We recognize that field data collection projects can be daunting, especially when you are strapped on resources and qualified field teams.
Geospatial professionals can greatly benefit from Spike’s measurement and location capabilities, and the integration with Esri mobile apps. Spike is used by more than 30% of state DOTs, as well as by federal, state and municipal organizations.
- 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.
- Affordable at $499 USD per Spike, with no additional licensing or maintenance fees.
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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
What our GIS customers say about Spike
“Plant City was faced with an extensive road resurfacing task in order to fix our “50 shades” of asphalt and accommodate new housing development. The engineering team was still using the old-fashioned paper methods of manual data collection and a lot of back office data consolidation. The solution we selected was Esri’s Survey123 and Spike. This solution satisfied our requirements, was quick to deploy on mobile devices, and enabled engineering staff to evaluate and document road conditions safely from a distance and in real-time. I estimate that we saved 40% of time in the field, and reduced our error rate.”
Zlatko “Zack” Knezevic, GIS Coordinator with the City of Plant City, Florida
Spike is an affordable and easy to use smart laser measurement solution that is seamlessly integrated with Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS® mobile app, and can be used for many geospatial field applications. This integrated solution is designed for the novice to intermediate user, so you can train anybody to go into the field and capture the data you need to complete your project on time and on budget.
With Spike and Survey123, the inspecting, assessing, and reporting of assets or features is as easy as filling out a mobile form in the field, taking a photo with a smartphone or tablet, and automatically updating your geodatabase. From a photo taken with your mobile device and Spike, you can measure areas, heights, widths, elevations, distances to targets, distances between two points, and the offset GPS location of the features you need to map in ArcGIS.
- 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 area, you can provide more accurate surveillance, inspection, reporting and analysis.
Data collected with Spike can be imported into Collector, 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, but an integration is planned and development on the integration will begin late 2019. Learn more here.
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. Common verticals and projects for Spike include: transportation, code enforcement, inspections, assessments, facilities management, disaster response, and defense. Spike has unique and impactful measurement capabilities, accessible to any field worker who can use a smartphone or tablet:
- 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. Photo Measurement accuracy is +/- 1%.
- Point-to-Point Measure: measure the distance between two objects in seconds by capturing two photos. Spike also calculates the linear distance for vertical and horizontal measurements. Point-to-Point Measurement accuracy is +/- 3%
- Offset GPS/GNSS Locations: capture a target’s location, your location, and a georeferenced image of the target, simply by taking a photo from a safe distance. Location data includes latitude, longitude, and altitude. Spike supports third-party GPS/GNSS receivers.
- Offset Distances: measure the distance between your mobile device and the photographed object. This feature is useful for measuring setbacks, easments, and widths of objects.
2019 Esri Partner Conference Award Winner Spotlight: ikeGPS
During the 2019 Esri Partner Conference, ikeGPS was awarded the Improving Field Operations Award for the integration of Spike and Survey123. Esri created this video to spotlight Spike, and the video tells the story of Spike’s origin, and why the integration of Spike and Survey123 is so meaningful to Esri users and government organizations around the world.
Video Copyright: Esri
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.
Video Copyright: Esri
Demo: Using Spike with Survey123 for ArcGIS®
In this video, we demonstrates 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.
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 Geographic Technologies Group Used Spike to Verify LiDAR Data for 3D Historic District Environment
Capturing the heights of over 350 buildings in 7 days in the field
This case study is with Jonathan Welker, a Senior GIS Analyst with GTG. Welker shares how he has been working collaboratively with the City of Roswell, Georgia on their GIS Strategic Plan and implementation. Now in the third year of the plan, Welker and the City of Roswell wanted to go above and beyond the basic functionality established with the traditional suite of Esri tools, and have a goal of creating a 3D interactive Historic District with geometrically accurate buildings. Welker used Spike with Collector to verify LiDAR data by going on site and measuring the heights of buildings.
El Paso Electric Asset Management Services Puts Safety First with Spike
Keeping field workers safe while saving time and bringing efficiencies to substation, transmission, and vegetation assessment projects
This case study is with project managers and the GIS specialist with El Paso Electric. Learn how EPE is keeping their field workers safe while saving time and bringing efficiencies to substation, transmission, and vegetation assessment projects.“The act of taking measurements with Spike saves me 90% of time. It replaces long measuring tapes and measuring wheels, and having to go back to the office and draw on paper. Spike adds so much more versatility that you can’t get from other measurement tools.”
Using Spike to Measure Woodpecker Cavities for Wildlife Studies
Ph.D. Candidate with the University of Idaho Measures Tree Cavity Dimensions with +/-1 cm Accuracy
Jessica M. Stitt, a Ph.D. Candidate with the Department of Fish & Wildlife Sciences at the University of Idaho. Stitt’s Ph.D. project is looking at woodpeckers in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. As part of her field data collection, Stitt needed to measure woodpecker cavities. Equipped with Spike, Stitt was able to measure tree cavity dimensions with +/-1 cm accuracy.