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Technology

Field Data Collection

Handheld data collection computers are being used now more than ever. They’re affordable and easy to use. Some can even connect directly using cellular technology. GPS data can be entered in the field and integrated into local or remote database for cost effective field data collection integrated into GIS. Data can be hand-keyed directly into a field computer, collected by scanning bar code, or via digital calipers, laser range and GPS receivers. Handheld computers facilitate accurate asset management and maintenance practices. An accurate inventory of all assets is the backbone of most infrastructure management systems. Using handheld field data collection GPS systems integrated with a GIS, the geographic location of any asset can be documented. The data can then be integrated with routing information, emergency planning, and maintenance schedules. MTA can help your organization with determining the best field data collection system to acquire and implement.


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Barcoding

The industrial use of barcodes can be traced back as far as the 1960s. Some of these early implementations were used to identify rail road cars. Common barcodes started appearing on grocery shelves in the early 1970s as the UPC code to automate the process of identifying grocery items. Today, barcodes are just about everywhere and are used for identification in almost all types of business. When barcodes are used in business processes, procedures are automated to increase productivity and reduce human error. Bar-coding should be used whenever there is a need to accurately identify or track something.


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