So, Why is Data Collection on a Mobile Something We Talk About A Lot?

Posted by KatrinVerclas on Mar 11, 2009

We've been talking recently quite a lot about the many mobile apps available for data collection.  We reviewed them, we featured them, we write about them. Some of you may be wondering why in the world there is such a relative plethora of tools for surveying and data gathering out there and why we keep writing about them.  In short, gathering field data (and being able to analyze them in close-to-real time) allows organizations to respond quickly and accurately to need by constituents to then be able to deliver critical social services.

Here is a very short video, demonstrating Nokia's Data Gathering application, used by Amazonas' State Health Department in Brazil to monitor and treat outbreaks of dengue fever.  The video is not specific to Nokia's tool -- the same benefits apply to any of the mobile tools we have reviewed.  What the video does show nicely, though, is why mobile data collection matters greatly to the health and well-being of people around the world. 

And if you are not convinced, take a look at this very short video about another tool, Episurveyor. It'll give you a glimpse why these tools are so critical.

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