San Diego Zoo Global expands use of Flowfinity Apps for conservation

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The Western Snowy Plower

San Diego Zoo (SDZ) Global has expanded its use of Flowfinity apps for field studies of two endangered bird species in California: the western snowy plover and California least tern, the company announced in Vancouver on Tuesday.  Flowfinity Wireless Inc., is a proven provider of enterprise mobile apps.

Conservation researchers at SDZ Global customized a Flowfinity mobile solution that would allow them to record field observations in mobile forms instead of paper, as well as look up past field data collected throughout the season on mobile devices.

It was critical for the solution to support offline data access, real-time in the field, since nesting birds and chicks are often observed on beaches without network coverage. This allows researchers to verify current measurements against past data, such as previous wingspan or weight of banded birds, or reference numbers for up to thousands of nests and chicks sighted.

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Since implementing Flowfinity, SDZ Global has expanded its initial use of the software to accommodate new apps, forms, and workflows that have improved data accuracy, and saved the team hundreds of hours of data entry and analysis work thanks to better quality data.

California least tern

“Flowfinity has helped us improve the accuracy and efficiency of conducting conservation field studies because it allows researchers to quickly search through thousands of records on mobile devices and validate data entries while offline,” said Jeanette Boylan, Conservation Program Manager, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. “We also save 10 hours each week in data entry and administrative tasks, and 40 hours at the end of the season in cleaning up data for analysis.”

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Flowfinity provides a proven, fully customizable solution for building enterprise mobile apps without programming. Since 2000, Flowfinity has helped leading companies across industries improve productivity, engage management, and improve business insight through all areas of the organization.

Bringing species back from the brink of extinction is the goal of San Diego Zoo Global. As a leader in conservation, the work of San Diego Zoo Global includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts (representing both plants and animals) at the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, as well as international field programs on six continents.  The work of these entities is made accessible to children through the San Diego Zoo Kids network reaching out through the internet and in children’s hospitals nationwide.  The work of San Diego Zoo Global is made possible by the San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy and is supported in part by the Foundation of San Diego Zoo Global.  – PRNewswire

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