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Wireless devices that communicate scheduling so we don't double book?

Discussion in 'Business Operations' started by Exact Rototilling, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Exact Rototilling

    Exact Rototilling LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,362

    Is there Such a thing as a PDA, Blackberry etc. that will allow my wife to enter scheduled appointments to command central so it will show up on my device that way we don't double book estimates appointments etc.

    Any Input?


  2. JDUtah

    JDUtah LawnSite Silver Member
    from UT
    Posts: 2,636

    I was involved in a project that did just that. Sent schedules to the execs while they were in china and let them do the same back.

    It required dedicated company push servers and outlook professional 2003. Way too much investment for a lawn care company IMO.

    Maybe have your wife text you the new meeting?

    If your smart phone has internet... Google Calendar would be perfect. Your wife enters the new stuff online... you can instantly review it / update it in the field. You can even have it automatically send you reminder texts.
  3. Steiner

    Steiner LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 408

    I have my iPhone set up to update my computer and my computer to update my iphone automatically. I had to purchase a www.me.com subscription through apple to get the "push" capability. I can enter data at either spot or log on to the net through any computer and update calendar and it is instantly "pushed" to all devices.

    Cool thing is I have a an online calendar for my website which shows customers when I am booked and when I am available. It updates in minutes. Customers have been loving the ability to see when I am booked and when they can work me into their schedules :).

    You need:

    Computer with calendar program
    www.me.com subscription ($99 a year)

    more info can be found here: http://www.apple.com/iphone/features/calendar.html
  4. Flow Control

    Flow Control LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,267

  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 21,653

    If your on-the-road device has Wi-fi you can just set it up on a network with your
    home pc being a part of that network, then have it synchronize often, like
    every time you turn it on or another option is like every 5-10 minutes.
  6. Ruben Rocha

    Ruben Rocha LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 577

    This should be fairly easy with just about any smart phone with internet access and using something like outlook.
    When you make a calendar entry you could use the Invite attendee feature when entered. That will send a email to you and prompt you that you have a new agenda item.
    And no special software costs except for the data plan you will need for your phone to get on the internet.
    I will warn you most smart phones are pricy and they are not made for harsh environments so I keep mine in the truck.
  7. Stout's Bushhogging

    Stout's Bushhogging LawnSite Member
    Posts: 39

    You need an OtterBox for your smart phone.

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