Inspire : Public Works Sept Oct 2014
43 FIELD TABLETS MUHUNTHAN PONNIAH STRATEGIC ASSET ENGINEER, QUEENSLAND URBAN UTILITIES, FORTITUDE VALLEY QLD, ASKS: I would like to know how many business/ utilities out there use tablets to capture the data/work orders for the ﬁeld crew/ contractors. 1. How do you dispatch the work to the ﬁeld crews from your call centre and what are the systems you use? 2. What is the operating system used in your tablets -- Android/IOS/ Windows? 3. Do you have the same operating system in the ofﬁce and for the tablet? 4. How much of GIS and Asset Management system functionalities [work] on your tablet and their interface capabilities? 5. How do you do redlining/editing the GIS data using the tablet, how does the data gets updated and what's the QA/QC process? JASON ERREY DIRECTOR, OEMG GLOBAL, BELLINGEN NSW We use the Handheld Algiz 10x for acquiring geophysical data. The conditions we work in are very harsh and the machines are well and truly tested. They are Mil spec regarding water ingress and dropping. We have issues with them, but we have found good support if you by-pass the Australian distributor and talk KNOWLEDGE CENTRE ASK YOUR MATES THE HOT TOPICS OF DISCUSSION ON THE IPWEA ONLINE FORUMS. JOIN THE DISCUSSION NOW AT www.ipwea.org/askyourmates ALSO UP FOR DISCUSSION • 75-degree parking • Manpower in workshop • Allowable impermeable surface per urban lot # directly to the manufacturer. Our re-seller has also been very helpful. The machine runs Windows 7 and has an on board GPS and cellular card. It is not as fancy an interface as an IPAD but, horses for courses. WARREN SHARPE DIRECTOR INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES, EUROBODALLA SHIRE COUNCIL, MORUYA NSW We have instigated in-ﬁeld technology in the past couple of years and now have 88 Androids in the ﬁeld regularly used by our teams and individual staff. [They are] relatively cheap to buy and in the main well cared for by our staff. Many have simple self-developed apps, which are cheap to develop and allow direct applicability to our own systems. We still have a long way to go as the uses desired are growing rapidly as the teams see the many beneﬁts of same. GAMINI DE SILVA WAKOOL SHIRE COUNCIL, MOULAMEIN NSW When rolling out a tablet solution to your workforce how do you know which direction to take? I believe that you should investigate into private sector asset management/data collection if you want value for money. I [have seen] many shires waste money by buying a Rolls Royce when they really need a mini moke. There is no 'one-size-ﬁts-all' magic solution. What is common to successful tablet choices? You need to talk with experienced professionals, manage the implementation, train users and importantly choose support because saving cents upfront will cost you big dollars soon in queuing for poor support. Choosing the right tablet is about much more than ﬁnding the cheapest device. Another issue is the Section 299 of the QLD Transport Operations (Road Use Management-Road Rules) Regulation 2009. It says that you cannot drive a vehicle with a visual display unit able to be seen by the driver when the car is being driven or is stopped but not parked. An exception to that is if the display unit is a "driver's aid", which includes "navigational or intelligent highway and vehicle system equipment".
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