Custom Basemaps from the Cloud

Changing map imagery in MapItFast

Basemaps are sets of individual map images (called tiles) generated at a particular resolution and stitched together to create a seamless map. Map tiles make it possible for mobile devices to rapidly access and deliver map images. When you create map objects (points, lines, polygons and geophotos) in MapItFast, the basemap gives you a reference frame for your object location. Learn more about the difference between objects, layersets and basemaps in MapItFast.

MapItFast comes pre-loaded with a set of basemaps from the popular online sources Google, Bing and Open Street Map. In addition to these built-in street and aerial views, you can also make custom basemaps available for online mobile use. Simply load your custom basemap to MapItFast Web, and it will be listed as an available option in the Layersets menu of the MapItFast mobile app.

The selected basemap will display whenever you have an internet connection. Pro-tip: You can pre-cache tiles by scrolling to different areas when you have an internet connection. Then, head out into the field. Cached tiles will be visible even when you’re offline.

Android users can load basemaps to an SD card in their device, and access them in MapItFast with or without an internet connection. To learn how, check out the Custom Basemaps & Overlays chapter in the AgTerra Academy online Help Guide.

Serving maps to all MapItFast mobile users at once

New to MapItFast, users can now download custom basemaps to their device storage from the cloud. This feature is available on MapItFast version 1.57 and higher for Apple devices. It will be available on Android devices in the near future.

Serving offline basemaps is as easy!

  1. Design your basemap in any GIS platform, and export to MBTiles format.
  2. Load the basemap to your AgTerra account from MapItFast Web.
  3. Select the basemap from your list of layersets in the MapItFast mobile app, and MapItFast will download it to your device storage. (Make sure you have an internet connection for this.)
  4. Head out into the field and get mapping using your custom reference map!

For details on each of these steps, AgTerra account holders can learn more in the AgTerra Academy online Help Guide.

If you aren’t already a MapItFast Professional account holder, you can activate your account and get access to custom basemaps by emailing us at solutions@agterra.com or calling (307) 673-1050.

NISIMS Module for MapItFast

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) implemented the National Invasive Species Information Management System, or NISIMS, with the intent to standardize the way weed infestations are recorded and treated across the country. NISIMS data is collected throughout all BLM lands and is ultimately integrated into a national BLM geospatial database.

AgTerra helps you gather NISIMS ready data with our MapItFast module for NISIMS chemical and mechanical treatments. The MapItFast NISIMS module delivers speed and accuracy enhancements over existing paper and electronic forms. Custom designed Strider forms capture data in the format expected by the BLM. You simply attach the forms to any object in MapItFast and fill them out directly from your mobile device.

By integrating with low-cost mobile devices, you can capture accurate GPS information automatically without the need for expensive GPS units. Form updates and data downloads happen automatically so there is no extra effort or learning curve that is often associated with theWindows Mobile Device Center and check-in/check-out processes.

MapItFast is an ideal platform for NISIMS based data collection because it provides field workers with a simple, easy-to-use option for collecting NISIMS data. There is no need to go through multiple steps when you want to draw a polygon on the map – with MapItFast, it really is “One Tap to Map.”

With MapItFast, your data is:

  • NISIMS Ready – Our NISIMS forms contain the same database IDs as those in the national geodatabase, so database integration is no problem.
  • Easy to Complete – Use the map to drop your point, line, polygon or photo, then fill out a form that walks you through the questions. That’s all there is to it!
  • Standardized – Our forms contain controls and validation measures to assure proper, complete records.
  • Automated – Lookup tables within the forms assist with quick data entry.
  • Synchronized – Completed records and updates to forms are synched with the server regularly, so all data is available when you need it.
  • Available Offline – Data can be collected in even the most remote locations. Once you’re back in a connected environment, the information is automatically pushed to the server.
  • Customizable – BLM-style reports supplied by AgTerra can be personalized with your company logo for business use.

To activate the NISIMS module on your account, give us a call at (307) 673-1050!

Two Ways to Gather NISIMS Data

Our NISIMS forms can be filled out in multiple ways to fit the operational needs of different BLM contractors.

Map-based input allows users to add a point, line or polygon to a map (using the integrated GPS or on-screen digitizing) and then fill out an infestation and/or treatment form for the mapped object.

Form-only input allows users to fill out the same NISIMS data through a dedicated Strider app for Android devices. The NISIMS forms use a GPS widget to gather the coordinates of your location directly.

Specific Features of the NISIMS Module

The MapItFast NISIMS Module meets the requirements set forth by the BLM for NISIMS ready data collection while also serving as a business ready tool for other mapping, data gathering and reporting requirements. NISIMS Module features include:

  • Two Forms. One input form for Infestation and one for Treatment (Chemical, Manual, Mechanical included)
  • Four Reports. One each for chemical, manual and mechanical treatments and one for infestations.
  • Customizable lookup tables with automatic updates to forms – no need to create a new geodatabase.
  • Proper data entry with built-in data validation
  • Skip logic in forms chooses the questions relevant to your selected treatment type (i.e. chemical treatments vs. manual treatments)
  • Geodatabase compatible field names are already in NISIMS ready format.
  • Flexible map objects meaning that points, lines and polygons can be assigned multiple forms at once.
  • Multiple export options for databases (including Excel) or GIS formats (including shapefile).
  • Auto-sync your data between the field and a centralized database; no check-in/ check-out process required.
  • Securely and automatically integrate with a BLM’s field office geodatabase.
  • Use a preloaded or a customized basemap to add points, lines or polygons and associate NISIMS forms.
  • Generate business-side reports that may include company logo, maps, and photos.
  • E-mail reporting capability while in the field or from the office.
  • Secure and controlled user access with extensive permissions for project data.
  • Offline use and no cellular data plan required for operation.

Powerful Online Data Management

MapItFast’s Web-based client allows administrators to manage map projects, data, reports and users from a central portal. MapItFast Web is an easy to use console that eliminates the expense and training associated with managing data from an ArcGIS desktop.  Large volumes of spatial and tabular data can be searched, queried, sorted and exported to a wide variety of formats, including PDF, XLS, XML, SHP, KMZ, e-mail and others.

Low Cost, High Value

MapItFast delivers more features at a lower price than other hardware and software offerings.  Mapping, form filling and reporting are available in one complete system.  The system is flexible to meet current needs, yet scalable to meet future business requirements.

MapItFast isn’t just for NISIMS!

The software serves as an enterprise asset mapping and data maintenance solution for both office and mobile environments. MapItFast streamlines professional services for activities such as inspections, work assignments, job costing, work progress, and compliance with advanced mapping and reporting.

As with the NISIMS module, input forms can be customized around nearly any business process and related reports may include features such as company logos, photos, map images, and signatures.

Contact us today to learn more and set up a FREE LIVE DEMO!

Webinar Series 2020

Spring Training with AgTerra

Before you head out into the field this spring, you’ll want to dust off your mobile device and limber up your office computer. Join us for AgTerra’s Spring Training Webinar Series!

This year, we’ve got a full lineup of educational resources to help you get the very most out of AgTerra’s data gathering tools. Join us for one or all of the sessions. Check out the complete schedule and register to attend with the form below.

MapItFast Core Training

In this webinar, held on March 4th, we explored the world of mapping and geo-spatial analysis with AgTerra’s MapItFast mobile and web software. We showed how simple it is to collect detailed, geo-referenced data in the field and share that data automatically with the rest of your team in the field and at the office.

SprayLogger Core Training

On March 25th, we got you set up to get out and spraying quickly with our top to bottom run through of SprayLogger’s automated datalogging system. We covered how to configure your rigs, record spray jobs from the field and generate reports for your jobs.

Strider Core Training

This April 15th, we demonstrated how to create detailed forms that you can fill out on the web or directly through the MapItFast app. We also designed a simple report that you can share with anyone you choose. Finally, we introduced the newly redesigned Strider Web Dashboard, where you can review and analyze all your data from one centralized location.

AgTerra Advanced Administration

For the final webinar in the series held May 6th, we did a deep dive into the administrative side of things. We showed you how to use AgTerra’s robust permissions system to control access to map projects, forms and jobs. Then we went into detail on Strider’s advanced functionality. And finally, we explored how to serve custom basemaps to mobile devices over the cloud.

Strider Gets a Makeover

For current customers, all the convenience and flexibility you’ve grown to love about Strider is still there. We’ve just packed in greater efficiency and even more power. Check out the new Strider Web for yourself.

If you aren’t yet a customer, learn more about Strider to see how electronic forms and automated reporting can streamline your operations.

Here are some of the exciting additions we’ve made:

New Records Management Dashboard

The new Strider home page puts your records in a whole new light. More than just a data table, the Strider Dashboard assembles all your records in one place and is a powerful reporting platform. Now you can manage and discover relationships in your data even better with:

  • Quick Form Selection: Switch between multiple forms on one panel.
  • Column Organization: Select only the columns you want to display, order them any way you see fit, and change the headings to whatever you choose.
  • Records Filtering: Query records using the convenient search bar or by adding filters to individual columns.
  • Records Management: View, edit, and add records directly from the dashboard.
  • Summary Calculations: Summarize column values (sum, average, max, min) in the footer of individual columns.

Form Entry Portal

Experience a whole new and enjoyable way to fill out Strider forms from the web. Based on the mobile-friendly paging format, the new form filler organizes form fields into convenient sections similar to your mobile device. The new form entry system now has:

  • Table of Contents Panel: You know exactly where you are in the form, and you can quickly navigate to relevant sections.
  • Improved Formatting: Field titles, hints and inputs are easier to read.
  • Enhanced Validation: The paging format makes it clear what fields are required to ensure that you capture the data you need.
  • Easy Entry: Add new form entries directly from the Strider Dashboard.

New Features for SprayLogger

Pressure Monitoring

You can now give your applicators the ability to monitor pressure as they spray. Pressure monitoring is used to ensure your equipment is operating properly and the application is in line with your spray rig calibration.

All E3 Series SprayLoggers can be optionally configured to include a dedicated pressure sensor port. The complete pressure package comes with a pressure sensor, wiring and configuration. For more details, send us an email at solutions@agterra.com, or give us a call at (307) 673-1050.

View Job Data Directly in GIS Applications

SprayLogger job data can now be served directly to GIS software such as ArcGIS Pro and QGIS. This optional paid service gives you an additional way to securely share application maps and every spray detail for one or many spray jobs.

To implement this web feature service, SprayLogger administrators select the desired jobs and generate a GIS access code to share with those they choose. End users, whether a SprayLogger customer or not, then use the code to pull job data into GIS software that supports the Web Feature Service (WFS) protocol. Spray and no-spray lines as well as corresponding data are automatically uploaded to the GIS project without the need to manually export and transfer shapefiles.

The WFS sharing method is available for FoggerLogger jobs as well. To learn more about WFS Service, email us at solutions@agterra.com, or give us a call at (307) 673-1050.

10 Features Bet You Didn’t Know

Simultaneous Mapping 10

Obtain maximum mapping efficiency with our trailblazing Simultaneous Mapping. This feature, unique among mapping apps, lets you record two lines or polygons at the same time using GPS. You can additionally draw any object by hand and add or edit forms all while you continue to record.

9 Add Any Form to Any Map Object

What do you do if you head out into the field to check on the plant cover for a particular section of your rangeland only to come across an invasive weed? With most field data gathering apps, you would have to stop your GPS tracking, exit your rangeland cover project and load your weed survey project. Then, when you’re done documenting the weed, you’d have to go back into your rangeland cover project and start up a new GPS polygon. It’s enough to make you want to go back to paper forms!

MapItFast is designed to work the way field workers do, with the flexibility to adjust to what the conditions demand. That’s why MapItFast allows you to attach any form to any object across your projects. So, you can survey the weed you found while still GPS tracking your range area. Read the Docs

Dispatch Services 8

Our newest optional plugin for MapItFast, Dispatch capability is functional for our Web and Apple users. Create work orders and assign them to specific map locations. Then dispatch specific crew members to those locations. The handy Dispatch dashboard shows cases color coded by status. Administrators can follow cases for the whole team and see progress in real-time. Users can easily see all the cases assigned to them, and quickly submit work order forms and mark cases as completed.

7 Add Location Awareness to Forms

Let’s say your field team needs to reference geographic information from objects they are mapping. Strider components give them the ability to capture location-specific information from any form. The captured values can be viewed in the field and included in automated reports.

The GeoPoint Widget allows you to capture the latitude, longitude, elevation, and GPS accuracy for your current location and display it in your form.

MapItFast Lookup is a custom calculation function that can be added to text fields to pull in title, description, length, and area for lines and polygons, in either metric or imperial units.

Read the Docs
Email Reports From the Field 6

When you create printable reports for your Strider form, you get an automatically generated report for each submission. These reports print beautifully and are email-ready for easy sharing. In fact, you can set up your forms to automatically send reports by email when the form is submitted, whether at the office or in the field.

You can design your form to email pre-determined addresses, or let users choose different recipients for each submission using text or select fields. Strider’s powerful conditional logic even lets you control whether a report is sent every time a form is submitted or only when certain form fields are filled out.

5 Auto-Calculate Distance and Area

MapItFast uses your device’s built-in GPS capability to register precise location information for all your map objects. Simply tap on a completed object from MapItFast Web or the App and instantly see longitude, latitude, and elevation for points, distance for lines, and area for polygons.

Note: Objects drawn by hand do not get an associated elevation value. This can be a handy way to differentiate objects obtained by GPS versus those that were drawn when viewing their attributes on the web or mobile devices. Read the Docs

Quick-Add map Objects 4

With MapItfast’s Data Dictionaries, you can create presets for commonly used types of point, line, or polygon. Set the name, choose a marker icon and design the line and fill style for objects that you create frequently. Simply select your preset when you create the object, and all this detail is filled in for you.
Read the Docs

3 Copy to New Project

Your field work is about mapping, not project organization. With MapItFast’s Copy to Project functionality, there is no need to scroll through your list of projects to find just the right one. Simply start a new project and get mapping. Once you’re back in the office, you can use the handy lasso tool in MapItFast Web to select your mapped objects and copy them over to your master project.

Another use for the copy to project feature is to isolate types of object. For instance, you can maintain a master project with all locations and details for your entire weed survey. If you want to view just the Canada Thistle, for example, you can select all the weed objects, sort your selection by name, and de-select all but the Canada Thistle. Then copy the these objects to a new project to see the expanse of just this one type of weed.

Read the Docs

Split Polygons and Add Donuts 2

Land use evolves, and your mapping needs to keep up. Perhaps you have decided to divide a field into two separate plots. Or maybe you’ve established a reclamation area within an existing site. Rather than head out in the field to re-map your new boundaries, you can use MapItFast Web to modify your existing polygon objects.

To use the Split function, draw a line that completely crosses the polygon following the new boundary between them. MapItFast will turn your single object into two separate ones, which you can rename, edit and even move independently.

To extract an area from within a polygon, select the Add Donut function. Draw a polygon following the lines of your new sub-area. MapItFast will update your existing polygon to omit the area you draw.

1 Active Map Triggers

Get visual updates on shared MapItFast projects in real-time with Active Map Triggers. Records in any Strider from can be enabled with a trigger so that when a user changes and entry, MapItFast displays the status change automatically by modifying the appearance of the associated map object.

Change the icon for a point to indicate a potential problem or change the color of a polygon to show users that the area has been surveyed.

Now administrators can indicate objects that need attention, and field workers can inform the home office when tasks have been completed, visually and all in real-time.

Quick Tips for SprayLogger Reporting

You’ve got your spray data logged. Now it’s time to show off a job well done!

Take a couple of minutes to refresh your memory with these Quick Tips from The AgTerra Academy and start producing detailed reports from SprayLogger.

How to edit spray jobs from the SprayLogger website

How to export data from SprayLogger

How to generate reports in SprayLogger

Four signs you need a new phone or tablet

Four signs you need a new phone or tablet

As more and more mobile devices are being equipped with longer battery life and better internal components, we’ve noticed users are hanging onto their devices longer and longer. Unfortunately, the world of mobile device manufacturers and app developers continue to move at a breakneck pace, making many phones and tablets nearly obsolete in just a few years. If you’ve been hanging onto a device that is several years old but still seems to do the job, read on to see if it might be a candidate for an upgrade.

1. You can't upgrade to the latest operating system

Once your device no longer receives updates from the manufacturer, it means that the device is reaching the end of its life. If a phone or tablet is more than one or two operating systems behind the latest one, there’s a good chance the manufacturer no longer supports your device.  You will find that apps don’t work as well as they used to on the device, or that you can’t install certain apps at all.

This Wikipedia article shows the latest supported operating systems for Android. If your device is on Version 6.0 or earlier and you do not have an option to update the device, you will want to consider upgrading.

Apple users will want to make sure their devices are on iOS version 12.3.1 or greater. This article shows the current supported and discontinued versions.

Latest Operating System Versions

Android: 9.0

iOS: 12.3.2

2. You can't install security patches

If you are no longer receiving operating system updates, it also means that your device isn’t receiving security updates to keep your device and data safe. This is especially important for those who travel and often connect to public Wi-Fi connections.

3. Apps seem to crash more often

App developers can’t support every operating system out there, so they usually focus on optimizing apps for the latest ones. If you notice apps are running slower than normal or even crashing on your device, it’s a sign that your phone or tablet has fallen behind and can no longer support the more advanced features built into today’s apps.

4. The battery life isn't what it used to be

A telltale sign – and often the most frustrating – is shorter battery life. If it feels like you have to constantly keep your phone or tablet tethered to a charging cable, it’s a sign that your device is getting old.

Even if your device has a removable battery, you can use the telltale signs mentioned above to help you determine whether or not it’s a good idea to replace the battery or replace the device altogether.

Recommended Devices

Samsung devices are highly recommended, however not all Samsung devices are created equal. While there are several lower-cost models on the market today, the smaller price tag often means low-quality internal components leading to a poor user experience. Try to stick with higher-end models when possible.

Devices that have been tested and proven with MapItFast and Strider

Samsung Galaxy Tab S3

Samsung Galaxy Tab S4

Samsung Galaxy S7

Samsung Galaxy S8

Strider’s Active Map Triggers

Active Map Triggers

Active map triggers give administrators and users a visual way to stay up-to-date on shared MapItFast projects. The trigger indicates a status change by modifying the appearance of map objects as forms get updated in the field. Now administrators can indicate objects that need attention, and field workers can inform the home office when tasks have been completed, all in real-time.

Active map triggers are are easy to implement from the Strider website. Follow the steps below to set up a map trigger:

  1. Active map triggers use a data field in a Strider form to change the icon type or color of an object on the map. First, decide which field will “trigger” the change and design your form accordingly.

    Tip: Active map triggers work best with a question that has a list of ‘select_one’ choices. This will ensure that your trigger is consistent each time the form is filled out.

  2. Upload the form to Strider and make sure that it is MapItFast enabled. By default, new forms are only Strider enabled. To change this, click ‘Edit’ next to the form name in Form Management and change the Type from “Strider” to “MapItFast and Strider.”
  3. Go to Active Map Triggers under the Forms & Reports tab in Strider. Click the ‘Create New’ button to add your new trigger and set its properties.
  4. Set the parameters for your new map trigger.
    • Symbology Trigger Name: Give your trigger a name
    • Form Name: Choose the form that contains the question you wish to use as the trigger
    • Form Data Field: find the database name of the desired question
    • Value: Once you select the form data field, all applicable values will be populated in the table below. Click on the point icon, polygon and line color boxes to change them to your desired icon/color for each value.

    FinalChoices

  5. Make sure to save your trigger. Now, as forms are filled out in MapItFast, map objects will change to match these settings.
  6. Open the MapItFast app and wait about 10-15 minutes to ensure that the active map trigger settings are synced from the server.
  7. Tap on a point, line or polygon and then Add Form. Choose the appropriate form from the list and fill it out. After you have saved the form, wait a moment for the icon to change. The icon or object will change to match what was assigned in the Active Map Triggers page in Strider.

    Note: It will take a moment for the icon and colors to change after the form is saved. This is usually a matter of seconds on the website and slightly longer on the app.

Notes

  • Each map icon will display the most recent map trigger applied. For example, if two forms are set up with map triggers and an object has a record filled out for each form, it will change to match the trigger associated with the form that was last saved or edited.
  • Only one map trigger may currently be associated with a form at a time. Additional triggers, if added, will not work in MapItFast.

Check out the video below for a complete tutorial on Active Map Triggers

SprayLogger Calibration

Calibrate your SprayLogger

Watch the video below to see how to calibrate your SprayLogger.

SprayLogger by AgTerra

pesticide application mapping and detailed reporting made simple

SprayLogger is an easy to use hardware and software system that automatically gathers application information. Simple to install, yet packed with powerful features, SprayLogger may be retrofitted on trucks, ATVs, watercraft, backpacks or other spray rigs and generates live, viewable maps and reports for every spray job. SprayLogger is simply the easiest way to generate professional application maps and reports without changing the way you spray. Now you can quickly exceed federal, state, and customer mapping and reporting requirements while avoiding the hassle and errors typically associated with making maps and filling out reports by hand.

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