In order to create efficient maps for use in the field, ArcPad leverages existing mapping and GIS software systems and databases. There is no need to convert data to unique portable data formats. ArcPad supports a multilayer environment with industry-standard vector map and raster image display that includes aerial photographs and satellite imagery. Maps created in the field can easily be uploaded into the master database in the office.
In addition, ArcPad supports wireless data acquisition. ArcPad can act as a client to ArcGIS Online, can synchronize with an ArcGIS Server ArcPad Service, or act as a client to ArcIMS. Data is downloaded to ArcPad using a TCP/IP connection, such as a wireless local area network, cellular phone, or a wireless modem.