Replace Proprietary GPS Handhelds with a Modern Mobile Solution
Why Make the Switch?
The mobile revolution that began with smartphones has not only re-shaped our lives, but has also transformed entire industries, Cloud networks and web-based mapping services. This has led to a direct improvement in efficiency and enabled organizations to realize the massive cost savings of using modern mobile devices, apps and solutions. What’s ironic is that GPS field data collection is still typically performed on expensive, proprietary hardware and outdated software. Industries and organizations still using these proprietary GPS data collection devices are not taking advantage of nearly a decade of mobile device innovation.
5 Reasons to Take Advantage of the Mobile Revolution
The cost of proprietary hardware can very expensive to purchase and replace. Field workers already own smartphones or tablets, and if not, they are inexpensive, in comparison to purchasing, or even renting, a proprietary GPS handheld. For example, an operation with 100 field users could save over $1 million in direct hardware and software costs alone.
Proprietary hardware is single-purpose-built, rigid, inflexible and unable to adapt to technology advances. Mobile devices are adaptable with built-in GPS, cameras, Internet access and easy-to-use interfaces. Even more of a reason to migrate away from proprietary GPS handhelds is that mapping and survey grade GPS receivers are available and integrate with smartphones and tablets seamlessly.
Most proprietary devices still run Windows Mobile, which dates to back 1996, and Microsoft ended support for that software years ago. These devices utilize patented data formats and exposes users to software that is impossible to update and even more difficult to extract data out. Mobile iOS and Android apps provide a vastly better user experience with a rapid cycle of software updates. Additionally, open, cloud-based databases enable a seamless transfer of data to other formats and systems.
Proprietary handheld GPS devices have decades-old PDA style interfaces and cumbersome workflows that don’t even compare to compare today’s iOS and Android apps. Mobile devices designed for the Cloud can share field data with headquarters and other workers in real-time, something that is not attainable with older platforms.
Proprietary GPS handhelds require in-depth training and have a non-intuitive user interface. Field workers use apps on their smartphones and tablets every day and get up-to-speed quickly. It’s as simple as posting on Facebook or Instagram. The learning curve is significantly reduced and the training time is minimized.