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By: Elaheh Eghbal on February 3rd, 2015

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Zerion + GIS = Engineering Joy

Business Insight | Compliance and Safety | Engineering

Many engineering companies need a field data collection solution that will successfully integrate with other platforms, capture data in offline environments, be multi-functional, and incorporate data using GIS systems.

The Zerion platform does all of this, and more!


Geographic Information System (GIS) technology enables organizations of all sizes to take advantage of their geographic and location information. Zerion captures metadata with every record that is collected - user information, time/date stamp, latitude, longitude, altitude, speed and compass direction. Now, any record captured with Zerion is easily integrated with any GIS platform including Esri and Google Maps.  The location information included in the metadata not only ensures that the field teams are on site, it validates when, where, and by whom a record was captured.

GIS supports many sustainable development efforts throughout the world, providing policy makers and planning agencies with visualization tools to manage growth and change. At Zerion, we understand the importance of powerful and easy-to-use apps for organizations and their field teams. We also understand that these mobile data collection apps are not just another app on the device, but rather a tool to better the world, solve problems, and let your company focus on what it was created for.

Zerion has the ability to gather other important information as well:

Hardware Integration

Did you know that Zerion integrates with some of the best hardware used by engineers? Devices like Socket Mobile for 1D and 2D barcode scanners, SXBlue, BadElf and Dual GPS devices for improving the GPS accuracy of your mobile devices, NODE for various types of sensory data, and Zebra mobile printers to print directly in the field.

Software Integration

Barcode scanning can be a fast way to gather and sort information; Zerion integrates with ManateeWorks to allow for barcode scanning by using the camera on your mobile device. Software like Zapier and Klipfolio enables companies to integrate with other systems and visualize data in a variety of ways.

Offline Capabilities

We designed the Zerion Platform to work in optimal or poor conditions both online and off the grid. Network coverage is not required to collect data and all data collected is stored locally until network connectivity is available to upload information to the server. It works in ultra-disconnected environments such as disaster recovery in the middle of the Congo or deep inside secure facilities.

Flexible Form Building

Built with your project in mind, Zerion is the most dynamic and powerful form building platform available. Whether you are a small business or a Fortune 500 company, Zerion has the tools to get the job done. By providing Engineers and GIS professionals with the entire JavaScript library, they are able to build custom functionality, skip logic, calculations and validation directly onto the form.

The engineering and GIS community has embraced the Zerion platform and many groups have transformed how their field teams work. The Zerion API has allowed for deep integration with platforms like Esri’s ArcGIS, Sql Server, MapBox and other reporting and business intelligence tools.


About Elaheh Eghbal

Elaheh Eghbal is the Marketing Manager at Zerion. She is an adventurer, photographer, furniture builder, and wannabe foosball pro. If you have any questions about this post or just want to say hi, she would love to hear from you!

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