Service Spotlight: Asset Status Part 1: Introduction

Your company has assets that come in all shapes and sizes; some have a measurable usage, type like mileage on vehicles, and some, like a restaurant’s pressure cookers, don’t.  Asset Status is a flexible way to keep track of them all, as well as performing inspections (with pictures!) and managing those too.  Not only that, you can generate a customized statistical report to check your usages per month (broken down by day) or by year (broken down by month).

It gets better: you can put QR codes on your assets which, when scanned, will take you directly to that asset’s inspection page!

As you can see from the image above, there are three main features within Asset Status, ordered by how frequently you will use each on under normal circumstances:

  1. Status Control
    • Report inspections including usage, damage, pictures, etc.
  2. Usage Statistics
    • Generate statistics based on usage type or asset(s) on a monthly or yearly basis.
  3. Setup
    • Add new assets to track.

However, in this Service Spotlight, we are going to look at each one in the order you will use them the first time, when you are setting things up:

  1. Setup.
  2. Status Control.
  3. Usage Statistics. 

The idea is that first you will have to set up your assets before you can use the other two features, and you won’t have any statistics until you have reported on your assets.

 

Kim Bjereld is the developer who designed and brought this service to life, so I asked him a few questions about Asset Status:

Creator Interview: Kim Bjereld

 

 

What problem led you to create Asset Status as a solution?

KB: We received a question from a company if we had a service that digitized the process of daily inspections and presented the usage of various types of assets.  However, at that point in time we didn’t have a service that met their underlying requirements; saying no was not an option, so we set out to develop the requested service.  

 

What were your guiding principles when you were creating it?

KB: Since I developed the service in speculation, it was important to only focus on the core requirements that were given (directly or indirectly), so I could maximize the result of the development of the service while keeping the actual hours to a minimum. 

One of the key features was to be able to support an unlimited number of types of assets.  Another key feature was to enable each asset to have its own custom usage type. 

The process for logging the daily inspections was to be as easy as possible for the operators.  By installing specific QR-codes on the assets, the QR-codes would act as bridges between the physical assets and their corresponding inspection form.  Therefore, by scanning the QR-codes the operators go directly to the inspection form, and then they simply select the current status and the usage before submitting the form. 

Moreover, the status and the inspection log was supposed to be possible to view for each asset, and also the statistics of the usage was to be displayed based on a user-defined group of assets. 

 

What conceptual challenges arose as you were creating Asset Status? 

KB: As with most IT-projects, the requirements and the scope were constantly fluctuating during the project. From the very beginning the scope was to only develop a service that digitizes the process of daily inspections. 

As the development progressed, the requirement to be able to present the usage of various types of assets over time was included, which also changed the scope of the project. 

 

What is the history of Asset Status? 

KB: Asset Status is a new service, so there is not much to mention regarding the history of Asset Status itself. However, we have a similar service called Asset Control which has been out for a couple of years.  They are similar in many ways, but Asset Status is a service that’s better suited for companies that seek a way to digitize the process of daily inspections and present the usage of various types of assets.  

You could say that Asset Status is an evolution of Asset Control (which is now deprecated). Asset Status is a much more flexible service, allowing an unlimited amount of custom asset types. It also allows for each asset to have a completely customized usage type; it’s even possible to specify not to collect usage at all. None of that was possible before. 

 

Would you rather fight a horse-sized duck, or a hundred duck-sized horses (without weapons)? 

KB: Wow! Based on my allergies I normally would stay away from horses.  But if it is pure survival, I think I would be able to handle the allergy symptoms.

I’d choose a hundred duck-sized horses, and here is what I would do:

First I’d collect as much water as possible and then position myself on a high position where the horses can’t reach me.  Then I would let time be my weapon.  After three to four days, the horses’ organs will begin to shut down… and since I have water I will survive and the horses will eventually die.  I will then be hungry as hell, but alive!

Service Spotlight: Asset Status - Jump to other pages within this Spotlight:

  1. Introduction
  2. Setup
  3. Status Control
  4. Usage Statistics