Tracking Invasive Species And Hazardous Chemicals With Mobile Technology

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A member of the USDA Noxious Weed list. Photo by D. Luria

Every year, corporations and governments spend millions of dollars in the measurement, control and cleanup of invasive species. According to a 2012 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service fact sheet, invasive plants and animals “can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem.”

Chemical pollution also has powerful economic implications. For instance, the 2010 British Petroleum/Deepwater Horizon oil spill permitted about 210 million gallons of oil to enter the Gulf of Mexico, affecting community health, the welfare of marine plants and animals, water quality, tourism, and businesses. To date, the expense of cleaning up this oil spill and settling various legal claims has cost at least $7 billion and may cost BP more in the future.

Traditional monitoring methods have included collecting samples from water sources and animal life, taking photographs and recording information onto paper forms. The forms are then transported to an office environment and the data is typed in by hand.

More recently, mobile technology such as COMMANDmobile® has played a more powerful role in collecting data about invasive species and chemical pollution. Big data collection through smartphones and tablet computers provides more benefits than using the conventional paper-based method:

Portability: Mobile devices using the COMMANDmobile data collection system are small enough to be carried easily by field workers to remote areas on land or to rivers, lakes and oceans.

High storage capability: Employees store large amounts of data and save it for later transmittal.

Ease of use: COMMANDmobile permits electronic data entry forms to be easily tailored for different field uses, minimal training is needed for field employees, and data can be transmitted back to a central computer for quicker analysis and decision making.

Connectivity: COMMANDmobile permits field workers and corporate offices to remain in regular contact, in the event that field conditions change and workforce resources must be deployed to other locations.

Environmentally friendly: The use of paper data entry forms is eliminated, resulting in cost savings for organizations or federal agencies.

Versatility: COMMANDmobile is compatible with various Windows® and Apple® mobile device operating systems.

Cost-effectiveness: COMMANDmobile eliminates the need to manually transfer big data from paper forms into a computer, reducing the possibility of data entry errors and enabling employees to process collected data in a shorter period of time.

To see how the COMMANDmobile data collection system can benefit your organization or agency, request a demo.

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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.

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