X Marks the Spot

Using Mobile Technology to Map and Survey Assets

In 2016, after a little less than a decade of releasing the product to the market, Apple sold its 1 billionth iPhone. Compare that to the length of time it took to sell 1 billion personal computers — approximately 25 years — and it’s clear that the usage and acceptance of mobile devices is growing at an extraordinarily fast rate.

Smartphones and tablets entered the market as consumer products intended for communication and entertainment, but they quickly transitioned into something more purposeful: data collection.

“By leveraging the adaptable nature of the features and capabilities unique to mobile devices, professionals around the world are finding efficiency and accuracy by adopting them on the job site,” says Brian Hiller, a project manager at Burns & McDonnell.

Of all these features and capabilities, mobile location services are one of the most applicable to workplace applications. Location services allow certain applications and websites to gather information from a mobile device, including GPS location, to determine a device’s approximate position on the Earth.

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