TerraGo makes software that makes it easy for our customers to collect data, share information and work together anywhere, any time. From sharing feature-rich maps and imagery to deploying on-demand apps for a mobile workforce, TerraGo builds intuitive products that enable collaboration from any place on the planet. Learn more about TerraGo by visiting their site HERE.
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ANATUM: Can you give a brief description of your product and your pricing structure?
TerraGo: TerraGo Edge is an open, location-based data collection and collaboration app. It allows you to spontaneously share observations and collect structured field data, instantly syncing all information back to headquarters to help teams share information and make better decisions faster. Users can create custom forms and maps in Notebooks that are sync’d among selected user groups. User field data points are stored as notes in the Notebook. These notes can be turned into tasks, tagged for content and shared by automated syncing or manually via DropBox, email, export and other methods. TerraGo Edge is available on iOS, Linux, Mac and Windows. Android will be released in December. Subscription pricing starts at $30 per month for a single user for up to 3 devices with volume discounts as users are added.
TerraGo: Offline editing is a hallmark of what we do. TerraGo founders invented GeoPDF, de facto standard for sharing GIS capabilities with non-GIS and offline users. TerraGo Edge supports basemaps in GeoPDF, GeoTIFF and allows users to create offline maps from online sources. Any notes created or edited in offline mode will be synced back to the server once you have a connection again.
ANATUM: Is User data and project features stored on your company’s server or a cloud database? What are the security features to protect the User’s data?
TerraGo: TerraGo Edge is a private cloud solution so our customers, or their cloud provider, host the server.
ANATUM: Can users sync their data from the field so office coworkers can see new data, or have the office staff feed new project data to workers in the field?
TerraGo: Yes. All observations are stored as Edge “notes” that are sync’d in real-time from user device, back to HQ and with other mobile workers. Office staff at headquarters can create new notes and tasks to be assigned to workers, or update existing notes with new data.
ANATUM: Is there a native map component and what mapping service does it use?
TerraGo: Users can select from any WMS service, ArcGIS Online, OSM MapQuest, OSM Aerial, OSM Street, and OSM Cycle. We do in fact use Mapbox to display the map tiles on mobile for most of these services. Other map services may be included in the future depending on customer demand.
TerraGo: If the user has a connection, the bundled online maps (OSM) will always be available to use, as well as a high-level offline world map. For detailed offline maps, the user would create the maps ahead of time using the TerraGo Edge Server map creation tool. There is some very short caching done for the online maps, but it’s much easier and more reliable to create your own.
ANATUM: Does your program record points, lines, and polygons with the ability to customize data collection forms based on the paper datasheets they might normally utilize?
TerraGo: Currently, we support the creation points and polygons, which can be tied directly to notes that contain forms. We will be supporting poly-lines and other vector shape files in the near future. We are investigating several different formats to see what makes the most sense to support (KML, shape files, geopackage, etc).
ANATUM: Does your program record photos and video for attachment to GPS records? Can the User import an existing photo from the Camera Roll?
TerraGo: Yes, you can attach both photos and videos to notes that are tied to GPS records. These can be taken using the camera on the device, or selected from the Camera Roll. We’ll also be supporting bulk media import in the near future.
ANATUM: Is there a search for feature or GPS record function?
TerraGo: You can search and filter your notes by keyword, tag, notegroup, created by user, assigned to user, location, and date range.
TerraGo: Yes, notes are never actually deleted, but rather revisions of notes exist so that you can view a history of all edits to a note.
ANATUM: Does your program have the ability to auto-generate ID numbers for records to help minimize incorrect labeling by the user?
TerraGo: All data is stored in a postgres database, and there are unique ID’s for each record. These are not typically exposed in the user interface, but could easily be if needed.
ANATUM: Is there a desktop interface that allows the user to see their projects and edit field-collected data?
TerraGo: The TerraGo Edge Server web client can do everything the client apps do, with the only catch being that a desktop/laptop usually does not have GPS. You can create and edit notes, maps, forms, notebooks, and view the real-time progress of your field workers. Often, the desktop interface will be where project leads might want to create tasks for users to work on in the field.
ANATUM: Are there any particular features that you want to highlight?
TerraGo: I believe what makes TerraGo Edge unique is a combination of the private cloud aspect for security, the easy to use interface (you shouldn’t need a manual), and the level of customization allowed. By allowing admins to create their own notebooks with custom maps and forms, in a way it’s like building your own mobile app, but with none of the headaches of maintaining the code base.
And we have a fast cycle of innovation so it’s getting better every day. We have a killer team of software engineers using agile methods and it’s amazing to see how fast we can introduce cool new features. So our customer’s ideas become reality in days not months.
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