Sync Data Functionality
Copyright © 2018 EarthSoft, Inc • Modified: 12 Dec 2018
The Sync Data feature allows multiple Collect users to use the same form and see all the data that has been collected from multiple devices. This feature requires an active data connection and that the form be generated on the server. Once a user has collected data and pushed the data back to the server, the sync feature will allow other users to synchronize the records across the devices.
Once a form using the Sync Data feature is created on the server, it will be available for download on the Collect mobile application to any assigned user/user group. All assigned users can download the form and begin collecting data. Once a user has collected data and pushed the data back to the server, the sync feature will allow other users to synchronize the records across their devices.
As an example, the following steps demonstrate the data syncing feature with a basic Water Levels Form and two users in the field.
1.The Water Levels Form was downloaded on two separate devices using the Collect mobile application.
2.Two records (Record 1 and Record 2) were created on one device and pushed/uploaded back to the server.
3.Three records were generated on the second device.
4.If both Forms have been active in the field when the user on the second device attempts to upload/push the data (Records 3, 4 and 5), the user may receive a notification that information has been previously sent and synchronizing is available.
5.Syncing is required to view the records generated from the first device, on the second device along with the current records on the second device. To sync the form records, navigate to the main Forms tab by clicking the Home button in the bottom right of the form. At the main Forms tab, the Water Level form displays the Sync icon.
6.Tap the Sync icon to synchronize the records that have been generated and pushed from the multiple devices. In this example, the application will pull Records 1 and 2 that had been previously generated and pushed from the first device. All five records will be now be available on the second device as well as for any other user that downloads the form.