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Mobile product capabilities

Esri's mobile apps enable field workflows through ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Enterprise. As such all ofthe apps support the following:

  • Named user identity for access control
  • Leveraging Groups and Sharing to control access to content
  • Using ArcGIS Custom Roles to limit privileges
  • HTTPS to encrypt data in transit
  • AppConfigsettingsfor usewith your MDM

App configuration (also referred to as AppConfig) refers to a format for providing application settings such as portal URL, among others. Instead of configuring these settings mannually each time a mobile app is installed, you can use your MDM to specify and apply app configurations automatically. These settings are defined as a dictionary of key-value pairs in an XML file. How the dictionary is created dpends on the MDM you're using. To learn more about app configuration, visit the AppConfig Community.

Privacy Considerations:

  • Users should design Projects to limit or prevent collection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
  • Consider designing a hybrid solution with an on-premises ArcGIS Enterprise host data that contains PII
  • Configure your organization to require HTTPS ONLY.

ArcGIS Field Maps - All-in-one app for fieldwork

  • Device, account and data requirements are available within the current help
  • AppConfig supportfor: portalURL (your organziations portal URL), anonymous Access (Allow anonymous access vs credentialed), trackingUploadLKLFrequency (Last known location upload frequency), trackingUpdloadTracksFrequency (Track upload frequeny), and useInAppAuth (Webview for sign-in / authentication)

ArcGIS Collector - Provides map-centric data collection and editing

  • Requires a Creator User Type
  • Supports Feature Service Views to control sharing/editing access to content
  • Supports The AppConfig standard and Mobile Application Management solutions to enhance security - See portalURL parameter
  • Supports side-loading of basemap content for offline viewing
  • Supports Esri's transaction model for enterprise geodatabases (versioning, non-versioned archiving)
  • Editor or Location Tracking functionality may collect information like:
    • Who created data (username for Named User Account)
    • When data was created (date and time at the point of creation)
    • Where data was collected from (GPS accuracy in meters)

ArcGIS Survey123 - Supports form-centric data collection and editing

  • Requires a Creator User Type
  • Supports Feature Service Views to control sharing/editing access to content
  • Supports side-loading of basemap content for offline viewing
  • AppConfig support for portalURL
  • Use the Collaborate tab in a survey created using survey123.arcgis.com to share surveys with stakeholder groups
    • Using the Collaborate tab will leverage ArcGIS Hosted Feature Layer views to block editing access from stakeholders
  • Review the technical paper "Discovering and Limiting Access to Public ArcGIS Survey123 Results" for guidance for GIS administrators, survey owners or users involved in implementing a public survey with respect to privacy and security.

ArcGIS Explorer - Supports viewing and markup of GIS maps

ArcGIS Navigator - Enables routing with turn-by-turn directions

  • Requires a Viewer User Type and additional license
  • Supports offline maps (downloaded or side-loaded)
  • With custom navigation maps you can see and search for your organization's assets, route on custom roads, and use custom travel modes
  • AppConfig support for portalURL and enableLocalAuthentication (iOS)

ArcGIS Tracker - Capture tracks of field staff, monitor and analyze patterns

  • License included with Field Worker user type
  • Support for Public Key Infrastructure (PKI) sign-in utilizing certificates
  • AppConfig support for portalURL, uploadTracksFrequency, and updateLKLFrequency

ArcGIS Workforce - Enables planning and coordinating field work

  • Control access through ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise
  • Web app requires HTTPS ONLY enabled in the Organization to encrypt all data in transit
  • Limit user capabilities by limiting feature access (create, delete, query, update)
  • AppConfig support for portalURL, uploadTracksFrequency, and updateLKLFrequency
  • Editor or Location Tracking functionality may collect information like:
    • Who created data (username for Named User Account)
    • When data was created (date and time at the point of creation)
    • Where data was collected from (GPS accuracy in meters)

ArcPad - Enables field staff to collect, edit, update and query GIS data in the field

  • To be retired December 31, 2021
  • Password protect and encrypt the AXF data file
  • Encrypt mobile device memory cards
  • Secure your ArcGIS Enterprise environment with users and groups to limit who can publish ArcPad data
Note:

Best practices guidance across all ArcGIS mobile apps is provided in the ArcGIS Secure Mobile Implementation Patterns technical paper.


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