Toshiba Introduces Information-Gathering Terminal Equipped With GPS (GPS Reporter) To Japanese Market|
7 November, 1996
TOKYO -- Toshiba Corporation has commercialized the GPS Reporter for
Japan's market, an information-gathering terminal equipped with GPS (Global
Positioning System) for gathering still pictures and sound information, in the
event of a disaster etc., and timely data transmission enriched with GPS
position information. Use of the GPS Reporter provides
the receiving party
with highly accurate field information and makes possible automatic
construction of a database. Toshiba began accepting orders from domestic
customers for the GPS Reporter on November 1,
1996, and shipment will start
in April 1997 at a price of 1.5 million yen (Sender terminal only, excluding
tax). Annual sales for the initial year is targeted at 300 units.
Data is transmitted enriched with position information. The location where the
information is gathered is automatically indicated by a symbol on the map-
software screen at the receiver terminal. To retrieve picture and sound
information, the mark is clicked.
The GPS Reporter consists of a
digital still camera with a microphone and a
monitor, a GPS device, a computer for confirmation and storage of position
data, and a cellular telephone. The GPS Reporter
is carried on the user's
back. It is extremely convenient to operate in the field. A picture is
taken and transmitted simply by pressing the camera shutter.
|| It is necessary to construct a dedicated system at the receiver side
according to the needs.
Background and Objectives of the Development
In the event of a large-scale disaster, it is important to swiftly grasp the
situation in the disaster-stricken area in order to facilitate evacuation and
the prevention of secondary effects of the disaster. At present, municipal
disaster prevention centers
are seeking a system enabling swift collection of image and sound information
and construction of a database so that field information can be grasped
By developing and commercializing the GPS Reporter,
Toshiba has achieved two
crucial objectives: easy operation in the field enabling efficient collection
of information in the event of a large-scale disaster; and automatic database
construction by combining the GPS function and the receiving party's dedicated
map software. Application of the GPS Reporter is by no means limited to
disasters. It is also suitable for routine inspection and database
construction respecting waterworks, sewage systems, facilities of
electric-power and gas utilities, etc.
Main Features of the GPS Reporter
Operation such as pen input and connection of a PC card is unnecessary, and
simply by pressing the shutter of the digital still camera, input of image and
sound information, recording of the coordinates of the position and the time
at which the information is gathered, and data transmission are executed
The coordinates of the position of the GPS device are transmitted and
indicated by a symbol on the screen of the dedicated map software at the
receiver terminal. The symbol is clicked to retrieve picture and sound
Each time the gathered information is transmitted, a database is constructed
automatically and quickly at the receiver terminal.
A digital still camera, a microphone, a GPS device, a cellular telephone, and
a computer for confirmation and storage of position data are combined and
stored in an environment-resistant case which is carried on the user's back.
Thus, operability in the field is excellent.
||Pentium processor (equivalent to 100MHz)
||16MB (standard) expandable to 64MB
||Within less 150 meter
|No. of Picture Elements
||Color LCD Display