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Inspection Apps for Field Workers: A Sample Field Inspection App

While many organizations are rushing to develop inspection apps for field service, many of these apps initially fail because they do not include critical features and capabilities necessary to make field workers productive on a mobile device. To showcase important mobile app features and an outstanding user experience now required in modern field service apps, the team at Alpha Software built “Inspections Solutions” — a sample app that can be turned into inspection apps for field workers in virtually any industry.

Inspection Apps For Field Workers: A Sample Field Inspection App

Inspection Solutions is a mobile inspection app that can be customized to serve field inspectors in any industry.

Inspection Solutions is a mobile inspection app designed for inspectors who need to inspect construction vehicles in the field; however, the app showcases functionality relevant to many other field service apps. This sample inspection app for field workers includes critical features now required in modern field service inspection apps, such as offline capability, bar code scanning, voice annotation and digital ink. It is a native-quality hybrid app created using the Alpha Anywhere rapid mobile application development and deployment platform. While targeted for use on an inexpensive tablets the Inspections Solutions app is responsive and can work on smartphones.


After opening the app, users scan QR codes (using their device’s camera) to look up properties about the vehicles they are inspecting. (A sheet of six QR codes for different types of vehicles is supplied with the app so users can walk through the user experience for different types of vehicles.) Data about the vehicles are stored in a client-side data cache that comes with the application.

Users then see an intuitive interface optimized for a field workers who must collect detailed inspection form data using one-hand or a finger. The Inspections Solutions app features critical inspection checklist items such as:

  • The ability to take and annotate pictures, and you can dictate free-form notes using the devices built-in speech to text (voice annotation) capability or mark-up those pictures using digital ink.
  • An in-app checklist that features customized controls for easy data input and capture of inspection information, including large Pass/Fail buttons that are easy to tap – and the ability to swipe left or right between screens of inspection questions.
  • Access to the device hardware to store data and rich media files relating to the inspection
  • The ability to work offline to conduct inspections in areas without cell or WiFi connection.

When the inspector finishes inspecting the construction vehicle, s/he signs the signature capture control and submits the record to be synchronized with the data source of the user’s choice. This inspection app was created using out-of-the-box Alpha Anywhere functionality with a minimum of custom JavaScript so it is easy to modify.



View a field inspection app with that you can customize for any inspection project.Click here for full details on this inspection app for data collection. You can read about its complete inspection capabilities and a video of the Inspections Solutions application in use.

Current Alpha Anywhere customers can download the source code for this inspection app from Alpha Software’s Github account and modify it for use in  their organization’s inspection process. Developers can make modifications to this sample inspection app directly from Alpha Anywhere. If you like this app, but need assistance modifying it for your specific needs, contact the Alpha Software Professional Services Group for help. Not an Alpha Anywhere customer?  Learn how you can get access to this inspection app.

Interested in inspection apps for other industries? Read more about elevator inspection appsconstruction inspection apps, building inspection apps,  and health and safety inspection apps.

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Amy Groden-Morrison
Amy Groden-Morrison

Amy Groden-Morrison has served more than 15 years in marketing communications leadership roles at companies such as TIBCO Software, RSA Security and Ziff-Davis. Most recently she was responsible for developing marketing programs that helped achieve 30%+ annual growth rate for analytics products at a $1Bil, NASDAQ-listed business integration Software Company. Her past accomplishments include establishing the first co-branded technology program with CNN, launching an events company on the NYSE, rebranding a NASDAQ-listed company amid a crisis, and positioning and marketing a Boston-area startup for successful acquisition. Amy currently serves as a Healthbox Accelerator Program Mentor, Marketing Committee Lead for the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge Launch Smart Clinics, and on the organizing team for Boston TechJam. She holds an MBA from Northeastern University.

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The Alpha platform is the only unified mobile and web app development and deployment environment with distinct “no-code” and “low-code” components. Using the Alpha TransForm no-code product, business users and developers can take full advantage of all the capabilities of the smartphone to turn any form into a mobile app in minutes, and power users can add advanced app functionality with Alpha TransForm's built-in programming language. IT developers can use the Alpha Anywhere low-code environment to develop complex web or mobile business apps from scratch, integrate data with existing systems of record and workflows (including data collected via Alpha TransForm), and add additional security or authentication requirements to protect corporate data.