Today’s remodeling business owners are taking advantage of the latest mobile technology to stay up to date with real-time reporting, job costing, and labor time tracking. Keeping in touch with your employees, and on top of materials and equipment are easier than ever before with these new tech tools. Here are some recent tech advances that can further enhance your mobile business operations.
1. Inside Your Vehicle
Most new cars and trucks are now equipped with 4G LTE wireless data networks, keeping you connected to internet access anywhere. LTE, short for Long Term Evolution, allows mobile users to enjoy download speeds up to five times faster than 3G. Now your car really is your second office.
The next generation of rugged tablet cases have strapped on the new OttorBox Utility Series Latch II, for tablets. Known for their durability and long-lasting materials, OttorBox’s new Series Latch case straps on to your rugged case to enhance your tablet with greater portability. In your hand, around a headrest or on a table, the Utility Series Latch II tablet carrying case works everywhere.
3. Heavy Duty Tablet Case
The Rugged QX NXT XX-Large Heavy Duty case is custom fit, heavy duty, durable case is perfect for jobsites. It features a detachable swivel belt clip. It’s engineered for Samsung Galaxy Note 4, but the specs will fit similar tablets.
4. Stay Powered Up
Keep your wireless devices charged with the latest in power supply options with this four port USB External Battery Pack. The four ports are perfect for sharing power with your crew.
And the Limefuel Blast batteries can charge twice as fast as other external batteries on the market.
Spurred by the “impending” release of the Apple Watch, wearable technology seems to be one of the most promising new developments for construction/remodeling especially in the context of worker safety.
Smart hard hats will be able to detect and report impacts or falls and when they are not worn in a hazardous area. Smart safety vests can report in real-time vitals, body temperature, repetitive motions, and location.
Smart safety glasses by XOEye Techologies come equipped with a camera, microphone, speaker, detachable flash drive, and wireless antenna. They can be worn by new and inexperienced field workers to be “the eyes” for experienced veterans to identify and solve problems in hard to reach areas while, at the same time, providing on the job training.
6. Lost Your Android Phone?
If you’ve lost your Android phone, now it is easier than ever to locate and recover it. All that is required is to type “find my phone” into Google Search from a desktop browser. Just be sure that you are logged into the same Google account on the browser as you are on the phone, and that you have the latest version of the Google app installed on your phone. After you’ve successfully done the search, Google will display the location of the phone on a map and even offer to ring it for you. This is especially useful when your phone is “hiding” in your truck or toolbox! But don’t wait too long, the phone has to be powered up!
Whether sending electronic time cards from your truck or reading your most recent emails, your jobsite is an extension of your office’s operations. Staying flexible with mobile devices and accessories can give you the competitive edge to keep your business successful.
How does your company utilize technology to enhance operations? Please share your thoughts in the comment section below!