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har*GIS launches Mobile Solution to view and query distribution assets

har*GIS Field Information Systems has announced the release of a new distribution operations and maintenance application designed for bi-directional compression and transmission of map data, customer information, CAD drawings, photos and facility data stored on enterprise computer systems to low-cost mobile devices used by mobile field workers.

Called DisCo MobileView, the new application is based on the TruckMap Field Information System, an industry-leading field automation platform. DisCo MobileView automates the mobile worker’s ability to easily access corporate GIS, CAD, CIS, transformer and equipment databases, as well as other enterprise data, for a wide variety of distribution operations and maintenance activities. These include work management, maintenance, inspection and outage response.

The application provides mobile workers with access to the customer, equipment, schematic and location information needed from enterprise databases without any need to learn how to operate these systems. The software includes a high-performance map viewer, a database query component, a CAD viewer and scanned drawing viewer to access schematics, with map sketch and extensive field note functions that enable field workers to mark up map changes using hand-held devices such as Windows Tablet PCs or PocketPC computers.

DisCo MobileView also comes with interfaces to industry-standard GIS, CIS and transformer/equipment databases supporting relational database tables. GPS and wireless options complete the offering. The software encompasses an intuitive user interface leveraging preconfigured forms, reports and symbology, along with drop-down menus, pick lists, and point-and-click functionality. Using this interface, field personnel can quickly access corporate databases by entering any combination of customer name, address, account number, facility identifier, etc. The system instantly joins the requested database records to their mapped locations and displays them.