Tracking A Breeze For NSW Agriculture
requirement to check over 25,000 assets in over 80
locations across NSW, including everything from a digital camera to a
it was essential that NSW Agriculture replace their slow, error-prone
paper-based system with one that would improve efficiencies and
have achieved by installing TIG International’s Asset Tracking Tool (ATT). Established
in 1890, NSW
is a modern and efficient State Government department
leading the world in agricultural research, extension, education and
and provides practical farm production solutions for profitable
a better environment.
Australia’s most productive agricultural state contributing
27 percent, or $7.7 billion, of Australia’s $28.8 billion
production and NSW Agriculture plays a vital role in this success. Headquartered in Orange
NSW Agriculture has
offices spread across regional and rural NSW.
Tracking assets, which move between
these offices, is a major task and
it was becoming increasingly obvious that their manual system was just
Agriculture are using TIG’s ATT system that
includes eight Symbol SPT1700 scanners that were chosen specifically
they are robust and able to cope with a diversity of environments. The result is dramatically
tracking that is entirely automated, takes less time and has reduced
incidence of unaccounted assets to the barest minimum.
“Once everyone has got
used the system we expect a 40%
efficiency improvement,” said Mr Adam Thomas, the Assets
Project Officer for
NSW Agriculture. “We’ve been really impressed with
the assistance TIG have
given us and with the quick uptake by our staff.”
refined the ATT system, sometimes on the fly, to
suit the specific requirements of NSW Agriculture making it quite
particularly when using multiple scanners at large sites.
each asset tracking
exercise, asset information is
downloaded from the SAP
R/3 system to the scanners.
They are then taken out into the field
so that the barcoded
assets can be scanned. If any barcode labels are damaged or missing,
number is entered into the system.
Also, any changes that may be required
can easily be entered on the
spot. When scanning has been completed, the information collected is
uploaded into the SAP
R/3 system via the ATT interface, and all the required
reporting is finalised.
Agriculture say the ATT system is improving all the time
as they continue to work closely with TIG in making adjustments.
Mr Brian McInnes, one of the
officers responsible for the
assets within his region, said “One of the research stations
recently to check on 1,600 assets is a big site and a lot of footwork
required to complete the job. It’s
great that we now don’t have to go back over ground already
covered and we’ve
saved at least two days work.”
this particular occasion only 12 assets were not
physically sighted and with further investigation we were able to
number to 5 which is the best result we’ve had in at least 5
published on the Automatic Data Capture Forum
(ADCA) Australian website (2002).