FishScan and Trimble Nomad effective and rugged enough for harsh Alaskan conditions.
Native Village Eyak, Alaska fish biologists had some problems; the streams they work in are in remote areas, their Palm computers kept failing in the harsh Alaskan conditions, their software was difficult to use, crashed several times a day and was expensive to customize. Anyone who has done field data collection knows that the labor costs to collect data rapidly eclipses all other project costs. To lose data irretrievably makes the entire project a waste of time and money. This was exactly the biologist problem – in this extreme environment, they were often losing data.