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A tablet a day keeps the paper away!

Posted by Ramon in Blog, Cambodia, Insight, Laos, Myanmar with 2 Comments


Riverorchid insight’s rapidly expanding research business in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar has become the region’s first to introduce the use of tablets for quantitative fieldwork. Research questionnaires are loaded onto the tablets, almost entirely abolishing the need for traditional paper questionnaires.

To put some numbers on this – in 2012 riverorchid insight used well in excess of 375,000 sheets of paper for quantitative work across Indochina. That will now fall to almost nil. Over and above the massive environmental benefits of this, the use of tablets allows automatic daily data upload with guaranteed 100.00% accuracy in data processing, automatic GPS mapping of all locations, complete reliability of skip pattern conformance, and an audio recording capability for key questions and / or open ends.

Our first thirty Android tablets are now in use in Cambodia: you can see one already in use in field in the photo above. As soon as we’re fully operational in Cambodia, we shall look to roll out tablets to Laos and Myanmar. Improving one of our research tools in this way is another important step in our efforts to walk the talk on our Mojo of Loving, Knowing, Living Indochina. With the introduction of tablets we are making a major step in improving our environmental impact on Indochina, whilst also significantly enhancing our quality standards and speed of operation.

If you’d like to know more about our research business or the way we use technology to understand Indochina better, please me a line at or Warwick on

2 Responses to “A tablet a day keeps the paper away!”

  1. April 25, 2013 at 6:16 am

    First in Indochina to use tablet for quanti! this is fantastic!

  2. April 25, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    This is an excellent move! Congratulations.

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