Toronto's Field ID says its cloud-based safety compliance and inspection management system for checking everything from people to buildings can now be run on Apple Inc.'s iPad.
The Web-based Field ID for the iPad app is a free download from the Apple App Store. Customers have to subscribe to one of the three pricing plans, which range from $100 a person to $325 a month depending on the number of features and users.
It also runs on PCs and Windows Mobile devices. Typically these are ruggedized for use outdoors. An Android version is expected shortly.
The solution is aimed at replacing paper forms or spreadsheets that are used to conduct inspections and audits of corporate assets, which can be almost anything. Field ID compiles an audit trail for regulatory compliance.
The solution comes with a database of products users can chose from, or new assets can be entered.
To use, an asset that has an RFID or barcode can be scanned or its serial number entered by hand to bring up its page. Inspections are done by clicking (or in the case of the iPad using the touch screen) pass/fail icons for various  criteria.  There is space for entering comments on-site. The solution also offers custom reports.

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