Spike is a smart laser measurement solution for all types of geospatial applications allowing you to measure objects such as: external building features, signage, right-of-way, urban and rural environments, disaster sites, and natural features simply by capturing a photo. From that photo you can measure areas, heights, widths, elevations, and the offset location of the features you need to document.
Spike supports third-party GIS and design software, including Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS, Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Revit, ARCHICAD, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDraw.
- Spike provides a photo verifiable record of the feature being measured, delivering increased confidence in field surveys and measurements.
- Spike allows you to measure and locate distant features that are either difficult or not possible to reach.
- Typical ROI on Spike is 3-5 uses in the field.
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What our GIS customers say about Spike
“We deployed Spike with the Survey123 for ArcGIS app to measure and collect the dimension of objects, such as our signage and facilities. This joint solution has made it so we don’t require any additional equipment for measuring aside from our iPads, Survey123 mobile app, and Spike laser devices, and we can keep our field staff safe during data collection. In addition, Spike and Survey123 reduces our time in the field spent collecting assets, and is not only easy to operate, but highly efficient for data collection.”
Roberto Avila, Ph.D., GIS Applications & Data Services Unit Manager with the Colorado Department of Transportation
Survey123 for ArcGIS and Spike work seamlessly together. Survey123 is a simple and intuitive form-centric data gathering app for creating, sharing, and analyzing surveys. Integrating Spike with Survey123 allows you to quickly and easily measure areas, heights, widths, and the offset location of the objects you need to document, simply by taking a photo with your smartphone or tablet, all within the Survey123 app.
The Spike device is first attached to a smartphone or tablet. Using Bluetooth, the Spike device connects to the Spike mobile app. A Survey123 survey configured with a Spike question type will open the Spike app so measurements can be taken on top of photographed objects. Measurements and photos from the Spike app are then sent into the survey, and data captured in Survey123 is immediately available in the ArcGIS Platform.
- Measure remote objects: Spike captures and stores the location of the mobile device and the location of the target object with the distance offset along with a georeferenced image.
- Cut Costs & Generate a Quick ROI: Replace expensive and complicated GPS handheld devices with Spike and cut your field data acquisition costs.
- Save Time in the Field & Office: Collect data faster with Spike, reducing your field collection and measurement time to minutes. Spike with Survey123 is the fastest and easiest way to update your geodatabase.
- Safer Field Operations: There is no need to access the object in order to take measurements. Simply stand at a safe distance and take a photo from your smartphone or tablet.
- Improve Reporting: By capturing real-time measurements from a photo, including GPS location, distance, and areas, you can provide more accurate surveillance, inspection, reporting and analysis.
Data collected with Spike can be imported into Collector for ArcGIS, enabling you to include a photo verifiable record when cataloging a feature or asset. While in the field, capture a photo with Spike, then attach the photo record and measurement data as part of a feature from within the Collector app.
Note that Spike is not currently integrated with Collector for ArcGIS, but an integration will become available mid 2019.
Spike Stories: Carbon County, Utah Sees a Staggering ROI from Collector for ArcGIS and Spike
Spike and Collector used together for signage inventory reduced project costs from $50k to $5k, leading to more than a 500% ROI in less than one month
The GIS and roads departments in Carbon County, Utah, recently experienced huge improvements in their field data collection processes when they implemented Collector for ArcGIS with Spike. One of the road team’s responsibilities is completing an annual signage inventory.
Using their old methods, Campbell and his team used to take 5-weeks to inventory 1,500 signage and spent approximately $50,000 annually. Since successfully implementing Collector with Spike into their signage inventory processes with support from the GIS department, Campbell’s team was able to collect 322 signs per day or 1,620 in a one-week period.
Many municipalities, counties, and agencies use Spike to measure projects faster, easier, and safer, while cutting costs, including: transportation, code enforcement, inspections, assessments, facilities management, disaster response, and defense. The Spike laser device works with your smartphone or tablet, and enables you to:
- Photo Measure: quickly measure the width, height and area of objects, such as buildings or other assets, simply by taking a photo from your smartphone or tablet.
- Point-to-Point Measure: Measure the distance between two objects in seconds.
- Capture GPS/GNSS Locations: quickly and safely capture a target’s location, your location, and a georeferenced image of the target. Location data includes latitude, longitude, and altitude. Spike supports third-party GPS/GNSS receivers.
- Integrate with Industry-Leading Solutions: Spike is compatible with Esri, Autodesk, and Adobe solutions.
- Find Distances Instantly: Get distances to targets with the live laser distance range finder.
Demo: Using Spike with Survey123 for ArcGIS®
In this video, we demonstrate how to use Spike with Survey123 for ArcGIS. Survey123 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.
Spike Stories: Colorado Dept of Transportation
The Colorado Department of Transportation was an early adopter of the integration between Spike and Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS®. CDOT’s initial project was a signage inventory project, where they needed to measure over two thousand signs. Using their old method of laptops and pen /paper, this would have taken them months. By switching to an end-to-end mobile solution of tablets equipped with Spike and Survey123, they reduced their inventory collection times from months to minutes.
What is Spike?
If you’re unfamiliar with Spike, this video will explain what Spike is and how it works with your smartphone or tablet. The Spike laser device, Spike mobile app, Spike Cloud and your smartphone or tablet work together to bring measurements within reach. The Spike laser device works with both Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets, and is available with three different mounting options.
5 Reasons You Need a Spike
There are many ways that you can benefit from using Spike as part of your mobile field data collection processes. This video walks you through the top 5 reasons that you need a Spike, and how Spike can help you to cut costs, generate a quick ROI, and save time in the field and office.
ikeGPS Vision for Spike
We are often asked what our vision was for Spike, and how the idea for Spike was conceived. This video explains what the ikeGPS vision was for Spike, and how it came from the trend of using mobile devices for more than personal use. Measurement solutions should be easy to use, easy to adopt, and accessible to all field workers.
Carbon County, Utah Sees a Staggering ROI from Collector for ArcGIS and Spike
Spike and Collector for ArcGIS used together for signage inventory reduced project costs from $50k to $5k, leading to more than a 500% ROI in less than one month
This case study is with Mellissa Lasslo, GIS Specialist with the Carbon County GIS Department, and Daniel Campbell, Road Shop Supervisor with the Carbon County Road Department. “With this new process combining Collector for ArcGIS with Spike, we have been able to collect, measure, and store our data more efficiently. Now we can have multiple people collecting and editing data at the same time, and when Campbell’s team is within range of service, be able to immediately see points added to the map in ArcGIS Online as they are collected.”
City of Winston-Salem Zoning Team Cuts Costs on Sign Inventory & Compliance
Spike and ArcGIS Online® Saved the City More than $200,000
This case study is with Jeff Vaughn, the Zoning Inspection Supervisor, and Christopher Sparks, I.S. Project Coordinator, with the City of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Equipped with Spike units and iPads, Vaughn’s team was able to collect, review, and verify compliance on 3,000 signs in less than three months. The Zoning Department was going to initially hire land surveyors to complete the project, which could have cost $200,000-500,000.
How Esri Broomfield’s Building Operations went from Guesstimation to Photo Verifiable Measurements with Spike
What was once next to impossible to measure, became easy, safe, and fast
This case study is with Kathy Burton, Regional Office Administrator and Building Operations for the Esri Broomfield, Colorado location. “Using Spike has made the task of measuring so much easier. Instead of using my tape measure and writing down each measurement in addition to sometimes having to guess at measurements because the object(s) I need to measure are not really accessible, all I do is take a photo with my phone, and I have the information that I need.”
City of Westminster, Colorado Streamlines Inspections with Spike
Permit Compliance and Inspections are now safer, faster, and more accurate
This case study is with Scott Kolowitz, Official Development Plan Inspector for the City of Westminster, Colorado. For Kolowitz, Spike’s biggest benefit is its time-saving ability. In fact, since using Spike, Kolowitz finds that he completes inspections at least twice as fast, and he no longer has to worry about the inefficiencies that come with using a tape measure.