Mobile Work/Asset Management Systems Create Efficiencies

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Posted: Friday, October 1, 2010 3:01 pm

It's a technological age. And for almost every asset in your infrastructure - from signs and signals, to pavement and pavement markings; from sewers, storm drains and water pipes, to street lights, bridges, and vehicles - there is a system to manage it. But what many organizations fail to recognize is that information housed in these systems is useful far beyond mere inventory.

An integrated work and asset management system creates efficiencies by streamlining workflow and managing tasks and work orders from beginning to end, and giving you the tools to track and centralize important information like materials, labor, and equipment, and gauge the progress and status of work orders and requests.

When utilized in full, this data helps an organization ensure citizen safety, comply with local and federal regulations, budget more accurately, reduce liability, and respond quickly to citizen requests. Most importantly, this vital data also serves to sustain the life and value of an organization's infrastructure, giving you the information to establish proactive maintenance schedules that prolong the life your assets.

Today's mobile technology has introduced a new realm of efficiency and sustainability, allowing workers to respond quickly, be more productive, and lower operating costs while sustaining the integrity of assets and infrastructure. Portable solutions give field crews the ability to receive a work order, complete it, and close it out, all from the field. This approach makes vital data such as asset location, work order updates, and inspection histories available at all times.

And it doesn't stop there. Digital photos and video images are being attached to work orders and inspection results to enhance the integrity of asset records and data. Hand-written notes are being replaced with pre-populated dropdown menus - helping employees to capture data quickly and accurately and eliminating the need for paper. Real-time synching allows users to transfer information from the field to the office with the click of a button, quickly updating your database and replacing the need to re-enter data back at the office.

Every day, technology providers make a new breakthrough, opening a new realm of possibilities for the business of government. Don't let your organization fall behind. By using today's technology to your advantage, you become more efficient, productive, and sustainable.

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