ArcGIS QuickCapture

What's new in ArcGIS QuickCapture (December 2021)


One more release to close 2021, and what a release! ArcGIS QuickCapture 1.12 now includes support for location tracking. Read on to learn more…


What is ArcGIS QuickCapture?

ArcGIS QuickCapture is Esri’s rapid data collection mobile app. Use QuickCapture to give field users the simplest and most efficient experience for documenting field observations.

QuickCapture is as simple to use as the camera app in your phone, but much more powerful. It helps you collect the location of observations in the field and automatically enrich them with multiple attributes. A single tap in your phone records the what, the where and the when. Once collected, you can share that information through ArcGIS.

Not familiar with the BIG button user experience of QuickCapture? Give it a try through the various sample configurations we share through this gallery. Photo inspections, quick asset damage reports, bioblitz and much more!   Ready to get started? Follow this tutorial to create your first project from scratch.

Location tracking in ArcGIS QuickCapture

Location tracking is an ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise capability. It provides the ability to record where users are and where they have been. You can now configure your ArcGIS QuickCapture projects to leverage location tracking. Why is this useful? Well, location tracking can help you better monitor field activities. As your field users collect data using QuickCapture, their last known location is sent into ArcGIS. Through a dashboard, you can use this information for situational awareness and to support operations.   Thanks to location tracking, the QuickCapture mobile app will also keep a history of where field workers have been and when. This information can be critical to understand where work has been performed. Use this information to avoid duplication of efforts or as proof of work.

Enabling location tracking in your ArcGIS QuickCapture project

Right from within ArcGIS QuickCapture designer, you will see a new Location Tracking settings option. Use it to activate and manage location tracking within your project.

Activate location tracking from QuickCapture designer

You can choose to configure location tracking as an optional or required feature:

By default, the QuickCapture mobile app sends the last known location of the user to ArcGIS every minute, but you can change it to 15 minutes or 1 hour.

Designer Location Tracking settings

Location tracking in the QuickCapture mobile app

The way users interact with location tracking from the mobile app depends on how the author configures the project:

Locatiion Tracking QuickCapture mobile app

Displaying location tracking information in the QuickCapture app

By default, location tracking information is not shown to users in the mobile app. However, if you need mobile users to see the last known location or tracks of their colleagues, you can change that.  For situational awareness, field workers may need to know where other field crews are. To avoid duplication of work, you may want to share tracks from other members of the team.

First, author a web map. Ask the ArcGIS administrator to create a location tracking view* and add it to your web map.  You can also add extra layers of information if you like.  Click on the Configure project map button in QuickCapture designer.  Change your QuickCapture project web map so it points to yours. Save the project, and you are done!

Note: Location tracking views are special. They need to be created by an administrator and users with access to view the data must be granted special privileges. More info here.

How to change the map in a QuickCapture project

ArcGIS QuickCapture location tracking deployment guide

The Deploy a Location Tracking Solution with ArcGIS QuickCapture guide is a brief document with essential tasks and best practices. Through links to relevant help topics, it provides and end-to-end guide to configure location tracking in your organization. Read this document to learn:

Location Tracking Guide QuickCapture

Other features included in this release

Location tracking is the big highlight of this release, but don’t miss other enhancements. Get all the details from the What’s new help topic  as well as this short video.

Questions? Join the ArcGIS QuickCapture Esri Community

We are excited about you taking advantage of this new release. If you have any questions or simply want to share your work and thoughts, join our discussion forum in Esri Community.

About the author

Ismael Chivite joined Esri in 2002. A geographer by training, he loves helping people leverage GIS to improve the way they work. As a Senior Product Manager, Ismael is always looking for ideas to create new and improve existing Esri products. Outside working hours: Legos, rock climbing, Romanesque architecture and jamon iberico. On occasion, he enjoys jamon during working hours too.


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