Tadpole, a mobile computing and network infrastructure developer and vendor has announces that its GIS field mapping software subsidiary, Tadpole-Cartesia, has won a large field deployment indicative of a growing trend in the user community to extend the reach of GIS into the field. The contract, from Michigan-based utility Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp.(annual revenues $15 billion, assets $16 billion), paves the way for the energy provider to put quality task and spatial data into the hands of over 1,800 field engineers, make further gains in field worker productivity, and increase customer service levels. Tadpole’s business and technology relationship with ESRI combines the best practices and expertise of both companies. ESRI technology is a widely used GIS platform, and Tadpole has an enviable pedigree in developing value-add modules that allow full use of decision-making GIS technology in the field. Satisfying the myriad roles of Consumers Energy’s field engineers called for Tadpole to supply its field extension modules running on ESRI’s ArcPad data capture software. Tadpole’s solutions integrate seamlessly with the utility’s investments in existing business systems, hardware and processes such as dispatch and work order management. Prominent features of the value-add modules include a synchronization tool that automatically records new events in corporate GIS data and transmits that information to field computing devices, and functionality that permits all data formats to be read and viewed in their native forms.