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Speakers: Satish Penmetsa and Krishna Kunam, rapidBizApps
Mobile devices are rapidly gaining traction in historically “late adopter” industries such as oil and gas, renewables, mining, and construction. Because of their risk profiles, these industries have traditionally been characterized by the extensive use of paper-based forms and checklists to track equipment and workplace status, and to thereby ensure that personnel are conducting activities safely and effectively.
Day-to-day operations within such industries are often conducted in areas where wireless connectivity is limited and/or intermittent. Traditional applications that require constant connectivity are therefore not a good choice for such workflows: in some cases, they can
even lead to a reversion to paper-based methods, negating the advantages of mobile solutions.
In this presentation, we describe rapidInspect, a forms-based mobile workflow management solution for use in rugged, remote field locations. Using Couchbase as its online/offline database with built-in redundancy and eventual sync, rapidInspect facilitates robust data transfer across multiple devices in network-poor areas. The end result is reliable data entry for field operators, continual in-shift updates for supervisors, and on-demand progress reports for managers. Importantly, rapidInspect enables personnel at all levels to rapidly adapt to deviations from plan, leading to documented productivity increases of as much as 30%.