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Getting Mobile With Transport for London

AGS has ambitious plans for expansion nationally and BigChange provides a platform that will underpin this growth.

AGS Pest Control, a provider of FM services to Transport for London, has completed the implementation of a mobile workforce system from BigChange. 

The system sees field technicians equipped with tablets connected in real time to a control centre. It has been rolled out initially across the company’s expanding pest control division.

AGS provides a range of services for the upkeep of public transport facilities across London, including the Underground, rail lines, tunnels, rail and bus stations.  As a contractor to TfL, AGS provide everything from cleaning, maintenance, painting and specialist coatings.

David McMillan, General Manager at AGS explained: “The UK pest control market has undergone some major changes in recent years and we have identified a need for small, specialist and highly mobile teams to deliver fast-response services. BigChange provides a highly agile and accessible platform that will underpin this expansion and allow us to easily collaborate with like-minded companies nationally.”

AGS Pest Control is using JobWatch, the 5 in 1 mobile app from BigChange linked in real time to BigChange back office CRM and work scheduling.  JobWatch replaces a series of separate systems to provide a fully integrated IT solution for paperless working throughout the company.

With their TfL contract AGS face challenging working conditions, often underground or trackside and are bound by stringent safety and security procedures. The array of paperwork has been eliminated with the introduction of JobWatch that provides on-screen workflows and fully digital working. The system helps to ensure the right technicians are assigned to the right jobs based on their skills and certifications.

The TfL work is fault based and service requests are via the TfL system that will soon be integrated with the BigChange system to provide a seamless digital workflow from start to completion. With a pool of over 60 mobile operatives the pest control specialists are sometimes supported by crews to undertake supporting work such as clearing vegetation and removing litter.

McMillan added: “BigChange provides us with an overview of everything that is happening in real time. With colour coded status reports I can instantly see how we are doing and deal quickly with any outstanding issues.  It’s a brilliant management tool.

 “Being a cloud solution, we can expand without any IT infrastructure restraints and we really like the flexibility of the system.”

AGS also see a future in collaboration. “With the pest control market opening up in recent years we believe there is void to be filled by specialists around the country.  With JobWatch we can easily share work by giving contractors access to the JobWatch app or by collaborating with other companies who are part of the fast-growing BigChange network,” McMillan concluded.

Picture: AGS has ambitious plans for expansion nationally and BigChange provides a platform that will underpin this growth.

 

Article written by Cathryn Ellis

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