Mobile Inspection Apps on iPad, iPhone, Android / Android Tablets, BlackBerry, and Windows Mobile

By James W Quigley on May 1, 2014

Editor's Note: this post was originally published in May 2011. We've updated the post for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

Inspection Apps on Smartphones

Mobile inspections on Smartphones and Tablets are a favorite application category for Canvas.  We have inspectors today using Canvas for the widest variety of inspection activities.  Some of our most popular inspection categories include:

Fire Inspections: Organizations who inspect fire suppression and monitoring systems are getting real time savings and better inforomation with mobile inspections. These inspection apps replace the clipboard for a tablet or smartphone. Not only do inpsectors get a lighter load, but to share information in real time. You can even upload your own reference data to prepopulate fields that include details on inspections for a specific building or product. 

Building Inspections: Whether you are inspecting a commercial or residential building, a mobile app allows you to include data elements like GPS, image capture all inside your form.  Building inspectors are finding it is easier to manage a tablet or smartphone then a pen and paper.  With all forms available in the cloud, repairs happen more quickly and provide a more professional response and presentation for clients.  

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Restaurant Inspections:  Assuring that a restaurant meets safety and  cleanliness standards is happening regularly in town, city and state. These are extensive inspections, often spanning multiple pages and require multiple images. How easy is it to lose one page in an inspection? How long does it take you to match a photo to the correct part of the form? On top of that, you have to enter in this information quickly not only for for the restaurant, but also the inspecting authority.   

A mobile inspection allows you to take photos inside the form, no longer requiring time spent matching photos to the forms. With all forms submitted to the cloud, you'll never lose a part of an insepction again. And as soon as you're done you can email the inspection to all the necessary parties. Less work, and more accuracy? Possible with Canvas. 

Vehicle Inspections: Whether you are inspecting large commercial vehicles or consumer automobiles, inspectors of vehicles are not only long, but require quick action. One Nigerian port was even able to use barcode scanning and photo to match drivers to their vehicles. Not only were inspections quick, but also dramatically reduced theft. You can take your inspections further with  finding location with GPS, or upload vehicle information with our reference data feature.  

Roof Inspections: Inspecting roofs for damage, repair or replacement? Make your process more efficient with a smartphone or tablet . By using checklists, drop down value lists, and pre-populated fields, you can cut your inspection time dramatically

So Much More: Canvas can be used for literally millions of inspections from appraisals, road inspections, retail inspections and more. Not only do we have thousands of inspection app templates in our store, we also have an app builder to make your own completely customized inspection (no coding required).