Franc Rebernik and his company, Knightguard, had a compelling reason to adopt the latest in field service management software. The large Australian security firm wanted to win the tender for a big NSW Department of Education contract. While the use of mobile job management software wasn’t mandatory to win the tender, the prospective client made it clear that it was desirable.
“They said, ‘Look, this is what we’d like, and if you can supply it, all well and good; if you can’t, then so be it’,” Rebernik recalls. “There were actually quite a few [security] suppliers that turned around and said, ‘No, it’s too hard. It’s too expensive.’Having an electronic platform added credibility to our bid.”
Having chosen Geo as its mobile job management partner, Knightguard won the contract – providing secure cash-in-transit services for 2000 NSW government schools. Licensed guards attend schools across the state to collect specially marked cash bags and safely deposit them in the bank.
“Having an electronic platform added credibility to our bid.”
Rebernik, Knightguard’s business development manager, said selecting workforce management software for this job was an easy decision for his business, although it’s a step many in the security industry have not yet made. Pen-and-paper systems remain the industry standard, with many companies sticking with requisition forms and job receipt books. He says that Knightguard, which has been a leading security company since 1990 and has 3000 clients across Australia, is setting the benchmark and that the industry needs to catch up.
Knightguard progressively rolled out Geo’s job management software across its statewide workforce involved in the NSW Department of Education contract. Having been through the process Rebernik has already found seven ways it has made his business more efficient.
1. It’s easier to track jobs
Rebernik says Knightguard employees on the schools run do between 100 and 200 pickups a week. Done the “old way”, the guards would write down each pickup and deposit in a log and submit an order to the school at the end of each week to organise payment. “Now we’re changing the status of each job as it’s delivered or picked up,” he says. “At the end of the week, the guards can basically log on and filter the jobs for the week. We can do that from our end as well, so it gives us visibility over everything that’s going on.”
2. It offers more transparency for the client
Rebernik says Geo has become an important data tool for the NSW Department of Education. “It gives our client the ability to filter certain information,” he says. “They would like to eventually filter down and look at different budgets, [such as] how much the schools are pulling out. They can extract different bits of information.”
3. It’s a reliable way to track staff
As part of its security regulations, Knightguard needs to track staff movements closely and accurately. Mobile job management software allows the company to verify when guards attend schools precisely, and helps to resolve potential client disagreements over date and time information. “They [guards] have GPS tracking units on board their vehicles, but it’s good to be able to track them while they’re out of the car as well,” he says.
“Mobile job management software allows the company to verify when guards attend schools precisely, and helps to resolve potential client disagreements over date and time information.”
4. It’s more straightforward than a paper-based system
Rebernik said it was crucial that any system should be simple and straightforward. With Geo’s help, Knightguard has put together a cheat sheet to help newcomers understand how to use the system effectively. “We’re dealing with a very wide range of [staff] demographics, and some people aren’t as computer literate as others,” he says. “The way we’ve structured it, it’s pretty simple to use. We’ve really tried to implement that KISS [keep it simple, stupid] principle – that’s why we’ve put out a user manual for it. “They [the department] also really liked it because of the ease of use. Initially they were petrified about the schools not wanting to take this on but we’ve had nothing but positive feedback.”
5. It saves time
Even in the early stages of the NSW Department of Education contract, Knightguard could see how job management software made its workforce more efficient, especially when guards were on site. “They’re able to get in and out a lot quicker,” Rebernik says.
6. It’s available on multiple platforms
Using a job management platform that works across different formats – iOS and Android – means guards can upload the software onto their own devices. With guards using smartphones they’re already familiar with, the company has saved on training time and hasn’t needed to buy specialist equipment. It also means Knightguard won’t be forced to equip guards in rural areas with job-specific hardware to handle just three or four jobs a day.
“With guards using smartphones they’re already familiar with, the company has saved on training time and hasn’t needed to buy specialist equipment.”
7. It’s safer for clients and staff
Businesses involved in cash and security know the importance of keeping cloud-based information safe at all times, and robberies are a clear and present occupational hazard. It’s one of the reasons Knightguard chose Geo’s software system. “The security benefits around it were fantastic,” Rebernik says. “One of the selling points was the fact that we could actually lock any of the guards out at a moment’s notice. None of the information is stored on a device. If a device is lost or stolen, we can cancel that out as well.”
Rebernik says both customer and client have been pleased with how the project is progressing. “We can track things and filter information very easily now,” he says. “The feedback we’ve been receiving from the schools is good and the Department of Education is extremely happy with the entire system. I went out there and gave them a demo a couple of weeks ago, and they were blown away.”