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Locus Introduces iPhone Application for Field Environmental Data Collection

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Locus Technologies (Locus), has announced a new iPhone application for field data collection. eWell for the iPhone consists of two linked components: the iPhone application itself, and Locus’ Environmental Information Management (EIM) web-based application.

Data are collected using the iPhone and the data provisioning setup is performed in EIM. Once data are collected, they are wirelessly transmitted to EIM for review and reporting.

Using EIM, eWell users can map the routes for checking a series of wells that need to be sampled, and/or those that they need water levels and other field parameters measured. They can download these routes to the iPhone, along with selected historical environmental data on their wells, for use in the field for real-time validation and QA/QC of collected data.

Once downloaded to eWell, the routes and well locations can be seen and accessed directly from the iPhone’s Google Maps interface. Once in the field, customers can use their iPhones, iPod Touches, or iPads to record water levels, pH, turbidity, and other environmental readings, as well as to compare current and past readings.

Where Wi-Fi or 3G coverage is available, data collected in the field uploads instantly to EIM. Where access is unavailable, users save the collected data automatically, which can then be uploaded when coverage becomes available.

eWell for the iPhone completely streamlines the data upload and download processes, eliminating any steps that require equipment synchronization.

Once in EIM’s data review tables, users can review uploaded data for accuracy and completeness. After completing all data validation checks, field readings are moved to live EIM for reporting and other project uses. EIM is part of Locus’ ePortal SaaS platform.