The application, powered by GPS giant Xora, runs on Cbeyond-branded smartphones and mobile data plans. That means small businesses don’t have to buy new software or infrastructure to use Mobile Workforce Manager. So, once the application loads onto the appropriate device, users can pin down the location of field workers, track their fleet miles and driving speed, as well as tally overtime via a tamper-proof method of timecard collection.
Mobile Workforce Manager comes with features including picture and voice notes. It integrates with back-office systems such as QuickBooks so companies don’t have to manually input data. The application so far works with the BlackBerry 8830, BlackBerry Pearl, BlackBerry Curve and Moto Q. Data plans start at $40 per month per device; there’s also a separate $25 set-up fee per phone and a $20 per month service fee per smartphone that runs Mobile Workforce Manager.
Still, Cbeyond said using Mobile Workforce Manager can save employers up to $1,500 per year per mobile employee.