With TerraGo Edge, Sebring was able to integrate with industry-leading GPS receivers, which easily paired to iPads or iPhones via Bluetooth. Depending on the accuracy requirement, field users could capture data with a single data collection app at a cm-level, survey-grade mode, or at a 5-meter, consumer-grade mode.
Getting the survey-grade performance on the iPad has only been possible very recently and it’s one of the more difficult things to provide for iOS devices. One of the key benefits of TerraGo Edge over other data collection and forms apps is that it’s fully integrated at the software level with these leading GPS receivers, which are Apple-certified. Sebring wanted an RTK-capable receiver, which meant they could get cm-level accuracy in real-time (eliminating any “post-processing”). So, they selected an Eos Arrow 200, the world’s first RTK receiver certified by Apple. This meant the location coordinates were available to all apps on iOS. However, in order to get the full GPS data which is essential to high-accuracy data collection, an app must integrate the Eos SDK. Luckily, TerraGo was the first iOS app in the world to do just that.
The real-time performance of the GPS service meant they could do a lot more calls, a lot faster. For example, Sebring used to utilize a Trimble device for exercising valves but it would take 10-15 minutes per valve. With a customer base of 16,000 people that posed a real manpower problem. With real-time, survey grade accuracy, the work gets done in a fraction of the time, at a fraction of the cost.
Sebring wanted to be able to share CAD diagrams within the TerraGo Edge mobile app. If CAD diagrams could be provided as basemaps, workers could utilize them quickly to locate valves and perform repairs in the event of a leak. Here, TerraGo provided the TerraGo Composer product to enable the geo-referencing of CAD diagrams in GeoPDF format, which could be imported into Edge. This enabled any worker to access any CAD diagram on their iPhones, iPad or other mobile devices for the first time, providing important productivity benefits in the field.
TerraGo’s form builder let Sebring create unlimited forms, entirely customized. As new processes come online with the TerraGo Edge data collection tool, forms can easily and flexibly be accommodated. Whether it’s water plant or wastewater operations, the right form can be designed and built within minutes and synced to all mobile devices instantly.