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RFAM is now “Internet of Things” (IOT) ready

April 7, 2018

NatureThe RFAM solution is currently being enhanced to view connected IOT devices associated to assets within the RFAM Efficiency module IoT devices can connected to temperature and humidity sensors within facilities and Parks.

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Recreation Facility Asset Management (RFAM)

April 2, 2018

The Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia (RFABC) is pleased to announce that is has secured the rights the RFAM solution.

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Spring Summer Milestones

May 30, 2017

Announcements The City of Temiskaming Shores was created through an amalgamation of three separate and very distinct municipalities in 2004. Each of these centres have a wide array of assets, however, the lack of accurate as-built information and detailed inventories lead to challenges in developing an

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RFAM is now “Internet of Things” (IOT) ready

The RFAM solution is currently being enhanced to view connected IOT devices associated to assets within the RFAM Efficiency module IoT devices can connected to temperature and humidity sensors within facilities and Parks.

IoT devices offer staff the ability to remotely view sensor status thereby providing real time decisions making capabilities.

IoT technology can automate your business with intelligent communications, mobile alerts, and notifications to streamline efficiencies.

IoT devices provide strategic insights with predictive, online reporting, to derive strategic business decisions, designed to cut costs, improve quality, and enhance performance.

The RFAM solution will offer simplified streaming visual data in real-time pinpoint critical issues, identify trends, and help practitioners make informed decisions.

We are inviting a select group of members to participate in a pilot project to provide valuable input in the continuing and future development of RFAM.

For additional information, contact your local Association or reach out to Marmak for more information.

Inquiry@marmak.ca or (905) 458-6686

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Recreation Facility Asset Management (RFAM)

The Recreation Facilities Association of British Columbia (RFABC) is pleased to announce that is has secured the rights the RFAM solution.

RFABC joins, The Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel (AARFP) and the Recreation Facility Association of Nova Scotia (RFANS) as licensed provincial partners who have adopted RFAM and are following the ORFA lead to provide the solution at no cost as a benefit of membership.

RFAM facilitates the collection and organization of recreation inventory data for municipalities. A benefit of the RFAM solution is that it strengthens the lines of communication within a recreation department by having one central location where all staff members can update and contribute to the upkeep and maintenance of capital assets.

The inventory module, a free benefit of membership in RFABC, helps staff maintain an up to date roster of various recreation assets including arenas, pools, community centres, parks, trails, playgrounds, etc. This approach is the first step in the development of aggregate data which will assist in establishing a provincial standard.

RFAM includes at no obligation for a monthly fee additional modules such as; Inspections, Work orders, Warehouse, Smart4Cast, and Efficiency.

Many municipalities and organizations agree that RFAM is the most effective way to store information for their asset inventory, complete routine inspections and close work orders which results in safer buildings within the community. Individuals involved in parks and recreation agree that RFAM is an enhanced digital solution tailored specifically for the recreation industry in contrast to paper, spreadsheets, or other products.

John Milton, ORFA’s Chief Administrative Officer says, “ORFA is delighted to partner with both the OGRA, who have a very long and strong history of advocating for sustainable infrastructure funding on behalf of its municipal membership, as well as with Marmak, who provides a citizen engagement portal as part of a broad range of cost effective municipal web-based solutions and services.”

Stuart Ray, AARFP Executive Director says, “We recently came onboard with ORFA and Marmak to make the Recreation Facility Asset Management software program available to all of our 1500 plus members. Our members now have a tool to assist them in their facility asset management roles. The initial interest in the program has been great and as more of our members become aware of the potential of this product we anticipate many more facilities and municipalities will be utilizing it. The beauty of the software is that it was developed with input from recreation facility operators who know what their needs are to operate and maintain multiple assets. It is a tool every facility operator needs in their tool box.”

The simple and easy to use functionality has made RFAM, the software of choice for over 50 municipalities across Canada and we are garnering interested from additional recreation associations, municipalities, consulting companies and private firms.

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Spring Summer Milestones

Announcements The City of Temiskaming Shores was created through an amalgamation of three separate and very distinct municipalities in 2004. Each of these centres have a wide array of assets, however, the lack of accurate as-built information and detailed inventories lead to challenges in developing an over-arching Asset Management Plan, to bring all of those assets together into one document.

While attending the OGRA Conference in 2016, representatives for the City were able to learn more about the powers of Municipal Data Works while visiting the Marmak Information Technologies booth and knew that this would be the answer to many of the issues and concerns that had gone unanswered for nearly 12 years.

John and his staff have worked side by side with our Engineering Technician to start the implementation and use of MDW and develop more accurate and detailed inventories of our roadways, water distribution and sewer collection systems and now, nearly all of our other asset categories. This detailed information will be of significant value as we work towards updating our next version of a more comprehensive Asset Management Plan, in-house.

The ease with which the information can be inputted into MDW as well as retrieving, observing and report generation have enabled our front-line staff to access the accurate and detailed information that they need when they need it without having to search through reams of paper and spreadsheets.

The Department is also now able to track, more accurately, repairs that are carried out on the buried infrastructure and identify areas that have more frequent issues thereby allowing Management to determine if it is time to renew, rehabilitate or replace that particular portion of the asset.

In 2016 - 17 the City also added Comtrack and MR Compliance to our arsenal of tools to allow us to more accurately track our work requests / resident comments from initial notification to follow-up and closure as well as document our Patrols, observations and create Work Orders to address any deficiencies.

G. Douglas Walsh, CET Director of Public Works Corporation of the City of Temiskaming Shores