Poll Results: Are You Ready for F2F Events?

The COVID-19 pandemic is being talked about at every turn. When will it “end”? When can things get back to normal? Or, what will the new normal be? Another question that our team, our customers, and our partners have been asking (as I’m sure many companies are also asking) lately is; “When will it be safe to get back to attending face-to-face events again?”

Recently, we created and posted a poll to our LinkedIn account. With our own team discussing and weighing opportunities of heading out to in-person events this year, we decided we wanted to find out how others felt about it. We were hoping to get a sense of whether or not allocating resources towards f2f events would be worthwhile for us. Would people still feel the need to be cautious, stay home, and stick to virtual events for the foreseeable future? Or would they feel that traveling to attend large events would be an okay thing to do as long as they’re done in a safe manner? 

Well, here is what our 2021 f2f events poll results found:

  • 60% of poll participants are ready to get back to f2f events now.
  • 20% said they aren’t ready just yet, but maybe will be in a few months.
  • 13% answered that they most likely wouldn’t feel ready until sometime in 2022.
  • And lastly, 8% responded that they wouldn’t be ready to get back to f2f events for a long time.

60% of participants answering that they are ready to get back to in-person events was a higher percentage than we expected. 

While 60% is a stronger number than expected if it means attendance is off by 40% that is always a big consideration when determining how best to use resources.  What are your thoughts?  Are you ready to get back out to network in person at events?  And, when do you feel like we will be back at 100% ready as business professionals to start attending F2F events? 

Visit our new poll asking these questions and let us know or add your comments here.

Maybe we will see you at an upcoming event later this year!

Nrby & Vadar Systems Enter Into a Partnership to Serve Municipalities

Manchester, NH – Nrby, the leading location intelligence platform provider that is revolutionizing how municipalities and agencies operate, announced today that they have entered into a strategic partnership agreement with VADAR Systems, Inc., a premier provider of municipal financial software and billing and collection systems for municipal governments.

Within the water/sewer and stormwater industry municipalities are burdened by manual processes tied to time-consuming, analog paper trails for executing general maintenance, reading and tracking meters, replacing equipment, updating outdated infrastructure and documenting regulatory compliance for water/sewer and stormwater billing and mitigation. VADAR utility billing clients who adopt the Nrby platform will immediately benefit from  more efficient digital workflows, enhanced communications between municipalities and citizens, and speed to regulatory and compliance accreditations.

“Nrby allows municipalities already using VADAR’s  water/sewer and stormwater billing software to easily capture location and job data detailing the work they’ve performed as well as use the saved data for future reference and regulatory accreditation,” explained Frank Natale, CEO of VADAR Systems, Inc. “This information capture from Nrby’s digital workflows is integrated directly into the VADAR financial system which then becomes the single system of record.”

“Bringing our platforms to market together is a natural fit, especially now in such challenging environments.” said Kurt Dobbins, CEO of Nrby. “Compliance with water, sewer and stormwater management regulations, maintaining water/sewer infrastructure and equipment, and project communication has become more complex for government agencies due to the challenges with Covid-19. Nrby solves that challenge by digitizing the collection of information and automating the delivery to key stakeholders.”

VADAR Systems’ financial software and services have provided municipalities in several states, including Massachusetts and Pennsylvania, with best of breed technologies at the best value since 1996.  Municipalities choose VADAR’s expertise and proven track record in offering innovative solutions to optimize finances and automate complex office procedures using VADAR’s  state of the art financial platform.


3 Examples of Municipality Workflows

Over 150 preloaded, customizable workflows are available within the Nrby platform. The types of data collection you can utilize to expedite your team’s workflow are endless on Nrby.

1500 may seem overwhelming, but it can all be broken down into just a few major categories. Multiple workflows utilize the same type of data collection you may be seeking but organized in a way that’s catered to your industry.

asset management softwareLet’s take a look at some of the workflows Nrby offers to collect different types of data.

Site Surveys

Site surveys are used by ever city and town daily. Customizable surveys let you and your team collect the data that’s most relevant to you or your current job.

Because of how broad site surveys are, reaching across jobs and locations, it only makes sense to make them as customizable as possible. Of course, Nrby preloads Site Survey’s with information from the get-go, but it only takes a few minutes to create your own modified workflow.

Equipment Management

Worksites are busy with commotion. People coming in and out, materials being moved around, vehicles dropping off and picking up new things, updates to your material checklist. It’s a big hassle and one that can easily send your municipality spiraling south.

Equipment management is a type of data collection that is invaluable when it comes to managing any site. With Nrby’s collaboration features, you can quickly and easily stay updated on what’s going on. Have you team mark what’s been used, what’s left over, where items are with geotagging, and much more.

Site Assessment

Site assessments are a sort of relative to site surveys. The purpose is to ensure required information is documented and the proper steps have been taken to achieve outcomes as quickly as possible.

Each site is different, thus documentation and requirements change. Keep track of what’s going on on-site and stay ahead of any potential mishaps. This type of data collection can be easily overlooked but will save municipalities in the long run.



10 Ways Nrby Serves Department of Public Works Across All 50 States

1. Stormwater Management

storm water managementProtecting an area from flooding is quite the involved process, and one that is guaranteed to be overlooked by residents. For the Department of Public Works, storms are generally a cause for anxiety because of how unpredictable they are and the resources required to stop a flood once it’s started. They can easily cause irreparable damage and force residents to lose trust in their government.

Nrby helps you stay on top of stormwater management by providing a platform that makes it easy to manage projects, fixed and mobile assets, and personnel. Quickly see the status, assets and resources and workflows required, personnel on the task, and areas affected all on an easy-to-use map.

2. Fleet Management

Keep track of your vehicles with added detail on Nrby. Track locations, drivers, fuel expenses, inspections, and more from our platform.

Fleet management is beneficial to the Department of Public Works across all 50 states because of the wide range of vehicle needing upkeep. Construction, repairs, upgrades, and more require a fleet of well-running vehicles. Stay on top of it easily with Nrby workflows.

3. Resident Safety Alerts

In the case of an emergency, it’s important to be able to reach residents quickly in an affected area. Understanding the cause, solution, location, and severity are all greatly important when using resident safety alerts, and also help prevent mass hysteria. By targeting only those in an affected area, you help keep the entire municipality safe.

Nrby lets you see inform citizens in real time on a mobile device, keeping everyone up to date with relevant information with ease and efficiency. Informed residents are safe and happy citizens.

4. Powerline Management

The Department of Public Works across all 50 states should stay updated on the status and efficiency of the powerlines in their designated areas.

With Nrby, you can target each line with real-time information and allow your team to update the status as manage the lines and poles. This keeps everyone informed and eliminates unnecessary overlap of resources, keeping your assets managed and the lights on for your businesses and residents.

5. Infrastructure Upgrades

Across all 50 states, there is a push for the Department of Public Works to upgrade and update existing infrastructure to something newer, modernized and more eco-friendly. However, infrastructures of any kind, whether it’s power, water, sewer, or roadways, can be tough to manage and keep track of. Especially in larger, more populated areas.

Nrby’s project management features let you easily track the status of all infrastructure upgrades. It uses pre-existing workflows and assignments to easily manage infrastructure to keep the entire team from the Department of Public Works efficient and synced.

6. Preventative Maintenance

cable techIt’s often more efficient, eco-friendly, and resource-friendly to perform preventative maintenance where possible. Ensuring certain power lines or waterways are in good working order, for example.

With Nrby, a map of the area allows you and your team to pinpoint exact locations of any asset. In this one pin, you can add model numbers, inspection dates, materials used, and preventative maintenance checklists to assure work is thorough and on time. Once Nrby is utilized, you can easily monitor areas in need and handle the task accordingly, all through one app.

7. Fixed Asset Management

Fixed assets are long-term purchases like land, buildings and infrastructure which aren’t looked at as profitable for the short term. For the Department of Public Works across all 50 states, purchasing land, buildings and infrastructure for public use or governmental use should be monitored and maintained properly to keep its value longer.

While Municipalities aren’t expecting profits from these fixed assets today, Municipalities should keep track of these assets to see their progression over time. Nrby makes this easy with configured fields available on any pin created within the app. This way, Municipalities can see the historical records of maintenance of any fixed asset across the municipality and maintain the value of the fixed asset longer.

8. Agency-to-Agency Collaboration

CollaborationCommunication is simple on the Nrby platform. Easily collaborate on shared Smart Pins and workflows. With agency-to-agency collaboration so easily available, the Department of Public Works can perform more efficiently.

9. Sewer Management

It’s safe to say sewer mishaps are unfortunate for residents as well as the Department of Public Works across all 50 states. Stay on top of maintenance, status, and upgrades easily with Nrby’s Smart Pins and project management features.

Keep track of updates, upgrades, water meters, pump activity, and more. Assign a team to an area, manage the personnel, the vehicles, and equipment to keep sewer management efficient and on budget.

10. Real-time Police and Fire Notifications

Real-time notifications are essential for emergency teams like police and fire officials. In case of an emergency,

Nrby lets you notify the people of your choosing within a specific area instantly on a mobile device. With real-time data, instant notifications, and easy communication tools, the Department of Public Works across all 50 states can more efficiently and safely contact police and fire officials. In some Municipalities, Residents use Nrby to notify the town of issues and hazards.




5 Reasons Why Municipalities Need Asset Management Software

Municipalities, no matter the size, are always faced with updates, maintenance, compliance, and complaints. That’s a lot to juggle and can easily go awry if not managed properly or efficiently.

Nrby’s platform provides an easy, one-stop shop for municipalities to stay organized. Here are our 5 reasons why municipalities need asset management software and why Nrby is the top choice.

Emergencies Don’t Stand-By for You to Get Organized

When there’s an emergency like power failures due to fallen trees, roads flooded, or house fires, the event doesn’t wait for your team to get organized. It runs rampant and escalates until you tackle it. The sooner you get organized, the better it is for everyone.

An asset management software like Nrby is the perfect solution for municipalities. Asset information, photos, and requirements are all easily available on a map under a single pin. From there, you have everything you need to send over the right team with the right workflows, as fast as possible, to handle the emergency.

Know The Status and Where Water Meters Are Located Across the Municipality

meter readingsIssues with water meters are all too common for municipalities. Without a proper asset management software like Nrby, entire neighborhoods can have incorrect readings and in some cases, interrupted service.

With Nrby, water meters are tracked on the platform. You’ll always know the status of each meter, can quickly fix any issues, and even set up preventative maintenance measures. Data is organized and easy to understand all on an interactive map so citizens can stay in better touch with their municipality.

Keep Track of Road Conditions

Road conditions are a top complaint for residents in all municipalities, large or small. Potholes, large cracks, bridge deterioration and even streets are not just an annoyance but a real issue for drivers. They cause vehicular problems and pose a threat to the safety of not only your residents but your emergency personnel as well.

Nrby lets you capture the location, size, and hazard level of potholes and other road hazards in real time. As an asset management software, it’s the simplest way to identify, track, and repair any issues with your roads.

Keep Your Municipality Up and Running with Monitored Generators

Generators are necessary as a backup solution in case the main power infrastructure collapses. While they’re meant to be temporary, generators in your municipality can run longer when you use Nrby to manage them.

Set each with a timer to maintain the longevity of their power and keep your municipality up and running without a hitch. Nrby makes it easy to stay powered and track the maintenance of your power infrastructure by allowing you to easily manage your municipality’s assets.

Manage Projects Remotely to Prevent Delays

Everyone gets sick and needs a day away from the office or has to juggle multiple meetings and projects at once. With Nrby’s asset management software for municipalities, you can manage projects remotely (and quickly).

The platform gives you at-a-glance information and allows you to organize your assets so you can clearly see status, activity, and assets. Projects get done faster with less stress, allowing your residents and town workers to gain a heightened level of trust.

3 Reasons Field Data is Invaluable to Mobile Teams

Field data gives mobile teams insight into the happenings of a job or site. This collection of data allows team managers to make more informed decisions regarding any particular job. The end result should always equal cost-efficiency and streamlined task enforcement.

The term “field data” is broad, covering many types of information ranging in importance depending on the industry. This could be general site data, i.e. the type of land, elevation, bedrock, and other surveyed information. It could be information taken from an interview regarding internet speed and satisfaction.

No matter the type collected, field data is invaluable to all members of an organization, especially mobile teams. Let’s take a look at the top 3 reasons why that is.

Field Data Streamlines Communication within Mobile Teams

An initial survey of the site and a checklist of materials helps mobile teams optimize their performance. This field data informs teams of when to perform a task, what type of machinery is needed, or which member of the team is best for this specific area.

Communication outside of mobile teams, like between teams and project managers or clients, is equally streamlined. Field data provided by mobile teams helps their employers and clients better understand the whys and hows of a job, which in turn improves general understanding and satisfaction.

Improving a Service through Mobile Team Field Data

Customer satisfaction is usually one of the leading motives for updates to a service. When mobile teams offer surveys or questionnaires to current customers or even people who refused service, that field data helps improve the product.

Maybe you can see where this is going. Field data collected leads motivates companies to improve a service. An improved service leads to happier customers and more customers. More customers lead to higher profits.

And there you have it, field data leading straight to profitability.

Mobile Teams Need Field Data to Understand Their Job

In the simplest of terms, modern and affective mobile teams need field data. Otherwise, they won’t understand the task at hand. Imagine showing up at a job site and knowing nothing of the location, the materials being used, the machinery needed, or the people you’re working with?

To understand the job and perform it with few errors, mobile teams absolutely need to collect field data to drive efficiency, do the job right, make happy customers and sell more. This is where Nrby thrives.