Completing a Zone Sample

Learn how to complete a single zoned sample

From the Remote Sampler home screen, tap on the Samples button.

The first screen shown is the Select Collection Run screen. This screen shows a list of all the different worksheets that have been sent to the device. Each worksheet appears as a single row in the list and they can be completed in any order.

To open a worksheet, tap on the row - in the image above, there is only row since we only have one worksheet on the device - and tap the Next button.

The next screen shown gives an overview of the work contained within the worksheet. It shows a list of the bottles needed for collection, as well as a list of the places that will be visited in order to collect samples. It is possible to switch between these lists using the two blue buttons on the left of the grid.

Tap Next to move on to the next step in the work-flow.

The following screen shows a breakdown of the sampling sites for which there is still uncompleted work.

Each of the incomplete site has a red cross next to it. The column on the right-hand side of the grid indicates how many sample points there are at that particular site. The list contains all types of scheduled samples. Tap on a row with a type of Zone to select the corresponding site and then tap Next. A list of the sample points within the selected area will be shown.

In the case of London above, there is only a single sample point and so there is only one row in the list. Tap the row to select it and then tap Next.

Remote Sampler also checks at the start of each sample to make sure that all daily and weekly checks that are required have actually been completed. If there are checks to complete then the message below will be shown.

See Daily\Weekly\Monthly Checks for information on how to complete checks

Once all the required checks have been completed, they will appear with green ticks along side.

Tap Next to return to the sampling workflow.

If Remote Sampler knows the address or co-ordinates for the selected sample point, the option of turn-based GPS route-navigation will be provided.

The next screen displays information about which bottles and equipment will be needed at the sample point itself. In this case, there is a multiple bottles to fill.

Tapping the Onsite button on the left will show a list of the on-site tests that will be required at the sample point. This provides an indication of what sampling instrumentation may be needed e.g. a colorimeter to record chlorine values etc. Tap Next to continue to the Confirm Location screen. At this stage in the sampling work-flow, Remote Sampler requires confirmation on whether it is possible to access the sample point or whether there is a problem.

To Accept the address click on Accept Address this will put a check mark in the box to indicate that the address has been accepted.

If the address is not accessible then the address can be declined by selecting Decline Address. This will put a check mark in the box to indicate that the address has been accepted.

See Change zone sample address if an alternate address is to be selected to complete the sample.

See Not taking zone sample if the current sample will not be lifted.

Following arrival at the sample point, the next step is to enter all of the on-site data that is required for this sample. Tap on each row in the grid in turn and enter the result values as can be seen in the image below a green tick will appear next to all completed entries.

When all values have been entered, tap the Next button to progress. The following screen in the work-flow provides an opportunity to scan the LIMS barcode that is present on the sample bottle(s) for this sample.

To do this, simply scan the barcode of the (first) bottle.

If the correct barcode is scanned, a tick will appear in the left-hand column indicating that the sample has been collected. If the tick is red, this indicates that the device did not have a valid GPS position at the time it was scanned. However, this is still perfectly acceptable. When the bottle has been successfully scanned, tap the Next button to move to the following screen.

Collect Without Scanning

In some scenarios, you may not be able to scan a bottle barcode (or even collect the bottle at all). If this is the case, you can follow the steps here.

This screen shows a list of all the comments that have been entered during the collection of this sample, in the case of this example, there is a comment to explain why the address where the sample was completed has been changed.

Additional comments can be added if needed by using the  button. Tap Next to move onto the following step which is simply a review screen for all the data that has been entered so far on the sample.

Tap Next to continue.

The last screen for this sample has only a single button on it. Press this button to confirm the completion of the sample and send it back to LIMS.

Remote Sampler will then ask whether this is the final sample of the day. It does this so that it knows when the correct time is to ask for any remaining data from the daily or weekly check worksheets that are still on the device.

If you plan on performing more samples today, so push the No button. A confirmation message will then be displayed.

Pressing OK completes the final step in sending the sample back to the hub.


Do not worry about the quality of phone signal present when sending a sample back. If no signal is present, Remote Sampler will queue the sample up and send it as soon as phone signal returns.