VFA Secures Two Patents for Collecting Facility Condition Data

July 10, 2013

Recognizes VFA’s Game-Changing, Proven Mobile Technologies and Intelligent Processes that Simplify Creation and Maintenance of Facilities Capital Plans

BOSTON—July 10, 2013—VFA, Inc., the leading provider of end-to-end solutions for facilities capital planning and asset management, today announced that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted the issuance of U.S. Patents 8,428,994 and 8,433,600 for the company’s system and method for collecting facility condition data. These patents recognize VFA’s intelligent, mobile-enabled facility condition data collection process and software for the purpose of creating and maintaining a facilities capital plan.

Collecting and maintaining facility condition data poses a cost and manpower challenge for many organizations. VFA’s patented solution, VFA.auditor®, combines the power of mobile technologies, including the iPad® and Android™ tablet, with the company’s extensive facilities assessment experience, enabling VFA customers and partners to utilize their own resources to quickly and cost-effectively assess their buildings and systems. VFA.auditor users have quadrupled their assessment productivity and reduced office time from two weeks to two days.

VFA.auditor provides users with an extensive collection of intelligent surveys to rapidly and consistently collect data about the condition of facilities and major building systems using standard tablets and other mobile devices. With more than 600 systems included in the professionally engineered and designed survey library, VFA.auditor guides and standardizes the process of collecting and updating facility data. VFA.auditor is in use at dozens of public and private organizations in the US and Canada.

Beneficial features of the VFA.auditor patents include:

• A model-driven approach: the power of cumulative years of VFA assessor experience is built into VFA.auditor, which enables users to leverage that facility expertise to produce high quality results.

• VFA.auditor surveys walk users through the steps, creating a process for effective self-assessment and/or re-assessment.

• VFA.auditor populates facility condition assessment data from the surveys to a centralized repository, the VFA.facility® capital planning database, for analysis and decision-making.

• Mobility streamlines the facility assessment process by eliminating redundant data entry and offline data access.

“VFA was first-to-market with a new system to help our customers and partners quickly and cost-effectively gather and maintain accurate building condition data,” said Jerry Kokos, president and CEO, VFA, Inc. “These patents are an independent validation of our innovation and leadership in enabling organizations to better manage their facilities. We’re proud of the process and technology we developed and the adoption it has achieved in the marketplace.”

Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s busiest airport serving more than 95 million passengers a year, has deployed VFA.auditor as part of a self-assessment program. “Our staff’s use of VFA.auditor results in a frequent, consistent data flow, and keeps the data more accurate and up to date,” said William Pharris, senior facility assets manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. “In addition, by using a standard process and data format, the data is consistent throughout no matter who captures the information, a benefit given staff turnover and the constantly changing airport environment.”

At Black Hills Corporation, a diversified energy company based in South Dakota, facilities managers use VFA.auditor to collect facility condition data for long-term budget forecasts. “Assessing a few buildings a week, using the guided process within VFA.auditor, and building the database over time has helped our team to strategically manage the company’s second largest investment – our facilities – more quickly and cost-effectively than ever before,” said Chris Anderson, senior manager, Black Hills Corporation.

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