Given the speed at which mobile technology changes, SRB&A did not want to build their own proprietary software. The ideal solution would allow them to customize an existing, regularly maintained platform with offline maps and forms to personalize projects for their employees.
SRB&A looked at several different solutions, but settled on TerraGo Edge because of a few main advantages. Deployment of the client apps proved to be very easy with distribution through the Apple App Store, with no need for proprietary hardware. A simple user interface meant that field workers could be up and collecting data in minutes without the need to study a user manual.
Field workers loved the powerful offline capabilities of TerraGo Edge, since most of Alaska does not have cellular coverage. By bundling offline maps with project notebooks ahead of time, users would have access to terrain data and common place names that made referencing their data easier. Data could be collected and then synced back to the server at a later time when they had connectivity.
From a management point of view, it was important that the data could be synced back quickly, and easily analyzed. The open nature of TerraGo Edge meant that SRB&A could not only view job progress in real time from a web interface, but they could also extract that data in multiple open formats to any system or database that they chose.