The EnviroTech Blog"The Why" and "The How" of modern software/tech adoption by the environmental industry
YSI was not interested in cannibalizing sales of their hardware by replacing high profit margin proprietary instrumentation units with cheap iPhone software. But VanEssen Instruments is different. They built Bluetooth-enabled Android and Windows software that connects to their dataloggers wirelessly.
Reducing 1L volume of water to 100 mL impacts an entire chain of events, from shipping costs, to breakage, and even solvent emissions at the lab. So this begs the question: if the technology is available, shouldn’t we raise the bar and begin scrutinizing common environmental laboratory practices against the clinical and pharmaceutical laboratory industries, industries far more efficient and sustainable, than—ironically—the environmental lab industry?
With Envirosite’s Workbench, you can receive Radius search and other environmental reports INSTANTLY, not the next day. No humans needed to process your stuff.
The demand for pay-as-you-go (unit-priced) environmental data deliverables is not something new. Cloud computing now makes it possible for environmental consulting firms to purchase software on an affordable per unit basis rather than as traditional licensed software.
We live in a digital age where smartphones are ubiquitous and “the cloud” provides universal access to information. With EnviroChain®, an online chain of custody (CoC) application, Promium is modernizing a data collection and entry process that has otherwise seen little change since the 1970’s.
The data I get from OVAs is always about the same: it’s just a simple qualitative number to compare against other readings at the same site. That’s it. Nothing more. Sure, using an OVA sounds great on paper (regulators love this stuff), but the practical application of its use leaves a lot to be desired.
Standalone software like Microsoft Word is being challenged by modern tools built from the ground up with the internet and collaboration in mind.
You can not embrace something with your arms crossed. While it is simpler to stick to the status quo and think: “why change what is not broken”… in a very competitive market, consultants must learn to embrace new technology.
…With the advent of cheap and easy-to-program microcontrollers like Arduino and the $5 Raspberry Pi Zero, it is time to use our creativity, tap into IoT technologies (“Internet of Things”), like cloud services, networks, computers, sensors, and more and create our own unique tools. We don’t need to wait for big companies to have their R&D labs develop these for us…
…while we wish we could showcase every single software tech product that is available for the environmental industry and all of those we have reached out to, it’s just impossible to do in a 1-day event. Here’s a sneak-peek at some of the folks that will be at this years event…