An overview of our iPad pilot

Who:  primary pilot users are mobile field office personnel, managers, and GIS professionals.  Additionally, a group of IT personnel supporting the pilot have been issued iPads to assist the field the users and manage the evaluation of the technology.  This group includes members from the Help Desk, Architecture, Messaging, Procurement, and Security teams.

What: Weighing 1.6 lbs, the iPad 3G+64GB includes a 9.7” multi-touch LCD screen with 1024×768 resolution, a 1Ghz Apple A4 processor, and 256MB Ram.  Sensors include ambient light, 3-axis accelerometer,  a Broadcom 4750 Assisted-GPS, and a digital compass.  Wireless connectivity includes 3G HSDPA, 2G EDGE, 802.11 (a/b/g/n), and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR.  Selected accessories include the iPad Camera Connection Kit, the VGA Adapter, and the BlueTooth Keyboard.

When: The iPad pilot is an ongoing activity (additional users will be added pending contract negotiations of corporate AT&T 3G data plans).

Where:  anywhere mobile field office personnel need to be during the performance of their duties.  As part of a larger goal of enabling workforce mobility, this iPad evaluation aims to assist in a transition away from worker dependency upon a specific physically location.

Why:   Use cases selected for currently available features, accessories, applications, and services include:

  • Mobile e-mail – evaluate as a secure alternative to more costly laptops.
  • Mobile productivity applications – evaluate apps for office tasks, document management, and other workflows.
  • Portable reference documents – evaluate as an ereader reference materials.
  • Mobile GIS, including ESRI ArcGIS Mobile – evaluate as a GPS alternative to single purpose equipment such as the Garmin GPSMap 76csx or Nuvi.
  • Thin Client – *dependent upon our IT Citrix and VMware View projects, evaluate as a portable thin client and an alternative to stationary terminals.
  • Mobile consultations, training sessions, or presentations – evaluate as a tool for consulting and training with customers and workers.

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