ArcGIS Field Maps

Okay Google – open ArcGIS Field Maps and start tracking

You can use Google Assistant to quickly turn location tracking on and off in ArcGIS Field Maps.  Say “Okay Google – Open ArcGIS Field Maps and start tracking” and Field Maps will open and prompt you to enable location tracking. Make sure you specify “ArcGIS Field Maps” when prompting the assistant or the command will not work.

Additionally, you can specify the tracking duration by altering the command. For example, “Open ArcGIS Field Maps and start tracking for 1 hour”. The cool thing about this is that you can specify any duration without conforming to the options presented in the app (4hr, 8hr, 12hr, indefinitely). The maximum duration you can use is 1 year.

Sometimes, Google Assistant has a tough time identifying “ArcGIS” and you may want a method to simplify your command. You might also have a set duration that you want to run every time, for example, performing quick 1-hour inspections. You can set a routine with Google Assistant by completing the following steps.

Set a routine with Google Assistant

Step 1 – Open the Settings app and search for “Assistant”, then tap Assistant Settings.

Tap Assistant Settings
Tap Assistant Settings

Step 2 – Select Routines and tap New to create a new routine.

Create a new routine
Create a new routine

Step 3 – Tap Add starter and select Voice command.

Note: Setting start times is not supported at this time.

Add voice command
Add voice command

Step 4 – Create a custom phrase that you will say to start the routine, for example: “Start tracking me”. Tap Add starter.

Choose a phrase
Choose a phrase

Step 5 – Tap Add Action and select Try adding your own.

Add your own action
Add your own action

Step 6 – Type “Open ArcGIS Field Maps and start tracking for 1 hour” then tap Done.

Define the action
Define the action

Step 7 – Tap Save to save the routine.

Save the routine
Save the routine

Step 8 – Say “Okay Google” or tap the Google Assistant icon and try out your new routine by saying your custom phrase.

Now when you say, “Okay Google – start tracking me,” Field Maps will launch and start tracking you for 1 hour. Note: You must tap “ok” before tracking is enabled.

You can set another routine to simplify turning tracking off if you are not using a custom duration or want to turn tracking off before the duration has ended. To learn more about location tracking in Field Maps, see Track mobile workers.

About the author

Colin Lawrence

Colin Lawrence is a Product Engineer on the Field Operations team who works primarily on the Field Maps mobile app with particular focus on Location Tracking, App Integration and GPS receiver support.

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