Benefits of mobile field inspection form applications

Mobile phones and telecommunications services are getting better and cheaper. Mobile phones are revolutionizing businesses. Today we use applications for everything, such as ordering food at home, making payments and taking taxis. All types of businesses large and small depend on ubiquitous mobile phones to maximize efficiency and productivity. Data collection and field inspection agencies are also looking for the benefits that can be offered by switching from paper data collection to mobile data collection.

Saves time: data collection through paper forms is a tedious process. The subsequent preservation and entry of data into the database takes a long time and is prone to errors. Mobile field data collection will save a lot of time.

Reduce costs: manual paper surveys incur additional costs associated with printing, transport and data entry into databases. Mobile data collection procedures will ensure lower long-term costs, generating monetary gains for businesses.

Improve data quality: mobile applications can prevent human errors from surveyors and field inspectors. The possibility of human errors is further reduced by eliminating the need for the data entry process. Errors in the survey forms can be detected in advance and applications can be updated on the fly.

Data security: paper forms are prone to damage due to negligence or catastrophic events. This can be avoided by using mobile data collection applications that will simultaneously load data to replicated servers.

Live data analysis: mobile data collection applications can load data instantly, which can be used by business leaders to generate live reports and improve decision-making capabilities.

Better compliance: with the data collection software, a set of predefined standards that can be easily verified is mentioned, allowing the field inspector to detect any measure of non-compliance.

Technical training: training field staff and providing them with updated documentation increases costs when using paper data collection. Mobile applications can provide field technicians with training and automated advice to help them do their job properly. You can easily access the updated documentation from the application.

Improve performance: It is often difficult to track performance, work quality and productivity levels of field staff. By using the KPIs collected from mobile data collection applications, executives can monitor the performance of field personnel and take steps to improve performance.

Safety and emergency: it is not possible to track the conditions of employees in the field in emergency situations such as a collapsed mine, a fallen power line or a gas leak. It is difficult to provide real-time assistance. With Usher Professional, managers can view the current location of employees on a map and review their recent activities.

There are some challenges for the adoption of this technology widely.

Cost of developing applications: initial investment in application development is usually an impediment for small businesses. In addition, these applications must be maintained and updated and having to hire experts for this is expensive. Mobile form applications help reduce these costs by providing a data collection platform where creators can develop and maintain data collection applications using a graphical interface to drag and drop various form components. Applications can be implemented and made available in application stores on all mobile operating systems.

Internet availability: some rural areas may lack good internet connectivity. To address such areas, the application needs to be able to collect data offline, which can be loaded at a later time when Internet access is restored. Developed applications can be used for offline data collection. The collected data is loaded when Internet connectivity is restored.