In any large-scale utility operation, there are complex remote facilities that have to be serviced. Of course there are other, non-utility businesses with the same issue, but it’s particularly a concern for power systems with their substations, gas pipelines, pumping systems, etc.
Keeping track of crews that are out servicing these facilities can be an important function. Why? Safety? Sure. But sometimes it is a simple matter of knowing who is where so that someone near a given location can be quickly dispatched.
So, how do organizations deal with this? By phone or radio. Generally, some system coordinator will take calls from crews as they check-in and check-out of remote facilities. The coordinator may keep a notepad and update it as the crews contact them.
There has to be a better way, right? Right.
LogBook OnSite was created for this exact scenario.
Even today, data networks aren’t always available in remote locations, but cell coverage for SMS text messaging is. So, while an “app-for-that” wouldn’t necessarily work, texting generally does.
With LogBook OnSite it’s extremely easy to keep record of who is where in the field. Each location gets a code (e.g., 1234 is Substation 1, 2345 is Substation 2, etc.). Checking into or out of the location is a simple as texting the location code to a certain telephone number. Checking out is as simple as texting “O” or “Out” to the same number.
With that simple act, LogBook OnSite maintains a dashboard of your sites and who is where. Further, your crews can easily communicate status by texting messages. The system coordinator (or others) can easily message the crews, as well, right from the dashboard.
The result? Sanity. Simplicity. Efficiency.