Ecobot FAQs

Is Ecobot the tool for you? We’ve answered your most common questions below.

 

What is Ecobot?

Ecobot is a cloud-based platform for environmental assessments and permitting. Ecobot has two components: a mobile application for field data collection, Ecobot Collector, and a web-based interface, Ecobot Manager, for seamless project management, collaboration, QA/QC, and report generation. 

Ecobot is a Software as a Service (SaaS) company, offering customers subscription-based accounts.

How reliable is Ecobot?

Ecobot is currently being used by more than 200 companies across the country, with over 130,000 environmental reports generated. 

Check out reviews in the Apple App Store, G2, and Google Play Store, or <jump to the customer review section of this page> to see for yourself what our customers are saying about Ecobot.

Please note that while these sources provide other customers’ insight into Ecobot’s reliability, nothing beats evaluating the platform’s performance yourself based on your specific needs. Sign up for the free version of Ecobot to test it out.

What environmental assessments can I do in Ecobot?

Currently the following environmental assessments are available: 

  • Section 404 Wetland Delineations
  • Federal:USACE Wetland Determination Data Sheets with customized workflows across all USACE regions.
    • State: Florida FDEP Ch 62-340 F.A.C. Data Form
  • Streams: Ecobot’s Universal Stream Assessment 
  • Ordinary High Water Mark: USACE Rapid OHWM Field Identification Data Sheet
What mobile devices and computers are compatible with Ecobot?

Collector

  • Apple: Collector is compatible with Apple devices running iOS v13.0 and up, including iPhones and iPads. 
  • Android: Collector is compatible with Android devices running OS 10 and up, including smartphones and tablets.

Manager
Manager can be accessed via any web browser; Google Chrome is recommended.

What GPS / GNSS devices are compatible with Ecobot?

Collector is compatible with many devices from popular providers such as Trimble and Eos. Please refer to the [supported device section <link to section, if possible?] to view a full list.

How much data storage and battery power does Ecobot use on my device?

Collector is approximately 300MB and uses very little processing data. 

Battery life depends on the age and condition of your device. Using Airplane mode can help preserve battery and Ecobot is fully functional offline. We recommend protective cases like Otterboxes to protect your device in the field.

What happens to my data if my device fails while using Ecobot?

Ecobot saves data locally to an embedded database on your device as you enter data. Even if your device’s battery runs out, your data is safely stored in the Ecobot Collector on-device database, and will be there when you reopen Ecobot.

Once you save your data to the cloud, it’s stored securely on Amazon AWS and can be accessed via Ecobot Manager.

Using Airplane mode on your device can help preserve battery, and Ecobot is fully functional offline.

What other software does Ecobot integrate with?

Ecobot is natively integrated with Esri ArcGIS, so you can send shapefiles to your ArcGIS account with a click of a button in Manager.

How much does Ecobot cost?

Ecobot offers subscriptions for teams of every size and budget, including a free option. Learn about our subscription options on our Pricing page.

Can you cite the sources used in Ecobot?

404 Wetland Delineations
The data sheets in Ecobot are pulled directly from USACE.

The built-in reference tools in Ecobot are direct excerpts from the Regional Supplements. 

Automations in Ecobot are also sourced from processes described in the Regional Supplements.

Vegetation
Ecobot’s vegetation list is sourced from the NWPL, most recently updated in November 2021 to reflect USACE changes to indicator statuses.

Common names in Ecobot are sourced from the NWPL in combination with USDA codes. Currently, each vegetation species in Ecobot is associated with only one common name.

Soils Suggestions
Ecobot’s soil suggestion logic was designed in partnership with soil scientists and informed by NRCS Hydric Soil Indicators.

Map Layers
Ecobot map layers are provided by US Census Bureau; NRCS; USACE; USFWS NWI; BLM; RIBITS; and Hawaii Statewide GIS Program.

Landforms
Landforms are sourced from the NRCS Geomorphic Description System.