Do more with Collector using barcode scanners

Utility meters, poles, pipes, traffic signs – the fixed assets that you manage inside of the ArcGIS platform are not only mapped but are often tagged with durable, weather resistant barcodes that uniquely identify each asset inside of an asset management system.

Quite often we are asked if Collector for ArcGIS running on a smartphone or tablet can be paired with a barcode scanner so that as you map asset locations you can capture the barcodes placed on them as well…

Though Collector does not directly integrate with APIs from vendors, there are scanners that will just work with Collector out of the box!  A good example is Socket Mobile’s Cordless Hand Scanner Series 8 devices. The Socket Mobile CHS 8Ci scanner pairs with both iOS and Android devices using Bluetooth Smart technology and what makes it work with Collector is the Bluetooth HID profile (“Human Interface Device”).

How to capture barcodes with Collector on iOS devices

1. Pair the scanner with your smartphone or tablet from within Bluetooth settings.

2. Using Collector, tap on the field that you want to populate with the code from your scanner.

3. Scan the barcode and the field will be automatically populated.

It is that simple and works with Android devices as well! The scanner replaces the virtual keyboard of the device when connected when set to HID mode. If set to any other mode it will not work.

If you are looking to integrate Collector with a barcode scanner for your field projects, please ensure that the scanner supports Bluetooth HID mode. Here are a couple of additional scanners we found that support HID mode:

Happy Mapping and Tagging!

Collector team

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8 Comments

  1. amandaopp says:

    I suppose you could probably do the same with QR Codes or Hollagrams. Do you suppose you could use a QR app that would interface with collector?. This really makes collector so much more versatile than it already is. I can’t wait for the updates to iron out a few of the kinks because collector really is the answer to so many of our problems in field data collection.

  2. ian.botts says:

    So you are saying this will work with android and all the fragmentation as long as it’s an HID Bluetooth capable scanner?

    • miao6336 says:

      I didn’t do comprehensive test on all the Android version. But I think if that version of Android OS support Bluetooth HID, it should support it.

  3. oceanrac says:

    What kind of tags can you use? Do they need to be a custom size? Can they be different colors? Do these things depend on the scanner itself? Very interested in getting a few of these for our assets but need more answers!

  4. ariatevari says:

    This is very interesting. Do we know if the process is as streamlined using the new ArcGIS WebApp Builder?