FRIM Virtual Workshop
The United Nations Global Service Centre (UNGSC) hosted a five-day Unite Field Remote Infrastructure Monitoring (FRIM) Virtual Workshop from the 8th to the 12th of November 2021.
Over 130 participants from 24 missions, offices, and agencies attended this workshop, including colleagues from field missions, UNGSC and Headquarters, as well as Subject Matter Experts and Technicians from Engineering, Environment, Fuel Management, the Field Technology Section (FTS).
Unite FRIM has already been widely deployed across diverse work environments such as field missions (16 missions, offices, and agencies worldwide), UNGSC, and UN Headquarters in New York.
The workshop provided participants with updated information to assist missions and offices in planning, implementing, and using Unite FRIM according to the new Unite FRIM standards. Combining theory, planning and reporting with practical exercises, the participants listened to presentations on the installation, configuration and connection of end-point sensors with the back-end platform, followed by interactive Q&A sessions to share experiences and challenges from the field.
The workshop highlighted the progress made in developing various applications, such as FIMMS - Facilities, Infrastructure, Monitoring, and Management Solution (the Unite FRIM mobile applications suite), and eApp (the UN environmental reporting application). It also covered information about updated devices available for use and new domains added.
The UNISFA representatives explained the importance of building on Unite FRIM's achievements by moving towards the automation of functions and reporting.
Furthermore, a great emphasis has been put on how standardization is critical for Unite FRIM Implementation, while discussions on overcoming the harsh realities of engineering in the Field were shared across missions.
The UN missions are also capitalizing on Unite FRIM to bring about the success of the DOS environmental strategy: “achieving Maximum efficiency and minimum risk".
Mr. Anthony O'Mullane, Director of the Operations Support Division, congratulated the attendees and remarked that "the way forward is to have technology, people, and the technical specialists from supply chain sitting at the same table and working together to design the systems to drive this digitalization."