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This Nature Lover Created a Mobile App to Observe Wildlife in Switzerland

 

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Many of the customers we write about come from corporations or small businesses that are looking to streamline their work or mitigate organizational challenges. But another subset of our user base consists of individuals who are creating mobile apps to help them simplify their daily lives.

Matthias Flück is one of those individual innovators who needed a mobile solution to complement his passion: observing nature and wildlife in Bern, Switzerland.

Matthias is interested in wildlife behavior and patterns. To gather this kind of information efficiently he must keep track of population information, weather records, times of day, and other dynamic data. His goal is to gain insights and awareness about the plants and animals that live in his environment, as well as to share his findings and photos with his family.

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He was looking for a way to capture and collect richer information when he found AppSheet and created an app. Because his hobby requires him (and/or his camera) to occupy rural areas for long periods of time, he needed to be able to operate the app offline.

Offline capabilities give Matthias peace of mind that his data is always stored safely in his app until he’s back online.

He also needed to be able to map precise GPS positions of certain wildlife as well as capture images of plants, animals, and animal footprints for reference. He says, “animal tracks often lead you to the best wildlife viewing locations,” and the app’s image capture features help him determine animal footprints while he is outdoors. The app is also set to automatically calculate daily and nightly twilight times and moon phases so he doesn't need to perform that function manually each day.

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He uses conditional formatting and icons to designate which sections relate to which of his observations. Capturing this data as well as accompanying information about which animals are at which locations helps Matthias to collect a detailed database of knowledge. 

Matthias uses AppSheet’s charting features to visualize the data he collects. One chart displays the day/night activity for an animal at a specific location during a certain time of the year. The graphs help him identify patterns so he can track behavior and draw corresponding conclusions quickly and efficiently.

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Matthias says, “The app has saved me lots of time and effort, and has helped me improve my skills in observing wildlife-- which ultimately makes me even more passionate about my hobby.”

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Posted by Julia Guthrie on May 26, 2016 10:06:24 AM