Conduct Rounds and Collect Field Information with Mobile Devices

Inspection Rounds are a vital day-to-day human process, scheduled across the different areas of an industrial site.  The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) categorize the different routine Inspection Rounds as:


  • Safety Tours – General inspections of the workplace
  • Safety Sampling – Systematic sampling of particular dangerous activities, processes or areas
  • Safety Surveys – General inspections of particular dangerous activities, processes or areas


As a result, Inspection Rounds are an important part of health and safety culture and many plant operators still rely on paper checklists and clipboards for Inspection Rounds and field data collection. Using this method, after an Inspection Round is complete, the results are usually manually entered in a spreadsheet, database or disconnected application, wasting valuable time and creating unnecessary problems such as:


  • Missing data and unaccounted operations and safety issues
  • Data duplication and unnecessary repetition of Inspection Rounds
  • Difficult to find or illegible information
  • Delays in follow-up actions to solve operations and safety issues
  • Lack of Inspection Rounds control and task guidance for personnel
  • Disconnected cameras, required for photographic evidence of problems


Also, despite the push towards automation, a significant amount of process data is not collected and recorded automatically.  Making manual Inspection Rounds an essential data collection process that must be conducted efficiently and ideally linked to real-time systems such as Data Historians.

To remedy these pains, companies across the world utilize j5 Inspection Rounds. This j5 Mobile application is used on industry standard devices based on popular operating systems. Allowing personnel to collect a sequence of measurements or observations according to a predefined plan. Typically, by following a route around a site, recording readings and answering questions about the status of equipment and processes, whilst optionally attaching photos, videos and notes to provide additional information.

The j5 Inspection Rounds Desktop Configuration and Management application allows Inspection Rounds to be created according to a recurring schedule – for example daily or monthly rounds – or as a once-off round. Personnel can also easily view past, current and future Inspection Rounds.

j5 Inspection Rounds can be used to collect manual data that is Missing from DCS / SCADA / Data Historians like the OSIsoft PI System®. For example, j5 Mobile data can be written into the OSIsoft PI System®, providing a clearer record of events happening across an industrial site.

Collect Information During Inspection Rounds

Eliminate Paper and Clipboards with the integrated j5 Mobile system

Eliminates Paper and Clipboards

Increases data clarity and lowers the risk of data loss

Real-time Data Logging

Display and enter operations data across the corporate network

Integrate Photographs, Videos and Documents

Take and upload photographs and videos, and edit documents in the field

Manage Unacceptable Field Values Instantly

Respond to alerts without having to return to the control room

Compatible with Android, iOS and Windows

Compatible with intrinsically safe devices (we are constantly expanding these devices, please Contact Us for the latest device list):

Ecom Tab-Ex® 01 | Zone 1/21 & DIV 1

Ecom Tab-Ex® 01 | Zone 2 & DIV 2

Ecom Tab-Ex® 01 | DIV 2

iOS devices on iOS version 9 or later

Panasonic Toughpad® FZ-B2

Panasonic Toughpad® FZ-M1

Panasonic ToughPad® FZ-X1

Samsung Galaxy Tab® Active

Windows 10 devices on version 1703 or later

The j5 Inspection Rounds Application Can Be Used Across Many Industries:

Chemical Manufacturing


Food and Beverage Production



Pulp and Paper


Case Studies:

With j5 Inspection Rounds, as a Field Operator, you can:

  • Collect information during Inspection Rounds and enter the information directly into the mobile device (numerical values, option lists, calculated values etc.)
  • Be warned of any values that are outside of their configured range
  • Enter free text logs into the mobile device that will be displayed in near real-time on the corporate network within the j5 Operations Management System
  • Integrate photographs and videos into the Inspection Rounds
  • See historical trends of data on the device to assist in ascertaining if the equipment needs more attention
  • Navigate through sections, task groups, and tasks using touch or barcode scanning
  • View details of specific tasks
  • Receive pop-up messages to provide contextual information and guidance for exception handling
  • View spark lines and basic trend line data
  • Enter comments to describe abnormal conditions
  • Add comments to j5 Operations Logbook entries identifying the category and priority
  • Complete Inspection Rounds, even out of wireless range

As a Control Room Operator, Supervisor, Technical Person or Manager, you can:

  • See field information collected on mobile devices
  • See the field collected information automatically in j5 Shift Handover reports
  • See exceptions in near real-time to quickly identify problem areas
  • View key field-collected data on a Dashboard
  • Configure and schedule Inspection Rounds from the j5 Inspection Rounds Configuration and Management application
  • Monitor progress and view completed Inspection Rounds
  • View completed Inspection Round Reports (trend Dashboards and Reports are available as part of project work)

SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) / SAP HANA Cloud Platform (HCP):


An SMP edition of the Android application is available for customers who require SMP for device registration and management.  SMP editions of the Windows and iOS applications will be made available on request.  The j5 solution is built using well-supported mobile enterprise application libraries and technologies. These currently include software from the SAP Mobile Platform (SMP), SAPUI5 / OpenUI5, Apache Cordova, and the OData protocol for synchronization. The system also supports deployment on the SAP Hana Cloud Platform (HCP).  By using this technology, j5 is able to provide rapid support of new devices and operating systems in the evolving world of mobile devices and operating systems, provide world-class synchronization technology between the server and the device, including store-and-forward when the device is offline, language support, and easy integration with mobile device management tools. Advantages include:

Out of the box support for the latest releases of mobile platforms

Support releases for latest versions are timely

Android, iOS and Windows

Barcode (Camera)

World Class Synchronization Technology

Built-In secure communication over VPN that is part of the SMP solution

Built in language support

Screen UI configuration is in the tool set

Multiple communication protocols (cradle, Wi-Fi, cellular)

We rely on j5 for logbook, handover, work instructions, standing orders, near misses and mobile inspection rounds.
Nobuyuki Takahashi Kainan Plant Manager at Wakayama Petroleum Refinery
We selected j5 as our standard Kiire Terminal tool and we are now achieving increased competitiveness.
Yukichi Tanaka Operation Planning and Import Affairs Group at JX Nippon Oil & Energy Kiire Terminal
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