I need to tag/organize a large number of photos taken on a daily basis by a group of construction inspectors. Preferably something Windows-based and that would prompt the tagging/naming immediately after the photos are taken.
I'm working on a construction project that takes place at many, unconnected locations throughout a large city. I'm managing 6 inspectors that take daily photos of project sites that need to be organized so that we can find photos for a certain date or site in the event that there's a residential complaint, or we need to verify if additional work was done.
Typically the inspectors download photos to their laptops at the end of the day and organize the photos in folders by either the date or the site location. They're generally pretty busy, so sometimes the photo organization can fall by the wayside.
The inspectors currently have digital cameras and Windows 8 laptops, but we're looking into moving towards a tablet to streamline things. The Dell Latitude 10
is the current frontrunner because it has built-in 4G, runs Windows 8 and can function as a more or less standalone computer for workers who generally use their computers to send and receive emails, view/update spreadsheets and store photos.
My questions are:
1. If we go with the tablet, is there software that would prompt the inspector to name the photo immediately after snapping the picture?
2. If we stay with the camera + laptop setup, can you suggest a bulk tagging application that would let the inspectors select all the photos from one day and tag them with either an address or a structure ID?
Any other suggestions for field inspection hardware/software setups or photo organizing schemes would be appreciated. I'd prefer to stay with Windows based software, as that's what my office IT people support, but I'm open to iOS or Android if there's a really good alternative. I should note that I have no ability to roll my own software and would be cautious about custom applications as this needs to be pretty robust.