Field Toolkit

cChoosing the right tools is hard.

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We like to keep it Simple.

You want to input field observations on a tool you already own. You’d like your data to be ready to solve problems, large and small.

At VasTerra we start with a simple framework to evaluate your data collection requirements. It organizes the core components of data collection so you understand where to focus and what to ignore.

Sorting the Options.

  • c Platform  Tools are usually developed for Android, iOS, or both.  Android-only providers are plentiful due to significant technical contributions from community based organizations such as Open Data Kit.
  • t Data Server   The two main questions are – where are the data servers located and who will manage the system? Key considerations also include reliability, data security, sharing, and customer support.
  • o Forms  You need to create, manage and use forms.  The creation of forms is where the providers can differ greatly. Some tools are intuitive and fast, while some are not as developed. The good news is nearly every provider adheres to standards which makes sharing possible.
  • s Analysis  You collected data with a plan to analyze it,  and then share your results.  At a minimum most users benefit from both a tabular and basic map view of their data. Providers offer more advanced options, but be careful of adopting more than you can implement.
Field Toolkit


Successful adoption of new technology requires the active participation of users and support staff. This sort of collaborative process produces better outcomes for everyone. Please contact us if you have questions or require specific help.

Succinct Data

Succinct Data is an end-to-end application that can be used on its own or to enhance existing survey tools.

  • Standards-based so anyone can use them.
  • Transmit data through satellite or wireless.
  • Data compression for a lighter payload.
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JOOS Solar Charger

The JOOS Orange is the most powerful and durable portable solar charger you can buy.

  • The panel is waterproof and even charges under water.
  • It is designed for use by anyone, and to continue working when anyone drops it.
  • The 24 oz “all in one” unit has a built in high capacity battery that enables direct solar charging when the battery is drained.
  • Recharge smart and regular phones, an iPad, Android tablets, MP3 players, cameras, and other electronic field gear.
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InReach Explorer

h  Tracking and Navigation tools allow field teams to locate each other, direct members to key locations, follow pre-determined routes, and to coordinate search and rescue events.

j Data Collection tools include a “Quick Collect” button, basic forms and connection to your own web service.

r Send and receive 160-character text messages with GPS coordinates to cell numbers and email addresses worldwide.

k  Connect your own Android application to the Iridium global satellite network.

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The Tools You’ll Need

VasTerra is an ongoing collaboration of professionals committed to delivering the best field tools through discovery, development and relentless testing.

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