Dad, where's my iPod?
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Today's blog entry comes from Steve Lee.
Dad, where's my iPod? These words never fail to make my eyes roll. Like other households, our family lives an incredibly hectic life, juggling school, work, homework, dance practice... not to mention (oh yeah), cooking and cleaning. Our ability to keep on a schedule, pace efficiently throughout the day, and minimize disruptions allows us to keep up with the demands of life. Sound familiar?
Each person in our family has one or two things that ALWAYS goes missing. For me, it's my darn wallet and keys (I'll bet I'm not the only guy out there). For one of my daughters - it's her iPod and sneakers. SNEAKERS!!!! How about you and your family? Then ask, how much time do you waste looking for those items your family frequently misplaces? Add up that time over a whole month and what are the potential time savings if you didn't have to go on the periodic scavenger hunt. One hour? Two hours? More? It adds up... fast.
Businesses (like your family) require their assets (maybe YOUR daughter's sneakers) to be readily available and in good condition. If one of those two conditions are not met, that could lead to a chain of bad events. In my family, that's missing the school bus, then having to drive the kids to school, which wastes gas, increases frustration levels, etc. And hospitals, in fact, misplace 20% of their assets every year! They cannot afford this downtime because when a patient needs a gurney or infusion pump now, that means NOW. As a result, hospitals tend to over purchase equipment with the expectation that some will go missing. Am I going to buy an extra iPod for my kid? No way. That makes no fiscal sense.
Wouldn't it be nice to know where your high dollar, critical assets are, at all times? In a hospital environment, wouldn't it be great to protect those assets and prevent them "walking out the door"? And in that same hospital, if an asset required maintenance, wouldn't it be great if the technician can locate that asset immediately, repair/calibrate it, and put it back into service as quick as possible? By the way, one of our healthcare clients said that, occasionally, it takes more time for their technicians to LOCATE an asset than to FIX it. Wow.
I've used infusion pumps, iPods, gurneys, and sneakers to illustrate the point that real time asset location offers tremendous time and cost savings. This scenario also applies to other industries, too. Manufacturing assets (such as tools), transportation (such as container freight), and the list goes on. Think outside the box and come up with some other scenarios. Here's one... a movie production company wants to track assets in their studio - props, costumes, carts. Cool!
A smarter planet is enabled by smarter assets - assets that can tell us where they are, what condition they are in, thus allowing us to make smarter decisions. IBM Real Time Asset Locator IBM Real Time Asset Locator gets us one step closer to the goal of building a Smarter Planet.