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Press release

15 June 2005

NHBC selects CDP to develop mobile solution for

Health & Safety Advisors’ inspections

PDAs and Bluetooth technology replace paper-based inspection reports,

streamlining processes and driving consistency

NHBC selected Creative Database Projects Ltd (CDP) to develop an application to support its mobile workforce of Health and Safety Advisors. This application is now used by NHBC’s Health & Safety Advisors to carry out site safety inspections which follow pre-determined criteria listed on a handheld PDA for evaluating on-site activities. Inspection data is collected via the PDA and synchronised with a central Oracle database using GPRS via a mobile phone and Bluetooth technology. This improves the efficiency of information transfer between office and field-based staff and facilitates expedient dissemination of findings to customers

Using the PDAs, NHBC Advisors input the majority of site safety information by selecting from a list of options on a drop down menu – this ensures information is consistent. Once an inspection is carried out, a printed report detailing the inspection findings is produced using portable colour printers via Infrared or Bluetooth technology. This particular software solution is understood to be the first development of its kind in the UK to be based on an Oracle Lite 10G database residing on a PDA.

According to James Bush, Business Programme Manager at NHBC, “CDP’s proven experience with other clients helped us in our selection process for a development partner for the Heath and Safety mobile solution.

“This project involved a fundamental change to the business processes within our Health & Safety service, moving from manually recording inspection findings to using a PDA with remote connectivity to support this growing area of NHBC’s business. Following the success of this project we have now commenced development of a further mobile solution to support our field-based Building Inspectorate, in partnership with CDP.”

David Gardner, Managing Director of CDP said: “For companies like NHBC being able to collect inspection data consistently and accurately out in the field is vital to their business operations. By applying the right technologies they can provide mobile workers with the right tools to carry out tasks with even greater efficiency.”


Notes to Editors

About NHBC (National House Building Council)

NHBC is the leading warranty and insurance provider for new homes in the UK. Established nearly 70 years ago as a non-profit distributing company, NHBC’s primary purpose is to raise standards in the new house-building industry and provide consumer protection.

NHBC's two main customers are homebuyers and registered house builders. NHBC has approximately 18,000 registered builders who agree to comply with our Technical Rules and Standards.

NHBC registers around 85% of new homes in the UK and around 1.6 million homeowners currently benefit from its 10 year Buildmark warranty and insurance cover. NHBC is internationally recognised as an example of best practice. It is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority and is a member of the General Insurance Standards Council. NHBC's governing council represents stakeholders with an interest in raising standards in UK house building. They include mortgage lenders, the Local Government Association, the Law Societies, consumer organisations, architects, surveyors and house builders.

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About CDP

Founded in 1994, Creative Database Projects (CDP) provides end-to-end IT solutions, software development services and ICT consultancy. Focusing on the design, construction and system integration of complex bespoke applications CDP has delivered specialist systems across a broad spectrum of business sectors. These range from life-critical applications for pharmaceutical companies to geographic information systems (GIS) for the public sector.

CDP focuses on:

GIS and spatial solutions
Web based application design and construction
Specialist database design and development
Bespoke software development using Oracle, Microsoft and Sun
Mobile and wireless applications using JAVA/Oracle or .NET/SQL server

CDP is an expert in the use of spatial data and has developed specific GIS applications for planning departments in both central and local government and for the construction industry.

High profile customers include the Greater London Authority, Time Warner, GlaxoSmithKline, LB Hammersmith & Fulham, British Tourist Authority, Anthony Nolan Trust, the Met Office, and Williams F1.

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Editor’s Contacts

David Gardner
Creative Database Projects Ltd
Tel: 020 8600 2605

Andreina West/Mary Phillips
PR Artistry Ltd
Tel: 01491 636191
Fax: 01491 579798

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