Cloud Syncing with Box

Overview

Cloud syncing allows teams to collaboratively collect data in the field using the app. Data are still stored in individual devices as usual. However, if Internet connectivity is available, team members can share their data with each other or send them to a central machine/device in the office for aggregation. A cloud service provider is needed to help move the data over the Internet. Our app can sync to various - and continually growing set of - cloud services, each with their own strengths. Box is very easy to set up, has a free tier, and has a secure government offering that has achieved FedRAMP. These benefits make it ideal for trying out cloud syncing and then scaling up later.

Establishing a Box account

If you don't already have a Box account, you can create a free one from the following link:
https://www.box.com/pricing/individual
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Uploading data

Step 1: On your device, go into the app's settings.
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Step 2: Press "Cloud Service".
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Step 3: Select "Box".
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Step 4: In the records list page of your data collection form, select "Sign in to Box account" from the options menu.
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Step 5: Sign in using your previously established Box account.
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Step 6: Give the app permission to store and access data in the Box account.
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Step 7: The app is now ready to sync data to the cloud. Either create a new record or press the cloud icon next to an existing record in your record list. Once the record is sent to the cloud, there will be a check mark next to it.
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Downloading data

Step 1: You may establish a phone or tablet as a "receiver", where all of your team's data will be downloaded to. On that device, go into the app's settings.
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Step 2: Press "Cloud Service".
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Step 3: Select "Box".
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Step 4: Select "Download data from cloud only".
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Step 5: In the records list page of your data collection form, select "Sign in to Box account" from the options menu.
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Step 6: Sign in using your previously established Box account.
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Step 7: Give the app permission to store and access data in the Box account.
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Step 8: The app is now ready to download data from the cloud. Select "Sync with Cloud" from the options menu to download data. Note: The data collection form that you used to push data to the cloud must be identical to the form used when downloading data.
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Last edited Jan 12 at 7:05 PM by epi1, version 15

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