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A Tech-Centric Guide to Asset Management

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Asset management can be a challenge for many businesses across a broad range of industries. There is a lot involved in ensuring assets are properly managed for maximum performance and longevity.

There is constant monitoring, inspections, servicing and maintenance to ensure they are running optimally and won’t fail prematurely. There is the development of asset lists to ensure the right equipment for the job is being deployed. Plus, it is vital to monitor trends and new technologies as they come onto the market so you can upgrade and keep your asset list at the cutting edge.

Many challenges face managers with asset management, including choosing the right assets that meet specific requirements, reducing downtime that can occur when assets fail, knowing when to replace assets and what the best replacement options are and keeping costs under budget.

Fortunately, asset management software and other technology-driven solutions are making the task of asset management simpler in the modern age. Here are some of the leading software and technologies that can improve asset management across a wide range of industries.

The Internet of Things (IoT) And The Use Of Sensors

The Internet of Things (IoT) has been a game-changer across various industries. By using sensors and connecting physical devices that haven’t traditionally been connected to the internet, businesses can access data that was not achievable in the past.

IoT technology is already being used in asset management and by 2025, it is predicted that there will be almost 40 billion IoT devices installed globally. These IoT solutions can alert managers when a device is about to fail, is not running optimally, or is due for a service. With this technology, you don’t have to wait until an asset fails – you can get alerts and repair or replace them ahead of time.

Asset Management Software

This software takes the hassle and guesswork out of asset management, providing a detailed, real-time view of all assets across all job sites with detailed analytics. This includes all of your tools, vehicles, machinery, equipment – and even people. Asset management software provides a digital map of all of your physical objects, delivering a range of benefits, including:

  • Asset location: Many businesses have thousands of assets, so it is possible for them to become lost, or even stolen. This is important because lost assets are costing Australian businesses $4.3 billion every year. Asset management software ensures you can immediately locate an asset or detect when it has gone missing from a job site.
  • Monitor asset condition: As previously discussed, this software can alert management to problems with assets or when servicing is required. It can also deliver real-time information on when assets have become damaged during operation so it can minimise downtime.
  • Develop efficiencies: Using this software, you can see how far assets travel. Using this information you can improve operations and reduce the need for assets to be moved long distances without need, also reducing wear and tear.
  • Improve compliance: Safety is vital for every workplace and digital asset management software will ensure internal and external compliance standards are being adhered to. Deloitte research showed that around half of all asset managers experience challenges in enhancing systems and processes to meet regulatory compliance.
  • Simplify auditing: Having access to an immediate digital dashboard of all your assets and the associated data will significantly reduce the hassle involved in the auditing process.

Through the combination of physical asset management technologies like sensors and advanced asset management software, it is possible to achieve much greater efficiencies, cost savings, services for customers and safe operations for all staff – making them essential for modern asset management.