Communicated Content – The 2020s are becoming a golden age for technology in many ways. Corporations and governments are leveraging the power of sophisticated AI (artificial intelligence) programs to solve massive problems. Still, they’re also using ordinary tech-related devices and systems to address everyday management situations like on-site security, fleet management, asset tracking, inventory control, and scheduling. Here are some of the most popular ways modern companies use technology to deal with traditional challenges.
Building & Grounds Security
For decades, security has been a top concern for business owners who want to protect their assets. The good news is that the price of high-end security devices has come down significantly in recent years. Today, even small companies can afford to install high-definition perimeter cameras, motion-activated lighting, smart locks, and sophisticated alarms. And with cyberattacks on an upswing, affordable cybersecurity is available as well.
Managed Transport Fleets
Owners in the transport sector understand how essential it is to follow many rules, laws, guidelines, and industry ethical standards that are part of their chosen field. Moving vast amounts of cargo across highways means abiding by speed limits, weight standards, hours of service rules, and dozens of other strict laws that govern virtually everything that moves via truck. HOS rules are among the most complicated. They dictate how long drivers can remain behind the wheel on a given shift, how often to take rest stops, how many hours per week they can work, and the availability of proper sleeping compartments.
Ignorance of the law in this one area, not to mention many others, can mean heavy fines, revoked operators’ licenses, and criminal penalties in extreme cases. What’s the answer? For competent fleet managers, the solution is a high-quality ELD (electronic logging device) system on every vehicle. It’s important to stay current on the most recent rules and learn about ELDs. The devices are modern-day miracle workers because they help fleets remain in full compliance with critical regulations and maintain a documented record of every trip.
Automated inventory control was nothing more than a dream for most of the twentieth century. Now, well into the 2020s, what used to be a massive challenge for corporations is almost 100 percent computerized. Real-time inventory in the retail industry, for example, uses innovative software to place orders for items when necessary, tracks sales trends, and alerts managers to possible pilferage of stock.
Simple GPS devices and similar tracking technology help businesses keep tabs on the location of all valuable assets. Tagging computers, vehicles, appliances, furniture, file cabinets, and anything else makes locating lost items a simple chore. Lost and misplaced assets were once a significant problem for mid-sized and large corporations. Today that’s not so. Anything of value has an indelible tracking tag or GPS band to prevent loss.
For larger organizations that employ many workers, one of the most time-consuming tasks is keeping track of everyone’s hours, accumulated over time, earned vacation, and shifts worked. Fortunately, the latest time-card programs can do it if installed and set up correctly. Some use high-end identification techniques like facial recognition and other biometric data to defeat fraud.