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Expanding Availability of Integrated Solution of Spike and Survey123 for ArcGIS
ikeGPS announces new distribution agreements for Spike with three of Esri’s International Partners, expanding upon the early success witnessed by Esri in the US. These agreements make Spike, a smart laser measurement solution, available to Esri’s user communities in Spain, Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Lao, Vietnam, and Morocco, supporting the recent integration of Spike with Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS®.
The three new resellers who will be promoting the joint solution of Spike and Survey123 to their user communities include: Esri España (Spain), Transpar Company Limited (Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Vietnam), and Geomatic (Esri Morocco also covering North Africa).
According to James Pardue, Senior Vice President of Spike Sales with ikeGPS, “the fact that Esri’s international partners are committing to resell the integrated solution of Survey123 and Spike is a testament to how impactful this solution is to so many industries around the world that need a better solution for mobile field data collection. Taking field measurements shouldn’t be complicated and expensive, and it should be extremely efficient to collect data and update your geodatabase.” Additional international partners are anticipated to be announced throughout the remainder of 2018.
Survey123 for ArcGIS is a form-centric data collection app that works with Spike on Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets. Geared for the novice to intermediate user, this integration allows field workers to quickly, easily, and safely measure areas, heights, widths, and the offset location of assets that are difficult to reach, such as a building or road signage, simply by taking a photo with a smartphone or tablet, all within the Survey123 for ArcGIS app.
Learn more about:
Survey123 for ArcGIS: survey123.arcgis.com
Esri España (Spain): www.esri.es
Transpar Company Limited (Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, The Lao People’s Democratic Republic, and Vietnam): www.esrith.com/en
Geomatic (Esri Morocco): www.geomatic.ma/en
The adoption of Spike by municipalities and counties is growing quickly, and it’s no surprise considering how many different applications there are for Spike. Many of these applications require the collection of both location and measurement data, and the ability to update these assets in a geodatabase.
Since Spike is cost effective and easy to use, it’s also easy to deploy to those who aren’t surveyors or engineers. Not to mention that with Spike’s integration with Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS®, the inspecting, assessing, and reporting of these assets and features is as easy as filling out a mobile form in the field, taking a photo, and automatically updating a geodatabase.
Oftentimes, the GIS department acquires a Spike for use on a particular project, such as annual signage inventory, and has great success and a positive ROI on the project. Following the success of their first project, they are on the search for other applications where Spike could be used to lower costs and speed up completion time of a project.
We have compiled a list of the top six applications where Spike can be deployed across local government departments with immediate success:
1. Transportation – Applications for Spike in transportation include signage inventory and road maintenance. Counties are required to maintain databases of all ground signs, and equipped with Spike, road departments can measure and locate signs, and have a photo verifiable record for their databases. Road maintenance can benefit from taking measurements for material estimates and for measuring and locating culverts and bridges.
2. Code Compliance and Inspections – Spike is an essential tool for code compliance and conducting inspections, because Spike enables inspectors to measure and locate hard-to-reach objects. They can verify new construction and building improvements by quickly measuring heights and widths, and use the photo record for code enforcement. Inspectors are oftentimes not given ladders or allowed to leave the ground to measure taller features, and Spike enables them to measure from the ground by taking a photo from their smartphone or tablet.
3. Emergency Management – Spike belongs in the toolbox for emergency management, and has been used many times for disaster response and relief. During the assessment of disasters, damaged assets are typically difficult to access and difficult to document. Spike enables officials to catalog the location of damages, estimate materials needed for repair, or even complete FEMA funding application documentation - all from a safe distance.
4. Facilities Management – Spike can be used to measure, locate, assess, and report both interior and exterior features of properties, simply by taking a photo of the feature. Examples of how Spike can be used for facility improvements and repair include graffiti removal to energy efficiency measurements and parking lot light poles.
5. Assessments – Assessors frequently are unable to access the property they are required to measure and value. Equipped with Spike, assessors can measure the lengths of exterior walls using Spike’s point-to-point measurement capability. These measurements can then be used to develop a floorplan, and the photos used as a photo record.
6. Asset Management – Asset managers can easily catalog assets and update their databases by using Spike. From a single photo taken with Spike and a smartphone or tablet, asset managers can capture the GPS location of the asset, a photo verifiable record, and any measurements needed. All of this data, as well as photos, can then be uploaded into a geodatabase for easy reference and record-keeping.
xyHt, a magazine dedicated to the geospatial industry and for professionals and prosumers, released an in-depth profile of Spike in the July 2018 issue. The article, titled "Not Everything Requires Precision Accuracies", is written by author Matteo Luccio, who received a demo Spike device for his own testing. As part of the profile, James Pardue, Senior Vice President of Spike sales, was interviewed.
In the profile, Luccio discusses how Spike enables non-geospatial experts to be able to inspect, assess, and report features, and at an affordable cost. In addition, Spike is intended to be easy-to-use, and can be taught in less than one hour.
The full interview and profile can be viewed here (on pages 31-33).