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PostPosted: Fri Nov 09, 2012 5:58 pm 
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Following a request from a customer we have been experimenting downloading various PAT testers to Android Phones and Tablets.

The customer wanted to be able to download their PAT and send the data back to head office via email.

Whilst we have written appications for Windows Mobile devices 8 years ago that downloaded PAT test machines and sent the data, the move towards Android Phones has got us looking at the issue again for these new devices.

Please let us know if this is something you are interested in.

We are hoping to release some Android Apps next year to work in conjunction with Simplypats which will assist in the possible changes outlined in the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition).

Below is a photo of downloading to a Google Nexus 7 Android Tablet.

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 12, 2012 5:38 pm 
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Mobile Applications For PAT Testing

Following a lot of work over the weekend, we have now managed to get the PAT tester data sent via bluetooth to a selection of Android phones and tablets and then automatically emailed the data to ourselves.

So far this application is looking as though it might be worth spending more development time on.

Obviously this will be most useful for those companies or organisations which have many PAT testing people in the field and wish to be able to send the data back to a central site or head office.

I will update this thread as we make more progress.

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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:09 pm 
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Would this application have potential to provide a complete mobile SPS package?

I have a few clients that ask for their results, certificate and invoice to be Emailed.

If this could be done whilst onsite, just adds to the value of service by giving them their info as soon as the job has been completed.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:16 pm 
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Hi Allan

Yes in the fullness of time this could happen, it can however be restrictive trying to design software for the many differing Android devices (lots of phones of differing sizes and resolutions and of course tablets.)

In the past we did a cut down SimplyPats version for the Windows Mobile platform and whilst this worked it was limited by the screen size and fiddly nature when adding extra information on appliances.

If there is a lot of interest in using Android devices on site it is something that of course we will persue further. I am sure it wouldnt be too hard to send a simplified appliance register, certificate and invoice whilst on site.

We are hoping to investigate the new Windows 8 tablets as some of these could run SimplyPats as is without needing to redesign.

As you know you can email various test results and registers, certifcate and invoice from SimplyPats when back at the office, however it might be nice to be able to send something as soon as the job is completed whilst on site.

Regards Richard.

PS. There are some more pics on our facebook page:
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:45 pm 
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perhaps by sticking to the windows tablet route, you know that it "works" and shouldn't be too difficult to adapt from its current build (not that i actually know what im talking about here.. just seems logical that if it works on Windows PC and Laptop, it should work on a windows tablet).

I'll keep an eye on the developments with this. Looking to add a tab of some format, other than iThing, to my christmas list to santa.... Nexus 7 seems a nice option... atm.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 10:00 pm 
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Well the nexus 7 i think is a great tablet, I have been using one as the display is much bigger and clearer than the android phones we have around.

As you say it would be a big task to rewrite all the functionality in SimplyPats for android, however as I say the application is always something we can add to.

Obviously with the release of the IET Code of Practice for In-service Inspection and Testing of Electrical Equipment (4th Edition) and Windows 8 just being released we have a few other plates to keep spinning!

Hope Santa comes up trumps with a tablet!

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 16, 2012 4:10 pm 
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Download PAT Tester To Android Phone or Android Tablet

We have made some progress on our app to download a PAT tester to an Android Phone or Tablet.

The program only allows you to download the data from the PAT tester and either email it or save the file. There is no functionality to edit the data on the phone.

This program will not as yet to be available to download from Google Play (the app store for google) as there are limititations as to which PAT testers it will work with without extra wiring between PAT and bluetooth adapter. Also it is likely that not all bluetooth to serial adaptors will work and as in the case of USB to Serial adaptors, we will either supply those we know to work or recomend a specific one for you to purchase.

Here are some screen shots of the application, please contact us for more information and pricing if you are interested.

The Main Menu

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Selecting The PAT Tester

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Waiting For PAT Tester

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Downloading Data Via Bluetooth

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Download Completed

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Email Test Results

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