What models of GPS's use the POI loader program? Can we use these loader programs to plot fire hydrants? We are thinking about using GPS's in our engines and we would like to load our fire hydrants for the locations throughout our township.
Frequently Asked Questions
For Garmin models that are compatible with the POI loader program, go to: http://www.garmin.com/products/poiloader/
Yes, you can easily create a POI file for the fire hydrants. The simplest way would be to create a list with the nearest address for all of the hydrants. You can use a converter such as http://www.batchgeocode.com/ to obtain the longitude and latitude. Then create the .csv file by entering 3 columns of data into excel(longitude, latitude, and name) and save it as a .csv file. (Complete instructions are available in the FAQ's). If you wanted to provide specific information or instructions about one or all of the hydrants you could enter it into a fourth column of excel and it will be available on a screen on the GPS.
The conversion from address to coordinates usually involves interpolation and may not be accurate enough for your requirements.
Another option for gathering locations would be to use a handheld GPS and mark each location as a waypoint. This would require more effort than converting from address, but it would be more accurate.
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