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Sharma also expects future updates of production software to include GIS data with crew deployment for all accounts. This will help streamline internal communication about safety risks, customer requests, and any other service issues. More electric And for the type of equipment used? Sharma and Mayberry expect that battery-powered and electric equipment will become the predominant type of equipment used at job sites within the next 5 to 10 years. “I think we’ll see a big decline in gas engines over the next five years and a bigger push towards electric,” Mayberry says. “10 years out, we’ll probably be getting close to mostly electric at that point.”

connections and the larger install projects that are really going to spruce up a property that a robot can’t do.” More data, more insights Sharma adds he expects geographic information systems (GIS) tracking and AI will play a bigger role in crew deployment. Operations managers will learn more about when and how a crew uses equipment, which will also help inform operations of the need to purchase equipment. “Location tracking sensors will give real-time insights into crew efficiency, equipment utilization, and production rates,” he says. “The real efficiency gain lies in tracking every equipment, every crew member. The key piece of the puzzle here is AI. It crunches all that data to surface actionable insights. Operations managers can leverage these insights to implement process changes in the job flow and rationalize equipment investments.”

The author is Editor of Landscape Management magazine.

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