Agriculture is one of Australia’s biggest exports and production fields. Latest estimates put farms as covering ~60% of Australia’s total landmass with a variation in types and climates; showing the significant role it has in Australian society. With shifting environments, both natural and within the industry, the future of farming lies in embracing new technologies and enhancing the technology currently available. New tools and machinery require documentation, certification and regular inspection, with government and industry regulations constantly changing. Printed paper inspection checklists do not represent a solution that can keep pace with modernisation; modern inspection solutions are needed for modern times. Paperless agriculture inspections can benefit from shifting to implementing mobile devices. Digital inspection checklists represent a powerful tool for users. Their plethora of features and abilities are giving inspectors benefits that were difficult, time-consuming and sometimes impossible to obtain with printed methods.
Paperless agriculture inspections can take advantage of quick and easy customizable checklists, online syncing of data and in-depth analysis. This works for pre-start checks for machinery, as well as certification and quality assurance. Inspectors in the field can gather data and instantly send it back to the database, without having to travel extensive lengths to coordinate records. This also cuts out the cumbersome storage of large inspection volumes, which can be compressed to In-house or cloud based solutions. The rewards of going paperless are plentiful.
Specific benefits of paperless agriculture inspections:
Many tools and equipment require the aid of manuals, guidance and regulations during inspection. Contemporary inspection software lets any kind of material be attached to checklists such as drawings, photos, documents and PDFs.
This enables inspections to be done onsite; as agriculture land spans the majority of Australia, a stable internet connection isn’t always guaranteed. Offline mode allows recording of all data and quick and easy sync once an internet connection is established.
Tracking and GPS stamps:
With Australia’s farmland spread across 61% of the country, variation in condition and climate can affect the equipment and inspections. Accurate GPS timestamps allows users to record the positioning and time of the inspection for analysis.
Paperless solutions are there to streamline the inspection/assessment/data collection processes, meaning better kept machinery and happier farmers.