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What COTS software is available to do mobile data collection, with GPS positioning. Map display not required. I'm looking across the board (platform wise).

I'm already aware of...

Any others you're aware of?

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Short paper Mobile Solutions for GIS Data Collection and Display by Doug Browning might be of interest. – radek Dec 12 '11 at 18:14
Fulcrum is a cost-effective and customizable GIS mobile data collection platform. Includes a 30-day trial at sign up!… [1]: – PatrickW Feb 17 '15 at 21:06
Arcgis Online and Collector app – Björn May 27 at 8:00

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Some of the tools discussed in my other answer would apply here, epsecially:

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This looks like a duplicate of your reply at It's best for a reply to live in just one location (you can always link to it from another). If you want to keep this one, then please take to heart the comment below the other one and look at its source to see how you can use the img tag to shrink these screenshots. – whuber Mar 30 '12 at 22:27
@whuber: Sorted! – radek Mar 31 '12 at 2:21

UPDATE: An Android version is now available. :)

You might want to add CyberTracker to your list.

CyberTracker is the most efficient method of field data collection. You can use CyberTracker on a Smartphone or handheld computer to record any type of observation. CyberTracker, which requires no programming skills, allows you to customize an Application for your own data collection needs.

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Only supports PalmOS, PocketPC and Windows Mobile devices right now thought. Since January 2013, it's working on Android devices too.

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I don't Think it will work on non-Trimble devices but Trimble's TerraSync looks like it would meet your requirements.

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Fulcrum is a cost-effective and customizable GIS mobile data collection platform. Includes a 30-day trial at sign up!

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Another option is CommCare. CommCare is designed to give organizations the flexibility of building mobile apps tailored to their programs. This can include data collection, client registration and tracking, behavior change counseling, and much more. CommCare supports complex workflows, longitudinal client tracking, multimedia optimization for low-literate users, Java and Android platform support, offline usage, and integrated SMS for performance improvement, all with an online application builder designed for non-programmers. Over 300 organizations ranging from the UN to grassroots groups in 50+ countries have used CommCare, making it the most widely adopted mobile platform for FLWs in emerging markets.

CommCare is developed by Dimagi a social enterprise founded in 2002 that specializes in building and deploying mobile applications. Organizations can choose to build mobile apps on their own, or hire Dimagi’s globally based staff for project design and implementation support.

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NextGIS Mobile

NextGIS Mobile is an open-source mobile GIS for Android which allows to create, edit and export geodata both online and offline.

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NextGIS Mobile allows to:

  • show multi-layer map (layers can come from online and offline sources);
  • change visibility and layers order;
  • navigate the map (panning, zoom in, zoom out);
  • collect data in the field;
  • edit vector data (both geometries and attributes) online and offline;
  • record tracks;
  • show coordinates, speed, elevation etc.
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MapItFast from AgTerra Technologies ( is worth a look. The product only works on Android devices at this time but they offer real time mapping, attribution with electronic forms, and sync to a private cloud account. It works with or without a data connection in the field. Basemaps, custom layers and export to shapefile, KMZ, and GPX is included. Good way for field workers to gather spatial data for GIS professionals and it could be used as a low cost asset management system.

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More to inform people which can be interested, here: carnet-terrain-electronique, a website devoted to mobile data collection, especialy for environmental data, avec some links for devices, apps, advices... don't hesitate to propose more things.

Unfortunately, this website is in french but it has a GTranslate module.



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Try MapIt - excellent tool for spatial data collection.

More detail can be found here:

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  • Mobile asset collection & management
  • Survey layers (point, line, polygon)
  • Attributes management
  • Google Maps, Bing Maps, Open Street Map base maps
  • Offline maps and Mapbox maps
  • Export , Import, Share (CSV, KML, geojson, arcjson)
  • Modern and easy to use interface
  • Measurement of the area, perimeter and distance
  • Support for multiple measurement units
  • Support for number of local coordinate's systems
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You should also take a look at SurveyCTO (, which is built on top of Open Data Kit. It has all the functionality that you outlined - in particular the ability to capture GPS coordinates, distances between coordinates, and plot areas - and is designed for offline data collection even in very resource constrained settings. Basically, no matter what you throw at it, the app will just work, very reliably, anywhere.

It's also a very powerful data collection tool - it was designed for researchers with complex, large-scale surveys - so it can handle really complicated, lengthy forms, can capture a really wide range of data types (including media), and can integrate with external systems via APIs to stream collected data in real time.

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GeoODK provides a way to collect and store geo-referenced information, along with a suite of tools to visualize, analyze and manipulate ground data for specific needs. It enables an understanding of the data for decision-making, research, business, disaster management, agriculture and more. As a multi-dimensional application, GeoODK’s goal is to provide an open source platform that can be expanded to address current and future needs of data collection.

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The AQUASURVEY app is a new piece of software designed to help you collect your own data and organise your field campaigns.
It brings you through all the necessary steps to collect your own data: from the design of the survey to the concrete collection of data using several mobile devices, and integrates the data collected to allow for their use in GIS or statistical software applications.
The main added value is that this process does not necessarily need an Internet connection - the app includes several offline options so that you can overcome Internet connection problems during your field campaign.
This tool allows you to monitor and geo-reference your ongoing survey, and to integrate data collected by different surveyors.
It can also produce customised graphs and statistics, which can provide an overview of your dataset in a printable report.
The AQUASURVEY app consists of an easy-to-use application with one component for use by desktops and one for Android devices, with the optional integration of the online GIS on
This open-source application, developed by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and EuropeAid, is free of charge.

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The LatLonGO® solution has been designed from first principles to address the challenges faced by mobile GIS today.

It provides the end-user with a system for distributing GIS information seamlessly to any touch client mobile device (iPad, Android and Windows 8 tablets). LatLonGO® compresses, encrypts and distributes data for mobile tablet devices, allowing users to work on-line or offline without network access.

It can process data from any GIS format and serve it from any in-house or external (cloud) server. LatLonGO® is ideal for mobile workers who require access to their corporate GIS data any time, even in remote or security sensitive locations where no web access is allowed. It provides an up-to-date copy of corporate data and handles Smallworld GIS, ESRI ArcGIS and SPATIALinfo spatialNET natively (WYSIWYG) and any other GIS format via OpenGeo or FME.

The LatLonGO® mobility solution is a powerful geo-centric mobile integration platform to any other enterprise information system.

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