What are the end products that can be obtained from a field data collector?

Field data collection apps provide users with the ability to produce detailed data reports. Ideally, this is to be done as quickly as possible and with the minimum of manipulation on the user’s end.

To provide a practical illustration of their use, let’s discuss the problems of the following working professionals:

  • Michelle is a 43-year-old Field Operations Manager who oversees a team of field workers. She is always on the lookout for versatile ways to increase her team’s efficiency.
  • Jonathan is a 33-year-old maintenance technician who works in one of the world’s most complex water management systems. He sometimes feels that his technological tools do not completely suit his needs.
  • Greg is a 49-year-old VP of operations and technical metering. He is looking for tools that can increase the accuracy of his team’s reports on field infrastructure.

While their careers and level of seniority differ, these individuals all share problems caused by inefficient data collection methods. Each would benefit from the tools in Coral Collect’s mobile data collector, including:

  • The ability to organize and modify data in numerous ways.
  • Access to georeferenced surveys of all the locations one has visited.
  • A wide variety of export and data synchronization tools.

Organizational Tools

A highly customizable mobile forms app allows one to set parameters for data input and adjust as needed. One can view, sort, and modify their data in various ways via an online tabular format.

Another key point concerns the fact that in modern work environments, field forms often need to be digitized. Handwritten notes are often disposed of after they are inputted. Thus, our data collection app’s ability to automatically transcribe into a database various forms of data would reduce a workflow inefficiency.

Location Tracking and maps

The data collection teams have access, though the app, to their location in real time, which greatly facilitates their orientation in the field. In addition, users of the Coral Collect app will have access through the web, from anywhere, a map that displays all the georeferenced surveys that you have collected. A color code and filters also allow you to visualize this data on the map according to the desired themes. This eliminates the often-redundant task of tracking one’s location in addition to the corresponding data.

Create maps 

Coral Collect users, like Michelle, will be able, once the field data is collected, to create PDF reports automatically that will be shared with their supervisor and clients.

Exporting the Data

One of the biggest advantages of a data collector is the ability to integrate the collected data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Through an export in shapefile and GeoJSON, geomatics specialists will be able to export and use this data in their GIS software to rework them later.

In addition to GIS app support, Coral Collect is built to maximize ease of use, allowing workers to collect data offline and synchronize them at a later point. It also allows users to export data in Excel, CSV, and PDF formats.

Conclusion

Presently, not all data collectors offer the possibility of producing these final outputs. The value of a data collection solution for Greg, Michelle and Jonathan is assessed based on the results it can produce and the problems it can solved. Coral Collect is a tool that meets all the above criteria and will easily adapt to your workflow.

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