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.

What Is Actionable Data?

The term data has transformed from a word associated with big tech and scientific studies into something overwhelmingly encapsulating that we started putting adjectives in front of it. Big data. Field data. Actionable data.

We’ve covered field data and big data, so what exactly is actionable data? It can be broken up into two categories: direct and indirect.

Direct Actions on Data

You are most likely familiar with notifications by now on your smartphone. That is directly actionable data. You are notified of something and tapping on it performs some predefined action. Nrby uses notifications in exactly this way, speeding up user workflow with notifications.

Field data plays into directly actionable data, as well. Data that gets collected is used to directly adjust a service or product (in relation to customer satisfaction, in this case). Or collected data is used to signify next steps regarding a contract.

It’s important to note that direct action doesn’t imply immediacy. Data can be collected for months before being acted upon.

Automation uses direct actions on data as well, though it happens in the background, so we rarely pay attention to it. When a checklist is 100% completed, people involved can be automatically notified or the next series of actions can automatically take over.

Indirect Actions on Data

Making informed decisions based on data points are indirect actions performed on actionable data. While direct actions are usually applied immediately (but not always), indirect actions are rarely applied immediately.

Information about your team is collected over time: performance, quality, communication, attendance, etc. That is still actionable data, but you act indirectly on it. It’s used to create new strategies to improve overall team performance. Or initiate discussions with executives and colleagues.

This type of actionable data is used to paint a bigger picture, like company insight or improve decisions based on human involvement.

asset management softwareExample: Department of Public Works Capturing Actionable Data

  1. Agency Activities: Give multiple agencies the ability to collaborate on projects and asset management.
  2. Asset Management: Track location, maintenance and use of any municipality managed object.
  3. Construction Crews: Track construction projects and communicate freely with crews, agencies and citizens.
  4. Fleet Management: DPW‘s know where their fleet is located and track it’s preventative maintenance.
  5. Infrastructure Management: Empower citizens and DPW teams to identify infrastructure maintenance real time and assign technicians to fix with pre configured workflows. Example: potholes and damaged guardrails.
  6. Powerline Management: Track and maintain the entire powerline infrastructure. Assign appropriate workflows for preventative and reactive maintenance.
  7. Project Management: Assign assets and manpower to execute a projects. Stay on budget and save time.
  8. Safety Management: Notify citizens and town workforce of hazardous situations or inclement weather.
  9. Sewer Management: Track sewer upgrades and maintenance with real time assignments and workflows to assure quality control.
  10. Snow Management: Drive operational efficiency for snow removal with clear communication between the workforce and citizens.

Both direct and indirect actionable data are beneficial, but in order to act on it, you need to capture it and configure workflows that help your business save money and realize new revenue.

3 Ways to Use Nrby’s Site Survey Checklist

Site survey checklists are an ever-important tool in ensuring you’ve met the criteria of a job, especially as task lists or material amounts increase.

While the site survey checklist available with the Nrby platform  is completely configurable to match each site or job, you might still be wondering how to get the most out of it.

Wireless Site Survey Checklists Show Strategic Indicators

If you work in wireless, you know by now that the field is growing exponentially. Technology is always changing, there is a constant flow of updates consumers and manufacturers are all too eager to leap on.

In stating this, it gets difficult to keep track of which towers have which capabilities and cover which areas. There are a lot of questions that need answers, especially now that we all rely so heavily on mobile data.

Nrby’s site survey checklist lets you track model and part numbers, features/aspects, dates of installation, and much more. It even offers an at-a-glance look at the towers that are okay and ones that need work by color-coding them.

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For DPW‘s who work out in the field, you’re probably eager to know what’s left on your plate for the day. Our site survey checklists make it easy for all field workers to both record information and confirm task completion.

Nrby is dedicated to providing you with every opportunity towards continuous productivity. Knowing what’s been accomplished, automating your activity milestones, and providing up-to-date information about your worksite is invaluable.

Work as a Team for Rapid Completion

One of the best parts about Nrby when it comes to site survey checklists is its ability for collaboration.

In many industries, you aren’t working side-by-side with someone. With Nrby, you and your coworkers can all make updates to your site survey checklists without wasting time making extraneous communication.

Communication, collaborate, and complete your site work with efficiency and accuracy to lower operational expenses.

Do You Need a Fleet Maintenance App? Here’s How to Tell

Distributing your workforce across various sites implies your reliance on vehicles to transport them there. Part of what makes a mobile team so reliable is timeliness and punctuality.

Without a properly maintained fleet, your reliability score is eaten away, not to mention potential loss in revenue. So how do you know if you need a fleet maintenance app solution? Let’s look at the deciding factors.

Your Fleet Size

Larger fleets require more attention and more time. A fleet maintenance app is essential for keeping track of vehicles and their statuses. While it’s not impossible to check them through other methods (e.g. pen and paper, end-of-day reports, etc), it is time consuming.

Other methods also rely on accurate worker input later on in the day. With a fleet maintenance app, your team can instantly report the status. Being able to take these notes in the moment ensures the safety, timeliness, and reliability of your fleet and your team.

The Distance Your Fleet Travels

The range or distance your fleet travels also impacts your need for a fleet maintenance app.

We’ve already established that larger fleets, no matter the range, basically require a maintenance app. Smaller fleets are much more manageable without one, but if they travel long distances then using maintenance app is a great habit to get into.

The further your fleet travels, the more likely an issue will occur. It’s just the nature of traveling. If your team can make regular updates on each vehicle’s status, then it’s much easier to maintain them. You can more confidently send out vehicles and keep vehicles in for a checkup.

Fleet Maintenance SmartPins & Pre-Existing Workflows

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A Fleet Maintenance App Offers Complete Accountability

Easily keep track of maintenance, all in one app. Nrby’s fleet maintenance workflow is the easiest way to keep your fleet on the road and meeting timelines. It also keeps your employees accountable. There’s nothing to question when each activity on a vehicle is outlined chronologically per vehicle, per driver.

3 Ways Nrby Helps Cable and Telecom with Neighborhood Mapping

Being able to map out an area, pinpoint what needs to be done, what has been done, and what could be done in the future is an ability most companies benefit from. This is all too true for cable and telecom companies, whose goal is to reach every household and business with their service.

Both the cable industry and telecom industry benefit greatly from Nrby’s neighborhood mapping capabilities. Being able to open the Nrby app and see an entire area, whether it’s for planning potential expansion or tracking current installation projects, is invaluable.

Let’s look at the three best ways cable and telecom benefit from neighborhood tracking.neighborhood mapping

Infrastructure and Maintenance Neighborhood Mapping

First and foremost, mapping out your infrastructure throughout a neighborhood is essential if a company wants to know what their capabilities are in said area. Nrby lets you map what equipment is being used, which locations service is executing, and the details (e.g. speed, model numbers, etc.).

This type of neighborhood mapping lets you understand areas that may need upgrade, why certain homes are flagged for maintenance, and which locations you can scout out to sell your service to


Neighborhood Mapping for Installation Checklists

As an extension of infrastructure, your employees can use neighborhood mapping to run checklists on certain locations and equipment. This helps to ensure projects are completed thoroughly so no one wastes time or resources fixing an easily preventable mistake.

Furthermore, items on a checklist can later be flagged for repair or inspection. Again, neighborhood mapping in this form prevents unnecessary waste of resources by telling your employees exactly what needs to be repaired.

Improved Communication through Neighborhood Mapping

You can avoid hunting for information, prevent delays, and streamline your employees’ workflow through neighborhood mapping on Nrby. By pinpointing service locations, equipment locations, and anything else related to your cable or telecom business, you can assign an employee to a specific place with little effort.

Through the app, an employee can be assigned a task instantly (even automatically), know exactly where to go, and understand exactly what needs to be done. Your service team is streamlined and work can be performed more efficiently with better communication.