March 20, 2008 -- YARMOUTH, Maine — DeLorme, a long-time innovation leader in GPS receiver technologies, today announced that Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway (BNSF) has standardized on the Earthmate GPS PN-20 as the GPS receiver of choice in support of track maintenance crews throughout the organization.
Designed by DeLorme GPS engineers, the PN-20 is a rugged, waterproof receiver with a bright-color screen that displays DeLorme topographic maps, aerial imagery, and other GIS data. It also delivers exceptional searching, mapping, and routing functions, which are further augmented through the use of DeLorme XMap GIS software.
The PN-20 provides BNSF field technicians with access to the company’s track and milepost data, displayed against a background of DeLorme’s USA street-level or topographic base maps. The ability to view aerial imagery enhances field intelligence for better decision making. Field personnel will be able to search on BNSF data for track defects, view and query track and milepost locations, and create waypoints with basic descriptions. Armed with location data that has been custom-cut for BNSF, field technicians will have the ability to automatically download defect information directly from BNSF geometry cars to the PN-20 GPS handheld.
“Our people worked very closely with their counterparts at BNSF to develop a custom nationwide dataset that placed BNSF’s GIS infrastructure on a USA base map,” said Geoffrey Ives, Director of Professional Sales for DeLorme. “That teamwork also led to a PN-20 application programming interface that specifically supports BNSF’s waypoint requirements.”
The BNSF Railway is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corporation, the holding company formed by the September 22, 1995 merger of Burlington Northern, Incorporated and the Santa Fe Pacific Corporation. The BNSF Railway directly owns and operates track in 28 U.S. states and two Canadian provences. For more information about BNSF Railway Company, visit their website at
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