Conducting scaffold safety inspection in the field using Android applications simplifies the whole process of collecting information.
Though Android-based smartphones and tablets have changed the market with approximately 15 million monthly activations of Android devices by mid-2012, only a few Android applications appear to be focused on requirements, specifically scaffold safety inspection software.
The use of scaffold safety inspection software operating on Google Android has increased because of the low price and accessibility to these devices. Given that most scaffold inspectors already have phones, utilising their Android phones for performing scaffold safety inspections doesn’t require any large capital expenses.
User-friendly operation is a key requirement for scaffold safety inspection apps. Since the app is used in the field, safety inspectors must have the ability to quickly master it and learn to navigate to their desired screen/function.
Additionally, safety inspectors must be able to use their safety inspection app in the offline mode without being dependent on internet connectivity. The scaffold safety inspection app should allow the inspectors to record inspection data on their mobile devices in the offline mode, which can be transmitted wirelessly anytime. This would eliminate the need to rely on constant online connectivity in remote locations as well as reduce telecommunication expenses since data may also be transmitted utilising Wi-Fi.
The scaffold safety inspection app should also be able to integrate pictures taken in the field with the scaffold safety inspection information without extra ‘manual’ procedures. Safety inspectors must have the ability to take pictures, ‘doodle’ on the pictures as required, and allocate the picture to the appropriate item on the inspections with a minimal number of clicks.
Speech to text capabilities on most new mobile phones and tablets allow the safety inspector to record audio notes direct to the application and have them ready as text in real time. Simplifying information collection by standardising features and dropdown lists and speech to text are important. The safety inspector must have the ability to select results or defects from dropdown lists, consequently minimising information entry.
Given that the Android operation system powers a large range of computers and mobile devices, there will be many more Android devices than any other smartphones in the near future. The use of Android devices is already being expanded to support scaffold safety software.
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