April 3, 2014 in iOS Development (F)
[prMac.com] Herndon, Virginia - Mobile data collection app company didn't set out the help save the world, but is happy it is helping in International Development Projects with the likes of CRS, USAid, NetHope, The Hunger Project and others.
"Catholic Relief Services (CRS) believes that using technology is the best way to help serve the poor and vulnerable. CRS also believes in open and free discussion to facilitate learning between organizations."
As Catholic Relief Services' Michele Broemmelsiek, Vice President of Overseas Operations, spoke at the opening of the 2014 International Development Conference for Development (ICT4D), the message was clear - technology can make the world better. And as many attendees learned, his company's technology, a mobile data collection app for Android and iOS, was at the forefront of many of the week's presentations. As each day of presentations by NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations) progressed, a mass of testimonials showed that iFormBuilder was being used for a multitude of uses.
"Using iPads/tablets with iFormBuilder in the field for The Child Behind project allowed staff to collect data, which leads to improved programmatic decision-making and accurate measurement of results."
After the cyclone in Madagascar in Feb 2103 ... " CRS Madagascar used iPod touch with iFormBuilder to quickly collect accurate data that could incorporate drawings, pictures, signatures and GPS. It cut data collection down from 3.5 weeks to 72 hours."
Even when not speaking directly about iFormBuilder, it was the app's features that were being talked about. As an Esri representative stated:
"GIS maps can help NGOs integrate and apply knowledge. The visual layout helps to synthesize information from lots of different sources for a comprehensive picture. It also is a tool to show donors the impact and scale of projects."
iFormBuilder mobile app is shown on the front page of the CRS, as part of ICT4D. iFormBuilder is used not only in pinpointing data in a geospatial way, but also is used for the all-important "Monitoring and Evaluation," the NGOs and international development companies must do to qualify decisions and quantify their actions. And for work in an ulta-disconnected environment, like much of Africa, the iForm team has released ThunderPlug, a wireless data collecton hub that can run on solar power-- deemed the "baby cloud" by some at CRS.
"We didn't go looking for NGOs," stated Sze Wong, iFormBuilder CEO, adding, "but NGOs found us, and have been teaching us all the things they can do with it."
CBO Chris Reichart agrees. "When we started up the iForm apps project, we thought that hotels, marketing firms and maybe some engineers would use it. That was all true - but what we see here with CRS and the other International Development groups - it's just fantastic."
iFormBuilder is available in the Apple App Store, as well as at Google Play. Right now it is also being facilitated in EHS, Medical, BioHazard, Engineering, GIS, and other fields where mobile data collection has replaced the traditional clipboard.
To learn more about how iFormBuilder can help your NGO or other organization, Visit our Overview Page, and get started with Mobile Data Collection, online or offline.
* iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch
* Requires iOS 5.0 or later
* 17.2 MB
Pricing and Availability:
iForm 184.108.40.206 is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Business category.
Located in Herndon, Virginia, Zerion Software creates mobile applications for businesses of all sizes on emerging platforms including the iPhone, iPod touch, Android, and iPad. Founded in 2003, Zerion Software's SAAS based mobile business applications help businesses reduce costs, increase productivity, and improve customer satisfaction. Zerion Software's flagship product, iFormBuilder, is an award-winning, patented mobile platform that is being used across the globe in many different industries. iFormBuilder is targeted towards individuals and professionals alike, involved in general data collection, clinical trials, field services, research studies, task and work order management. Copyright (C)2003-2014 Zerion Software, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.