Today, many applications are purely based on Geo location technology. Similarly, a number of new technologies have emerged increasing the demand for mobile applications leading to a considerable amount of new updates and innovations that have raised the expectations from apps.
Mobile applications have given a boost to geolocation technology that is giving every organisation an opportunity to grow with it. Integrating geolocation in mobile apps has given rise to location based services in the market.
Let us take a look at the importance of Geolocation:-
Geolocation is a feature that helps in determining and identifying the exact location of a device such a smartphone, tablet, laptop etc. It shows the location of a user based on the IP address or the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) of a person’s smartphone. It works similar to a GPS system used in a car.
For example- you can book a cab from your mobile through an app and even track the location and distance.
What about enterprises? Firstly, cloud computing has transformed companies by allowing employees to be mobile while staying connected to the office. Now, with geolocation services, it is only furthering the transformation for companies, especially in field services. Field services are best understood as technicians or equipment related personnel but it can be extended to the oil & gas industry, mines, pipeline industry and much more.
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With geolocation, the field service sector will become an industry with a cutting edge. The best ways in which geolocation will be put to use in an enterprise are:-
Real time tracking and display of tech location and status:
Field services managers can identify each employee’s location and analyze his work based on the movement and suggest further steps. This helps senior management assign and re assign jobs based on the progress of the project and technician’s proximity. It helps in quick decision making.
Management can infer any delays and limited availability. They can perform real time scheduling, rebalancing, and optimization.
Tech performance tracking:
Location tracking helps management in assessing the performance of the field user. Additionally, the management knows the progress report of each employee and the project. They have prior information about the timeline of the project based on the location of the field employee.
Stay connected with the field users:
When in the field, the employee may need more assistance or supply of parts. Geolocation will show the other employees nearest to that location for assistance.
Geolocation coupled with cloud services will benefit the customer as well. The field employees can transfer real time field data to the management or if the field employee is in a no network area. In such cases, the data is stored in a local server which will automatically be uploaded when the network is retrieved.
Safety and security:
Research by the National Safety Council (June 2016) indicates that a third of American workers believe that their employers prioritize productivity over safety. The research goes on to say that those in high-risk jobs are often afraid to report safety-related issues.
Employee safety is one of the most important aspects of incorporating geolocation enabled application for the organization. Geolocation helps the management in sending and receiving any safety alerts real time. It prevents any injuries from happening.
Geolocation technology is one of the few technologies that is making its mark in enterprises and helping companies rethink field work. What are the developments you are looking for? Let us know in the comments section below.