Current Environmental Industry Status -
Desktop Software And Paper
The environmental industry, for the most part, is still managing it's projects the same way they did in the 80's. They're still handwriting data on paper forms. They're still filling out sample bottle labels and chain-of-custody lab instructions by hand. Then all this information is typed in manually back at the office using a disconnected office software and separate disconnected laboratory software. It's changing however.
|Tools That Are Transforming The Environmental Industry
The future of environmental sampling, data management, and data-graphic report preparation is through connected software and mobile applications. Project management will be conducted using our software that communicates simply with all parties involved. Field data will be collected using mobile applications with bar-coded and QR coded labels printed in the field, at the time of sampling. These labels will be directly readable by the laboratory, saving them significantly on data entry errors and data entry costs. Then all resulting data will be combined to generate the data-graphic reports that provide quick insight into the scientific status of their environmental projects. Data graphic reports done in minutes, not days or weeks, and for a fraction of the cost.
The Key To Successful Data Management Is A Good Digital Chain-of-Custody
How Our Patented Digital Chain-Of-Custody (D-COC) Works
We get asked a lot about how D-COC works. When a sample is collected, we verify the samplers identity using three-part authentication. The first way we authenticate the user is through the users unique username and password. The second part of the authentication is, upon sample collection, we require the user to sign their name on the screen using a stylus or their finger tip. The third part of the authentication is, we also require the sample collector to take a selfie with each sample collected. In addition to recording those three authentication factors, we also collect the GPS coordinates for the location of the sample and we also collect the date and time stamp. Our patents also include the ability to incorporate other bio-metric factors such as fingerprints, retina scans, facial recognition, or other types of personal identification.
In order to do a custody transfer with another party we use the same process. The sample collector would identify the sample(s) they are relinquishing custody for. They then go through the three-part authentication process and indicate they are relinquishing custody. The new person that is taking custody, will either scan the sample(s) using the bar/QR code reader or they will receive a notification of the custody transfer being initiated by the other user, along with the sample IDs. They then go through their own three-part authentication process and except custody of the sample(s). The platform then recognizes, in real-time, that the new person is in possession of the sample(s) that have been transferred. Again, the time and GPS location is recorded for both parts of the custody transfer.
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