Grit bin management has traditionally been complex and costly. We have worked alongside some major authorities to develop a system that reduces wastage and minimises the risk of a claim against the council. The result has been a high speed mix of Android and iOS technology with Ordnance Survey and local authority data.
Wireless handheld devices are used by teams to record bins in need of repair and/or filling and work packages are allocated wirelessly to teams out on the road. Carbon emissions are reduced as work can be planned more strategically resulting in fewer journeys and lower fuel costs.
The software allows inspection criteria to be tailored to the asset e.g. grit bin and data can be captured using voice, video and photo whilst GIS/GPS is used to ensure accuracy of location. Digital connectivity means that teams can share inspection details immediately and patterns of usage can be tracked and analysed ready to be incorporated into future years planning.
Details of asset ownership and management agreements are also recordable; this is of particular relevance for grit bins. Unlike most highways assets the responsibility for funding, installation, maintenance and filling of grit bins can be divided amongst Parish, District/Borough and County councils. The creation of a historic data record is of real added value when managing assets with multiple authority involvement.