When people want to describe something, an outdoor asset for example, there are often a few key components they need in order to fully document that asset.
- Where is it? A problem easily solved with GPS which is built into just about everything these days.
- What does it look like? Take a photo! A smartphone camera usually does the trick, but sometimes people still need the optical zoom provided by a DSLR camera. A DSLR can be coupled with a standalone GPS.
- Other ancillary data – what is the condition? Does it have a unique ID? Who owns it? There could be 5 or 50 or more pieces of data that people need to describe the asset.
Taking a picture and collecting data provides photographic evidence at a specific place and time. This is useful for an asset inventory, a site survey, basic field work, compliance documentation, or proof of performance. The output can be displayed a photo map, visually representing the data in a way that is easy for anyone to understand. It can also be imported into a GIS and used with other data layers for analysis or archived in a backend database.