Overview for the Topcon FC-236 Field Controller
A faster and more convenient way of obtaining land measurements is through the use of handheld field computers like the Topcon FC-236 Field Controller. This compact and lightweight device features a Windows operating system and powerful surveying software to speed up the data collection process. It also has a full numeric keypad, built-in Bluetooth, GPS and cellular modem. With military ruggedness and long lasting battery life, this device is very reliable even in jobsites with harsh weather conditions.
What is a Data Collector?
A data collector is an electronic handheld device that records precise measurements of coordinates, angles, distances, elevations and more. It can be used to collect measurements made by a total station and transfer them to desktop software. The FC-236 advanced handheld field computer is battery powered and portable so you can use it anywhere. It also features a built-in microprocessor, internal memory, wireless capabilities, ergonomic keypad, LCD display, Windows operating system and field surveying software.
Powerful and Versatile Performance
The new Topcon FC-236 Field Controller features a sunlight-readable touchscreen display and a full numeric keypad for fast and accurate data entry. Connecting to your existing field equipment will not be a problem with its integrated Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capability. This portable field controller also has a built-in GPS receiver for greater point positioning accuracy, 3-megapixel camera for capturing images in the survey area and a 3.5G cell modem that provides a simple solution to access the Internet or Cloud storage wherever you go. In addition, the FC236 has a built-in electronic compass and altimeter for determining direction and ground elevation.
Whether you are doing a report on site or emailing data, this device’s wide range of office-based and utility software maximizes your time and efficiency. Running Windows Mobile 6.1 operating system, this surveying data collector is equipped with the mobile version of all your favorite programs including Internet Explorer, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Media Player and Adobe Reader. Using Microsoft’s Active Sync with the USB connector, you can transfer completed jobs or new stakeout information to and from the device. The FC-236 also comes standard with a fast 806 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and an integrated high-capacity SD card slot that allows cards up to 16GB to be used for additional data storage!
Rugged and Reliable
Topcon’s experience in building quality land surveying equipment for over 75 years can be fully realized in the ergonomic design and ruggedness of the FC-236 data collector. You’ll never have to worry about gathering survey data in the most unforgiving outdoor environments. This compact and lightweight device has an IP-67 rating that enables it to withstand sand or dust for at least 8 hours and water immersion up to 3 feet for 30 minutes. It also meets rigorous military standard for shock, vibration, humidity and extreme temperatures. In fact, the FC236 can survive drops from up to 5 feet high!
With 5600mAh rechargeable Li-Ion battery, this Topcon data collector operates up to 12 hours on a single charge. The removable battery can be easily replaced at the worksite for a continuous data collection process.
The Battery charger for this device is available as an optional accessory in the essential accessories tab on the right-hand side of the page.
Customize your Device
You can customize this land surveying data collector by selecting your desired software from the drop down menu in the upper right hand corner of this page. All packages come with a stylus pen, USB cable, screen protector, rechargeable Li-Ion battery, AC power plug and 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
For added versatility, the on-board data collector software is offered in 11 different versions. This helps you save money by choosing only the one that you currently need. And as your project or business expands, you can easily add features and upgrade to a higher software version.
Packed with powerful features and durability, the Topcon FC-236 is one of the most rugged and versatile of land surveying equipment available on the market. With its full numeric keypad and built-in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, 3.5G modem, camera and impressive field software, this is an all-around device that simplifies data collection.
Features for the Topcon FC-236 Field Controller
- Internal 4GB Memory
- Built-in Bluetooth, WiFi and 3.5G Modem
- Embedded high sensitivity GPS receiver
- Integrated 3-megapixel autofocus camera
- 3.5-inch sunlight-readable LCD touch screen display
- Runs with Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and TopSURV Software
- SD card slot, USB and 9-pin serial ports
- Electronic compass and altimeter for determining altitude
- 10-hour rechargeable battery
- Water resistant and dustproof to IP-67
- Numeric keyboard
- Highly rugged design
Specifications for the Topcon FC-236 Field Controller
|Weight||17.6 oz (0.5 kg)|
|Protection Class||IP-67 (dustproof and water submersible)|
|Dimensions||7 in x 3.5 in x 1.18 in (17.7 cm x 8.8 cm x 2.9 cm)|
|Type||VGA transflective color LCD|
|Touchscreen||yes, with stylus|
|Resolution||480 x 640 pixels|
|Operating System||Windows Mobile 6.1|
|Bluetooth||2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate|
|GPS Receiver||1-3 m accuracy DGPS|
|Battery Life||7.5 hours|
|Power Source||5600 mAh Li-Ion battery|
|Battery Life Alert||yes|
|Serial||9-pin D-sub RS-232|
|MS Internet Explorer Mobile||yes|
|MS Office Mobile||yes|
|MS ActiveSync 4.x||yes|
|MS Windows Media Player||yes|
|MS Pictures and Videos||yes|
|MS Live Messenger||yes|
|MS Task Manager and Notes||yes|
|Remote Desktop Mobile||yes|
|E-Compass (Electronic compass and altimeter application)||yes|
|TacLink (GPS interface application)||yes|