TerraGo Optimizes Field Data Collection with New REST API and Auto-recording Functionalities

By CIOReview | Monday, November 16, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: Taking GPS field data collection a step further, TerraGo – a developer of software applications and mobile apps to collect data – announces the availability of TerraGo Edge 3.8 featuring REST API, auto-recording functions to enable enterprises integrate TerraGo Edge functionality in any application with any programming language on any platform thereby extending the benefits of an open field data collection solution.

TerraGo Edge is an open GPS data collection and collaboration platform that delivers high-accuracy data collection through the utilization of any GPS receiver while integrating with any platform, including Geographic Information System (GIS), Computer-aided Design (CAD) and other enterprise systems. The latest version enables field data collection workers to automatically record GPS lines and polygons on their mobile device using TerraGo to record accurate data derived from the on-board location services of iOS and Android devices to the real-time centimeter-accuracy of Bluetooth-connected GPS receivers. Customers can integrate their applications directly with TerraGo Edge Server functionality using simple HTTP methods in JSON format.

Organizations have unique requirements when it comes to accuracy levels and operating environments. Some organizations uses on-board GPS of their employee’s iPhones, iPads or Android devices while others need real-time centimeter accuracy from a GPS receiver connected via Bluetooth to their mobile phones and tablets. With TerraGo Edge, organizations can save thousands of dollars by leveraging mobile devices to meet their accuracy needs, instead of spending their budgets on overpriced proprietary GPS handhelds.

The TerraGo Edge REST API is Swagger-enabled, a API framework that provides a simple API representation, interactive documentation, and client software development kit (SDK) generation. Swagger is a formal specification surrounded by a large ecosystem of tools which includes everything from front-end user interfaces, low-level code libraries and commercial API management solutions. It defines a standard, language-agnostic interface to REST APIs which allows both humans and computers to discover and understand the capabilities of the service without access to source code, documentation or through network traffic inspection. 

“The great thing about the REST API is we can rapidly integrate TerraGo Edge with our customers’ existing GIS applications. This means our customers get the best of both worlds. They can fully leverage their current infrastructure investment, while deploying an open mobile data collection solution that interfaces directly with these systems,” says Dan Rodriguez, CEO, RazorTek.