Challenge: UCSD Needed to Streamline Data Collection
In planning for the future of pedestrian walk ability, The University of California San Diego’s Microscale Audit of Pedestrian Streetscapes (UCSD MAPS) Department had been collecting data by traditional methods. MAPS team members used paper-based worksheets, forms, and questionnaires to collect information, which then needed to be collated, classified and entered into a central database manually. Time, materials, travel and human error were all factors leading to a need for improvement.
Solution: 12 Birds Web App Technology
12 Birds engineers defined the challenges, and developed a web-based application that utilizes mobile devices such as smart phones and tablets to collect and upload data automatically to the centrally located database.
Now MAPS team members can canvas areas, collect data and upload data from remote locations in a fraction of the time they used to spend. The result is a significant savings in time, money and resources, not to mention a much-improved carbon footprint.