Using mobile devices anywhere in the world, field researchers are able to prepare forms and documents. Once in the field, they are able to take samples, record data, and take pictures. Without internet connection everything is stored on the device, which is later synced to the Forensic Laboratory’s database. As information is organized efficiently during collection, it is automatically organized in the database for easy access by scientists in Florida.
Of course, processing collected information into meaningful data is at the heart of the operation. Taking into account everything from instrument calibrations, protocols, methods, revisions, complex formulas, the Forensics Laboratory now has a solution to take a significant burden off the scientists. Replacing pre-existing spreadsheets for data calculation and storage was a major benefit. Using collected and entered data, the database is able to accurately perform complex calculations taking into account several variables. This takes a burden off the scientists, enabling them to carry on to the next task quickly.
The solution is also able to track different instrument calibrations adding in specific protocols, methods, and revisions. It then is able to automatically run an analysis, and store the resulting data in a clear way that can be accessed by doing a query in any way across a data set. The lab now has an improved way to handle and share an unlimited amount of information, documents, and reports.
Thousands of physical inventory items are now kept in an organized and efficient way. The solution has the ability to generate, print, and scan 1D and 2D barcodes, not only to identify a sample and description, but also provide a physical inventory location. These bar codes are also used to track batches, standards, solvents and more. With better tracking, storing, and identification, the Forensic Laboratory’s workflow is improved.
This project proved to be a great test to the versatility of a FileMaker solution. DocuWrx is pleased to have effectively taken on these challenges, and exceed expectations. As a result, The Mote Environmental Laboratory of Forensics now enjoys quicker and more mobile data collection, faster and organized information sharing, improved data processing, and effortless inventory management.