Tuesday, July 08, 2008

GPS Features on the iPhone

One of the coolest features of the Apple iPhone for businesses is the integrated GPS functionality. Companies can use these features for a large variety of purposes including:
  • Adding time and date stamps PLUS GPS coordinates to work orders as a way of proving the time, data and location of work performed
  • Enabling service technicians and delivery vans to be tracked in near real-time.
  • Helping drivers reach their destination faster and with less fuel
  • Associating job estimates to a GPS location
  • Locating and identifying the location of various pieces of equipment and other assets
  • Associating conditional assessments for asset management with a GPS location. This can be used to locate buildings, walls, sidewalks, sprinkler heads etc, that require repair

The list can go on forever because there is a HUGE amount of value in adding geospatial information to just about any field service activity. Including this feature on an iPhone is one more step toward making the iPhone a valueable business tool for the enterprise.

MobileDataforce is currently working on a number of mobile business applications for the iPhone.