Collaboration to ‘Supercharge’ Mobile Data Collection
Collector for ArcGIS from GIS (geographic information systems) technology provider Esri, www.esri.com, Redlands, Calif., has combined with the Zeno 20, an Android-based professional-grade handheld from Leica Geosystems, www.leica-geosystems.us, in a new solution called ZenoCollector.
ZenoCollector uses Collector for ArcGIS – a configurable mobile app for collecting and editing data in the field – as its main user interface and comes bundled with an ArcGIS Online organizational subscription for one year. Leica Geosystems is part of Stockholm-based Hexagon, www.hexagon.com, a global provider of information technologies for geospatial and industrial enterprise applications.
“Esri and Leica Geosystems recognize that enterprises may have particular field data collection challenges that smartphones can’t ideally meet,” explains Esri President Jack Dangermond. “We’re excited to combine Collector for ArcGIS with Leica Geosystems’ industry-standard surveying units to create a more rugged and accurate solution for the more exacting needs of organizations.”
Although Collector for ArcGIS is most often used on smartphones, explains Esri, field crews may need higher precision that, it says, only a dedicated survey device can deliver. ZenoCollector, however, contains a professional-grade global navigation satellite system receiver that provides significantly higher position accuracies, according to the company.
“We’re excited to raise mobile data collection solutions to the next level of precision and interoperability through rigorous connectivity between our survey-grade Leica Zeno series and Esri’s GIS solutions,” remarks Hexagon Geosystems President Juergen Dold.
ArcGIS Online connects ZenoCollector to the ArcGIS platform, automatically synching field changes to enterprise information and giving everyone access to the latest data gathered in the field. Collector for ArcGIS also supports offline data collection. Any updates will be synchronized with the map once the user is reconnected.
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