A question we often get asked is “What are our best options for collecting and synchronizing GIS field data?
Until recently this was a difficult question to answer, particularly for those with tight budgets. Today there are some a slew of potential solutions available.
Hardware and Software in 2014
Once mobile data collection required high priced Trimble units and complex software such as ArcPad. Though still in use, these technologies now have lower cost, simpler competitors. For hardware, smartphone and tablets are ubiquitous. They are low in price and easy to use. With built in GPS, and optional high accuracy external GPS units, these devices are replacing their more costly mobile rivals and expanding the number of users able to collect location based field data. (more…)