accurate, cost effective and
user-friendly way to collect data using mobile devices.
Collecting field data the old-fashioned way, by filling in paper forms, transporting them, to a central location, and transcribing them, is slow and cumbersome. It delays the availability of information and can hamper the ability to make crucial decisions.
Data collection with a mobile device can dramatically improve the speed and quality of information obtained from the field. The more time-critical the need for data and the more remote the location, the more organizations can benefit from a mobile phone based solution.
Microsoft Data Gathering is a comprehensive solution that allows organizations to collect rich field data, including GPS location tags and images, using mobile phones and tablets instead of paper forms or laptops.
Because mobile devices can transmit data even from remote locations, the information collected can be available for analysis in near-real time.
This video is about the use of Microsoft Data Gathering to combat dengue fever in Amazonas State, Brazil.
SpeedCompared to using paper forms, mobile solutions cut down delays caused by transportation and manual digitalization of collected data.
Cost efficiencyTransportation and logistics costs are reduced, as are the needs for manual data entry and cleaning. There is also a cost of inaction saved with the ability to make critical decisions and react rapidly.
AccuracyData entry occurs at the point of collection, without needing to transcribe hand-written information. This lowers the frequency of transcription and data entry errors.
UsabilityMobile phones are small, easy to carry, have battery longevity, and enable the capture of rich data such as GPS location tags and images.
- 2012: Microsoft Data Gathering was a Featured Project of the
Month for July in the Developer Community Blog.
- 2011: Microsoft Data Gathering won the Justmeans Social
Innovation Award in the category "Philanthropy: Most Strategic
Use of Philanthropic Funds".
- The Justmeans international awards program is considered one of the top honours in the field of sustainability, giving recognition to companies implementing groundbreaking strategies and programs that drive social and environmental innovation.