Mobile GIS is a powerful geo-centric platform. With mobile GIS, businesses can benefit from considerable truck roll reductions, 100% online/offline availability, continuous business process flows, complete office-to-field GIS and ERP and DMS integration, integrated unplanned and planned outage management, user-friendly touch client interface, minimal operator training time, better operations, equipment, notification, ERP work order and functional location, more productive and better informed workforce, dynamic data feeds such as outages and weather, map-centric business object selection without database structure knowledge needed and Google StreetView and navigation. Redlining is immediately shared with the office and one-click-access to various documents such as work instructions and manuals is also achieved.
Mobile GIS has become an important aspect of project implementation of municipalities. The technology offers a cost-effective and precise way of gathering geospatial information. Municipal governments and their departments responsible for public works have been using this technology for quite some time now. They rely on mobile GIS to help enhance the speed and quality of data collection and improve the collaboration between office and field staff.
A constant stream of precise field information should be gathered and studied by the public works department staff to maintain the municipal workflow. Implementing mobile GIS offers a lot of benefits and one of these includes the creation of insightful solutions that are designed to deal with certain workflows. Mobile GIS applications need some training and can be successfully implemented throughout the whole field operation.
With mobile GIS, municipal workers can act faster and reduce impacts on services by using information gathered from both citizen sources and official reports. This information has become crucial for reporting emergencies and incidents in a country or city. When used proactively, this information can help promote public accountability by engaging members of the community to provide important, firsthand information during an emergency. Information gathered from the field can help provide crucial data about the level of urgency of an event and its location.
When used together with a field staff possessing mobile GIS, this information can greatly improve reporting capabilities allowing public works dispatchers to better assess arriving service requests from the community and prioritize work orders for field employees. Mobile GIS devices can also be used by crews to gain access to the geodatabase and assess information like the composition, maintenance history and age of an asset.
Mobile GIS is an important part of the public works enterprise workflow as it is a cost-effective and accurate way of gathering data for various applications. From routine maintenance programs to emergencies, an instantaneous exchange of data between department headquarters and field operations is needed to exchange, gather and assess crucial information.
Some applications of mobile GIS are restricted by the device, but these are more common to smaller devices like PDAs and mobile phones. This is because such devices have a short battery life, a weak keyboard, tiny screens with a poor resolution and limited processing power. Web client based tablet applications also suffer from other limitations such as online reliance, poor device integration and graphical user interface and limited offline web client cache.