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Matt Sheehan
Matt Sheehan
Matt holds an MSc in Geography and GIS. He has been working with clients solving problems with GIS for over 17 years. Matt founded WebMapSolutions whose mission is to put innovative, intuitive GIS driven applications into the hands of new and existing users.

Getting data into and out of the field

April 15th, 2014 by Matt Sheehan

Field data collection has always been challenging. The options have been few: pen and paper or expensive rugged devices loaded with hard to use software. The process was always the same. Send your team out to gather data. At the end of the day pull all the data together (illegible notes, separate shapefiles, collections of digital photos). Collate. Analyse.

The pain Dr Smith!

Today this has been turned on its head. Today we have low cost mobile devices; smartphones and tablets, focused simple to use GIS mobile data collection apps and centrally available (cloud based) data repositories. Teams now collect their data, attach pictures and videos and upload directly to a single shared source or layer. Nothing could be easier. Plus this data is available across the organization in real time.

Getting data into and out of the field has never been easier. Mobile GIS and cloud technology to the rescue (again).

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Categories: ArcGIS Online, Mobile ArcGIS, Mobile GIS, Web and mobile GIS

One Response to “Getting data into and out of the field”

  1. Joanes says:

    Sorry to disagree. It could be true in your perfect USA world. Abroad we still without Edge/3G network so most of the apps don’t work in the field. Apps and cloud services cost 10 times more than in USA and so on so maybe some day we will get there…meanwhile ArcPAD 7 running on almost dead devices is the best we can have

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