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Icelandic agency uses IBM Cloud to improve road quality management

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Icelandic Road and Coastal Adminisration IBM CloudIceland is well known for its changeable weather. Clear skies can turn into icy blizzards in moments.

It’s easy for people travelling on the country’s roads to underestimate the risks, which is why it’s vital that the road infrastructure is kept in good condition. Roads must be able to be cleared of snow and ice quickly and efficiently.

That responsibility falls to the Icelandic Road and Coastal Administration (IRCA), which is tasked with the planning, design, construction, maintenance and servicing of the country’s 8,000 miles of road. To ensure that standards are kept high, the IRCA sticks to a rigorous set of quality management rules that govern all its working procedures.

Until recently, however, it was challenging for employees in the field to access information on these procedures and for quality management to keep all the documentation up to date. The IRCA began looking for an alternative approach that would offer more flexibility and control without creating too much complexity.

Looking to the experts

IRCA long-term vendor Origo rose to the challenge, creating the Cloud Compliance and Quality (CCQ) solution, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering built and hosted in the IBM Cloud. Origo proved that the promises of ultra-fast development in the IBM Cloud are true, sticking to very tight timelines and getting a solution into production within just five months.

CCQ runs in an IBM Cloud Foundry environment and stores data using IBM Compose for MongoDB. The flexible IBM Cloud environment means that Origo can update the CCQ application without users even noticing, and the performance is consistently high. IBM Compose for MongoDB also helps support agile development, enabling Origo to deliver new features quickly.

By choosing a web-based solution, IRCA gets all the benefits of the solution without the cost and effort of maintaining on-premises infrastructure. Also, there are no concerns about scaling up resources if the IRCA’s needs increase.

On the road to greater efficiency

Today, the IRCA has a single source of truth for process-related documentation and compliance monitoring. If employees need to update procedures, they can do so much more easily with comprehensive version control. This minimizes the risk of errors and simplifies compliance with ever-changing laws.

What’s more, staff members working on the road can use their smartphones of tablet devices to log in and view information using an intuitive web interface. They can even customize their CCQ dashboard to make it more convenient to access the information that they most frequently need.

The result? Staff can be sure they’re following the correct procedures, thereby increasing productivity. As a publicly funded institution, the IRCA is always seeking to provide greater returns for taxpayers’ money. This is one way we’re succeeding.

By upholding quality management standards reliably, the IRCA is investing in keeping residents and visitors safer on the roads. Looking to the future, fast, flexible development in the IBM Cloud means that Origo will be able to adapt CCQ as new demands and challenges emerge.

Read the case study for more details.

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