On the Nova Scotia Power Inc. (NSPI) GIS Connectivity Project, field personnel travel on foot and by vehicle gathering data about asset locations and customer connectivity across the entire electrical distribution infrastructure. However, NSPI could not cover the company's extensive field operations. NSPI needed a secure mobile GIS solution that offered remote data transfer directly to its ARC GIS server software, without requiring additional travel and manual syncing.
The team decided that BlackBerry Enterprise Server, the built-in GPS capability of BlackBerry smartphones, and Freeance Mobile, an application for GIS mobility, were the right combination of technologies for their needs. Freeance Mobile was used to build customized data collection forms, configured with required fields and predefined values. BlackBerry smartphones helped NSPI’s personnel accurately fill out the forms to record field assets and connectivity details. Hardware Components - BlackBerry GPS - OtterBox Case Software Components - Freeance Mobile App
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