Recently, the Android-based phones and tablets have changed the market with approximately 15 million monthly activations at the start of 2012. Regardless of the popularity of those devices, just a few Android applications appeared to be focused on requirements; in specific, scaffold safety inspection software.
Scaffold safety inspection software operating on Google android devices has increased because of the low price and accessibility to these devices, compared with other mobile phones. Since nearly all scaffold inspectors already have phones, utilizing their Android phones for performing scaffold safety inspections doesn’t require large capital expenses.
When using ‘proper’ implementation of the scaffold safety inspection based on Android Application, the procedure for collecting information in the field is simple, efficient, and captures all of the required info.
The scaffold safety inspection App should be simple to use. Since it’s used within the field, safety inspectors must have the ability to quickly ‘master’ the App and learn to navigate to their desired screen/function.
I am a powerful proponent of the ‘offline mode’ when it comes to scaffold safety inspection software, by which inspectors may use their safety inspection App without having to be dependent upon internet connectivity. The scaffold safety inspection is therefore replacing paper forms with a significantly better tool – but without the need for continuous Internet connectivity and increased costs. So, how might an ‘offline’ scaffold safety inspection Application work with no need for online connectivity? It’s fairly simple. The safety inspector can send and receive all of the required info and photos wirelessly anytime; but as soon as data is actually sent or even received, users may record all required info directly on to their mobile device although it is ‘offline’. Much like an e-mail client manages when and how information is send to the actual server. This eliminating relying on constant online connectivity in remote locations as well as reducing telecommunication expenses since data may also be transmitted utilizing Wi-Fi.
Picture-taking as well as integrating the actual image together with the scaffold safety inspection information without extra ‘manual’ procedures can also be essential. Safety Inspectors must have the ability to take pictures, ‘doodle’ on the pictures as required, and allocate the picture to the appropriate item on the inspections with minimal quantity of ‘clicks’.
Additionally, wireless transmission of pictures should be done effectively and safely without subjecting your server to security breaches.
Simplifying information collection through standardizing features and drop-down lists is important. The safety inspector must have the ability to select results or defects from drop-down lists and consequently minimize information entry.
Based on current trends and the fact that Android is based on the Linux kernel, which already powers a large range of computers and mobile devices, I suspect that there will be many more Android devices than any other smart-phones in the near future. As such, expanding the use of Android devices to support scaffold safety software is already happening.