SOURCE: VFA, Inc.

VFA, Inc.

March 14, 2011 09:00 ET

VFA Introduces Innovative Mobile Data Collection for Guided Self-Assessments

VFA.auditor® v2.3 Enables Rapid, Accurate Condition Data Gathering

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) -  VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced the release of version 2.3 of its guided self-assessment solution, VFA.auditor® with mobile/offline survey support.

VFA.auditor is a Web-based guided self-assessment solution that provides facility and building managers with surveys to rapidly collect data about the condition of facilities and major building systems. With more than 600 professionally engineered and designed systems included in the survey library, VFA.auditor leverages VFA's building condition domain expertise to guide and standardize the collection of facility condition data. The surveys can be as wide-ranging or system-centric as needed. Additionally, guided self-assessments enable organizations to easily reassess condition and maintain existing data. Consistent data collection leads to less "stale" data, as well as the validation that previously captured deficiencies have been addressed.

This latest release of VFA.auditor supports the flexibility and versatility of condition data collection using mobile tablets. Mobile surveys speed data collection by providing a secure, offline means of information gathering. Facility managers can create surveys and assign them to facility staff and property maintenance personnel who can check-out the surveys to a mobile tablet and walk the facility easily collecting data. For data maintenance purposes, existing building condition data is included in the mobile survey providing a quick and cost-effective method of assessing buildings that may have been deferred for budgetary reasons. Surveys and collected data can then be uploaded to the VFA.facility® database for review and analysis.

"The VFA.auditor support for mobile data collection is a natural extension of the content-driven survey solution that streamlines and expedites the overall management of the data collection process," states Bill Olsen, Senior Vice President of Development at VFA, Inc. "Real-time data collection in the field will minimize the overall effort, while also improving the accuracy of the data collected."

VFA.auditor with mobile support continues to transform how facility managers and capital planners can utilize technology and software solutions to optimize the management of capital investments. Employing a guided self-assessment process, whether it's a complement to a professional assessment or an alternative approach to capturing asset data, provides organizations with efficient and cost-effective options to best address facility condition assessments.

To schedule a demonstration of VFA.auditor v2.3 with mobile support, please visit http://www.vfa.com/demo/.

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About VFA
Headquartered in Boston, VFA, Inc. is the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and spend management. VFA solutions uniquely combine facility assessment services, Web-based software and business consulting services to enable customers to manage every stage of the capital asset lifecycle -- from requirements gathering and long-term planning to capital budget creation and spend management. More than 500 organizations in corporate, education, government and healthcare markets have relied on VFA solutions to strategically manage their capital assets. VFA's flagship software product, VFA.facility®, is currently used to manage more than 3.5 billion square feet of real estate. For more information, please call 800-693-3132 or visit http://www.vfa.com.

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