Introducing Box Capture: Connecting Your Phone's Camera to Business Processes

Today at BoxWorks, we introduced Box Capture, Box's first mobile-only app for the enterprise. Box Capture is a new iOS application that connects your phone's camera to business processes, ensuring that critical information from the field gets to all the right people in the organization.

As work is increasingly being done on mobile, field workers who rarely (if ever) sit at a desk, safety inspectors, emergency responders, construction workers or retail employees, are capturing business information on their personal devices. Thanks to mobile, all of these field workers are now knowledge workers, and to do their jobs, they'll need purpose-built mobile apps that reimagine how work gets done. And many of these apps will have content at their heart.

Box Capture is Box's first purpose-built mobile app, and it's designed to ensure that these workers are just as connected to core business processes and workflows as their colleagues in the office. Today, the ability to get information from the field into the right hands is slowed down by antiquated, multi-step processes using tools such as scanners, cameras, email attachments, and USBs. Box Capture makes it easy for mobile workers to take photos, videos and document scans and instantly save them to the cloud, automatically triggering workflows with colleagues that can react to information coming in from the field in real-time.

With Box Capture, businesses can:

Streamline processes — Mobile and field workers can take pictures and videos on their iPhone or iPad, and they'll automatically sync on Box so teams can access them instantly. Box Capture can even be used offline and will automatically sync when the device regains cellular or wireless service.

In the construction industry, safety of workers is of utmost importance. It's critical that construction sites always meet safety regulations, and with Box Capture, both workers and safety inspectors can quickly report safety hazards to the right people to take action.

Enable secure collaboration — By default, photos and videos shared with Box Capture are never stored to a field worker's personal camera roll, ensuring that your business's information is always secure. Box Capture facilitates media-rich communication between the field and teams located anywhere, in real-time and allows you to tag a specific teammate so they know the information is for them.

With Box Capture, medical professionals can use Box Capture to share patient images, videos and documents to another healthcare provider in a HIPAA-compliant setting.

Improve information capture — Paper forms have limitations. Photos, video, and document capture capabilities with Box Capture enable field workers to collect accurate and thorough information. Plus the ability to add comments and automatically upload to a designated folder raises the bar for field data collection.

In retail audits, store managers can easily scan documents to submit status of inventory and in-store displays. Take notes on the form to evaluate store maintenance, signage, displays, and shelf space, enabling detailed, instant two-way communication between stores and headquarters.

The Capture app is not only important to our customers across all industries, but also an exciting milestone for mobile developers building on Box. For the first time ever, we built a standalone, mobile only app using our mobile iOS SDKs. These SDKs enable developers to build apps that power new workflows and information sharing across distributed teams. The Box Mobile SDKs are modular in design and allow you to quickly integrate key Box functionality into your app while maintaining Box's preview, browsing and sharing experiences. Customers and partners are using Box Mobile SDKs to build custom mobile applications, like Box Capture, that power their business.

From retail to entertainment and every industry in between, capturing and sharing content from the field has never been easier or more secure. Get Box Capture today for free in the iOS App store.