Formbird applications can work anywhere on any device. Just as importantly, any Formbird application can work offline. To illustrate this capability, let’s use the example of the mobile workforce.
Mobile workforces face many challenges. One challenge that may compound all the other challenges is working in remote locations where there is no mobile communication. Mobile applications stop working, critical job data is not accessible and information cannot be exchanged. This can just as easily occur in the middle of a city when working deep within a building.
If connectivity is lost, the Formbird application keeps working as the Formbird application is continuously updated with relevant data to function offline. This can include geo-spatial information such as maps, images and asset locators.
Formbird applications have an online/offline indicator that displays red for offline and green for online. This indicator is complemented by a counter that indicates the number of items that have been created or updated while offline. After reconnecting and completing synchronization the indicator displays green and the counter resets to zero. Reconnecting and sychronization is an automatic process that does not require user initiation.
Offline capabilities are a function of the Formbird offline key; a unique identifier assigned to each individual or group of individuals that maintains an always ready offline capability.
While the user is online, the Formbird application continuously pushes any new information to the user that is tagged with the user’s offline key. Each user is unique. They only get the information pushed to their devices that they need for their job function.
Once the offline user is reconnected, the Formbird application automatically pushes any updated data that the user may have created or changed while having been offline to the Formbird server. The Formbird application on the mobile device also pulls any new data that may be relevant to the user.
Having sent updated information to the server and having had data update to the mobile device, the mobile user is once again prepared to go offline. Formbird makes it possible.