On February 21, 2012, enfoTech welcomed the China Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) to their headquarters in NJ. The MEP visited enfoTech and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to discuss information technologies for environmental data collection, management, and analyses.
South Africa Weather Services (SAWS) & Department Environmental Affair (DEA) Visit enfoTech
On October 21, 2011, the South African DEA and SAWS, and uMoya-NILU visited enfoTech's headquarters in NJ for a technical meeting on Air Emissions Inventory & Reporting System (eAirPro). The System was selected among the world's top emissions reporting systems by the South African Government, based on Michigan DEQ's strong record of measureable success with the system, and enfoTech's position in the industry as one of the leaders in air emission inventory reporting.
iPACS FY2011 Annual User Group Meeting
enfoTech hosted the FY2011 iPACS user group meeting in NJ Headquarters from 9/14 to 16, 2011.
The 94th NJLM Annual League Conference
The 94th NJLM Annual League Conference was held at the Atlantic City Convention Center. Edison Mayor, Jun Choi presented a PowerPoint session (E-Government at Work breakout session) to show how the enfoTech e-Permit system could help municipalities to become more efficient and do more with less resources and money. Jason Huang, executive VP & Co-Founder of enfoTech, was one of the 5 panelists for the NJLM “E-Government at Work” session.
The NLC Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition
The NLC Annual Congress of Cities and Exposition is a Non-profit association of cities and state municipals for administrators, city managers, council members, department directors, and mayors. Edison New Jersey Mayor Jun Choi talked his 3-phases e-Government initiative and a successful e-Permit implementation provided by enfoTech.
Edison Township New Jersey launched online
full services to their residents and businesses to use the Internet to
apply for licenses. The e-Permit System
offers new ways to access permits and licensing services 24-hours a day, seven days a week - all from a single web site. This one-stop source for online
permitting simplifies the permitting process by providing:
Ability to determine needed permits/licenses
based on user defined search criteria - search
by key words, permit name, form or authority;
Online account management - enter company or
personal data once and use it in multiple
applications - eliminates duplicate data entry;
Customized account profiling - include
the permits/licenses that are used most
Payment of fees online;
Ability to monitor permit/license
E-mail notifications for each major
milestone during the application process.
Improving the permitting/licensing processes is just one way that
Edison Township is working to secure its current position as a leader
in municipal online services. As services continue to expand, the Edison
e-Permit System will provide increasing opportunities to meet business and
residents’ needs through the ease and convenience of this online e-permit
process. Read more...
Kaw Nation and Cherokee Nation Implemented Water Quality Data Management Systems -
and Cherokee Nation have implemented the Exchange Network Tribal Environmental System
to provide water quality data analysis and data sharing capabilities. This lightweight web-based
tool allows tribes to manage ambient air quality and water quality data, view data geospatially,
analyze data via a variety of graphs, and submit a copy of their data to EPA in XML format.
The system went live at both Kaw Nation and Cherokee Nation in May 2009. These two tribes now join the
growing community of tribal partners using the Tribal Environmental System. With this release,
the system has now been expanded to support both ambient air quality and water quality data. Tribes
can view their air monitoring stations and water quality monitoring results together on one map, and
can generate a variety of graphs from their data. Graphs are specialized based on environmental media,
providing, for example, Wind Rose graphs for wind direction/speed, bivariate scatter plots for pollutant
inter-relationships, AQI graphs for regulated air pollutants, and box & whisker graphs for detailed
statistical analysis. Data can either be published and integrated with the tribe's existing public website,
or maintained internally for additional security.
Tribes can also use enfoTech's bundled Exchange Network Node (eNode2008) to communicate securely with
EPA for both Water Quality eXchange (WQX) and Air Quality System (AQS) data transmissions. This solution
provides tribes with one consolidated tool to serve all of their Exchange Network reporting needs.
MassDEP Launched a Real-time Air Quality Monitoring System
- The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) has
implemented a system to report air quality data to the US
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) via MassDEP's
Exchange Network Node. The MassDEP's MassAir project also
provides a website to share real-time air quality data
with the public.
Under the MassAir project,
MassDEP set up an internal centralized AQS data
repository; the repository allows the MassDEP to
collect and manage air quality data from
real-time air sensors and third-party data
sources in a single streamlined process. An
interface within the MassDEP QA Tools
application allows MassDEP to submit air quality
data from its central repository to the EPA's
AQS via the state’s Exchange Network Node. AQS
is EPA's ambient air quality data repository and
stores data from over 10,000 state, local, and
tribal monitors, 5000 of which are currently
Air quality data collected by the MassDEP
undergoes a rigorous QA process. To improve QA
efficiency, the MassAir project developed an
automated QA process in the MassDEP Air QA Tools
application. The automation freed up QA
resources to allow the staff to focus on QA
investigations of suspicious data points. The QA
Tools application also contains a component that
allows MassDEP to better manage the reporting of
incidents and maintenance events that occur at
each physical air monitoring field location.
The MassDEP Air QA Tools application makes
real-time air quality data available to the
public on the web. Every hour, air sensors
across the state report air quality levels to
the MassDEP. The
MassAir website provides the
following benefits to the public:
An interactive Google Maps interface that
provides users the opportunity to browse air
quality conditions across Massachusetts. The
maps offer real-time and forecasted air quality
levels, and include automatic alerts for when
standard air quality thresholds are exceeded or
are forecasted to be exceeded.
Graphing tools that give users the ability to
view historical and daily trends for all AQS
criteria pollutants across the state. The
graphing interface allows graphs to be redrawn
based on time, region, and pollutant, and
includes the last 48 hours of hourly data and up
to three years of historical daily averages.
“My Community” feature that allows public
users examine what the air quality data means
for general public health in their own
"No Drugs Down the Drain" program, a success story - The County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (the Sanitation Districts) launched a major campaign in the second quarter of 2008 to raise public awareness of the proper disposal procedures of pharmaceuticals. In prior years, bilingual disposal information cards (4" x 6.5"), small standup countertop posters and frequently asked questions were mailed to pharmacies. This year, these materials were hand-delivered to encourage the pharmacies to distribute the information cards with prescriptions. The objective of the "No Drugs Down the Drain" program is to prevent medications from being flushed down the toilet. All pharmacies within the Sanitation Districts' Service area were inspected in a mere 3-month period, totaling successful completion of 728 inspections during this period. With 28 inspectors in 3 field offices, the Sanitation Districts managed to perform the 728 inspections in addition to existing annual pretreatment and other program inspections with the help of the FAST (Field Assistant Service Tracking) system and task coordination in iPACS.
This project provided a new challenge for the Sanitation Districts. The pharmacy inspections represented a very high volume of site visits with a strict deadline for completion. Because the site visits required minimal time compared to standard industrial user inspections, this was achievable but only with a high level of computerized data management. Not only did the data need to be collected, it also needed to be analyzed for follow-up activities by office staff.
The iPACS Work Management module enabled the Project Supervisor to batch-schedule pharmacy inspection tasks and distribute the tasks to the appropriate Inspector assigned to the investigation area to cover the wide geographical area regulated by the Sanitation Districts. Once the tasks were batch-loaded into the central system, the FAST system on each Inspector's tablet PC downloaded the personalized list of inspections with assigned priorities to be completed by a specified due date. With batch re-assignment capabilities, the Sanitation Districts were able to overcome personnel changes and hardware maintenance needs to complete the campaign successfully without sacrificing other inspections. Additionally, as the inspections were being completed, office staff could mine the data with a couple of clicks to determine which pharmacies required additional follow-up. With successful completion of this campaign, the Sanitation Districts are realizing the ease at which special projects and emerging programs can be implemented using the FAST and iPACS systems.
The iPACS and FAST software have been proven again to be an effective tool for the water utilities to save time and money.
Ohio EPA Success Story - Computer Techologies Help Environmental Compliance
E2 for Electronic Discharge Monitoring Reporting (eDMR) - Before E2, permittees submitted DMR data to OEPA, Division of Surface Water (DSW), by hardcopy or through a custom application. Hard copy submittals had to be typewritten on forms provided by DSW. Lining up the blank forms in a typewriter and typing in the data was difficult for the permittees but required by the optical scanner used to receive DMR data. The custom application required the permittee to build their NPDES permit requirements into the software which was difficult for the submitter. The data entered into the application was e-mailed to DSW as a .zip file. The entire data collection process was burdensome to both the DSW and the regulated community. Most permittees expressed a strong desire for a better system. OEPA listened and delivered an integrated eDMR solution.
A monthly participation rate chart is presented below.
The permittees can view their monthly monitoring/reporting requirements from E2 and follow an easy-to-use data entry wizard to complete their reports. DSW is able to run a preliminary compliance program automatically within 24 hours on data submitted through E2. An application developed by DSW called the Preliminary Compliance Report (PCR) detailing the apparent violations is e-mailed back to any permittee with apparent violations on the next business day. The permittee has the opportunity to correct and resubmit any data that was submitted in error. The PCR also provides the permittee information on what to do if the data is an actual violation, or if the permittee believes there is a permit problem and needs to discuss it with NPDES permit program staff. The technologies provide a framework for DSW and the regulated community to work collaboratively to achieve environmental compliance goals.
China 's SEPA Delegation visited enfoTech on 11/21/2007. China 's State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) Vice Director-General Professor Fuchun Xu led a group of information center officials from SEPA, China 's provinces and municipalities to visit enfoTech. The Delegation and enfoTech held a technical meeting to discuss advanced IT applications on point source pollution control, watershed management, regional air quality management, and total maximum daily loading (TMDL).
New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection has won an ECOS Innovations Award for their Air Monitoring Data Exchange Project. enfoTech worked with New Jersey, New York and Delaware's environmental agencies and the EPA to successfully complete this air quality data exchange project.
The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Water Information Management team has received an Honorable Mention for the Governor's Denali Peak Performance Awards. The Denali award recognizes and rewards individuals and teams for excellence in service to the State of Alaska's Executive Branch and citizens of Alaska. Alaska's DEC uses NPDES Management System (NMS) and E2 software programs. The Electronic Environmental Reporting System (E2) is a secured XML/Internet based system for regulatory agencies to conduct e-business over the Internet. The NMS system is an environmental compliance software system.
The state of Michigan provides e-Permit services to businesses to apply for the needed permits online and track the status of the permit while it is being processed. The MiTAPS (Michigan Timely Application and Permit Service) e-Permitting system expanded its services to include Wastewater Systems and Water Supply Systems permit applications.