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Old 12-02-2012, 09:10 AM
Duekster Duekster is offline
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Originally Posted by McFarland_Lawn_Care View Post
I have thought about gps, but the mobiles are sweet - SA gives a list of properties with any notes for each one, they hit start when they get there and hit end when they leave. They can also enter any notes for us to see at the end of the day. Then they go to the next one it lists etc. Great for responsible time tracking on properties. If someone wants to skip that week for whatever reason they hit the Skip button and put in a note with the reason etc. Then at the end of the day, all jobs are automatically entered on invoices with no typing from me and then I just hit print at the end of the month. It DOES take a long time and patience to setup correctly, but I have high hopes.
Advantages of Truck Mounted GPS are many....

Asset Tracking in addition to time tracking.
Reconcile fleet gas card time date stamps with vehicle location.
On Board Computer monitoring - service, speed, driving habits and more.
Remote door unlock.
Engine disable after hours.
Fuel use MPG
Travel logs for IRS
Geo fence (In out Logs)
Powered by the truck.

Connect a Garmin Device for
Traffic and route optimization
Two way paging messages.

Same or lower cost data plan than a phone.

Someone could technically be at a bar and clock in with a phone. Or they can clock in while at a fast food joint then arrive 5 mins later at the job.

I know you can do some geofences with phones too.

For the same amount of money give me the truck mounted device and the basic 9.99 add a line basic phone.

For Techs that do irrigation work and such yes, smart phones make sense. For mowing crews, no the GPS in the truck makes sense.
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