Wheatley Associates Maps the UK on Mobile Workforces' Handhelds
29 Apr, 2005
Wheatley Associates, Europe’s No.1 provider of field force scheduling solutions, has today launched an enhanced version of TODAY 3, appointment tracking and mapping software for field forces’ handheld devices. The new version of the solution brings support to thousands of field devices in real-time, allowing any organisation with a large number of field workers to efficiently organise and find their appointments countrywide.
Using GPRS, TODAY 3 links with Wheatley Associates’ ASP solution GRASP and ASSIGNcorporate scheduler to show continuously updated appointment information on field operatives handheld devices. This technology enhances the efficiency of field service workers by eliminating the need to constantly call into the office for the time and location of their next appointment. Wheatley’s solution enables users to accurately pinpoint appointment locations, saving the time consuming task of manually looking up each stop of their day on out-of-date paper maps.
TODAY 3 continues Wheatley Associates’ user configurable theme, whereby users can configure the handhelds according to their own requirements, provide logic navigation from screen to screen, automatic updates, and GPS tracking to indicate when workers are logged-in and contactable. Utilities providers, couriers, housing associations, local government authorities, etc. all benefit from Wheatley’s scheduling optimisation and mapping technology, allowing them to increase their appointments per day and maximise ROI.
“The first step to delivering superior field service is arriving to appointments on-time,” comments John Wheatley, Managing Director of Wheatley Associates. “TODAY 3 pairs unique mapping features with real-time appointment schedules to ensure mobile workforces are always in the right place at the right time to deliver efficient and reliable service for their customers.”
Since December 2001, TODAY has powered sites with over 500 field workers using Symbian and Windows CE devices, including United Utilities, the UK’s largest operator of multi-utility networks. TODAY 3 can manage 1,000s of mobile devices from £200 PDAs to £2000 ruggedised handhelds and connect them to a single workforce management tool. Shipments are scheduled for June 2005.