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EIM: Configurable Software that Meets Your Needs
One of the key advantages of Locus’s environmental software is the ability to configure the software to fit your needs. If you buy pre-configured software, you must adapt your process to fit the constraints of the system you just bought. When you buy configurable software such as Locus’s EIM and Locus Platform, you’re able to create the exact workflow that you need.
EIM has multiple features that customers have used to configure the tasks of uploading, processing, querying, and reporting for their analytical, groundwater, and field data. For example, to date customers have created over:
- 2,750 expert and intermediate queries
- 4,300 enhanced formatted reports (EFRs)
- 830 electronic data deliverable (EDD) formats
- 950 saved query filters and output column lists
- 150 saved chart option sets
- 180 saved GIS+ maps
Let’s look at a few of the items above.
The Custom Queries module has features to configure and save your own queries tailored to the output that you require. The Intermediate Custom Queries module lets you select desired tables and fields, add selection filters, and then run the query. You also can save your query for future use. The image here shows one of the forms in this module. This form lets you build a query using a diagram showing tables and their relationships.
EIM also supports creating and saving Expert Custom Queries. You create these queries by using the Query Builder, a drag and drop interface for query creation. You can also edit the query using T-SQL (structured query language) if you know that language, but it’s not required to use the module. Once a query is created, it can be run by any user. You can also set up schedules that run a specified Expert Query at certain times, with the results emailed to selected users. In addition, Expert Queries can be called using the Locus EIM API with results accessed in other applications. The image here shows the Query Builder interface.
The Enhanced Formatted Report (EFR) module lets you create print-ready Excel spreadsheets that combine multiple data sources into compact pivot tables. EFRs are highly configurable. You can select the data fields to put into the rows and columns, as well as the fields to show in the cells of the pivot table. Furthermore, you can aggregate the data (for example, using the maximum or average).
You can also create, save, and apply rules for formatting the data. Maybe you need data to be highlighted in certain colors based on the data value, or whether the data exceeds an action limit. Or maybe you need the data modified to append certain flags based on data validation. You can support these scenarios, plus many others, in the EFR Module.
The image below shows the EFR interface for selecting fields for the rows, columns, and cells of an EFR pivot table.
The EIM Charting module lets you create line, bar, and scatter plots of your data. Once you create a chart, you have full control over all parts of the chart display, including the fonts and colors used for the chart axes, data points, legend, and labels. The image below shows many of the configurable options available for EIM charts.
The EDD Format Setup module lets you create and configure the EDD formats used for uploading your data into EIM. When you create a new EDD format, you specify a data delimiter as well as the destination tables and columns that are populated by the EDD. You can order the columns as needed to match your incoming EDDs. The image below shows the main form for setting up an EDD format.
EIM has many other configurable modules, such as the Analysis grids, the EDD Validation module, and the GIS+ module. All these tools let you fit EIM to your needs and processes. That’s the power of configurable software! For more information, contact Locus Technologies.
Security is often one of the critical parameters reviewed in the purchase of any EHS software.
As part of that review, you may come across a System and Organization Controls (SOC) report provided by the software vendor. A SOC report is a certification issued following an audit that effectively assures that an organization has effectively managed controls related to security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, privacy of a system, and in some cases, its financial reporting. There are two main types of SOC reports – SOC 1 reports focus on the internal controls over financial reporting system of the service provider, while SOC 2 reports pertain to the effectiveness of controls that are relevant to the security, confidentiality or privacy of a system used by the service provider to process customers’ information.
Both reports validate the robustness of an organization’s systems and processes, providing assurance to customers or potential customers that their data is safe and that controls are in place. These reports are created after completion of a SOC audit, which reviews all pertinent information and identifies any potential risks related to the scope of the audit. For most software purchases, the SOC 2 report is primarily of interest, since it covers the security of the software’s servers and data systems. The SOC 2 report not only covers security, but also availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy.
When requesting a SOC report, it is important to understand not only the type of SOC audit that was completed, but also the scope of the audit itself.
Many software vendors will provide a SOC report, but if you review it carefully, you may notice that is limited to the data hosting service (e.g. Amazon Web Services or Azure). While it is important to assess security of the hosting service, that only covers part of the software’s overall footprint. The EHS software itself must be run and managed securely in order to protect confidential and private data, which is especially critical for certain EHS applications. The security and availability of the hosting service will not mean much if the EHS software itself is down or subject to security flaws.
If you are considering a software purchase for your organization, a SOC report can provide an excellent way to evaluate the integrity and security of potential systems, following a standardized protocol. But not all SOC reports are the same, and looking beyond the cover of the SOC report and understanding the scope and coverage of the SOC audit can help you avoid the potential pitfalls of buying EHS software that isn’t as secure or available as you need it.
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Steve Paff, Director of Sales Engineering at Locus, invites you to discover the capabilities of Locus Technologies latest inspection tools. These tools offer a seamless and efficient way to manage inspections. Locus’s new inspection tools redefine efficiency and providing a user-friendly solution.
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Locus Technologies, Nancy-Jeanne, recently participated in a CARB LCFS annual Fuel Pathway Report verification on-site visit, though not as a verifier but as a consultant. In this video, Nancy walks us through the process for verification for a client.
Watch the video to learn how easy it is to work with Locus for verification preparation.
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Time for another Compliance Minute from Locus Technologies EHS Implementation Manager, Chris DeCree, today we will be focusing on Task Groups and how they can ease your workflow.
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Environmental action limits have been an integral part of data analysis for years, but at Locus Technologies, we’re not content with the status quo.
Our continuous drive for innovation has led to exciting new features that make action limits more versatile than ever before, triggering automatic notifications, highlights on your maps and charts, and more based on regulatory or risk-based criteria. President Wes Hawthorne guides us in exploring how Locus Technologies can empower your company to effectively harness the potential of action limits.
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SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., Jan. 9, 2024 — Locus Technologies, (Locus), a trailblazer in Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS) and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) software solutions, proudly announces expansion of its ESG application to include support for the requirements of the new European Union Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (EU CSRD).
The EU CSRD mandates increased transparency and accountability in corporate reporting, focusing on sustainability metrics, environmental impact, and social responsibility. In response to these emerging regulations, Locus has developed a comprehensive application, seamlessly integrated into its award-winning Locus Platform, to assist companies in efficiently adhering to the EU CSRD guidelines.
Neno Duplan, CEO and Founder of Locus emphasized the significance of this innovative solution, stating, “The support for EU CSRD requirements underscores our commitment to empowering businesses with the tools necessary to navigate complex regulatory landscapes. With the EU CSRD regulations presenting new challenges, our platform’s capabilities will enable companies to streamline their reporting processes while fostering a culture of sustainability and accountability.”
The expanded application integrates robust features tailored to simplify data collection, streamline reporting workflows, and enhance compliance management. It continues to unify vertical applications via the single horizontal platform to help customers avoid multiple data inputs and promote the concept of input once and use many times. By leveraging advanced analytics and automation, Locus aims to facilitate seamless adherence to the EU CSRD requirements, enabling organizations to concentrate on sustainable business practices and operational excellence.
The CSRD will require companies to report against the European Sustainability Reporting Standards (ESRS). Many disclosures required under ESRS are data intensive and require companies to gather thousands of data points. For some companies, disclosure requirements begin as early as 2025. Non-compliance can result in financial and administrative penalties.
With a proven track record in providing leading-edge EHS and ESG software solutions, Locus continues to spearhead advancements in compliance, sustainability, and corporate responsibility across diverse industries and geographies.
About Locus Technologies
Locus Technologies, the global environmental, social, governance (ESG), Sustainability, and EHS Compliance software leader, empowers companies of every size and industry to be credible with ESG reporting. From 1997 Locus Technologies pioneered enterprise software-as-a-service (SaaS) for EHS Compliance, water management, and ESG credible reporting. Locus apps and software solutions improve business performance by strengthening risk management and EHS for organizations across industries and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 500 enterprises, such as Chevron, Sempra, Corteva, DuPont, Chemours, San Jose Water Company, The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Port of Seattle, Onto Innovations, and Los Alamos National Laboratory, have selected Locus.
Locus Technologies’ headquarters is in Mountain View, California.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., May 2, 2023 — Locus Technologies, the leading EHS Compliance and ESG software provider, today announced that Foster Farms, a top US provider of fresh, frozen, and prepared poultry products and the leading brand of fresh chicken in the Western U.S., selected Locus’s award-winning enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) to organize and manage their EHS compliance and ESG reporting.
Foster Farm subscribed to an integrated set of apps offered in the Locus Cloud Platform. Some apps include EHS Compliance Management, ESG and Sustainability, GHG Emission Factor and Calculation Management, Inspections, Configuration Workbench, Air Emissions Management, Storm Water, Wastewater, and well data management and reporting.
Locus Cloud is the first fully integrated multitenant platform created from the ground up to allow organizations to manage their environmental, energy, water, waste, carbon, air, health and safety, remediation, water quality, and compliance information in one place. The Locus Platform allows companies to configure their own management, tracking, visualization, and reporting through a graphically driven user interface. This feature enables organizations to configure the software to their needs without worrying about the expensive programming outlays usually associated with customization and single-tenant deployments.
When designing integrated EHS/ESG SaaS, Locus sought to make the complicated workflow and management of environmental data as simple as possible and to make it manageable from a single platform with shared components. The resulting platform offers immense flexibility and endless capabilities with minimal training thanks to the new, intuitive, user-friendly interface design.
“The accurate tracking and reporting of critical environmental resource usage is a necessary part of our compliance responsibilities, and a major component of our efforts to ensure that we are a sustainable producer. The Locus application software will make a significant contribution to our resource management capabilities,” said Don Hill, Foster Farms Director of Environmental Affairs.
“We are delighted that Foster Farms recognized the power of the Locus Cloud platform. Businesses do not want to shop for point solutions from different vendors only to be left with the nightmare of integration, security, synchronization, and vendor management. They want one-stop shops and to avoid having to deal with vendors that don’t integrate well with one another or have spotty service and limited support. Locus will provide Foster Farms single platform through which they can accomplish all their environmental and compliance management needs on a single, fully customer-configurable platform,” said Neno Duplan, President, and CEO of Locus. “Keeping the end user’s perspective in mind, we’ve packed the same 26-plus years of domain expertise that Locus has been offering all along into a highly configurable and scalable software platform built from the ground up on the latest web technologies,” remarked Duplan.
ABOUT FOSTER FARMS
Foster Farms is dedicated to providing families across America with great food. From ready to cook chicken and turkey, to chicken nuggets and corndogs, Foster Farms portfolio of fresh, frozen, and prepared foods, are always welcome whether it’s dinner time or snack time. Since its founding in 1939 Foster Farms has gone on to become one of the largest quality poultry producers in the United States. Headquartered in Livingston, Ca with facilities in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Arkansas, Alabama and Louisiana, the company has nearly 12,000 Team Members, and is committed to building a “culture that nobody wants to walk aways from.”
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 14 February 2023 — Locus Technologies, the leading EHS Compliance, and ESG software provider, today announced that San Jose Water (SJW), an investor-owned public utility providing water service to a population of approximately one million people in the Santa Clara Valley, has expanded Locus’ environmental information management software to use Locus GIS+ for advanced GIS analysis.
SJW has been using Locus SaaS and mobile app since 2014 to manage its field data collection, water quality compliance, and regulatory reporting. SJW also uses Locus to track sewer discharges and well blow-offs.
“Our responsibility is to ensure our customers receive the highest quality drinking water from their taps. We monitor the quality and cleanliness of our water in terms of state and federal regulatory requirements. In 2021, our highly experienced staff collected more than 1,000 regulatory and non-regulatory samples from our distribution system and treatment plant, generating over 23,000 data points. To manage this data effectively, we used Locus’ cloud-based software. GIS mapping capabilities are essential for our environmental data analysis. Locus GIS+ will allow quick data visualization and is a quantum leap forward with advanced analysis tools that use Esri’s Smart Mapping technology,” said Suzanne DeLorenzo, the Director of Water Quality at San Jose Water.
“Locus’s mission is to help organizations, such as San Jose Water, to achieve their business goals by providing them the software tools to manage key data associated with water quality and compliance reporting,” said Neno Duplan, CEO of Locus. “With GIS+, SJW will have all the tools they need to perform a wide range of geospatial data analysis across their distribution system. Our water quality management cloud-based software, coupled with GIS+ and Locus Mobile for field data collection, provides our customers with a highly scalable and feature-rich application that gives water utilities strong analytical power and advanced GIS capabilities.”
Locus GIS+ is powered by Esri’s ArcGIS platform and offers various advanced features— including enhanced cartography, comprehensive spatial data analysis, and the ability to use the customer’s map data through integration with ArcGIS Online and Portal for ArcGIS.
ABOUT SAN JOSE WATER
Founded in 1866, San Jose Water is an investor-owned public utility and is one of the largest and most technically sophisticated urban water systems in the United States. Serving over one million people in the greater San Jose metropolitan area, San Jose Water also provides services to other utilities, including operations and maintenance, billing, and backflow testing. San Jose Water is owned by SJW Group, a publicly-traded company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SJW. SJW Group also owns Connecticut Water Company in Connecticut; Maine Water Company in Maine; and SJWTX, Inc. (dba Canyon Lake Water Service Company) in Texas. To learn more about San Jose Water, visit www.sjwater.com.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 29 November 2022 — Locus Technologies (Locus) is pleased to announce that The Port of Seattle (Port) has selected Locus’ multitenant Software as a Service (SaaS) for its Environmental Permit Compliance Tracking software. The Port of Seattle is a government agency overseeing the seaport and airport of Seattle. Their portfolio ranges from parks and waterfront real estate to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast. With Locus’ software, the Port of Seattle’s Maritime Environment & Sustainability department will track and manage compliance with their many permits associated with ongoing Maritime operations. This win represents additional work under Locus’ existing 10-year contract with the Port.
Locus’ SaaS will replace existing systems, which no longer meet the Port’s requirements. The Port will use Locus’ configurable compliance features to track, notify, and manage thousands of regulatory commitments for the Port and its facilities. Locus software provides a unified system for environmental data management and compliance and allows the flexibility to adapt to regulatory changes over the course of the contract.
“We are very pleased that Port of Seattle after selecting Locus earlier this year, recognized the power and flexibility of Locus and extended the use of Locus to include Permit Compliance. The Port selected Locus software because it meets a wide set of robust permit tracking and notification requirements for their active Maritime operations. The Port will streamline tracking of environmental compliance obligations using Locus’ SaaS with a configuration suited to their business processes,” said Neno Duplan, CEO of Locus.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., 24 June 2022 — Locus Technologies (Locus) is pleased to announce that The Port of Seattle (Port) has selected Locus’s multitenant Software as a Service (SaaS) for its environmental data management and compliance software. The Port of Seattle is a government agency overseeing the seaport and airport of Seattle. Their portfolio ranges from parks and waterfront real estate to one of the largest airports and container terminals on the West Coast. With Locus’s software, The Port will streamline its environmental management across its properties. The term of this contract is ten (10) years with a contract value of over one million dollars.
The Port of Seattle competitively procured environmental software that will serve as the Port’s centralized system for managing environmental data and information, site investigations and permit compliance for Aviation and Maritime Port operations.
Locus’s cloud software will replace several existing systems, which no longer meet the Port’s requirements. Locus’s software combines the power of EIM’s environmental data analytical and reporting capabilities with Locus Platform’s configurable compliance features to track, notify, and manage regulatory commitments for the Port and its contractors. Locus software provides a unified system for environmental data management and compliance and allows the flexibility to adapt to regulatory changes over the course of the contract.
“We are very pleased that Port of Seattle recognized the power of our cloud software. The Port selected Locus software due to its robust environmental data management and compliance capabilities tested for nearly a quarter-century in the cloud. With Locus, the Port will have all data in a central data repository available on the web 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Port will reap the benefits of using Locus’ SaaS to manage and automate their environmental data, compliance, and reporting,” said Neno Duplan, CEO of Locus.
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Locus Technologies provides cloud-based environmental software and mobile solutions for EHS, sustainability management, GHG reporting, water quality management, risk management, and analytical, geologic, and ecologic environmental data management.