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In our business, we use the term “field client” to refer to software running on laptops, tablets, handhelds, and phones in the field. Only a few years ago, Microsoft was the dominant operating system with their Windows mobile platforms, and we operated as a “Microsoft shop”, focusing our development and support on their systems. Times have changed, and we have adapted.

Over the next year, we will be introducing field clients for our entire line of utility software, GSI AssetManager, on the iOS platform. The first release is today for our storm damage assessment software, GSI Scout, on iPads and iPhones. Users can log-in using a variety of mobile devices they may already own, streamlining their business process and cutting costs. Later this year, our goal is to target Android applications. After Scout, we intend to target all of the modules of GSI AssetManager.

The recent emergence of Apple and Android smart phones and tablets has encouraged our team to develop new skills and expand our software to support these platforms. Forbes reports that Apple and Google combined have increased their share of the U.S. smartphone market from 90.6% a year ago to 93.4% in February 2014. The demand for software running on these devices is only increasing, so this is the reason we chose to focus on making GSI AssetManager available on these platforms first.

So what’s next for field clients: Amazon or Google Glass? It’s tough to say, but we’re certain that our software will continue to evolve alongside the latest technologies.  We’re committed to support field clients on our customers’ platform of choice.

About the author

Carl Livingood is the Founder and President of GSI. He brings over 25 years of engineering experience to help utilities meet their goals. If you'd like to connect with him, head on over to the contact page.

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