One common question when implementing and designing a full field collection solution is, what type of licensing do I need in order to use ArcGIS for Windows Mobile (AGM).
In the early versions of AGM you would only get authorization with an ArcGIS for Server (AGS) Advanced Enterprise license, and you could only synchronize your data, between field and office, with a service publish on AGS. But starting with 10.1 if you have ArcGIS for Desktop you will also get one AGM license and you are able to synchronize your data with local Geodatabases.
Having said that, you can install, collect and synchronize your field data with your office data having a Desktop Licence or a Server Licence. Conditions following.
ArcGIS for Desktop
- AGM is available with Basic, Standard and Advance licensing;
- You get one mobile deployment for each desktop license;
- If you need more mobile deployments you can purchase additional packs of 5 or 50 deployments;
- You will be able to synchronize your field data with local Geodatabases with your ArcGIS Desktop software.
ArcGIS for Server
- With an Advanced Enterprise license you will get unlimited mobile deployments and you will be able to create mobile capable services. This services are responsible for the synchronization of your data between your mobile and server;
- With Advanced Workgroup and Standard Enterprise licensing you server is mobile ready but if you want to use AGM you will have to buy mobile deployment packs of 5 or 50;
- The remaining Server licensing do not allow the use of AGM.
It is my understanding that the mobile deployment is the equivalent of field workers you have deployed on the field at one specific time or project. As an example, if you have one ArcGIS for Desktop license, you can have only one member of your team collecting and synchronizing data. If you want to have a team of 8 field workers collecting data, you will have to buy two packs of 5 mobile deployments.