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Going Remote

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From the office to the field.

The practice of working remotely has gained significant traction in recent times due to the social restrictions brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, and businesses are increasingly harnessing digital technologies across an ever-growing range of applications.

In the arboriculture sector, mobility is for many a key aspect of operations, and these sorts of technologies can be utilised by businesses to not only keep in touch in real time, but to also consolidate various aspects of their operations.

From the office to the field, opportunities are growing for businesses to operate in the digital space, and businesses prepared to develop their digital skills and go remote can reap significant benefits.

Changing Work Patterns

Businesses have, of course, been adopting digital technologies at growing rates in recent years, and now more than ever there is clear-cut motivation to go remote, with businesses by necessity exploring potential digital applications.

If you’re a small business owner, keeping connected can be key to maintaining momentum, including while on the go – and in the arboriculture sector, business owners will likely be dividing their time between different sites, while also taking care of a range of off-site duties.

A recent survey commissioned by NBN Co, the Behavioural Change Survey, shows how work activities are becoming increasingly remote and digitalised, finding that:

  • A majority of respondents who worked from home (67 per cent) stated they expect to work from home more after the COVID-19 crisis has ended (69 per cent in metro areas and 54 per cent in regional areas)
  • Since COVID-19, 69 per cent of respondents have purchased one or more devices to support their online activities
  • (increasing to 79 per cent for respondents working from home)
  • Of those working from home, 56 per cent of respondents have created new or dedicated office space

Meanwhile, according to NBN Co, data demand over the NBN network has seen increases of up to 70 per cent in business hours traffic volumes since social distancing measures were implemented on March 1.

“Businesses prepared to develop their digital skills and go remote can reap significant benefits.”

The Remote Way: Tech In The Field

Mobile technologies, from smartphones to tablets and laptops, in conjunction with an ever-evolving range of IoT devices, have fundamentally changed work operations, the manner in which we access information, and the way that we interact with each other and the world around us.

Arborists out in the field may be relying on mobile technologies not only to keep in touch, but to also access a range of information, to quoting and invoicing jobs, to managing project schedules and keeping track of equipment, among a host of other applications.

For instance, as looked at in the previous article in this series, there is significant potential for drones to be deployed across arboriculture operations, with drone-derived data then harnessed to provide additional insight into operations, accessible via a mobile smart device.

Meanwhile, as 5G technologies continue to be rolled out in the coming years, it can additionally be expected that a host of new mobile and IoT applications will be developed.

Going remote, and being able to effectively take your office with you wherever you go, from one site to the next, can deliver businesses ongoing benefits, and it is worthwhile taking the time to learn how certain digital technologies may be applied across different operations.

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