Friday, 27 March 2020

Good checklist for mobile asbestos surveying software

One of the "new kids on the block" in the field of asbestos surveying software has published a check-list of important features for any on-site asbestos data capture tool.

We think it's a great list and our own https://www.start-software.com/tracker/alpha-tracker/2-easier-asbestos-surveying/ ticks every box (of course).  It would be surprising if it didn't, given that we have captured more than 30,000,000 items of asbestos data from 1000s of asbestos surveyors in the UK, New Zealand and Australia.

Here you go:

1 Mobile and Tablet Friendly – absolutely, Tracker Mobile works on any Android or Apple smartphone or tablet

2 Unrestricted Devices – again, absolutely, our products will work on anything

3 Good Offline Support – more than 30,000,000 items of data have been collected on our Tracker Mobile app… virtually all offline!! So I think we can tick that box…

4 Flexible Survey Templates – again, yes, we create templates in Word which Alpha Tracker uses to create your reports, and clients won’t be able to spot an Alpha Tracker-generated one versus one done by hand

5 Fast On-Site Data Collection – our app won’t win any prizes for looks but goodness me it is quick to use.  Take a look at the seven 3-minute videos here https://www.start-software.com/tracker/alpha-tracker/2-easier-asbestos-surveying (scroll down to “SEE TRACKER MOBILE IN ACTION”) to see how fast and easy it is.  For example, duplicate an entire room with one tap!

6 Simple Quality Assurance – any data collected by a surveyor can be sent to any other handset for QA purposes.  Dead easy.

If you want to see their checklist, click here, we welcome any comparisons from Alpha Tracker to any other asbestos software product.

Thursday, 26 March 2020

Updated UK government Coronavirus advice for tradespeople working in people's homes (eg asbestos surveyors)

This is the latest guidance for tradespeople, issued this morning (26 March, 2020):

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close-guidance

The key paragraph is:


So it appears that asbestos surveying, for example, is permissible at least for now - as long as social distancing is possible and adhered to, and that neither the surveyor nor the occupant are showing signs of symptoms or are self-isolating.

Hope that helps in these difficult times.

Tuesday, 24 March 2020

How the UK's response to Coronovirus is affecting asbestos surveyors

A quick call around some of our asbestos consultancy clients using Alpha Tracker yesterday resulted in some interesting and useful feedback to share.

Most of our clients are continuing largely as normal but with office staff working from home where practical.  Some asbestos surveyors are finding it difficult to gain entry to domestic premises, in particular, whereas others are finding that they are being welcomed into buildings that have fewer staff than normal to complete their asbestos-related tasks.

The latest instructions (at 24.3.2020) from the UK Government are here and contain this instruction about how work has been affected:


Clearly, asbestos surveying cannot be done from home and so appears to be OK for now, maintaining social distancing protocols, naturally.

The government minister Robert Jenrick has also appeared to confirm this in a Tweet:


Other construction websites are reporting that they are seeking clarification about whether "open air" sites are OK whereas confined spaces are not.  I guess there will be more clarification over the next few days.

Friday, 20 March 2020

Free mobile app development for workers collecting Coronavirus data

Are you a health worker or organisation needing to collect data relating to the Coronavirus pandemic?

Would a free app help you fight Coronavirus?
Do you want to collect information on mobile devices whether or not you have an Internet connection?

Would an app built in the next few days help you?

We will build an app for you for free.

Our partners at Mobile Data Studio have said that we can use their platform to build Coronavirus apps without any licence fees and we will also give our development time for free.

Please do get in touch if we can help.

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

24x7 support continues as normal - *not* affected by Coronavirus

For the reassurance of our many environmental & asbestos consultancy clients around the world, using Alpha Tracker to deliver a reliable and quality service to their clients, please be reassured that our 24x7 personal support service has not and will not be affected by Coronavirus restrictions.

Our remote working technologies mean that we are confident that we will continue to provide our quality support service even if travel to our offices becomes impossible.

It is business as usual here at Start Software and we hope that you also have been able to continue trading as normal in these uncertain times.  

If you have any specific concerns or questions, please do get in touch.


Monday, 16 March 2020

New calendar features in Alpha Tracker

Watch out for the scheduling updates coming in the next Alpha Tracker release, available within a few weeks.

Alpha Tracker calendar

Some of the improvements to the calendar include:

- creating appointments for multiple people at the same time
- more advanced "make a suggestion" features where Alpha Tracker finds gaps in diaries for you
- improved mapping
- quicker ways to make a calendar booking
- mobile access to your calendar via Alpha Tracker Mobile

Would you like to know more?  Get in touch!

Friday, 13 March 2020

Recommendation from Alpha Tracker client

Just had a call from an environmental consultancy interested in our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

They had been talking to another of our customers who had told them this:

"we are using Alpha Tracker from Start Software for the past couple of years and I find it miles better than T***S".

Nice... and thank you!