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ESRI Canada Distributes Freeance Mobile for BlackBerry

November 12, 2010

ESRI Canada is to become the exclusive Canadian distributor of TDC Group's Freeance Mobile for BlackBerry. The solution is a commercial off-the-shelf software that runs as a server-based solution.

Organizations can leverage the solution to maximize their investment in ESRI's geographic information system (GIS) technology. This can be achieved by pushing out GIS data and applications to field workers using BlackBerry smartphones. 

Thanks to this collaboration, users can search, view and edit data and maps stored in their enterprise GIS while on the move. Eventually, this will cut down costs, increase productivity and efficiency.

“The ubiquity of BlackBerry smartphones makes them ideal devices for extending enterprise GIS to the field,” said Alex Miller, president of ESRI Canada, in a press release. “With Freeance, remote workers in every industry can easily access valuable corporate geographic information needed to make decisions on the go. The ability to edit data in the field also ensures that there are no information gaps and that the data in their GIS is always up to date.”

Organizations using ESRI's ArcGIS Server technology can leverage Freeance to securely deliver maps and location-based data live to an unlimited number of BlackBerry smartphone users within the organization's network. 

This application will aid field workers to capture and publish data and imagery without returning to the office to upload the information to the GIS.

ESRI's ArcGIS Server technology also can enable real-time tracking of personnel and assets, which in turn ensures the safety of mobile staff and the effective deployment of resources.

The companies note that Freeance is ideal for organizations with a dispersed mobile workforce, and enhances operations including customer service, emergency management, infrastructure management, work order management, network planning, property assessment, asset inventory and inspection.

Freeance is offered in three editions: Freeance Pro, which helps build an unlimited number of GIS applications; Freeance Basic, which allows the creation of up to two map applications; and Freeance View, a free software, which allows users to publish and view ArcGIS maps on their BlackBerry.  

Anuradha Shukla is a contributing editor for unified communications. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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