GPS technology is conventionally looked at as method to help us get from one location to another as quickly as possible. We see this in apps like Apple maps, Google Maps, and Waze. Other uses like the iPhone app ‘Find Friends’, focus on using GPS as a safety-first solution, allowing app users to know where their friends or family are at any given time.
When broken down to its most simplistic form, GPS technology gives us two things: a specific location and time at location. When this concept becomes added to the realm of IoT (internet of things), a world of new possibilities becomes realized. Some may think this technology is far more complex than they understand or need. Although the backend development of such technologies is complex, turning it into something useful is quite simple. It is simple because it works on the basis of the first two components of GPS technology: a specific location and a time at location. This general premise is how FAIRWAYiQ thought to turn GPS technology into a useful IoT product for Superintendents.
The key value components found in FAIRWAYiQ are 1.) equipment diagnostics and; 2.) employee task times. GPS location does allow Superintendents to know where their employees are at any given time but is thought of as a secondary benefit mainly because Superintendents are not staring at a computer screen all day.
Sensors that are attached to equipment units act as a traditional hour meter. FAIRWAYiQ’s generation 1 sensors can act, in ways, similar to that of a Toro or John Deere hour meter. The difference? The difference that separates a FAIRWAYiQ sensor is how it derives to better information, ultimately driving better decision making for mechanics and equipment managers. FAIRWAYiQ’s integration with taskTracker is creating alerts for mechanics to mark appropriate and timely equipment inspections and part changes.
- Where are equipment diagnostics heading?
CANBus Tier 4 Sensors. The generation 2 CANBus sensors are an evolution of the FAIRWAYiQ generation 1 sensors. These sensors will give Superintendents, equipment managers, and mechanics the ability to know:
- Equipment Fault Codes
- PTO On/Off
- Fuel Usage
- Key On/Off
Knowing this information is aimed to reduce and minimize equipment downtime. FAIRWAYiQ’s beta diagnostic screen of CANBus sensors can be seen here:
Employee Task Time and Labor Management
Labor costs are typically the largest line item in a Superintendents budget and it’s the reason Superintendents find it difficult to have meaningful conversations with their boards, owners, and/or committees. Generally speaking, these groups have little insight to the day-to-day operations of maintaining the property which can cause disconnect on the part of the group and Superintendents.
Meanwhile, Superintendents are continuously trying to find ways to do more with less. Even if committees and owners weren’t expecting this, Superintendents seem to be wired to be as resourceful as possible. A great value that GPS technology has brought to Superintendents is knowing exactly how long tasks are taking to complete vs. what the estimated task time ought to be. Here in lies the genius of efficiency—uncovering what tasks are being completed more efficiently than other with regard to completion time. Here is FAIRWAYiQ’s task tab with real-time information directly from a day’s task, including operator and transport time between tasks:
As we can see—there’s excess time of 1 hour and 42 minutes. If were to be the average of, let’s say, all employees mowing fairways, it’s safe to presume that we can set this task to 3 hours and 45 minutes and repurpose the additional hours to beautifying the properties in other ways.
Reports, such as the one below generated through taskTracker, are able to generate to give Superintendents a clean overview of their daily operations in aggregate form. It also allows them to have better conversations with owners and committee members alike.
GPS Location: Restricted Locations
Another benefit of knowing where people are out on the property is to be sure that they are being respectful of restricted areas. There are always parts of a course that need to be handled more delicately and its effective to have visibility into these areas. Here’s an example of FAIRWAYiQ’s system showing equipment units on the property and the geofenced locations that mark the property:
In FAIRWAYiQ, Superintendents are able to set alerts and be notified when equipment units are in areas that are considered restricted. In other words, your crew will get the hint very quickly to stay out of areas they’re not supposed to be in.
These are several of the key value components that GPS technology is having in golf. FAIRWAYiQ’s partnership with taskTracker has been a critical piece in contextualizing real-time information to the daily operations of Superintendents in order to make useful changes. The next component for FAIRWAYiQ and taskTracker will be to recognize working patterns and automate efficient suggestions based on backend algorithms.
For more information on the EliteiQ integration between FAIRWAYiQ and taskTracker, please visit here: EliteiQ by FAIRWAYiQ & taskTracker