GIS | I have many field users
Many organizations are struggling to find the most effective and cost-effective ways to equip their field personnel with quality data collection tools. Some collect data every day, and others only occasionally. But all of the data needs to be accurate and able to sync up with the GIS back in the office.
You're not alone. This is a challenge that GIS teams around the world are faced with and Trimble has created ways to help you scale GIS data collection and processing to your day-to-day, month-to-month, and year-to-year needs.
Your GIS team struggles to use consumer-grade devices for field work. They break or fail regularly, and new devices have to be purchased annually to replace them. Navigation to remote sites often fails when network connectivity is lost. Screens can be hard to read in daylight. Accuracy is lacking. Batteries don’t last all day and require the use of “juice boxes” or external power banks. Free software requires a lot of configuration and customization and does not always work as desired. The learning curve is steep and efficiency is compromised. But investment costs are kept to a minimum.
- The TDC100 handheld, a rugged phone/data collector that will survive use in the field and in challenging environments: A large display that can be read even in bright daylight, a battery that lasts all day and can be switched out by the user during longer trips with no access to power, an easy-to-use operating system that supports many applications, true GNSS that will work even without data network connectivity and provides sufficient accuracy (that can be further enhanced by connecting to an external receiver).
- The R1, a shareable, compact, lightweight GNSS receiver for tasks that require higher accuracy.
- Data collection software, such as Trimble TerraFlex, that can be easily installed, customized, and tasks assigned centrally.
- Data collection workflows that allow you to integrate photographs and are efficient and context-based.
- Cloud-based connectivity, via the Trimble Connect platform, that allows the upload of collected data while in the field or on the way back to the office, allowing office staff to work on the deliverables and provide results to their customers more quickly.
- Lower barrier of entry for professional-grade devices
- Lower total cost of ownership
- Increased efficiency
- Increased accuracy and quality of data
- Improved user experience and user satisfaction (better device, easy to use, to learn, faster successes)
A GIS manager creates a new project to capture and collect information for a customer requesting a report about biological species in a remote area they intend to work in. He prepares the individual tasks in TerraFlex and assigns an employee to perform the work.
The employee tasked with conducting a biological survey in a remote location receives the information via email on his TDC100 handheld. He uses TerraFlex to navigate to the work site.
Using TerraFlex, he has received the project and his tasks and starts the survey by connecting to a R1 receiver. He collects the data with sub-meter accuracy and adds photographs documenting the collected data using his TDC100 handheld.
Once done and back within network coverage, the software uploads the collected data to the cloud and office staff can start working on the data and preparing the deliverables for the customer.