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Hong Kong China Gas Company initiates Mobile PDA system to speed customer installations

Hong Kong China Gas Company awards Intergraph contract for developing a Mobile PDA System to Speed Customer Installations. Founded in 1862, HKCG (Towngas) is the first public utility in Hong Kong and the first gas utility in the Far East. The company operates more than 3,000 km of pipeline network, covering about 85 percent of Hong Kong households.

The PDA-based mobile workforce management solution will optimize site management of the company’s gas installation activities and allow HKCG to manage internal crews and outsourced contractors more efficiently. By extending its gas network data to field personnel via PDA handheld devices, HKCG will receive the benefits of a geospatial resource management environment, which integrates applications to streamline workflows involved in building and maintaining a network facilities delivery system – particularly those addressing new construction, operations, and maintenance.

In this case, the PDA-based application will interface with the company’s project management system and put job-specific, current information such as project schedules, approved material listings, and inspection results, directly in the hands of field crews. Each morning, crews will pick up PDA units that have been automatically pre-loaded, via wireless LAN, with data pertinent to their assigned tasks. This capability is supposed reduce time for job assignment activities and improve operational efficiency. Intergraph Hong Kong Limited will design and develop the software application and install the system.

Source: Rita Roberts, Media Relations, Integraph, USA.