Unable to turn on GPS using iCMTGIS PRO

“I have problems with turning on the gps. When I try to turn on the GPS appears a message ‘can’t find the external accessory’ I am using iCMTGIS PRO with arrow 100 as you can see all lights on arrow 100 are on, where is the problem?”

Please check the Bluetooth connection on your iPad.

(User reported that the problem was resolved.)

Screen background on iPhone XR

pull-down list screen background on iPhone XR

Pull-down List screen background on iPhone XR

“I can hardly read some of the menus as the background color is apparently not easy for me to read. See attached photo.”

This user was running iCMTGIS PRO on the iPhone XR, which provides Display Accessibility settings described in the document at this link: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT207025

It turns out that the user had the Dark mode enabled. Turning off the Dark mode fixed the issue.

Ding sound in iCMTGIS PRO at 10 Hz

My tablets make a ding sound when the GPS is turned on and the cursor moves around. Not too bad when its 1Hz but at 10Hz its a constant buzz. Is there a way to turn of the sound?

Yes, you can turn off the Navigation Beep and/or the Featuring Beep under Setup – Navigation and GPS – Stakeout Setup.

Which app for entering Lat/Lon coordinates then walking the resulting boundary lines?

I have the app and I have 5 property corners in Lat/Lon form that I want to input to define the parcel. There aren’t any obvious instructions on how to use, so please let me know how to do this. I want to put those coordinates in so that I can then go walk the boundary lines that result.

Stakeout iCMT is the app to use if all you have are the LAT/LON coordinates of the property corners.

Deed Calls and Stakeout is for entering the deed calls from your property description to create the property boundary plot, which you can then walk by using the Line Stakeout function included with the app. If you don’t have the property description (bearings and distances as well as the magnetic declination), then please contact Apple App Store to see if they will let you swap out the app.

Please note that the accuracy of your work depends on the GPS receiver used.

Our apps come with a Help document under the Main Menu.

Standard MAP only shows a grid

“… when I turned the system on, I no longer have the standard map as a background. I can get a satellite view but that is all. I checked and the position sharing is ON, and I have good wifi connection. … it was gone yesterday but back again today. When it was gone, all I had was checkerboard pattern (like graph paper), but still had my points and line.”

The Map data comes in via wi-fi, and will have an issue when there is a hiccup in wi-fi connection. Occasionally, there could be an issue with the Apple Map server or network. You could check into it by calling up the Apple Map app and see if it exhibits the same problem. If so, the issue will be automatically resolved sometime later.

GPS receivers with sub-meter real-time horizontal position accuracy

“I have purchased Stakeout iCMT Version1.0.4, installed on iPhone XR IOS13. Is it possible to get a gps receiver for iPhone that is accurate to a foot or two? or less?”

Listed below are a number of choices for iPhone-compatible sub-meter GPS/GNSS receivers:

https://www.junipersys.com/products/geode

https://eos-gnss.com/product/arrow-series/arrow-100

https://sxbluegps.com/products/gps-gnss-receivers/

https://bad-elf.com/pages/flex

Here is an article describing tests performed on a few Bluetooth GPS receivers.
https://www.agsgis.com/Bluetooth-GPSGNSS-For-Mobile-GIS-Field-Tested-and-Compared_b_38.html

Device is not able to send email

“When attempting to export the KML files, the procedure works fine until we try to email the files to our respective email addresses. At this point, we receive a prompt, “Device is not able to send email.”

“Device is not able to send email.” is an error message from the iPad, not the app. If the iPad is able to send out emails to the recipient, then you should be able to email the KML files as well. Please check to see if you have added the recipient’s email address as contacts in your email server.

Is it possible to change the registration of iCMTGIS PRO from one Apple ID to another?

Our apps are sold via the Apple App Store. Please contact the App Store about this issue.

I need a copy of the help document for iCMTGIS PRO in PDF format

We have placed a copy of the Help documents for our iOS apps at
http://cmtinc.com/technical_support/MANUALS

If you are new to GPS/GIS data collection, please download iCMTGIS II Manual.pdf or iGPSGIS II Manual.pdf from the above site. These manuals provide an introduction to GPS/GIS data collection.

If you are using our PC mapping software on your computer, under the Help tab there is a Online Manual that you can refer to. You will also be able to download the PCGIS.pdf and PCGIS_05.pdf documents from the above link.

Have a Happy and Productive 2020!

Do you have instructions on how I can navigate from point to point?

This is a question from a Stakeout iCMT user. The following answer applies to all of our apps that provide the Stakeout functionality.

Please tap the GPS icon and select “Turn GPS on”. GPS must be turned on for the Stakeout functions to be active (not grayed out).

You can use Point Stakeout to help you get to a specified point.

If you have a set of points and want to go from one point to the next in a given sequence, then first use the Add Line Manually function to form a Line Feature (a route). Select the Point Stakeout function then select the Line Feature that you have created as the Target. The app will help you go to the first node (a waypoint). Then you would tap the little arrowhead to advance to the next node per the node sequence in the Line Feature. That node becomes the new target to go to.

Under GPS – Stakeout Setup, you can set up the app so that it will sound an alarm whenever you are close to the specified node.

I own wilderness property in northern Ontario that has been staked out quite a few years ago. Does your app work in Canada?

Yes, our apps work worldwide. If you have the Latitude and Longitude coordinates for the old stakes, and you are trying to look for them, then you could use our Stakeout iCMT to help you do that. The better the GPS receiver used, the easier it will be for you to find a particular stake. For example, if you use an iOS-compatible GPS receiver that provides 3 m accuracy, then the app will help you get to the vicinity of the stake, and you are likely to find it within a 3m x 3m area close to where you are..

Is iCMTGIS PRO app a one-time purchase?

“If we by the app, is it a one time buy? What happens if the account is lost with the employee? Can we transfer to a different iPad?”

The purchase of any of our apps is a one-time software license purchase. You will want to purchase it using your company’s Apple ID. Any iPad or iPhone using the same Apple ID can download the app to use.

Websites for some GPS receivers compatible with CMT iOS apps

Our iOS apps can work with any GPS receiver that is compatible with the Apple iPad and iPhone devices.

At the following three websites, you can find GIS-grade GPS receivers that claim 2 – 5 m accuracy:

https://gps.dualav.com/explore-by-product?category=GPS

https://bad-elf.com/pages/products

https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/645104

The Trimble R1 boasts 50 cm max. precision.

https://geospatial.trimble.com/products-and-solutions/trimble-r1

EOS and Geneq Inc. provide high-precision GNSS receivers.

Many of our customers are using the EOS Arrows series GNSS receivers with our iOS apps. In particular, iCMTGIS PRO can directly interface with the Arrow GNSS to obtain more accurate position data.
https://eos-gnss.com/product/

The SXBlue Platinum GNSS receivers from Geneq Inc. also work well with our iOS apps, and can directly interface with iCMTGIS PRO. Their SXPAD & SXPRO mobile data collectors can run our Windows Mobile 6.5 and WEHH Windows Embedded Handheld 6.5 compatible GPS/GIS data collection software programs.

https://sxbluegps.com/

Does Farming GPS GIS III need wifi or cell service?

“Will this app allow me to plot a lines in my field and then allow me to follow them with a sprayer manually? Does It work without wifi or does it need cell service?”

Farming GPS GIS III provides the functionality for you to digitize Points, Lines and Areas over a displayed map. It also provides the Line Stakeout function to help you stay on the line while spraying.

Our apps do not need cell service.

The Apple Map that the Farming GPS GIS III uses needs wifi to load. You can load it at the office then use it in the field where there is no wifi as long as you do not close the map in the app.

Farming GPS GIS III will let you load a geotiff map (*.tif) to use in the background. Such off-line maps do not need wifi.

The accuracy of your work will depend on the GPS used. Many users get an external GPS receiver to use with their iPad devices. GIS grade GPS receivers claim 2-5 meter accuracy. High-precision GPS receivers are quite costly, but they can get down to sub-meter or cm-level accuracy.