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With winter right around the corner, is your public works team ready? Read how the Internet of Things can take your processes to the next level.

Icy roads, power outages, frozen pipes – winter is right around the corner, and with it are all the challenges that you’ll face in your public works departments. Whether you’re managing a fleet of snow plows or working to make sure your generators are prepared, it’s never been more important to make sure that your operations are moving smoothly. But many of us are still stuck in a reactive maintenance rut. However, when you’ve got to address the needs of your citizens at critical times, can you afford to be unprepared? If you’re already worn out reactive work (not to mention understaffed), how can you respond on time?

Many industries are starting to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT) and it’s no surprise that, with all of the moving parts and data in today’s public works departments, government organizations are among them. So how can IoT benefit you, your citizens and your team this winter?

Why IoT?

Smart homes, smart phones, smart cars – the Internet of Things, or simply “IoT,” seems to be everywhere. IoT is a popular buzz phrase, but what it really refers to is the way devices that are connected to each other, often via the Internet, work together or communicate in some way without any manual labor from people. In short: IoT is all about being connected in easier, simpler ways.

With IoT, maintenance teams are freed up from manual input, leaving more time in the day to focus on bigger projects. Additional benefits include:

  • Increased visibility
  • Enhanced reporting with real-time data
  • Optimized maintenance and operations management

We’ve talked about preventive maintenance (PM) before and its value for local government. While you should still perform PM, one of the most valuable improvements you can make in your routine is predictive maintenance. Predictive maintenance (PdM) takes your maintenance routine one step further by not only keeping your work proactive, but also anticipating when something will fail or break.

So, for example: If there’s a problem with a transformer somewhere late at night, PdM can detect warning signs of a possible outage and send a notification to you before that area loses power. Instead of only doing preventive work to prevent future failure (which is still important), PdM analyzes historical data and real-time information so you capture a more detailed picture of your assets’ working lives. This process also minimizes downtime as you can capture information while equipment is running.

Predictive Maintenance and Your CMMS

If you don’t have a CMMS yet, it’s essential to have one to ensure the success of your PdM program. A CMMS, like Dude Solutions’ Asset EssentialsTM, is invaluable to making it all work for any public works department. PdM with a CMMS helps you in four major ways:

  1. Advanced Workflows – CMMS capabilities can be configured for automated workflows, such as email notification triggers, to tackle any problems that are detected in real time
  2. Automated, Detailed Reporting – With real time data, you’ll get the most accurate information on your assets at all times. A good CMMS solution can then take that data and create detailed, easy to read reports.
  3. Accurate Capital Forecasting – By predicting when a piece of equipment will fail or reach the end of its useful life, you can then accurately project those expenses into your budget
  4. Information on the Go – In addition to sensor monitoring, many CMMS providers also have mobile apps with all the functionality as the desktop versions

To learn more about how Asset Essentials takes your operations to the next level, contact us today!

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