79. Many planning authorities are already exploring the potential of mobile technology. Laptops, particularly when they can dial-up and log onto a corporate server, can assist remote working and reduce the need to take lengthy documents and plans onsite. Handheld or tablet computers allow officers to access information and record comments while onsite . The use of digital cameras enables images taken at site inspections to be saved in casework recording systems. There are also opportunities offered by Global Positioning Systems ( GPS) and other mobile GIS technology. The potential uses of mobile technology will increase as the technology reduces in price and the available bandwidths improve.
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