McLean, Virginia, May 22, 2020 – Mackson Consulting, an A-TEK Company, was selected as one of the ACT-IAC 2020 Conference & Awards finalists for the FDA’s RAFT-MAP application. This application provides real-time water pollution level calculations from rivers, canals, estuaries, and coastal areas. It displays data as a color-coded visual representation of pollution concentrations. Ruggedized laptops display the ESRI maps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) nautical charts with the integrated Global Positioning System (GPS). It collects data from scientific instruments such as fluorometers and optionally conductivity, temperature, pressure, depth, and other various data measurements. RAFT-MAP is typically used on a boat while connected to the previously described scientific instruments, which in some cases are towed in the water. RAFT-MAP has recently expanded its capability to conduct sanitary surveys to locate and assess all actual and potential pollution sources located in a contributing catchment to determine the level of impact on the shellfish or produce growing areas.

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