Carlson Software Introduces RT5 Rugged Tablet Data Collector and RTk5 Integrated Tablet/GNSS Solution

Maysville, Kentucky, USA (May 3, 2023) – Carlson’s latest product releases are the RT5 next-generation Windows® rugged tablet data collector and the RTk5 GNSS solution, which integrates the form factor of the RT5 with world-leading RTK GNSS performance. Allowing new levels of freedom and accuracy in a compact, light, versatile package, the Carlson RTk5 is an all-in-one solution for land surveyors, engineers, GIS professionals, and anyone else in need of advanced GNSS positioning with an RTK rover. The RTk5 also utilizes Carson’s newly-released  RTK engine, Gama, which helps the RTk5 deliver exceptional performance under challenging conditions.

RTk5 Antenna Satellites

SurvPC 7’s satellite view screen on the RTk5 with handheld helix antenna.

“Our customers always come first, and we developed these solutions, beginning to end, with their needs in mind,” says Carlson’s Director of Hardware Development Butch Herter. “The RT5 and RTk5 are just very versatile and customizable units…So if you need a survey-grade GNSS solution with advanced averaging features and in-the-field least squares adjustments, the RTk5 or the RT5 with the Carlson BRx7 delivers. If you need a fast, handheld GIS solution that works with your Esri online database, the RTk5 delivers there too. And if you need a fast, rugged data collector with great long-range BluetoothTM performance, the RT5 is the choice. They’re adaptable to so many uses, yet they excel at each of them.”

RTk5 Fieldw

Beyond traditional on-pole use, the RTk5 is capable of handheld use with an included compact helix antenna for fast GIS-type work. In addition to the tablet and compact GNSS antenna, the RTk5 comes with a strong, light, purpose-built pole with integrated antenna cable, a high-accuracy GNSS antenna, a custom cradle, and a long-range bluetooth antenna. The GNSS capabilities of the RTk5 represent major steps forward, and have undergone extensive testing under a wide selection of extreme trial scenarios, including under thick tree canopies, urban and suburban environments, close proximity to buildings and walls, and more.

The RT5 and RTk5 ship with Carlson’s industry-leading and recently-released SurvPC 7 field software, a versatile and extremely powerful program with features such as SurvNET least squares corrections in the field, advanced GNSS averaging features, and much more. SurvPC 7 boasts a familiar layout, a wide selection of additional modules such as Esri ArcGIS integration, Hybrid+ for simultaneous GNSS and robotic total station surveying, BIM model manipulation and layout, and advanced roading (including tunnels), and a large driver library supporting a wide variety of hardware.

Both the RT5 and RTk5 feature wide, 8” daylight-viewable capacitive touch screens with stylus compatibility for wet conditions, fast Intel® Pentium Silver processors, long-range bluetooth (tested to 1,500’/450m), 4G LTE, high-capacity hot swappable battery for all-day performance (10 hours), and an optional high capacity battery for even longer runtimes (15+ hours).

View the RT5 product brochure here, the RTk5 brochure here, or visit the product webpage here for more information, or contact your Carlson Software Representative or Certified Dealer for pricing, a demo, and to purchase.

For more information on Carlson’s RTK engine, Gama, view the press release here.

About Carlson

Founded in 1983, Carlson Software Inc. specializes in CAD design software, field data collection, laser measurement and machine control products for the civil engineering, surveying, GIS, construction, and mining industries worldwide, providing one-source technology solutions for the entire project cycle. Carlson Software is headquartered in Maysville, Ky., U.S.A., with branch offices in Boston, Mass.; Almere, The Netherlands; Melbourne, Australia; Ottawa, Canada; and York, England.