Last week, members of ProntoForms’ team were off to Moscone Center West in San Francisco, California as sponsors of BoxWorks17. Tagged as “The Blueprint for the Future of Work”, BoxWorks17 focused on how mobile technology empowers workers in the field, and the businesses that rely on them.
On that front, ProntoForms was proud to be featured in the kickoff keynote on Thursday morning as an example of how PG&E is harnessing the power of mobility to work better with a fully integrated mobile workflow. PG&E uses ProntoForms to manage ongoing inspections of 4.3M gas meters across California as part of an asset management program with a strong safety component. (A serious accident in 2010 involving PG&E infrastructure was the starting point for a complete overhaul of the company’s paper-based gas meter inspection processes.)
The PG&E example at BoxWorks17 showcases the benefits of combining automated mobile workflows for gas meter inspections, with emerging AI and Machine Learning tools in Box. For example, PG&E field technicians can capture a picture of a gas meter in the ProntoForms mobile app, with the serial number of the gas meter visible in the photo. Smart tools in Box can be used to perform Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on the image, and the quickly and automatically match the number on the meter with the number recorded in the PG&E back-end system.
The Machine Learning tools in Box can also be “taught” to recognize rust, a big factor in pipeline safety evaluations, in the pictures captured. Images with significant amounts of rust can automatically trigger safety flags for further evaluation.
Our integration with Box is just one example of how mobile forms and dynamic cloud systems come together to automate and streamline industrial processes – providing opportunities to improve productivity, capture more accurate data, and, ultimately, offer a safer working environment.