The U.S. Agriculture Department has moved to develop mobile applications for agency field staff to manage workloads even in environments with no Internet connectivity, GCN reported Thursday.
Mike Cipriano writes Jerome Davin, USDA chief information officer, wrote in a blog post that the department wants its employees to be able to access and share data by using mobile technology.
“Bottom line, users of USDA applications need the ability to work anywhere whether they are connected or not,” Davin said, according to GCN.
Cipriano writes the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service provides field workers with tablets to help them conduct surveys and transmit gathered information once wireless network access is available.
The department built a GPS-based crowdsourcing app that works offline and allows firefighters to identify the location and magnitude of wildfires, according to the article.
USDA also developed mobile tools to enhance customer service at the Natural Resources Conservation Service.