Southwestern Energy completes successful pilot program and moves forward with Freeance Mobile

Southwestern Energy utilizes iPhones to automate field data collection of inspection forms.

Houston, TX - July 24, 2012 - Looking for a way to bypass hardcopy note taking in the field and digital reporting using Excel spreadsheets, Southwestern Energy IT group builds automated natural gas production field inspection app on iPhones using Freeance Mobile.

Southwestern Energy IT group recently completed a successful pilot project using Freeance Mobile to create iPhone inspection forms that allow field workers to collect well pond inspection data in the Arkansas natural gas fields and write that data directly to corporate Oracle databases in Houston. The Southwestern Energy IT group installed, trained and created these custom forms with Freeance Mobile within one week. Field users then tested the application on iPhones during operational field inspections. The custom forms running on standard iPhones and iPads included dynamic drop down fields that allowed users automated input instead of manual typing. Drop-down fields were populated by dynamically reading Oracle database tables.

Unique requirements for the mobile application required that data be captured while phones were in a disconnected non-cell coverage area. Freeance Mobile device applications allowed for this including capturing GPS locations and digital photos. Data was automatically stored on the phones in a disconnected mode and then downloaded to the Oracle databases when the phones entered cell coverage area.

Freeance Mobile allowed the system administrators to modify the forms and integrate a live AcrGIS map in a no programming web-based configuration application.

After the successful pilot this spring, Southwestern Energy is planning to roll out Freeance Mobile to 200 field users within the organization.

Southwestern Energy Company is an integrated company whose wholly-owned subsidiaries are engaged in oil and gas exploration and production, natural gas gathering and marketing. Additional information on the company can be found on the Internet at http://www.swn.com.

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