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Easiest Way To Capture Field Data Offline [Renewable Energy Projects]

How do you guarantee top-tier field data quality when tackling projects in remote locations with unreliable or nonexistent internet? Resort to paper forms? We hope not—there are much better options available.

This post dives into the power of offline-friendly Mobile Apps for capturing field data remotely. No more compromises on data quality, no matter where your project takes you.

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Otherwise, let’s proceed!

Your Project Hinges On Quality Field Data

We don’t need to remind you that the quality of your data can make or break project outcomes.

Quality data is accurate, complete, consistent, and valid.

When these data dimensions are in place, we can avoid costly failures and unwanted downtime, turning the winds in our favor.

The Challenge of Remote Field Data Capturing

Now, common knowledge aside, let’s address the elephant in the field: remote capturing. Energy projects are often located in the wild—isolated farm fields, unruly coastlines, or other challenging terrains. In these areas, internet connectivity is usually flaky.

Traditional methods like paper forms are not only impractical in these scenarios, but also risky— prone to errors and easily misplaced. On top of that, manually keying project details caught on paper into your database back at the office sucks up a lot of valuable time.

The downsides become even more pronounced with large projects where investors rely on accurate timeline projections. In these scenarios, losing time really means losing money.

The solution? You guessed it! Offline-capable Mobile Apps.

Offline-capable Field Data Collection Apps 

Simply put, remote-friendly Mobile Apps let you gather and store essential project data in the wildest of locations (without an internet connection.)

Are some offline-capable apps better than others? Well, yes. 

Appenate, for example, offers natively hosted apps, while many of our competitors provide progressive web apps.

What’s the difference?

Native apps are built specifically for your device, making them rock-solid for offline data capture since they can directly tap into your phone’s hardware for storage and processing. Think of them as well-trained homebodies – they excel at using what’s around them to function smoothly.

Conversely, progressive web apps (PWAs) are like adaptable nomads. They work on any device via a browser, relying heavily on the internet to access most of their resources. Thanks to caching, they can perform some offline tricks, but they falter in comparison.

“Appenate’s remote-first design and its ability to quickly re-sync when access is restored has improved our data collection immensely.”

Mark Chimes, Operations Manager @McClelland Concrete Pumping

The Appenate Advantage – Customization

Among the sea of offline-capable apps, Appenate shines with deep customization capabilities. It lets you mix and match advanced and basic fields to tailor data collection forms precisely to your project’s needs.

Imagine you’re managing a wind farm and need customized forms for turbine blade inspections, environmental condition logging, and maintenance schedules. With Appenate’s drag-and-drop form builder, you can whip up these forms without breaking a sweat or writing a single line of code – in a matter of minutes.

Say you need to log the angle and wear of turbine blades along with environmental factors like wind speed and direction. No problem! With Appenate, you can create a super-specific form that simplifies the task. You can also sync it with external software via our REST API or built-in integrations, unlocking features like real-time weather updates or environmental sensor data.

Appenate supports a wide range of data types, too. You can capture text, images, video, and voice. It can handle geolocation data (to pinpoint exact locations) or signature and sketch fields to easily authenticate and annotate your documents within the app.

The best part? Each data field can be configured dynamically!

  • Want certain fields to appear only when a specific condition is met? Simply tweak field visibility using our formula builder.
  • Need to tighten the ropes on data accuracy and standardization? Configure input validation so users can’t log data in the wrong format.
  • Want to run complex background calculations while filling out your forms? Our dynamic value bar allows you to do just that.

Appenate lets you take control of every step of the documentation process, providing capabilities that can be as simple or complex as you need them to be.🤖

“Excellent product with unlimited potential.” 

Piotr O, Senior Project Manager @Amey UK

Now, let’s bring this to life with a cool story from one of our customers.

Field Innovation In Action 

MPAMOT Africa frequently conducts conditional assessments – everything from construction monitoring and safety reporting to progress tracking and engineering oversight.

Needless to say, their team of experts is always out and about, capturing critical data in tricky environments. 

Appenate’s Impact

1) Better Field Data Quality

Using Appenate’s mobile-first, offline-capable app builder, MPAMOT significantly improved their data quality. The ability to capture photos with time, date, and location stamps, annotate them on the spot, and fill out pre-populated tables ensures their data is always reliable.

As a field data capture tool that works in remote environments, it is probably the best you can find.

Donovan Schult, Head of Tech @MPAMOT Africa

2) Less Money Wasted

By eliminating the need for costly reworks due to inaccurate data, MPAMOT reduced time on site, ultimately boosted project confidence. This efficiency translated to significant cost savings, allowing their teams to focus on delivering high-quality results for clients.

We tested many competitor products but none of them gave us the level of flexibility and support that Appenate has provided.

– Donovan, Head of Tech @MPAMOT Africa

Keeping Your Field Data Safe and Sound with Appenate

Data security concerns are now more pressing than ever. At Appenate, we’ve got your back!

Our platform, built on the rock-solid Microsoft Azure cloud, ensures your energy field data is safe, accessible, and efficiently managed. Azure’s top-notch security standards and geo-redundant data centers ensure you don’t lose a byte and keep downtime at bay.

Our system is designed for seamless failover and quick recovery. This means you’ll always have access to your critical data, even if you’re out in the middle of nowhere. With strong encryption and strict access controls, we make sure your field data is securely transmitted and stored. 

Keen to learn more? Visit our dedicated Data Security Policy page.

Bring Appenate to Your Project

Thanks for sticking through to the end!

Want to outsmart the elements and break through geographical constraints? Give Appenate a spin. With us you get a powerful tool designed to tackle offline data collection challenges head-on. 

Its deep customizability, ease of use, and robust offline capabilities make it an indispensable asset for any field team.

Start your pilot project today! 🚀

Our free, no-strings-attached trial opens the door to a suite of app templates you can install, tweak, and deploy. Plus, with 1-on-1 training and free forever support, we’ll keep you on the fast track to success.💪🏻

“Appenate’s support is the gold standard all other software suppliers should be attempting to achieve. What has surprised me is the level of support has not changed over time; it remains consistently good. “

Mark Chimes, Operations Manager @McClelland Concrete Pumping