ArcMap GPS Support

Date Published: 06-06-2003


The free download adds support for real-time display in ArcMap of GPS receiver input.



The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a set of satellites and ground stations. A GPS device calculates its location using signals received from the satellites. Funded and supported by the United States government, GPS has widespread use for both military and civilian applications.

With the added GPS support, input from a GPS receiver can be displayed as a real-time location in ArcMap. GPS receiver locations can also be stored in log files for archival or real-time digitizing purposes. The GPS functionality is accessed through a toolbar in ArcMap or by writing custom applications using ArcObjects.

The current location is displayed as a user-defined marker symbol. The angle of the marker symbol can reflect the direction of motion (bearing), the size based upon the current speed of travel, and the color based upon the altitude. Previous locations can be displayed as a trail of markers or as a customizable line. The trail of previous positions can reflect changes in bearing, speed, and altitude.

Users can view the location by panning, or by enabling settings to keep the current location centered on the screen. For in-car navigation and routing system applications, the location can be snapped to specified features, like a street centerline. Log files allow locations to be stored either in streaming mode (at a specified rate or distance apart) or one at a time. Log files can be customized to allow the user to specify which columns are added to the output feature class.

System Requirements

Platform: PC-Intel
Operating System: Windows NT 4 sp 6a, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP Professional or Windows XP Home Edition
ArcGIS Software: ArcGIS 8.3 Final (available service packs optional)

Files Installed

The ArcMap GPS Support installation requires ArcGIS 8.3. The following files are added to the ArcGIS 8.3 install location.

Installing ArcMap GPS Support

Installation Steps
  1. Locate the setup.exe file in the folder where the GPS_Support.exe contents were extracted.
  2. Double-click setup.exe to start the GPS Support for ArcGIS installation.
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the software installation.

Known Issues

Getting Help

Domestic sites, please contact ESRI Technical Support at 909.793.3774, if you have any difficulty installing. International sites, please contact your local ESRI software distributor.

For ArcMap GPS Support information, refer to the GPS Support help topics in the ArcGIS Desktop Help.

An object model diagram and ArcMap GPS Support Component help topics in the ArcObjects Developer Help are provided for developers.