[teaser]Zerion Software’s ThunderPlug is the solution for projects in ultra-disconnected environments, allowing devices in an offline environment to sync to a centralized device. Users are now able to collaborate, view, and analyze data in the most remote locations.[/teaser]
Many field projects require data collectors to be in an offline environment for weeks or months at a time. Typically, data is stored on individual mobile devices; however, this can become problematic when a team member wants to view and analyze the aggregated data while in the field. The ThunderPlug solves this need. With the ThunderPlug, devices are able to sync to the ThunderPlug be viewable and analyze the data on a computer.
[dropcap4]1[/dropcap4] Test in a Connected Environment
Before any iFormBuilder project is deployed, it is imperative to test, test, and test again to ensure the technology functions correctly. It is important to test all devices connecting to the Plug to ensure they are configured to point to the ThunderPlug IP address and can successfully sync data. Don’t forget to test the forms being used in the project to make sure the logic and form features are configured correctly too!
[dropcap4]2[/dropcap4] Choosing a Power Supply
The ThunderPlug is a powerful tool unless, of course, you are short on power supply. Deciding the best power supply for you scenario is important. If you are going to be working in a remote area all day with no access to power, a solar pack (like the one pictured above) with a battery would be the best option. If you are going to have access to power throughout the day you can plug the ThunderPlug into an outlet, sync records, and continue working. You can also plug your ThunderPlug into a vehicle as long as you have the appropriate connector!
[dropcap4]3[/dropcap4] Perform a Cloud Sync
The iFormBuilder Server receives updates very often as does the ThunderPlug. Before heading out to the field for your data collection project, ensure that you have performed a cloud sync to receive the latest updates to the ThunderPlug Software.
[dropcap4]4[/dropcap4] Secure the ThunderPlug
The USB Encryption option is a great way to secure the ThunderPlug. Physically plugging the USB into the ThunderPlug will allow the ThunderPlug to boot up and will only give access to authorized users. If the ThunderPlug is lost or stolen and is booted up without the USB key, you can be assured that the data on the plug is inaccessible.
The ThunderPlug is a great tool for data collection teams and helps them gather information in ultra-disconnected environments. Used in the most remote locations in Africa to disconnected parts of the United States, the ThunderPlug is highly recommended for long-term, disconnected data collection.
- Customer Success Center Article
- Let Me Introduce You to the ThunderPlug
- ThunderPlug Training Recording
- The Diversity of iFormBuilder Projects
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About the Author
Ben Ray is a Solutions Engineer at iFormBuilder and a Black Belt FormBuilder. He is an outdoorsman, sports enthusiast, wanna-be car mechanic and can build forms blindfolded. If you would like wisdom from a Black Belt form builder, he would love to hear form you! Email: email@example.com