Archives For March 2017

John & Geode

As the product manager of the Geode, I’m proud. It’s incredible what a customer-focused group of GNSS-loving individuals can produce. The Geode Sub-meter GPS Receiver was developed as a solution for gathering accurate, real-time data. Though similar products prior to the Geode provided accurate GNSS readings, each user interface was complex or inflexible. Not to mention the cost of other precision receivers. We decided to change that.

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 “Unrivaled tolerance to a vast range of environmental extremes, the adaptive sensory processing capabilities of the Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet extend from its auxiliary Geode companion to orbital satellites in the furthest reaches of Earth’s biosphere.”

 

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Earlier this year, I resumed my duties as a groundskeeper around the office of a small ecological consulting company in Pennsylvania. Having received my Bachelor of Arts in geography from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, a few decimal degrees of GIS still lingered in my head, so when I was called into the office mid-January to help operate a Mesa 2 Rugged Tablet demo model, I was happy to comply. It seemed like a curious portable device that could definitely take a punch and continue to run without skipping a beat, and I was discovering new and exciting features on a day-to-day basis. Using the property grounds and the surrounding forest, which I had become familiar with in the previous years of work I had done outside, I began to establish a series of waypoint markers to mimic the Flagging Tape used in actual field work data analysis; I then tested different methods of data collection and cross-referencing in order to establish the most efficient and practical means to carry out potential field work applications in the future. I was intrigued by the node-locked copy of Global Mapper™ v18.0, which my boss had purchased from Blue Marble Geographics – Global Mapper was a GIS software company staple, but completely foreign to me (I had settled into Esri’s ArcGIS™ software during my college years). With my experience in GIS and the novelty of a portable touchscreen device capable of running Global Mapper on Windows 10 OS, the Mesa 2 tablet became the perfect catalyst to boost my familiarity with the software. My comfort in performing GIS analysis through the Juniper Systems interface grew exponentially compared to that of my experiences using ArcMap on a desktop computer, and it wasn’t long before I was certain that the Mesa 2 would become an exceptional company asset. Specifically, it seemed that it would be invaluable in determining the relative accuracy of spatial datasets provided by external sources, in real-time, to account for the margin of error and establish new parameters that would better represent our firsthand data observations.

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Lirhanzo Kids (1)

As a company with a mission to better the lives of others, we recognize the value and importance of educating young minds. It was our mission as a team to aid in the efforts of providing the necessary supplies to educate the orphans of the Lirhanzo Children’s Village Primary School in Chikombedzi, Zimbabwe. With the help of our team in Birmingham, UK, we were able to collect a variety of supplies that will go toward providing the children with the means required to generate an environment of learning.

With 250 students currently enrolled to attend the school and little funding, the volunteers maintaining the village rely heavily on donations and contributions. Additional struggles of maintaining school supplies in the village come from living in a rural area where getting supplies to arrive safely can be a challenge. Founder of Lirhanzo Children’s Village Ezelle Schimper said, “You have no idea how difficult it sometimes is for a rural setup to obtain something as simple as a pencil.” With a small school under construction, the children are currently being taught in a chicken coop, a garage, and outside. It’s our goal to provide each child with their own supplies to encourage learning and growth.

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Juniper Systems will be attending CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 from March 7-11 in Las Vegas, NV. This is a major trade show featuring new products and technologies from over 2,500 exhibitors representing every major construction industry. A number of exhibitors are Juniper Systems partners with a variety of solutions to offer. Curious about who will be attending and how they implement our products into their solutions? I thought you’d never ask.

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