FMC can support a broad range of field-based activities and is used in many applications across industry including:
Utilities and transport networks use FMC for field-based asset inspections. Inspectors rely on its ‘occasionally connected’ capabilities in remote or built-up areas where communications are not always reliable. When connected, inspectors automatically receive new work orders and associated data and can upload completed work and photos. Software and reference data upgrades are managed centrally and deployed to inspectors in the field.
Clients can view upcoming inspection work, split, combine or redistribute work as needed, drip feed the work to multiple contractors and manage the whole inspection life cycle. Different contractors can work on the same asset at the same time, but information specific to each contractor – such as works completed and billing information – is always kept secure.
Full random auditing of completed work allows clients to measure contractors’ performance and evaluate pay rates, while contractors can use the solution to generate invoices without accessing the client’s core systems.
FMC supports field-based asset capture initiatives and works over large geographic areas or in smaller localised asset networks.
FMC is configured to perfectly replicate paper-based asset capture forms on a hand held device. Validation of data at point of entry ensures that information from the field is correct first time, every time and does not have to be checked again by another resource.
With FMC, information on any field asset can be captured and data is seamlessly transferred to corporate systems.
Defect and Maintenance Management
FMC solutions are used by utilities and transport networks to enable auditors to trace, log and manage defects during new construction works. It provides full traceability of all activities for audit purposes – ‘who did what when’ information to support construction completion targets and to analyse contractor performance.
FMC enables rapid transfer of audit information between field staff and contractors, streamlining the auditing process and realising efficiency gains. Staff can work in ‘unconnected mode’ in remote locations or in built-up areas where communication coverage is poor without impacting on workflows and data integrity.
FMC includes map-based visualisation in both office and field environments to give office users a comprehensive overview of activities across all construction sites and to assist in navigation to worksites and assets.
Meter Reading and Meter Replacement
FMC supports both meter reading and meter replacement initiatives.
It can read any meter type and allows the integration of electricity, gas and water meter reading in one solution. It provides full traceability of meter reading activities, allowing meter readers to share vital information such as the presence of hazards at certain sites.
FMC also supports meter replacement initiatives such as smart meter rollouts. It supports the multiple workflows needed to result in a successful meter replacement at each customer site. These include workflows to manage customer notifications of meter replacements in line with regulatory requirements, as well as workflows to manage multiple site visits and multiple contractors undertaking meter replacement work. FMC also includes the ability to photograph and record information on any hazards encountered at customer sites that can prevent or delay meter replacement, and tracks and validates each new meter installed through an inbuilt barcode scanner.
FMC is used to manage the full lifecycle of vegetation management from planning through to cutting and for auditing completed work.
With FMC, clients can assign different tasks or work areas to their cutting contractors who in turn can dispatch tasks to field staff, while managing all work centrally. Different work areas are assigned to different contractors who use the system to track all work undertaken and generate invoices.
FMC also provides the analysis, statistics and accountability needed to satisfy regulations and other government requirements.