Mobile Computing: Data Collection Tools for Oceanographic Surveys

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Comprehensive data collection surveys are a vital part of oceanographic science, in order to enable humanity better comprehend the world’s oceans and their impact on the human population, aquatic plants and marine life.

Surveys are commonly conducted on a variety of topics such as marine organisms, seawater, the effects of pollutants, the ocean floor and the geological processes that shape it, tides, currents, beach erosion and the interaction of the ocean with the atmosphere.

By improving man’s knowledge of marine geology, for instance, predicting catastrophic events such as tidal waves becomes more accurate. Precautionary measures can be taken to shore up coastlines and provide more effective protection against the massive damage tidal waves cause to people, homes and commercial buildings.

Surveys are also an effective tool for measuring the environmental, health and financial damage caused by pollutants. Scientists are measuring the effects of the recent Matson molasses spill in Hawaii’s Honolulu Harbor that caused over 223,000 gallons of molasses to enter the Pacific; it killed off over 25,000 fish, changed the chemical balance of the water and damaged coral reefs by blocking their access to sunlight.

Similarly, a health survey is being conducted on cleanup workers from the $42 billion Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010 to gauge the effects of the cleanup efforts on the health of the workers.

For these surveys, it is frequently necessary for field scientists to collect samples and gather data from remote locations. Additional tools such as sidescan sonar, underwater video cameras and other electronic equipment may also be used as a part of a survey.

A data collection system such as COMMANDmobile® is especially useful for this type of survey. Its rugged, handheld mobile computing components such as smartphones and tablet components can be easily used to efficiently record, store and transmit data at remote sites and upload data to a central server for collation and analysis.

Also, the COMMANDmobile data collection system enables survey forms to be easily created and customized as needed. Other advantages of the COMMANDmobile system include:

Faster and easier workforce management: COMMANDmobile enables management to easily communicate with field workers in remote locations so that workers’ progress may be tracked and measured.

Large data storage capability: Through cloud computing technology, the COMMANDmobile system permits the storage and processing of large amounts of data.

Secure protection from unwanted intruders: COMMANDmobile is designed with safeguards such as LDAP user authentication and remote auto-wipe capabilities to protect data from being corrupted or lost as the result of network intrusions, theft or loss.

For further details of COMMANDmobile data collection and workforce management solutions, request a demo account or view our video.

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