29.08
2018

Industry Spotlight: Actsoft Solutions in Agriculture

Agriculture has remained essential to human existence over the course of history. As society has developed, the process of growing and harvesting crops has become even more efficient than ever before, thanks to developments in technology over time which have helped this particular industry expand in terms of both volume and future potential. Farming is also an industry that’s proving to be more and more crucial as the world’s populace continues to increase. Still, it’s no easy feat to coordinate and provide a constant supply of food internationally.

To help facilitate this vertical’s around-the-clock processes, Actsoft solutions are here to provide practical applications for better operations management. These three features of our business solutions in particular are some of the most crucial for companies in the industry of agriculture, primarily due to their ability to enhance efficiency and keep valuable equipment in the field safe.

Asset Tracking

With Asset Tracking, farming businesses can keep tabs on the positions of important tools such as harvesting equipment and transportation supplies at virtually any time of the day. Collecting and distributing huge portions of crops in today’s age requires the use of heavy machinery to accomplish, and often times that heavy machinery isn’t cheap. Keep your agriculture company’s assets and equipment safeguarded 24/7 by using Asset Tracking to monitor them via GPS technology.

Wireless Forms

As another addition to the repertoire of the modern workforce, Wireless Forms’ applications in farming are frequently underestimated. Use this feature to streamline information flows on a digital scale, and complete documents such as orders, equipment repair forms, and data logs about harvest yields without having to deal with the inconveniences of paper.

Alerts

Alerts are able to add further security to assets by sending automatic notifications to property owners if a piece of equipment is moved without their authorization. In certain cases, Alerts is a feature that can also enable farmers to prolong the lifespan of their vehicular equipment by reminding them whenever routine maintenance needs to be performed. Through intelligent reporting, this capability helps agriculture businesses save on their bottom line by helping to reduce instances of equipment loss, and prevent cases of possible damage from occurring.

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22.08
2018

ELD: The Future of Transportation

Automation is the name of the game in 2018.

Businesses are increasingly in search of ways to take old, cumbersome processes and revamp them into contemporary forces of efficiency, and transportation companies in particular are a prime example of this trend. Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are becoming viewed as the true future of the shipping industry as a whole.

Demand for reliable ELD technology stems from the need to standardize the methods in which transportation companies go about complying with federal regulations. The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has instituted mandates called Hours of Service (HoS) that require corporations to record and report certain information about their employees’ driving data. During roadside inspections, operators of semi-trucks must meet certain criteria derived from their logged information, particularly as it relates to drivers getting adequate amounts of rest. These HoS regulations were designed in part to help improve road safety, and reduce the potential for drivers to fall asleep at the wheel during lengthy cross-country travels.

If a corporation’s drivers don’t comply with HoS mandates, their business risks having to pay costly fines, or even worse: they may risk higher possibilities of car crashes involving employees. Injuries and lawsuits from roadway accidents are two things that all transportation companies seek to avoid as much as possible, which makes ELD an especially valuable tool of the 21st century.

ELD solutions help to improve operations for transportation companies by automating the logging of driver data, making it easier than ever for them to avoid HoS infractions. Our ELD solution is powered by VisTracks, and it relies on a unique software/hardware combination to track driving information. Through minimal training requirements, on-screen documentation tools, and easy-to-use administration features, our solution remains one of the most intuitive on the market.

With Actsoft’s fully FMCSA-certified ELD application, allow your company’s drivers to focus on driving safely and efficiently by digitizing their driving information. Let our solution eliminate the hassles of logging travel data, and in turn increase your team’s productivity, accuracy, and bottom line savings today.

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17.08
2018

Useful Tips for Avoiding Traffic

As a regular factor for many commuters, heavy traffic can put a strain on mental health, car lifespans, and time management abilities. It can also end up costing drivers significantly more on fuel over time.

At Actsoft, we’ve realized that these negative factors of roadway congestion can hinder operations for companies with mobile workforces in particular. And while dealing with traffic is inevitable at times, there’s plenty of cases where it could’ve been avoided entirely by simply taking a better route, or getting equipped with smarter tools for planning ahead. Here’s three ways that our solutions can help businesses like yours circumvent the hassles of packed streets on a daily basis.

GPS tracking in near real-time

While traffic may be worsening in some developing areas and urban centers due to increasing amounts of cars on the road, the power of technology continues to advance. GPS tracking solutions like the ones we engineer now allow you to analyze, strategize, and optimize the daily processes of your workforce on the fly. With our GPS Tracking feature, you can see the locations of your dispersed workers, and find the most efficient ways to direct certain employees to new job sites in the field digitally. Traffic can certainly play a factor in how quickly an employee can get to a new job assignment, regardless of how far away they are. Use our applications to accurately monitor the positions of your mobile team members, and manage roadway congestion with ease.

Traffic Overlay

The toll of heavy traffic can cause your business to lose money in more ways than one. Prolonged instances of idle time accelerate vehicle wear-and-tear, stall productivity, and unnecessarily burn gasoline, making them something to consider reducing. Now, we’ve made it simpler than ever to keep vehicle idling at a minimum using our new Traffic Overlay feature.

As one of our latest enhancements to Encore, our flagship solution, Traffic Overlay gives you the ability to see near real-time traffic patterns on top of your dashboard’s live view maps. Look at which intersections or interstates have the heaviest amounts of traffic prior to sending out employees to work zones, and make smarter route decisions that will conserve more resources.

Optimize schedules

Rush hour remains one of the most constricted times of the day for traffic patterns, as commuters depart from their jobs all at once. Thankfully, our Timekeeping feature enables your remote employees to clock in and out directly from their mobile devices, eliminating any need for them to drive to the office and register time punches before starting or ending work. Get your staff to job assignments quicker, and allow them to get a head start on common rush hour traffic times using our powerful solutions.

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24.07
2018

Dispatching’s Important Role in Directing a Mobile Workforce

Effective communication between remote employees and management remains an essential ingredient to the upkeep of virtually any company’s daily business operations. For organizations with mobile workforces in particular, these connections are even more important. Administrators at corporate headquarters must conduct a symphony of efficiency when it comes to managing their remote employees, and a better way to orchestrate it is with Mobile Dispatching.

This tool allows businesses to send out new directives to remote workers wirelessly, all from the comfort of a centralized location. By tapping into the power of cell phones and other forms of mobile technology, Mobile Dispatching is able to notify employees in the field about new job instructions through web portal integration. At Actsoft, it’s an integral component to our powerful suite of business solutions.

We’ve carefully engineered one of the most effective Mobile Dispatching applications, taking into account both practicality and ease of use within our development process. Actsoft’s Mobile Dispatching system even displays the availabilities of dispersed staff members, giving administrators greater insight into their workforce’s daily activities.

Coordinating resources and employees alike is also easier than ever using our solutions’ Closest To feature. As new work locations are confirmed in the field, you’ll be able to identify the nearest workers to them and route labor based on proximity. With a tandem of Mobile Dispatching and Closest To, increase the efficiency of your business’s responsiveness to new customers, and save money on fuel costs by reducing unnecessary trips.

The advent of mobile workforces has created a need for smarter, simpler business solutions that remove confusion from the task of managing scattered staff. Allow Actsoft to help your business improve its on-the-fly communication through Mobile Dispatching, and eliminate the need for employees to return to your home office any time new instructions are given.

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20.07
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Secluded Beaches to Escape the Crowds

Sometimes, the very thought of “going green” can sound the alarm for business owners as a practice that, while noble, requires a huge investment of finances that not only will affect their bottom lines, but that they just don’t have the resources to put forward, even if they wanted to.

But that’s not always the case. At Actsoft, we give business owners the tools to cut down on unnecessary waste, namely paper and fuel. Just by cutting back on the use of both resources, you’ll be putting money back into your pocket and reducing your carbon footprint.

For example, our Wireless Forms tool gives you the ability to significantly reduce the amount of paper you use both in the field and in the office. To boot, in addition to the financial savings and eco-positive results from dialing back paper use, you’ll also see gains in terms of your team’s ability to turn around more work in the field.

When you switch from paper to digital forms, your remote crew can process “paperwork” much faster and, instead of having to take the time to bring all physical forms back to the office for processing, they can zip it off instantly and be off to the next assignment without missing a beat. And your office team can work faster to process it since there are no discrepancies resulting from poor handwriting or damaged papers.

It’s an all-around win-win solution: money in your pocket and a reduced carbon footprint. And it’s why we’re continuing to celebrate our green solutions by paying tribute to some of our favorite natural wonders from around the world. This week, we’re traveling to some of the greatest secluded beaches. These are the ones to hit up when you want a beachy retreat but without all the noisy crowds.

Dry Tortugas, Florida
It doesn’t get much more secluded than this. First, you have to get all the way down to Key West, in the Florida Keys. From there, you’ll hop on a ferry (or charter a seaplane) and travel some 70 miles west, where you’ll arrive at the 100-square-mile national park. Pack everything you need, including food and drink, since there are few amenities on the island. Four calm, crowd-free beaches can be found along either side of the cloistered paradise. In the center, serving as a backdrop, is Fort Jefferson. Built as a military fortification and then later used as a prison, this massive structure takes up an expansive portion of the island and is a must-see site for any history buff. If a day trip to the island isn’t enough for you, there are a limited number of campsites available to rent, on a first come, first serve basis.

Second Beach, Washington
Part of the La Push trio of beaches, the only way to get to this stretch of surf is through a hiking trail full of switchbacks and an array of trail conditions, including a worn (but fully functional) wood-framed “staircase.” A cabinet tree (which some hikers opt to drop keepsakes inside of, despite the “leave no trace” rule inherent for most naturephiles) marks the near-end of the path. Once at the beach, you’re treated to a stunning view of towering sea stacks in the distance, plus a natural rock arch you can often hear the wind whistling through on stormier days. Oh, and if this all looks familiar, it’s because it was featured in the movie, “Twilight.”

Cumberland Island, Georgia
Georgia’s southernmost (and largest) barrier island is only accessible via a ferry, so don’t plan to drive there, despite the island’s close proximity to the mainland. The eastern side is where you’ll find some 17 miles of beach stretching from the top to the bottom of the island. While the beaches are a peaceful respite from throngs of crowds, and devoid of litter and debris, you may find yourself sharing the space with a potentially rowdy group … of horses. Cumberland Island is home to a number of feral horses that roam its grounds, including the beach, so be on the lookout for a congregation of the majestic creatures potentially frolicking in the surf. Hotel accommodations are available on the island or, if you’d rather be a little closer to nature, you can reserve a campsite from the National Park Service.

Roque Bluffs Beach, Maine
In the sleepy town of Roque Bluffs, you’ll find a duality of waterfronts. On the north side of the road are the serene, still freshwaters of Simpson Pond. In stark contrast, across on the street is where saltwater waves lap at a half-mile stretch of sandy beach. Pack a picnic, since there isn’t much in the way of accommodations along this sleepy stretch of coastal Maine road, found nearly 90 miles east of Bangor, the closest “large” city. Then enjoy the views of Englishman Bay as you while the afternoon away.

Awahua Beach, Molokai, Hawaii
With a long history of isolation, thanks to its past use as a colony for those with leprosy, the entire island of Molokai remains the least developed of the Hawaiian chain. This is especially true of Awahua Beach. The beach is only accessible by hiking, but only with a local tour group, since you’ll pass through the abandoned remnants of a historic leper colony. Once you arrive, you’re treated to a quiet, stunning black-sand beach, surrounded by some of the tallest cliffs to be found on the island. Because of the unpredictable, strong currents, swimming is prohibited, but there’s nothing to stop you from enjoying the one-of-a-kind views.

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16.07
2018

The Inefficiencies of Paper Forms

Companies in the 21st century are increasingly in need of new ways to raise their efficiency levels. As a paradigm of easier, smarter workflows has begun to take shape in the business world, there’s also been an uptick in demand for solutions that can effectively align simplicity with high productivity.

At Actsoft, we’ve responded to this new trend by engineering some of the most versatile business applications available. Our solutions are effective at helping you identify and refine any existing practices your company might have that aren’t fully optimized for efficiency, such as the usage of traditional paper forms.

For many firms, one of their most suspect points of inefficiency remains the resources they expend annually on paper alone. In addition to being incredibly costly from a yearly perspective, paperwork can also be easily lost, illegible, and impractical to ship far distances. With our Wireless Forms solution, however, you can remove paper from your organization’s operations altogether, making any detrimental byproducts of keeping and circulating physical documents a thing of the past.

Digital documents are more secure, transferrable nearly instantly, and perfectly compatible with the mobile workforces of today. They’re also more intuitive, and customizable to the specific needs of your company.

Our Wireless Forms tool allows remote employees to unlock the full power of their mobile devices while they’re filling out documents in the field. Workers can use its features to capture and attach photos, acquire signatures via touchscreen, and even send back audio recordings within wireless documents to their business’s headquarters. Through a fully customizable form template builder on the web, you’ll be able to handcraft your organization’s wireless forms with ease, so that your team can access and complete them while away from the office.

Actsoft will continue paving roads into the future of business efficiency, with our Wireless Forms solution leading the way. Give your mobile employees a simpler, faster way to send information, and experience savings as a result.

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09.07
2018

Natural Wonders: 5 Perfect Places for Hiking

The ability to track your drivers’ behaviors is tantamount to money in your pocket. When you make sure that the people responsible for taking your fleet on the road are practicing stellar driving habits — like minimizing unnecessary vehicle idling times, keeping a steady pace instead of burning fuel by speeding, and curbing that tendency to slam on the brakes needlessly — you drastically cut back on fuel consumption.

Studies have shown that just cutting down on aggressive driving alone can save you anywhere from 10 to 40 percent on fuel. Whether fuel prices are sky high or at record lows, any amount back into your pocket is money you can then invest into your business.

And let’s not make light of the safety benefits that also come from having safe drivers behind the wheel. Knowing that you have a team on the road following the rules gives you peace of mind that their risk of costly accidents is also diminished.

At Actsoft, we help give you that peace of mind and help put extra money back in your pockets. Tracking your fleet through our software means that you know exactly where your drivers are, their routes, whether they’ve been idling excessively, if they’ve been speeding, and if they have a habit of hard braking or quick starting, among other habits.

It’s all a part of helping you do your part to go green, while simultaneously being able to cut costs. So, in a continuation of our Natural Wonders series, to celebrate the cost-saving that also benefits the environment, this week we’re going to explore the best places to get outside and take a hike.

Shenandoah National Park, Virginia

With roughly 200,000 acres of protected land, hiking abounds in this treasured parkland. Here, you’ll find more than 500 miles of trails, along which you may spot any number of wild animals, including more than 200 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and fish, plus countless insects and spiders. Don’t miss a chance to hike a part of the Appalachian Trail; 105 miles of the famed 2,180-mile-long path is located right here.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee and North Carolina

Spanning the border between Tennessee and North Carolina, the sprawling park stretches an astounding 522,000 acres. As one of the largest protected parcels of land in the country, myriad animal species call the grounds home, including the American Black Bear, the park’s unofficial mascot. There are some 1,500 of these bears in the park, making it the largest protected bear habitat in the East. Choose from more than 150 official trails, and be sure to take part in the “Hike the Smokies” challenge; just log your excursions and earn pins incrementally as you surpass 100 miles of hiking.

Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Nevada

Just 15 miles from the glitz and glam of always-awake Las Vegas are nearly 200,000 protected desert acres itching to be explored. There are 26 official hiking trails that allow you to take a look at all the desert world has to offer. Keep an eye out for wild burros, desert bighorn sheep, and even red-spotted toads (after a rare rainstorm). Plus, depending on the time of year, it’s actually possible to spot waterfalls, even in the desert. (Lost Creek, Ice Box Canyon, and First Creek Canyon are three trails where you may find one.)

Acadia National Park, Maine

The oldest national park in the eastern U.S., Acadia’s 49,000 acres span most of Maine’s Mount Desert Island, as well as some of the smaller surrounding islands. The coastal park is home to a plethora of wildlife, including gray seals, snowshoe hares, minks, coyotes, and golden eagles. Hiking trails abound, but you’re in Maine, arguably one of the most picturesque coastal states, so stick to one of the six official coastal trails. The Gorham Mountain Loop is 3.5 miles and features a 525-foot mountain that’s the perfect spot to catch a stunning sunrise.

Central Park, New York City

Yes, really! Who’s to say great hiking has to be completely immersed in acre upon acre of unadulterated wilderness? Smack dab in the center of the concrete jungle that is New York City, Central Park is a green oasis that spans nearly 850 acres and is jam-packed with trails that are manageable for just about anyone. Trails wend through all sections of the park; while it’s easy to forget for a moment that you’re in the middle of a major metropolis, one glance up at the towering skyscrapers that surround the park will snap you back to reality.

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26.06
2018

The Versatile Solutions of GPS Technology

The creation of a Global Positioning System (GPS) has brought extra convenience and powerful business applications alike into the lives of modern-day people. Things such as locating lost equipment, estimating lengths of travel, and even visiting unfamiliar places have become so much easier to accomplish through the concept of GPS, and the system’s versatility makes it one of the most impressive resources available in the digital age.

How does GPS work?

The GPS network is comprised of multiple satellites that are kept in perpetual orbit around Earth, and each one of these satellites transmits information to GPS receivers on Earth’s surface. This data is then used to calculate the positions of receivers in near real-time by comparing the time a signal was transmitted from a satellite to the time it was collected. A difference in time elapsed gives the receiving device an accurate perception of how far away the satellite it originally accepted the ping from is, allowing for precise locations on a digital map to be plotted.

Actsoft’s solutions

Many of our applications use GPS in order to let businesses see the near real-time locations and activities of their mobile workforces. In doing this, Actsoft’s tracking software can help to increase the efficiency of company operations, while lowering costs for an organization at the same time. Valuable equipment and assets that are scattered in the field, away from corporate headquarters are able to be constantly monitored for security purposes, and any speeds of business vehicle travel can also be recorded, all using the tandem of our products and GPS satellites. Once given comprehensive reports on the driving behaviors of remote workers, businesses can then use that information to implement strategies for reduced fleet wear-and-tear, saved fuel, and better time management.

Using the power of GPS, Actsoft has engineered intelligent business tools for better, faster mobile operations. Let us help your company reach new heights of efficiency today by providing your team with our sophisticated, yet user-friendly spatial analytics solutions.

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19.06
2018

Helpful Ways to Maintain Peace of Mind

In virtually any scenario, peace of mind is something many of us seek. Whether it’s while you’re trying to effectively direct a team, meet an important deadline, buy a home for the first time, or even plan a vacation, maintained mental calmness can be a very beneficial asset to have. Thankfully, there’s never been a more diverse assortment of resources available in today’s world to help you with this.

Recent trends in both technology and business are all about moving toward simplified, more productive workflows, and ideally, these processes will be optimized for efficiency. In turn, employees become positioned to complete their jobs with ease, which alleviates the stress load for everyone. With a team full of driven individuals that all have peace of mind behind every single project that’s on the table, great things are bound to occur.

So, how does one go about finding mental clarity in personal and business life alike?

As we’ve discussed in previous posts, something such as traveling abroad can be an essential supplement to your well-being, and it’s one of the best ways to sustain high levels of peace of mind. Experiencing cultures and landscapes that you’ve never witnessed before expands horizons, while also allowing you to become better-rounded as an individual.

On the business side, mental clarity allows employees to do their jobs faster, better, and with less stress involved. For companies with dispersed mobile staff and assets in particular, Actsoft solutions make workforce management easier, smarter, and more effective.

Our organization specializes in the simplification of your business’s daily processes. Features of our solutions like Wireless Forms and Messaging allow your company to communicate and transmit information back and forth more efficiently, which can bring an extra measure harmony to your workforce. On the heels of greater collective peace of mind and enhanced productivity, your company may ensure that its employees are happy, healthy, and more efficient than ever before.

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11.06
2018

Protecting Your Equipment with Innovative Software

For many businesses, the security of high-value equipment is essential to making sure that operations run smoothly on a routine basis. One particular cause for concern, however, is how exactly these important and often costly assets are being kept safe during non-working hours.

While mobile employees are in the field, it’s easy to keep tabs on the equipment they’re using in near real-time with the assistance of an adequate solution. But what happens to the tools a workforce uses once its workers have clocked out for the day? How exactly are these assets being protected against theft, misuse, and damages?

With Actsoft, ensure that your valuable tools are being safely monitored around-the-clock using features of our applications such as Geofences, Alerts, and GPS Tracking. On our solutions’ live view maps, the positions of precious equipment like fleet vehicles and company-owned mobile devices are all plotted and can be checked in near real-time. Geofences are customizable, and designate the boundaries for remote work zones on the live view map. Any time an asset enters or exits these boundaries during specified times, notifications will be sent back to a company’s in-office team, keeping them always informed.

Businesses like Gardner-Watson Decking use Actsoft to monitor the whereabouts of their dispersed equipment on a daily basis. Through effective tracking and strong workforce transparency, they’ve been able to witness significant return on investment.

“We have had a vehicle stolen, and we’ve been able to track it and have the police respond to it within approximately 30 minutes of knowing the truck was stolen,” said Rick Vassallo, chief financial officer and vice president of operations at Gardner-Watson Decking. “We got one hundred percent of our equipment back, minor damage to the vehicle. So, a fifty or sixty thousand-dollar equipped truck is a huge savings.”

Consider letting Actsoft help your business retain and maintain its high-value equipment today. With a vast array of specialized solutions available, we can help you gain peace of mind and greater knowledge regarding the security of your company’s essential assets.

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