Digital Australian Standards checklist on smartphones is now possible thanks to the continuous upgrades in mobile technology. This had enabled workers to perform numerous tasks and activities more efficiently by providing them the mobility to access important documents whenever needed while in the field.
Australian standards and regulations are continuously being introduced and updated to ensure businesses are operating safely and efficiently. Digital checklists allow users to simply add newer versions of standards and regulations to ensure they are abiding by the latest updates and are able to access them while in the work. Only a number of years ago it was simply unachievable for business to work digitally and access numerous important documents. An indication of the pervasiveness of mobile devices in the field can be gauged from the fact that in late 2013 the sales of smartphones exceeded the sales of conventional cell phones for the first time. In the current market, the majority of mobile devices have the ability to harness powerful tools that can dramatically assist businesses in their operations. Mobile device applications deliver functionalities such as enabling the user to list information required by Australian Standards to perform the periodic inspection, adjustment and testing of existing equipment comprising of safety gear, ropes, rails, governor and oil buffer, including questionnaires, possible results/outcomes, acceptable threshold values (for collecting field data), etc. Mobile software also allows the user to adjust the checklist and related information or develop their custom own checklists.
Some of the benefits of using a mobile application to automate any Australian Standard include improving efficiencies, minimising unnecessary administrative tasks and data entry; increasing productivity and profitability, enabling effective completion of tasks, simplifying repeatable tasks and providing staff with easy to use tools that focus on performing tasks; incorporating mechanisms to focus on exceptions and ensure proper execution of tasks, including automatic listing of activities, reminders, alerts, escalation procedures, and easy access to information; and improving controls and accountability, leading to better quality of work. Easy to use navigation capabilities and quick access to information, allowing service personnel to enter information as much as needed, automatically transferring data from the mobile device to the relevant stakeholders without the need for further data entry or ‘manual’ data reformulation, automatically using the camera to take pictures, and converting speech to text are some of the functionalities required in a mobile device. Digital Australian Standards Checklist provide dramatically improve performance and efficiency for service personnel.