Sequestration And Workforce Productivity Implications

iPad Mobile Data CollectionSince sequestration went into effect in March of 2013, it has tested the adaptability and creativity of government agencies and private sector enterprises. Within many organizations, budgets have been cut by millions or even billions of dollars. Employees have been furloughed or laid off, and federal grants for research or public programs experienced a reduction in availability.

To date, sequestration policies have affected multiple sectors such as defense, healthcare, transportation, education, parks and recreation services, and criminal justice. Sequestration is also expected to have long-term effects throughout 2014 and beyond.

Despite the reduction in funds and employees, organizations face the challenge of completing mission-critical work in order to ensure that government and business contracts remain fulfilled. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Public Health Surveillance In Rural Communities Via Mobile Health Data Collection

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The Dept. of Health, Mobile Ophthalmic Clinic. Operating in Arab villages of the South Country, N.E. of Gaza. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Gathering meaningful public health data from low-income rural communities poses significant challenges for healthcare authorities. Due to inadequate financial resources, disadvantaged communities lack the components of modern technology such as access to computers, landline telephones and reliable electrical power stations. In addition, other factors such as civil unrest and an inadequate transportation infrastructure hamper data collection.

In these communities, field workers collect public health data utilizing a paper-based system; the data is later taken from a paper format and converted into an electronic format for easier evaluation by medical professionals. Although functional, manual data entry collation has its disadvantages. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

COMMANDmobile Featured on NOMAD

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As we reported previously in “Mobile Data Collection Activities in Emerging Countries,” Mobile Data Collection is being used by Government, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), International Organizations (IO’s) and Private organizations to monitor, analyze, and report pertinent findings in relation to important issues regarding the environment, climate change, public health, human rights monitoring, epidemiology, population censuses, opinion polls, economic studies and many more.

In this post, we would like to draw attention to one project that aims to help charities and humanitarian aid organizations connect with mobile data collection solution providers. The NOMAD project is a ground breaking project that links humanitarian aid organizations with the latest information management tools to more easily collect, analyze and manage data. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Data Collection Software for Online and Offline Mobile Computing

data collection softwareData collection software and mobile computing are changing the way that organizations are working in some of the most remote places on Earth. From humanitarian agencies to new highway construction companies, mobile data collection software is helping pave the way for humanitarian relief efforts and economic development projects. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection Technologies Return on Investment

ROI of Mobile Data Collection TechnologiesThere are varying models used to calculate the Return on Investment (ROI) for the implementation of mobile data collection technologies, especially within an enterprise environment. The following outlines some of the benefits of the COMMANDmobile® platform.

  1. Reduced drive time for field workers – Workers no longer have to come into the office to pick up and drop off daily work orders.
  2. Accurate time tracking – Filling out a time card is no longer needed. The mobile device can fill out an accurate time card based on actual locations, travel time, and project work time. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Workforce Management & Enterprise Mobile Data Collection

COMMANDmobile ReportingWith COMMANDmobile® Mobile Reporting for iPad, iPhone, and Windows Mobile, field users have an “Enterprise Ready” tool for data collection and workforce management. Deployment of a mobile infrastructure requires more than just a platform for collecting data. With useful workforce management features such as location based dispatching, real time device tracking with GPS, LDAP user authentication, and online/offline dynamic forms, this application provides a turnkey solution for implementation of mobile data collection within your organization.

Utilized by small, medium, and large commercial companies as well as government and non-profit agencies, Tracen’s mobile solutions have provided enterprise level data collection applications and workforce management services across many platforms. This proven technology is now available on the iPad, iPhone and Windows Mobile. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection Software Technologies for Smartphones

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Mobile Reporting – African journalist using a mobile phone as a reporting tool. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

In her February 2013 blog post, Mobile and Social Technologies for Data Collection, Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Ph.D., a Senior Research Team Project Leader at Fors Marsh Group, summarizes a short course presented by Michael W. Link, SVP/Chief Methodologist at The Nielsen Company.

Dr. Link’s research efforts focus on developing methodologies for confronting the most pressing issues facing measurement science, including improving participation and data quality, using of multiple modes in data collection, and utilizing new technologies such as mobile platforms and social media.

The class notes below outline Dr. Link’s presentation, which covers four broad areas: [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Technology for Monitoring and Evaluation in Rural Areas

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This image shows all countries classified as “Food Insecure” by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO.(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mobile technology for monitoring and evaluation is quickly taking the place of traditional methods of collecting and using information.

The traditional paper and pencil approach to collecting data in the field and for monitoring and evaluation of projects in rural areas are time consuming and susceptible to human error.

The increased efficiency and accuracy of information and communication technologies (ICT) for mobile data collection are now improving the monitoring and evaluation (M&E) of public health, human rights, economic studies, education, agricultural development projects, wildlife conservation and other important issues regarding the environment, climate change and many more. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Missing Features of Mobile Data Collection Software

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Mobile Data Collection Opportunities in Sub Saharan Africa is a multi-phase research project that was completed by France-Telecom Orange in late 2012 and published by the World Wide Web Foundation (WWWF) earlier this year. The objective of the project is to present the state of the art of mobile data collection activities, as well as identify opportunities leading to the development and deployment of an innovative mobile data collection software solutions or services.

In a recent update to the project, the authors revisit the field of mobile data collection and the panorama of tools available, and include new trends, how issues previously outlined have evolved, and how new issues ones have appeared. In this post, we will list some of the missing features of mobile data collection software that were identified in the France-Telecom Orange project update, and describe the elements of COMMAND Mobile (CM) software that address those missing features. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.

Mobile Data Collection Activities in Emerging Countries

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Mobile Data Collection is being used by Government, Non Governmental Organizations (NGO’s), International Organizations (IO’s) and Private organizations to monitor, analyze, and report pertinent findings in relation to important issues regarding the environment, climate change, public health, human rights monitoring, epidemiology, population censuses, opinion polls, economic studies and many more.

Until recently, each of those tasks was completed using pens and paper; but today’s front line workers are increasingly using laptops, PDAs, tablets, GPS units or cameras to carry out their mobile data collection tasks. With the growth of data collection case studies and statistics, we are improving our understanding of the landscape of data collection activities, solutions and requirements. [Read more…]

About DeAnna Davidson

DeAnna Davidson is a proven technologist and business leader who is passionate about the power of mobile computing to revolutionize a business or industry, and dedicated to helping organizations use mobile, wireless, and web technologies to their advantage.