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Why You Should Go Paperless In The Field



Today’s standard practice for O&M companies is to record plant data manually and while sure, writing on paper is an easy and well tested way to store measurements and data, it also has its drawbacks.


Firstly, we work in renewable energies and we have a common goal of trying to make the world more sustainable step by step. Not using digital practices is going against this effort.


Secondly, it limits the possibility and the velocity of the data usage. Data is not important per se, but becomes important when it allows us to process, analyse and eventually extract precious pieces of information and in turn make calculated decisions and take proper action.


If we take a look at photovoltaic monitoring, using paper in the field can make those further steps more difficult to be integrated in a flawless sequence of elaborations. It becomes more time-consuming and more subjected to human error. Plain and simple, this collection method is limiting the possibilities that we have at really making impressive use of the obtained data.


Just ask yourself, can paper set a unique storage environment where the same data can be filtered and can feed different digital tools?


I think not.


Can paper-based information be enriched by spatial references, in order to immediately recognise which part of the plant, which panel and which cell of the panel it is related to?


I’d have to say no.


Can the results of different inspections over time be easily and visually compared, if stored on paper in the first place?


I’m afraid the answer is no again.


Can paper-based information be updated easily and seamlessly shared with the whole team with just a click of the button?


I think you know the answer...


Just imagine some sort of tool allowing you to have all of that at once and go completely paperless in the field. Imagine using the same tool in order to manually take thermal and visual photos of your panels in person, to make them immediately available for a fast anomaly detection, and then to update your personal database in real time. Imagine this incredible tool being so little that it can fit into your pocket. If only such a tool existed...


Well you’re in luck, it does.


ElioField App was designed with you in mind. We took the concerns and wishes of our clients and turned them into a functioning app that allows you to take one step closer to fully digital processes and procedures. Combining the CATS62 Pro with a built in thermal camera and GPS and the Wesii App, we are able to provide you with a product that enables you to conduct and keep track of all your maintenance in the field, while being able to update your team with a click of a button.


Going paperless is not the future, it’s the present.