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Mobile Inspection App With The Critical Features Required In The Field

Inspection Solutions is a Mobile Inspection App With The Critical Features Required By Field InspectorsWhile many organizations are rushing to develop field service apps, 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 a sample mobile inspection app that developers can modify or reference for their mobile app projects.

Inspection Solutions is an Alpha Software mobile business app designed for inspectors who need to inspect construction vehicles in the field; however, the app showcases functionality relevant to many other field apps. The app includes critical features now required in modern field services 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 V4 rapid mobile application development and deployment platform. While targeted for use on an inexpensive tablet -- in this case an 8" Android tablet from Acer -- it works just as well on higher end Android models. In addition, while optimized for tablets, the Inspections Solutions app is responsive and can be easily modified to 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 scanning. (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 remote worker who must capture detailed inspection data using one-hand or finger.

The Alpha Software sample field inspection app features:

  • 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, 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
  • The ability to work offline.

View a video of the Inspections Solutions application in use. 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.

Current Alpha Anywhere customers can download the source code for this construction equipment inspection app from Alpha Software’s Github account and use it in their own organizations. 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, the Alpha Software Professional Services Group can help.

Not an Alpha Anywhere customer? Learn how you can get access to this inspection app.

Through its work with Customers, Alpha Software has learned that inspection apps lead the way towards the digital transformation of enterprises. Alpha Software offers inspection apps for a host of industries.  For example, some of our recent inspection apps include:

To see how customer is using Alpha Anywhere to inspect elevators. See how another customer is tracking maintenance on oil drilling platforms with Alpha Anywhere.

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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.