Tablet Data Collection

Using any Android Tablet or Phone device, POSM can now import data collected out in the field. Custom forms may be created to capture data out in the field. These forms can consist of text, numeric, radio button list, GPS (internal or Bluetooth), or picture/video capture input. Just like POSM the user can capture header data to describe about the inspection, and then collect observations about the inspection that include pictures and GPS tags.

Figure 1: Android Home Screen to Start POSM Mobile Data Collection

Figure 2: POSM Mobile Start Screen

Figure 3: Choose a Form to Fill out and inspect

POSM mobile forms can be customized for many types of inspection. Smoke Testing, Manhole, Lateral, Side Walk, Pot Hole Inspection. Any form that a customer has may be converted into a POSM mobile collection.

Figure 4: Date and Time Entry

Figure 5: Text Input Entry

Entry screens for text and numeric may be setup. Entry screens may also be set to required which does not allow the user to continue until they fill out a value. Numeric input screens show only the number inputs with larger numbers making it easier to fill out.

Figure 6: Radio Button List

Radio button list allow custom lists to be created. The user may only select one value.

Figure 7: Checklist Input

Check list input allows the user to select multiple entries quickly.

Figure 8: Picture or Image Input

Figure 9: Capturing an Image

Image capture input allows the user to take a picture with built in camera or select an image from the Gallery.

Figure 10: GPS input allows the user to capture location and position

Figure 11: GPS location input

GPS position data may be collected with the internal or external GPS via Bluetooth.

Figure 12: Add Observations

The Add observation screen allows the user to input observations for this inspection. Observations may include the same input forms as the standard inspection. Text, Numeric, Radio, List, Picture, Video and GPS data fields may all be used for each observation.

Figure 13: Saving form and uploading to the cloud

Once the form data has been collected, it is uploaded to the cloud server. If the user has a wireless connection (Wi-Fi or Mobile) they may upload inspections from the field. The user may also wait until the end of the day and upload all inspections from the office Wi-Fi internet. The cloud server is a SSL encrypted location that has a unique domain setup for each customer.
The domain is user and password protected.

Figure 14: Map view of inspections with tabular view

Once the data is collected it may be exported from the cloud for download into POSM. A mapping is created in POSM to map the form collection fields to POSM template and observation fields.

Figure 15: POSM Import CSV Data Mapping

Once the mapping has been created, the data may be imported into a POSM database. The picture files will be streamed off the cloud server and stored into a POSM directory. Reports can now be printed or summarized inside POSM.

Figure 16: POSM Mobile Imported Title Page

Figure 17: POSM Mobile Imported Observation Page with Pictures and GPS