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March 24, 2015
Timmons Group to Develop Application for Mobile At-Sea Data Collection

Richmond, Va., March 23, 2015—Timmons Group, a leader in innovative geospatial solutions, signed a contract with the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) to design a custom application for field agents, called samplers, to collect data remotely at sea.  This application is the idea child of the joint venture between PSMFC and Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife (ODFW).

The application will be developed for ODFW’s samplers, which are located on commercial fishing vessels to easily record daily fishing trip details while out in the Pacific Ocean with no internet connectivity.  The details include information about the boat, number of anglers on the boat, gear type used, and information about each catch effort, called drifts, and fish caught.

After the information has been collected and the sampler’s device has internet connectivity, the data is sent to the Recreational Fisheries Information Network (RecFIN) database housed at the PSMFC office in Portland, Oregon.  The data is used to better understand the number of fish species caught on recreational fishing vessels, the amount that were kept on board, released, the specific measurements per fish, and information regarding sensitive or protected species.

Due to the extreme environment where this application will be used, Timmons Group will develop this application using an iterative method.  A high-degree of attention will be paid to the interface design to create extremely simplistic interfaces and streamlined workflows that support the end-users.

“This application will allow ODFW samplers to more efficiently record data remotely, which is a big improvement from the paper and pen method that they have been using.  We are very excited to work with Timmons Group on this initiative,” said Ed Hibsch, Contract Administrator for PSMFC.

About Timmons Group

Timmons Group is a leading provider of geospatial, information architecture and engineering services focusing on developing intuitive, enterprise geospatial web applications, highly-usable, cross-device mobile applications, and integrated, geospatially-enabled enterprise solutions. Timmons Group develops innovative solutions across multiple platforms, including web, web-based mobile / HTML5, and native mobile operating systems.  Timmons Group is a privately held ENR 500 company and maintains a strong business partner relationship with Esri. Timmons Group has been a recipient of both the Esri Business Partner of the Year award and the Esri Foundation Partner of the Year award. For more information, visit www.timmonsgis.com.

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