We’ve discussed in other blog posts the work we have been doing offline enabling ArcGIS web applications. This is new and exciting work, taking advantage of advances in web technology. Similar to Collector for ArcGIS we have developed a number of products which copy base map tiles and editable layers from ArcGIS to a database on your device. When users are in poorly connected areas, or locations which lack wireless connectivity, they can then switch to using this local data. This is all done through a browser.
There are many advantages to this approach. These include simplicity (the applications are written in HTML5), extensibility (it is easy to extend the application to add new functionality), cost (one application which runs on any device).
How robust are offline mobile ArcGIS web apps?
Browsers can be somewhat unstable. So if your browser crashes when you are fully offline, can you bring the application back up with no loss of data? Again taking advantage of new browser technology and HTML5, applications can be brought back up seamlessly.
The video below demonstrates how robust these new offline mobile ArcGIS web apps are:
Read more about our field mobile ArcGIS applications, or contact us directly on 801-733-0723.