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Fusing Drones And Software, A Killer Combo To Manage Assets

New technology is allowing firms and governments to maintain, check and optimize assets and operations at minimal costs.

Drones will reshape the future of enterprise asset management.
Drones will reshape the future of enterprise asset management.
Rubén Belluomo

SANTIAGO — If your work has anything to do with using technology to provide more intelligent and efficient services, then now is the best time to be working in the public sector. A mix of disruptive systems and services that include the cloud, big data, analytics and drones are changing the public-sector workplace like never before.

The existing options and possibilities would have been unimaginable five years ago, and are already becoming basic work tools. This is a moment of innovative technologies evolving together at an unprecedented rate. At the heart of this transition is the IT column in any budget that gives organizations visibility, transparency, digital security and operational control to monitor big departments and functions, make full use of existing assets, and provide citizens with the high-quality services they expect.

In recent years, government agencies have become increasingly familiar with Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) or managing physical assets with a system that includes a database of all physical and financial data relating to those assets. This means barcode IDs for all assets, and extensive use of mobile technology in field auditing for day-to-day maintenance.

An example is the city of New York, which has about one million buildings, some 2.7 million vehicles entering it daily and an infinite amount of minor tools and devices in its inventory, all managed by EAM software. Efficiency in public sector operations has never been so important, with a need to optimize each asset to maximize its utility, anticipate flaws and minimize delays.

That is why EAM software is being transferred to the cloud, to make better use of its potential for optimizing operations on a slim budget. The cloud also ends the era of local modifications, freeing "on premise" technology equipment to devote itself to more specific areas.

Cloud-based EAM is the glue that keeps all this together. The system identifies, follows and analyzes the organization's physical assets and proposes planning and decision-making tools needed to optimize their performance. By generating precise maintenance programs that minimize unexpected halts, EAM maximizes operational efficiency and ensures the best use of the workforce and materials at hand. Adding to it the Internet of Things, one may create a web that covers all critical systems and can foresee maintenance and repair needs before they appear.

Drones provide a 360-degree view of assets, literally.

The latest technology is a powerful synergy of EAM software and drones. An organization's installations and assets can be on land, at sea or in the air, and particularly in difficult and even dangerous locations or those barely accessible by road. Maintenance operations may often depend on older equipment and devices that are costly and difficult to transport.

Drones provide a 360-degree view of assets, literally — and offer essential data that allow planning for the efficient management of physical assets. With trains, shipyards, planes and pipes, and buildings or bridges, the synergy of drones and EAM helps improve inspection procedures, boosts the assets' performance and helps ensure that work norms are met.

There are two points the cloud and drones share, namely that both emerged fast and are becoming essential tools for the public sector. If your organization faces the short-term challenge of providing a top-level service in managing infrastructures on a limited budget, the first step is to optimize management of assets under your control. And that means using cutting-edge technology.

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FOCUS: Russia-Ukraine War

A Profound And Simple Reason That Negotiations Are Not An Option For Ukraine

The escalation of war in the Middle East and the stagnation of the Ukrainian counteroffensive have left many leaders in the West, who once supported Ukraine unequivocally, to look toward ceasefire talks with Russia. For Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Piotr Andrusieczko argues that Ukraine simply cannot afford this.

Photo of Ukrainian soldiers in winter gear, marching behind a tank in a snowy landscape

Ukrainian soldiers ploughing through the snow on the frontlines

Volodymyr Zelensky's official Facebook account
Piotr Andrusieczko


KYIVUkraine is fighting for its very existence, and the war will not end soon. What should be done in the face of this reality? How can Kyiv regain its advantage on the front lines?

It's hard to deny that pessimism has been spreading among supporters of the Ukrainian cause, with some even predicting ultimate defeat for Kyiv. It's difficult to agree with this, considering how this war began and what was at stake. Yes, Ukraine has not won yet, but Ukrainians have no choice for now but to continue fighting.

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These assessments are the result of statements by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, General Valeriy Zaluzhnyi, and an interview with him in the British weekly The Economist, where the General analyzes the causes of failures on the front, notes the transition of the war to the positional phase, and, critically, evaluates the prospects and possibilities of breaking the deadlock.

Earlier, an article appeared in the American weekly TIME analyzing the challenges facing President Volodymyr Zelensky. His responses indicate that he is disappointed with the attitude of Western partners, and at the same time remains so determined that, somewhat lying to himself, he unequivocally believes in victory.

Combined, these two publications sparked discussions about the future course of the conflict and whether Ukraine can win at all.

Some people outright predict that what has been known from the beginning will happen: Russia will ultimately win, and Ukraine has already failed.

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