More than 5,000 sign shops and 50,000 construction professionals, as well as federal, state, and local government agencies use ikeGPS mobile products to measure projects faster and easier, while saving money.
Spike allows you to measure an object simply by taking a photo with your smartphone or tablet. From that photo, you can capture real-time measurements including areas, elevations, distances between two points, and GPS/GNSS location.
The Spike laser device, Spike mobile app, Spike Cloud and your smartphone or tablet work together to bring measurements within reach.
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Spike is a smart laser measurement solution for all types of industries and professional use, and brings new functionality to your smartphone or tablet by turning it into a powerful measurement solution. With Spike, professionals can save valuable time and money, measure from a safe distance, and access hard to reach areas all by taking a photo.
Spike allows you to measure and locate an object simply by taking a photo with your smartphone or tablet. From that photo, you can capture real-time measurements including areas, elevations, distances between two points, and GPS location.
The Spike laser device works with both Apple iOS and Google Android smartphones and tablets, and is available with three different mounting options. The Spike laser device pairs with your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Spike’s laser rangefinder works together with your smartphone or tablet’s camera, GPS, compass, and Internet connection.
Spike gives you the flexibility to measure from the Spike mobile app or Spike Cloud. The Spike Cloud allows you to view, measure, export, and share your Spike photos and measurements from your desktop. The Spike Cloud offers premium features, such as export options for compatibility with third-party design and CAD packages, adding notes to images, and advanced folder organization.
Spike also supports design, architecture, engineering, construction, and GIS software, including Esri’s Collector for ArcGIS, Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Revit, ARCHICAD, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Flexi.
-Ryan, YESCO branch manager for St. George, Utah
“We collected data on 322 signs in Nine Mile Canyon without any service. Once we were back in-range, all the data was there. What used to take us six months to collect, now only takes us weeks.”
– Daniel, Road Shop Supervisor with Carbon County, Utah
Photo Measure: real-time measurements from a photo
With Spike, your time to measure an object is reduced to minutes. Simply take a photo of the object you want to measure, such as a building or wall, using the Spike app and your smartphone or tablet. From that photo, capture measurements instantly including areas, heights, widths, and lengths. Photos can be measured using the Spike mobile app or Cloud. You can access your photos at any time to remeasure, eliminating the need to return to the location for additional measurements.
Spike’s photo measurement capability allows you to measure hard-to-reach objects that would have otherwise required additional equipment, labor or tools. All it takes is one person to capture all the measurements you need, and while at a safe location and distance.
Point-to-Point: measure the distance between two objects
Measure the distance between two objects in seconds by capturing two photos. For example, to measure the distance between the side of a house and a nearby tree, a store front and a sign in the parking lot, the side of a highway and a light pole, a utility line and a tree or the ground up to the roof line of a house.
Simply aim Spike at the first object, such as the side of a house, and take a photo. Then, aim at your second object, such as a tree, and take a photo. Spike then calculates the distance between those two objects. In addition to the distance measurement, Spike also calculates the linear distance for vertical and horizontal measurements.
Measure Remote Objects and Collect GPS/GNSS Location From A Distance
Replace expensive and complicated GPS handheld devices with Spike, and reduce field collection times. Quickly and safely 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.
Data collected with Spike can be exported as a KMZ file or imported into GIS software, including Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS.
Measure and Share Using the Spike Cloud
Spike gives you the flexibility to measure and share from the Spike mobile app or Spike Cloud. The Spike Cloud allows you to view, measure, export, and share your Spike photos and measurements from your desktop. While in the field, take a photo using the Spike app and your mobile device, then upload your photos to the Cloud to measure and report back at the office.
The Spike Cloud offers premium features, such as export options for compatibility with third-party design and CAD packages, adding notes to images, and advanced folder organization.
Export and share captured photos and measurements
All measurements are saved with the photo, and can be exported and shared with your team, colleagues or customers. Use the exported photo and measurements as photo verification for reports or estimates.
All measurements are saved with the photo, and can be exported and shared with your team, colleagues or customers. The Spike app and Spike Cloud allow you to select industry-standard export formats, including JPG, PDF, Spike file (XML), or KMZ.
Spike also supports design, architecture, engineering, construction, and GIS software, including Collector for ArcGIS, Survey123 for ArcGIS, AutoCAD, Revit, ARCHICAD, Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw, and Flexi.
Device and OS
Spike works with commercial Google Android and Apple iOS Smartphones and Tablets. To view a list of recommended devices that have gone through camera calibration procedure and provide the highest level of accuracy, visit the Spike Support Center.
The Spike device connects with your Smartphone or Tablet via Bluetooth. Your device must support BLUETOOTH 4.0 low energy technology.
The Spike device has an Internal Li-ion battery that is charged via a micro USB charging port (a USB cable is included in the box with Spike). Battery life is 4 hours of continuous use.
Spike’s eye safe laser rangefinder supports ranges between 6-650 feet (2-200 meters). The accuracy of Spike’s laser rangefinder is ± 5cm (2 in).
The accuracy of Spike’s laser rangefinder is ± 5cm (2in); the accuracy of Photo Measurements is ± 1%; and the accuracy of Point-to-Point Measurements is ± 3%. For additional information on optimal distances and positions, visit the Spike Support Center.
Spike supports measurements in feet + inches, inches, meters, or centimeters. Unit settings may be changed at any time via the Spike app settings or Cloud settings.
Measurements are stored with the photo and can be shared as a PDF, JPG, Spike File (XML), or KMZ. For Android devices only, additional output includes HMTL. The Spike File is a compressed .ZIP file, which contains the Spike photos and XML file with measurement and location data.
Industries and ROI
Spike is a smart laser measurement solution for all types of industries and professional use, with a typical ROI of 3-5 uses. Learn more about Spike’s benefits for your industry below.
Government & GIS
Spike is used by federal, state, and local government agencies, and is the winner of the 2019 Esri Partner Conference – Improving Field Operations Award. Users of Esri’s ArcGIS can seamlessly integrate data captured with Spike into Survey123 for ArcGIS. 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.
- Replace expensive and time-consuming field data collection processes and equipment with a solution geared for the novice user.
- Spike provides a photo verifiable and authoritative record of the feature being measured, delivering increased confidence in field surveys and measurements.
Sign and Graphics
Spike is used by more than 5,000 signage professionals, and is the winner of the 2016 ISA International Sign Expo Innovation Award. Spike allows you to cut measurement and customer acquisition costs by more than 50%, and pays for itself in 3-5 site surveys. Spike also support the design process through integrations with Flexi, Adobe Illustrator, and CorelDRAW.
- If you can keep service trucks busy on existing projects, you can save $200 per site survey just by using Spike for an estimate.
- Spike’s Scaled Image export saves designers 30 minutes of time per project
Save time and money on remodeling and renovation projects with Spike by using Spike’s photo measurements during site walks to complete your bids and estimates. Spike allows you to measure elevations, widths, and areas of commercial and residential projects.
- Save significant time on your site walks by using Spike’s photo measurements to complete your bids and estimates.
- Utilize Spike’s Photo Measurements as part of your day-to-day design work with AutoCAD, Revit and ARCHICAD and design to scale.
Documentation & Resources
For all other resources, including the Spike User Manual, Video Tutorials, How-To Guides and top FAQS:
This video provides an overview to Spike’s capabilities, and demonstrates how you can use Spike to bring measurements within reach. Spike can be used by many industries and professionals to measure projects and assets faster and easier, while saving money – all by taking a photo!
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.
Spike Stories with Gordon Sign
With its 111-year history, Denver-based Gordon Sign is the oldest sign company in Colorado. Follow along as Glenn, account executive and designer for Gordon Sign, uses Spike for site surveys, design mockups, estimates, and permit applications.
Spike Demo: Using Esri’s Survey123 for ArcGIS® with Spike
In this video, Esri 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.
Spike Demo: Using Spike for Sign & Graphics
In this Spike video demonstration, sign and graphics professionals can see how a new location for a sign can be quickly and easily measured with Spike. Simply by taking one photo, you can measure areas, lengths and heights of the building frontage and area of the new sign. This demo shows both the Spike mobile app and Spike Cloud.
Spike Demo: Using Spike with AutoCAD
In this Spike video demonstration, ikeGPS CTO Leon Toorenburg demonstrates how to use Spike with AutoCAD. Spike Cloud users can import a Scaled Image into AutoCAD, and then measure to scale using AutoCAD’s native tools. A Scaled Image is a 1:1 scaled and perspective corrected JPG that supports AutoCAD and Revit by Autodesk.
Which smartphones and tablets are supported by Spike?
The following smartphones and tablets have gone through camera calibration procedure and provide the highest level of accuracy for capturing measurements from a photo… read more
How do I attach Spike to my smartphone or tablet?
Spike attaches to a smartphone with a quick-release clamp or to a tablet case with high-strength bonding tape. We recommend attaching your Spike to a hard tablet case with a flat back, and to metal or hard plastic surfaces… read more
Can I measure photos from my desktop?
Yes. A photo can be uploaded to the online, cloud-based Spike tools. By uploading a photo to the Spike Cloud, you can view, edit, measure, and download Spike photos using your browser… read more
What is the Returns and Replacement policy?
If you are not satisfied with your Spike device, we will accept returns for refund if we are contacted within 30 days of the date that we shipped the Spike to you. Please contact our support team to arrange a return… contact us
What is Spike's Warranty and what does it cover?
Spike comes with a 2-year warranty for defects or workmanship issues. Please refer to our Terms of Sale for Warranty information… read more
Spike works with a growing list of software solutions across different industries. These integrations allow you to incorporate Spike photos and measurements into other mobile solutions that can change the way you conduct business.
Esri is a global leader in geographic information system (GIS) and the maker of ArcGIS, a powerful mapping and analytics platform. Esri software is used by more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities.
All of the data collected with Spike can be integrated with Collector for ArcGIS and Survey123 for ArcGIS while in the field. Use Spike with Collector or Survey123 for the inspection, assessment, and reporting of features while in the field, and to quickly update your geodatabase.
Founded in 1982, over 200 million customers use Autodesk® software today. AutoCAD is their main software product for 2D and 3D design, and is used by more architects, engineering and construction (AEC) professionals globally than any other computer-aided design (CAD) package.
AEC professionals can save valuable time, money and hassle on remodeling and renovations projects by taking advantage of Spike’s integration with AutoCAD. You can utilize Spike’s Photo Measurements as part of your day-to-day design work with AutoCAD. Instead of manually entering measurements into your designs, you can measure while designing.
SAi Flexi is the only all-in-one design, print and cut software for sign and print providers. With nearly 3 out of 4 shops using it, Flexi is the industry-standard for sign-specific design tools, RIP software, print-and-cut software, and direct vinyl cutting.
The integration between Spike and Flexi enables Flexi users to export a scaled image from the Spike Cloud and import it directly into the Flexi design software. The 1-to-1 scaled image removes several steps from the design process, enabling sign shops to much more quickly turnaround work estimates with design renderings.
Spex is a modern inspection platform for adjusters and contractors that facilitates more thorough inspections and better documentation, data and collaboration between those who work in the field, such as adjusters, inspectors, contractors, and those who work behind a desk, such as administrators and estimate writers.
Spike enables an inspector’s capabilities to increase on the job site, creating better, more transparent inspection documentation through quick and accurate measurements of a property. Adjusters can easily capture a photo of a property using Spike, take the necessary measurements, and then save the Spike photo and data within the Spex app. The photo and measurements can then be added to the report and estimate or remeasured for additional estimates.
With the Go Figure app for iPad, contractors can generate accurate stock lists, estimates and invoices all while on site with your customer. Using Go Figure with Spike, you can reduce your time to measure a house from hours to minutes, and increase the accuracy of your measurements and estimates.
Your customers will be impressed with the professionalism of Go Figure. Not only can you provide them with accurate measurements and photo documentation of the measurements, but you can turn around a detailed estimate faster, all from your iPad.