Department of Agriculture goes hi-tech

PUCA, the mobile messaging company, has announced the deployment of a mobile data solution for the Department of Agriculture and Food.

The system, delivered in partnership with Vodafone Ireland, provides livestock inspectors with more efficient ways of working. Puca said this results in enhanced productivity, more immediate availability of information and lower overall costs.

Department inspectors visit farms and validate livestock numbers for EU payments.

Traditionally, while away from the office, the results of inspections could not be entered on the department’s computer systems.

The department identified a potential use for a mobile solution to speed up the transfer of results.

This is an important element in processing claims and speedy flows of information and also helps when analysing national or regional trends. Following on from the department’s analysis, Puca and Vodafone were chosen to devise and implement a system using best-of-breed mobile technology.

Inspectors of sheep flocks were first to trial the use of the system, which enables them to input inspection records via their mobile phones while out in the field.

They can input all necessary data required within one minute and the data is sent to Puca’s secure managed mobile platform where all records are amalgamated and delivered as text to the department’s mainframe.

All up-to-date results are available each morning giving management the ability to utilise the information instantly and allocate inspectors accordingly. Reduced administration and travel costs also create cost savings for the department.

Farm Minister Joe Walsh said the application has enabled livestock inspectors to record inspection results more efficiently from the field.

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