, a provider of integrated mobile computing solutions, says its tablet PCs are playing a key role in Northern Ireland's housing services. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive
(NIHE) relies on Motion F5s for surveying, reporting, and managing 90,000 properties.
The NIHE is a non-departmental public body, established by the Housing Executive Act (Northern Ireland) 1971. Under this act, it took over the housing responsibilities of 65 separate authorities and became Northern Ireland's overall housing authority. The NIHE is also one of the province's largest public sector organizations. With a budget of more than £600 million and a staff of over 3,000, the NIHE makes a substantial contribution to better health, education, and well-being through housing.
The biggest challenge facing the NIHE is to provide enough social housing in the specific areas where it is needed and provide housing management services that satisfy rising tenant expectations. The organization must do this while still meeting the demanding efficiency targets set by the government, in addition to making housing executive homes and neighborhoods more environmentally sustainable. To help manage the intensive reporting involved in this process, NIHE surveyors needed a highly mobile and ruggedized technology solution for managing the portfolio of potential and existing properties in the field.
The NIHE chose the Motion F5 rugged Tablet PC for its power, portability, and durability. Twenty-five tablets were configured, deployed and supported by Box Technologies, a value-added distributor for Motion tablets in the U.K., to improve the accommodation management process. The lightweight design, robust ergonomics, and bright outdoor viewable screen made the F5 the perfect alternative to pen and paper. Instant benefits included an increased number of property inspections, the electronic data capture of property details, and expedited sharing of property data between members.
The tablet runs a proprietary survey software solution developed by the Building Research Establishment (BRE) on behalf of the NIHE. BRE's brief was to replicate the highly developed paper-based method with an electronic solution and the Motion F5 helped achieve this goal. BRE has developed a system that requires no paper and facilitates validation of data in the field, which has led to better data quality and allows surveyors to be managed through the online bespoke management system.
Analysis and results from the NIHE are now available six months ahead of previous schedules at a cost saving of approximately £200,000. In addition, the integrated digital cameras on the Motion F5s are used to capture images, which are then easily incorporated into electronic forms, to further improve reporting and documentation.
The Motion F5 has met the challenges of this large-scale task because it is a rugged, powerful mobile computer that includes natural pen and speech input along with Motion's View Anywhere Display and Gorilla Glass for durable outdoor visibility. A significant reduction in building deficiencies identified during inspections is a testament to the effectiveness of the NIHE's improved reporting and management processes. As a result, the F5 is now a cornerstone of the NIHE's surveying program.
Enterprise-Ready Mobile Tablet PC
The Motion F5 is tailored to mobile professionals across vertical industries such as construction and field service. The tablet is rugged yet lightweight, making it the ideal solution for workers who compute while standing. Deployed across organizations worldwide, the Motion F5 is proven to enhance documentation, improve collaboration and reduce process latencies. More information about the Motion F5 can be found on the Box Technologies or Motion Computing Web sites.