Recon is the City of Palo Alto's internal mobile data collector app. It is used to collect any kind of City data from information about water valves to post-earthquake damage reports. It is map-centric and delivers data to and from mobile devices directly from (and to) the City's Geographic Information System. Recon is intended for use by city staff and known external users. It requires a username and password from the City's GIS manager. Recon serves as a mini stand-alone mapping data system, requiring connection to the City servers (directly or via the internet) only to upload and download changed data.