Government field inspectors take full advantage of the iPad with iG Workforce

There are a number of factors to consider when choosing a media tablet to mobilize your workforce. Industry experts believe that the iPad will continue to be the preferred tablet for some time because of its overall design, strong ecosystem, and Apple’s trusted brand name.   The iPad has become the gold standard in the marketplace backed by its amazing iOS and its 170,000 tablet-specific apps.

Another critical factor to consider is the ability to take advantage of many of the tablet’s features to perform required tasks — a key reason why the iPad was the best choice to run iG Workforce, a powerful mobile platform designed to help government workers do their job more efficiently in the field.  The iPad’s native functions were easily integrated with the iG Workforce platform to help field workers carry out tasks more quickly and efficiently. Here’s a look at four of iPad’s features that are useful tools for the field worker:

Location Services

The Esri GIS map that comes standard with iG Workforce is integrated with the iPad’s GPS to leverage geographic data and provide location-based services.  For instance, you can optimize the best travel route for a daily inspections list and get step-by-step directions from your current location to the next inspection site on the list.

Directions

Built-in Camera

Rather than carrying a separate camera to take photos of code issues or violations, an inspector can use the built-in camera in the iPad.  The photo can instantly be attached to the inspection record, reducing the time it would take to go to a computer to download and then upload the photo from a separate camera.

Camera

Digital Signature

The iPad comes with a digital signature capability, allowing contractors and inspectors on site to sign off on inspections and instantly submit them to the back-office system without the hassle of scans or faxes — a quick and seamless process.

signature

Reporting and Printing

Instead of waiting to get back to the office to print reports, they can instantly be generated and printed to give to those who need it on-site.

iPad printer

These are just a few of the native iPad functions that work seamlessly with iG Workforce to increase productivity of field workers.  Users have found the iPad coupled with iG Workforce to be an intuitive, and an overall cost-effective mobile solution when considering the amazing increase in efficiencies the solution can bring.  To see other benefits iG Workforce can extend your mobile workers, click here or go to www.iGWorkforce.com.

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Cloud Computing Will Shape IT Landscape in 2012

 We’re excited to kick off the year with our newest offering, EnerGov 365, a cloud-based software as a service (SaaS) for government agencies of any size.  With a scalable pricing structure to fit any budget, this comprehensive SaaS is ideal for agencies looking to reduce costs related to renewing traditional software licenses and the costs of maintaining traditional on-premise environments.

Cloud computing marks a new shift to a post-PC era as mobility and connection to the Internet is becoming imperative and big data continues to exhaust resources.  The cloud will continue to dominate the IT landscape as a cost-effective solution for those who want to leverage its existing IT capabilities without investing in a new infrastructure and new personnel to maintain it.

Here are just a few benefits cloud computing:

  • Cuts costs of upgrading servers and purchasing software and software licenses
  • Reduces client storage needs
  • Improves accessibility as a Web-based service
  • Enhances collaboration between users with ability to access and utilize the same information

However cloud computing is not a one-size-fits-all solution.   There will be a more suitable level of cloud services to choose from depending on one’s budget, resources and needs. Mid-sized agencies may be looking for a cost-effective data disaster recovery solution while larger agencies are looking to reduce operating costs and expensive upgrades.

With a scalable subscription pricing starting at $249 per named user per month, as well and other flexible options to choose from, EnerGov 365 will extend government agencies of any size a comprehensive stack of EnerGov’s leading government automation to meet its regulatory processing needs.