Enterprise asset management (EAM) represents a complex feat, requiring coordinated labor resources and inventory systems to keep assets in good working condition. Traditional paper work orders, spreadsheets and other manual processes simply don’t make the cut any longer. Among other issues, they can be time-consuming, error-prone and lead to incomplete information.

The scale of industrial data management has utterly changed, too — research from Ericsson shows that the average smart factory now generates 1 petabyte (1,000 gigabytes) of data daily. Adopting a digital asset management strategy can lower equipment downtime, increase labor utilization and reduce inventory needs.

So why haven’t more organizations moved to digital asset management?

In the past, device reliability, durability, security and ongoing management concerns have made IT decision makers tepid about jumping into digital asset management. Additionally, because asset management is not customer-facing, many IT departments have put mobilizing asset management as a lower priority on their digital transformation to-do list.

However, given the potential of a digital asset management strategy to make significant improvements in labor utilization, reduce equipment downtime and slash inventory, it’s time for organizations to consider making the shift sooner rather than later.

Here are some of the most important benefits mobile devices create for the enterprise asset management space:

1) Easy and Accurate Data Capture

Because mobile devices can be used at the point of performance, they enable organizations to capture and access information across all their facilities in real-time. Mobile devices with support for glove mode, a stylus for precision, and a high-resolution camera for scanning or image capture improve data entry.

Benefits of this approach include a mobile-friendly form factor, which allows employees to enter information about the work performed while still on-site, reducing errors and better-capturing information. In addition, workers can leverage real-time access to parts inventory and the ability to order parts directly from the device, which saves time by reducing the need to sift through order forms at a desk later.

2) Mobile Tools Enable Productivity

Equipped with precision tracking tools, a device like the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 can run third-party apps that enable easier, faster inspection and deployment. The ability to access Internet of Things (IoT) data from assets and utilize that data for predictive maintenance and troubleshooting drives better organization and more efficient management.

While some enterprises access their asset management tools only in a desktop environment, your organization won’t get full benefit from going digital if you don’t also go mobile. Today, that likely means leveraging tablets and an EAM app to gather data at the point of performance.

3) Harness the Power of AR and More

Augmented reality — also known as AR — is still an emerging technology, but it bears great promise for complex applications in manufacturing and beyond. The ability to overlay information, instructions and data onto real-world images can change the way professionals work and record information. To that end, spatial sensors built into the Galaxy Tab Active2 enable powerful augmented reality AR capabilities for smarter, preventative asset maintenance.

4) Rugged Devices Take on Everything

The environment that asset management employees work in can determine whether a ruggedized tablet or standard device with a case is best. In harsh, industrial environments, a rugged device that can endure cold, water, dust, dirt andor humidity is the best choice for achieving the highest total cost of ownership value. The IP68-rated Galaxy Tab Active2 has passed 21 rigorous tests against the MIL-STD-810 standards, so your team can use it worry-free, anywhere.

Key features to look for in a mobile device that will help increase employee productivity while using the device include:

  • A long-lasting and removable battery, as devices may be frequently used in the field or away from a charging station.
  • A high-resolution camera to take photos in the field and attach to work orders for additional documentation.
  • A stylus and glove mode that allows workers to write while their hands are gloved.

5) Protect Data with Biometric Authentication

Biometric authentication — using physical data such as facial recognition, fingerprints or iris scanning — represents the new gold standard for protecting personal and corporate data. For manufacturing and preventative maintenance professionals, these features bring more benefits than the top-line priority of securing data.

Workers are often in the field and using gloves or other protective equipment, which makes it hard to type on the screen in a conventional fashion. Biometric authentication makes it easier to log into the device hands-free.

6) Device Management and Security

To ease device management and security concerns, IT admins should select devices built on a secure platform and pair them with enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools. The Samsung Knox platform, which Samsung devices are built on, provides defense-grade security from the chip up, as well as support for a variety of mobile management solutions. This means that IT can have peace of mind that asset management data on the device is encrypted and protected from jailbreaks or rooting.

Another ongoing concern with a digital enterprise asset management program is the amount of time required by IT to enroll, configure and manage devices. To address this, the Knox portfolio includes Knox Mobile Enrollment, a free tool that makes it quick and easy to automatically enroll hundreds of devices into your EMM solution. This eliminates time spent manually enrolling devices and ensures they are managed from deployment on.

Being able to easily configure a large number of devices at once will help IT mobilize asset management with minimal resources andor time. Knox Configure allows IT to remotely provision and configure a large fleet of mobile devices. Knox Configure can be used to create single-purpose devices such as kiosks, or to lock down other functionalities on the device so employees stay focused on using the devices for what they were intended for — asset management.

Implementing the Mobile EAM

The final, and most important, consideration should be how the mobile devices, platform and management tools can support the EAM you choose to use in managing your assets. No matter what solution you’re using, make sure you have the support and integrations required for a seamless process.

Assets are an important and expensive part of an enterprise’s balance sheet. With mobilized asset management, businesses gain the real-time data and insights necessary to lower equipment downtime, increase labor utilization and reduce inventory needs. Ultimately, they ensure that their assets are managed properly to maximize their investments.

Learn how the Samsung Galaxy Tab Active2 can help solve your toughest business challenges, including Enterprise Asset Management.