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Locus Technologies’ distinction comes from “harnessing the cloud” and from a “unique perspective to address environmental issues”

thesiliconreview-neno-duplan-ceo-locus-technologies-17“Create your own visual style… let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others,” once said by Orson Welles is what most of the developed and innovative companies follows while working to build their empire.

Founded in 1997 in Silicon Valley, Locus Technologies, a leading provider of enterprise has also been working uniquely in creating a platform where customers can access EHS services via the cloud rather than buying and installing software; a new subscription-based business model where customers pay as they go; and integrating mobile technology in its cloud offering from the get-go.

Locus is known for its environmental information management (EIM) system— its industry-leading software for the entire environmental sampling and analysis workflow. Locus has more net paying subscribers in its single instance multi-tenant SaaS platform than any competitor and has over 600,000 locations around the world. “We develop comprehensive software for businesses, organizations, and governmental agencies of all sizes and industries worldwide,” said Dr. Neno Duplan.

Revisiting the past chapters

About 20 years ago, the founders decided to make an easier way for enterprises to reach 100% EHS compliance— simply by using its own environmental management software to improve its organizations. Before anyone was talking about “the cloud” or “Software as a Service” (SaaS), the CEO stated that they were building cloud applications to manage the overwhelming amount of environmental and EHS compliance data generated by their customers’ responses to environmental regulations.

Two decades ago, Locus was founded with a bold vision to lead the EHS software space.  Today, the company’s cloud computing model has enabled new levels of success.  Locus was born out of a vision for its first product, Locus EIM (Environmental Information Management). Locus founder with its team seems to know that developing the solution for delivery via the Internet was the best and smartest technical approach they have ever done. Since then, it has maintained pioneering attitude, even as it becomes a leading provider of enterprise cloud computing software (SaaS) for environmental, air, water, energy, and sustainability information management.


When it comes to choosing an environmental management system, the infrastructure of the software has an enormous impact on its value and effectiveness.  Multitenant architecture allows for quick deployment, lower cost, and faster innovation.

This is especially important for EHS software, as the environmental regulatory landscape is changing constantly and rapidly.  The hallmark of multitenancy is that all customers share a single code base and infrastructure, so everyone is always up to date. “That’s the real cloud— anything else is an impostor,” speaks CEO.


By having every customer on the same line of code and the same version of software, Locus’ SaaS platform for EHS compliance and environmental data management provides real business value: lower cost, better service, and greater customer intimacy. It also means that no customer is left behind when the software is updated.

And when everyone is on the same version, the result is that a community is created with unprecedented levels of communication and collaboration possibilities.


Locus wanted to have full confidence in its customers EHS compliance data security. That’s the reason why it uses the latest technologies and best practices to protect identity and compliance, sustainability, and other environmental information of its loved customers, thus stating some of its security forms below:

  • State-of-the-art physical security- Physical access to its production servers is limited to maintenance and security staff that has undergone full background checks. Access is controlled and monitored 24/7 by biometrics, locks, cameras, and security guards. Multi-tiered protection- The Company’s entire system is secured at an infrastructure, application and network level— including firewall and intrusion detection, virus protection, and encrypted storage.
  • Built-in administrative auditing- Full audit trails are available for data and role modifications, so that its customers can monitor any or all changes made to the system.


Without a centralized environmental and EHS compliance software system, end users often turn to using scattered spreadsheets, in-house databases, or disjointed silo systems.  This makes critical environmental information difficult to access, and input multiple times— resulting in questionable data quality and increased costs.

Locus’ centralized cloud software solutions for EHS compliance and sustainability information management will make its customers environmental data bulletproof and accessible from anywhere, anytime.

“As we look forward to the next decade, we see not only applications, but integrated platforms, powered by AI and running in the cloud.  The age of enterprise multi-tenant cloud EHS computing is here,” adds up CEO. 

Greeting to the ground Founder and CEO

As Founder and CEO of Locus Technologies, Dr. Neno Duplan spent his career combining his understanding of environmental science with a vision of how to gather, aggregate, organize, and analyze environmental data to help organizations better manage and report their environmental and sustainability footprints. During the 1980’s, while conducting research as a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon, Dr. Duplan developed the first prototype system for an environmental information management database. This discover eventually lead to the formation of Locus Technologies in 1997.

As technology evolved and new guidelines for environmental stewardship expanded, so has the vision Dr. Duplan has held for Locus. With the company’s deployment of the world’s first commercial Software-as-Service (SaaS) product for environmental information management in 1999 to the Locus Mobile solution in 2014, today Dr. Duplan continues to lead and challenge his team to be the leading provider of cloud-based EH&S and sustainability software.

Dr. Duplan holds a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from Carnegie-Mellon, and a B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Split, Croatia. He also attended advanced Management Training at Stanford University.

“At Locus, we believe the key to an organization's environmental stewardship strategy lies in its approach to data management— we design our software with this vision in mind.”