ArcGIS Field Maps

Announcing ArcGIS Field Maps

ArcGIS Field Maps is Esri’s premier maps app for iOS and Android devices and is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Simple map viewing and map markup, combined with high-accuracy field data collection capabilities and battery-optimized location tracking – ArcGIS Field Maps is the one app you need to deploy to your mobile workforce.

Field Maps

Bringing together the capabilities of ArcGIS Explorer, ArcGIS Collector and ArcGIS Tracker into one unified experience, ArcGIS Field Maps will simplify field deployments.

Maps

Maps come alive in the ArcGIS Field Maps app. Maps are interactive – you can touch them, you can show or hide layers of information, you can search for content, maps can update themselves, you can update them, you can navigate using them, you can download them, you can mark them up, and you can track your location on top of them.

Signing into ArcGIS Field Maps, you can open maps that you’ve made, maps that others have made and maps that have been shared with you.

Browse for maps

Map viewing and map markup

Powered by the latest release of the ArcGIS Runtime SDKs for iOS and Android, all of the latest map capabilities are available in ArcGIS Field Maps including advanced symbology, labeling, annotation, group layers, and pop-ups that include attribute expressions using Arcade feature sets.

With a comprehensive set of map tools, you can:

Put your map into markup mode and add graphics into markup layers:

Markup is personal to you and your device. It is stored across maps and you can share it with others by text or email or as a graphics layer in your ArcGIS organization.

View and markup maps

Collect data

ArcGIS Field Maps is the most natural way to collect information in a map. It supports your investment in building a strong information and transactional model. The hard work you spend creating datasets with relationships and defining data quality procedures resonates with information captured here.

In fact, moving forward, the forms you create are just stored in the maps you make and you don’t need to go through data gymnastics to keep everything together.

Data collection in Field Maps includes:

ArcGIS Field Maps is the best solution for inspection workflows as well. Tapping on an asset, not only can you complete an inspection report but you can view previous inspections that were completed on that asset.

ArcGIS Field Maps supports a versioned transaction model as well so that you can manage change using the foundational principles of ArcGIS.

Snapping and form editing

Track locations

Sharing your current location and recording where you go can greatly improve operational awareness for your entire workforce and provide needed proof of work for a variety of different workflows.

ArcGIS Field Maps leverages the new location tracking capability of ArcGIS to broadcast your last known location every 60 seconds and maintain a breadcrumb history of tracks for historical purposes.

Using the motion detection capabilities of your iOS or Android device, ArcGIS Field Maps conserves battery life by only using location when you are in motion. Field Maps will capture locations based upon the type of activity you are engaged in. When walking, it will capture a location every 5 meters, when driving every 10. Your mode of activity is stored along with GPS details so you can analyze motion behavior as well as visualize tracks.

With an ArcGIS Tracker license assigned, mobile workers can turn on tracking from a special map card added to your list of maps or directly from the GPS bar in the map. Using the Layers tool, you can turn on tracks so that you can see where you have gone.

 

Track locations in Field Maps

What’s Coming Next

This is the first release of ArcGIS Field Maps. Our next update is planned for December 2020 where we will release the ArcGIS Field Maps web app along with updates to the smart forms capability, tracking, and much more.

Part of a much larger strategy, ArcGIS Field Maps will grow considerably in 2021 to integrate the work management capabilities of ArcGIS Workforce and the enterprise navigation capabilities of ArcGIS Navigator.

For more information about ArcGIS Field Maps please read:

 

About the author

Jeff Shaner is a Product Lead with the software dev team at Esri. Delivering GIS tools and apps that enable users to work more productively, safely, and effectively has translated into 23 years of inspired work with the talented dev team at Esri and dedicated ArcGIS users around the world.  In his spare time, Jeff enjoys few things more than a good round of golf or hockey followed by a stop at his favorite craft brewery.

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