professional GPS/GIS handheld receiver with post-processing option capable of adding sub-meter accuracy performance.  Ashtech offers professional GIS and mapping solutions to professionals in a wide range of markets, including forestry, agriculture, natural resources, governments, utilities, or oil and gas.

About Yuan Power Grid
Yunnan Power Grid Corporation is a sub-company of China Southern Power Grid Company, Ltd. It is responsible for building and maintaining electrical asset networks, and it is in charge of comprehensive planning, construction, management and dispatching.

About TATO Digital Co.
TATO Digital Co. Beijing, is distributing the Ashtech mobile mapping product range in China. It is an integrative high-tech corporation, founded in 2000, focusing on GPS, communication technology R&D, system integration and GPS product sales in China. It also provides OEM/ODM services.

About Ashtech
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, ProMark3 RTK and ProMark 3, 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