Trimble has introduced a new version of its Field Inspector solution for utility infrastructure and smart grid asset maintenance and inspection. The solution comprises the Trimble Field Inspector software for handheld computers and Trimble Field Inspector Desktop software. Scalable and easy to deploy, the solution leverages Trimble Global Positioning System (GPS) and handheld computing technology to automate a wide variety of field applications for electric, gas, water, and wastewater utilities--from smart meter deployments to routine asset maintenance inspections.

Trimble Field Inspector software for handhelds provides a robust GPS-enabled mobile solution for optimizing smart grid and utility field operations, including asset installation, maintenance, and inspection.

Using Trimble mapping and Geographic Information System handheld devices, utility field workers can capture GPS time and location information along with 1D and 2D barcode data, digital images, digital sketches and electronic signatures. The GPS data can be used to route jobs, locate workers and assets, and provide a valuable validation of where and when work is performed to support regulatory reporting.

Whether performing electric, gas, water, or wastewater maintenance inspection tasks, the Trimble Field Inspector software helps streamline operations with automated field workflows, easy-to-use smart handheld data collection forms, and the ability to interactively view jobs and assets using a map display. Through a single listing of all jobs and their status, users can quickly and easily locate and identify job assignments and priorities.

By putting utility maintenance inspection technology directly in the hands of the mobile workforce, Trimble Field Inspector allows field crews to complete their work faster and more accurately, enhancing utility service quality, improving system reliability, and reducing cost.

The desktop software can connect to an existing ESRI ArcGIS or Open Database Compliant (ODBC) back office system, Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) utility database or the Trimble UtilityCenter® Maintenance-2 module. Field maintenance tasks can be defined, grouped together as jobs, scheduled, assigned, and automatically transferred to handheld computers running the Trimble Field Inspector software.

Utility field workers can then perform maintenance tasks using the predefined workflows and easy-to-use smart data entry forms. Field captured data is then returned to the utility's existing back office GIS, CMMS database or Trimble UtilityCenter Maintenance-2 module to update and track utility and smart grid field asset maintenance work status and history.