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Capture and share sites

In this step-by-step guide, you will use the Business Analyst mobile app to capture a site with attributes, take a photograph, record notes, examine key facts and share with the Business Analyst web app.

Using the Business Analyst mobile app, you will:

  • create a site, and add site attribute information— for example, building area and notes
  • add photos for the site, which will be taken with your mobile device at the site location itself
  • view facts and run a report for the site
  • understand how to access the site and report in the current project

You will then use the Business Analyst web app to access and view the site that you created using the mobile app, and briefly learn about the benefits of doing so.

To access the Business Analyst mobile app, tap the icon for the Business Analyst mobile app on your mobile device.

Business Analyst Mobile app


The screen captures in this step-by-step guide were taken using an iOS device and will be very similar when using the mobile app on an Android device.

  1. Tap Sign in to ArcGIS Online.
    Tap to sign in
  2. Enter your username and password (the same credentials that you use to sign in to the Business Analyst web app with ArcGIS Online, or with ArcGIS Enterprise. Tap SIGN IN.
    Enter username and password

    After signing in to the Business Analyst mobile app, if this is the first time you are using the mobile app on the device, you may see the following screen. It is highly recommended to enable the Business Analyst mobile app to access your location, in order to take advantage of the full range of capabilities of the app. In this guide, we will assume that the app has access to your location.

  3. Tap OK.
    Access your current location?

    Your current location will appear on the map, as indicated by the blue dot (if enabled in Settings).

    Current location
    Tap the gray arrow in the upper right to center the map at your current location. Tap and hold on the map to select a different location. Tap Search Search for a new address. to enter a different address.

  4. Enter the address 18 W Vine St, Redlands, CA 92373.

    The map will zoom to the address, indicated by the blue pin on the map.

    Tap Create Site

  5. Tap Create Site
  6. Tap the Drive Time toggle button.

    You may modify the number of minutes from the default, if desired.

  7. Tap the Add 2nd drive time button to add a second drive time.
  8. Tap Drive Time Options.
    Drive time options

    You may choose to modify some or all of those options from the defaults.

  9. Tap Tap done.
    Tap done to finish drive time options
  10. Tap Apply.
    Tap Apply

    The site is displayed on the map.

  11. Tap Facts.
    Drive time map

    Facts for the site are displayed. You can toggle between Basic Facts and Spending Facts. Tap Share facts to share these Facts.

    Drive time area basic facts

  12. Tap Tap done to close the Facts screen.
  13. Tap Details to open the Location Details screen.
  14. Tap the camera icon and take a photo of your site.
    Tap camera icon
  15. Repeat the above step to take more photos. To scroll through all the photos, swipe or tap the arrows. Tap the Gallery icon to view all the photos for the site.
    Tap Gallery icon

    The Site Photos screen is displayed.

    Site Photos screen

  16. Tap Return to previous screen to return to the Location Details view.
  17. Tap Add Note.
    Tap Add Note

    The Add Note screen is displayed.

    Add Note screen

  18. Type in note text and tap Save.
  19. Enter details for site
    Inside the Location Details screen, tap in the fields under the Details section and enter information for each (Building Area, Site Area, Frontage). Tap More to reveal the Parking field, and add the value for it.
    Parking information is displayed
  20. Still inside the Location Details screen, tap Reports.
    Run reports for your site

    The Reports screens opens, with tabs for Classic Reports and Infographics. Under Classic Reports, tap Esri Reports to see the list of reports that come with the application.

    List of available reports

  21. Tap ACS Population Summary.
    Choose ACS Population Summary report

    The report opens. You may tap anywhere on the report to view it in full screen mode.

    ACS Population Summary report

  22. On the Infographics tab, tap Esri Infographics for the list of infographics that come with the application.
  23. Tap Demographic Summary to run that infographic.
    Choose Demographic Summary infographic

    The Demographic Summary infographic will open.

    Demographic Summary infographic

  24. Tap Options to see additional viewing options to choose the larger drive time for the site, or adjust the width.

    Use the lock icon Lock on the map to enable and disable panning and zoom in/out of the map.

  25. Tap Done.
  26. Tap Tap done and then tap Menu icon.

    The list panel with options opens.

    Open Projects from List panel

  27. Tap Projects

    The current project opens. In this walkthrough, it is the most recently used project, Project A.

    Current Project

  28. Tap Point Locations (Sites).

    The layers in the project containing point location sites are listed, with the target layer expanded to show within it the sites contained. The most recently created site appears at the top.

    Recently created site

  29. Tap Return to previous screen to return to the previous screen.
    Current Project
  30. Tap Previously Run Reports.

    The Previous Reports screen is displayed.

  31. The reports run previously for sites in the target layers of the current project are listed. The ACS Population Summary 1 report, requested earlier in this walkthrough, appears at the top as the list is sorted by Date. If desired, that can be changed to sort by Name. You can tap on any report to open and view it.

Accessing your items in the Business Analyst Web app

The sites and reports created on the Business Analyst mobile app are also accessible under the Business Analyst web app (and vice versa) – you only need to be signed in with the same username, or have access to the items via a shared project. You will need to go to the Business Analyst web app on your computer. Since last using the mobile app if you had opened a different project in the web app, you will need to first switch back to the previous project (Project A in this guide). The most recent updates are synced seamlessly across the mobile and web apps in real time to always maintain consistency of the project data across the two apps.


If the desired project panel was already open in the Business Analyst web app while updates in progress in the mobile app, you may need to click Refresh to view the content you recently created on the Business Analyst mobile app.

If you switch to a different project in the web app, or even the target layer(s) within the same project, the same will be the current project and layer(s) in the mobile app the next time the mobile app is restarted.

Refresh Project A

The site added in the Business Analyst mobile app is displayed here and can be accessed.

Sites displayed in

The site attributes, note and photos added in the mobile app can also be accessed here. You can use the collected attributes as criteria in the suitability analysis workflow, and the photos in infographics.

View site in

You can also view the report run for the site in the mobile app here, and run additional reports for the site.

Reports displayed in

Thus, you can continue working in the web app, and access your most recent updates in the mobile app, and vice versa. For example, if you add another photo and note to this site 18 W Vine St from your computer, those updates will be immediately accessible in the mobile app. This feature can be especially useful when collaborating with other users in organization— for eample, an analyst in the field may create the sites in a shared project and collect site attribute information and photos, while a market analyst in the office may leverage the same to conduct suitability analysis and generate beautiful infographics.