Q: What is your product?
Enidata is a PDA-based field data collection system from Wolverhampton company Enitial.
Q: How does it work?
The system replaces paper-based data recording, helping to improve efficiency, eliminating the possibility of transcription errors and reduce inaccurate readings. Technicians can check environmental data against historic trends and thresholds on-site to ensure inaccurate readings are minimised.
Q: Where would it ideally be used?
It can be used anywhere where there is a need for field data collection, including monitoring of closed landfills.
Q: How is it different?
The software self-validates input data against historic thresholds and locations. Other systems will have open-ended questions and allow some options to be missed, whereas Enidata will check figures against historic data and use GPS to check data is coming from the right place.
Q: What are the benefits?
The system provides traceability by recording date, time and location by GPS for all sampling and monitoring activities. It can also provide photographic evidence if necessary.
Data can be populated into Google Earth software to show the locations of sites monitored, as well as allowing the technician to pinpoint any issues of environmental concern.
Data is streamed directly to Enitial’s central server within minutes of completion, and produces bespoke data reports within one hour of completing data entry.
Q: Where has it been used?
It is being used across a range of clients, including councils and waste management companies, to monitor some of their closed landfill sites. The use of electronic data collection software has become a stipulation in many contracts of this kind.
Q: Any savings?
The system saves time by reducing errors and ensuring data is right first time, reducing the need for revisits or unnecessary analysis of issues created by incorrect data.
Q: What is its lifespan?
The lifespan of the PDA is more than three years, while the Enidata software is continually updated.
Q: How is it future-proofed?
Enidata is under review to ensure it fits with the needs of its customers. As legislation evolves, Enidata will change with it.
Answers supplied by Enitial. For details visit www.enitial.co.uk.