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New Mobile App Modernizes Workplace Field Collection: Introducing Boundless Anywhere

The ability to access all kinds of data – including location data – from the palm of our hands at any given time or place has become essential to almost every aspect of our lives. Boundless recognizes this capability is critical to modern enterprises, and we are excited to announce the release of the first Boundless mobile application: Boundless Anywhere™ for iOS and Android.

Our goal with this release of Anywhere is to extend the Boundless Exchange™ web application to handheld devices,  modernizing workplace field data collection. Today’s enterprises demand a streamlined collection workflow – one that integrates efficient mobile technologies to make faster decisions for mapping, analysis, and reporting. We think Anywhere is the solution that meets this need.

At a feature level, Anywhere instantly syncs mobile data with Boundless Exchange when you’re online; if you’re working offline, you can sync it manually when you’re connected again – since a good network connection is never guaranteed in some remote or secure environments. This capability includes photo capture: attach photos to features, whether online or offline, so you can share what you saw.

I hope you’ll notice the quick draw time and beautifully rendered Mapbox basemap in the background. We chose Mapbox maps – quickly becoming an industry standard – for their smooth, fast, attractive rendering.

On the topic of look and feel, we’ve put a lot of thought into our user interface and experience, with the goal of making Anywhere intuitive and fun to use. GIS concepts and apps can get complicated, quickly. But we don’t think they have to be cumbersome, and we’re hoping the straightforward interface turns your entire team into mobile data collectors.

Ultimately, I think Anywhere will allow Boundless users to engage with their communities, validate data, make observations, respond, and communicate. And I’m hoping they have fun doing it.

To try Anywhere, please contact us. And please, send us your ideas!

Alison Drain

Product Manager

Alison Drain is a Product Manager at Boundless who's passionate about making GIS simpler and user-focused. With eight years experience with enterprise geospatial technologies, her product strategies have covered desktop, web, and mobile products.
A childhood love of the natural world led her from Earth Science degrees -- a BA from Washington University in Saint Louis and an MS from the University of Arizona -- to a career in GIS. She later earned an MBA from Washington University in Saint Louis and was eager to put those strategic skills to work as a Product Manager at Boundless.
Alison spends her free time at parks, playing tennis, and loving her family and dog. She's traveled the world and is happy to call Saint Louis home.