Announcing StaffNearby: Workforce location tracking and attendance management using beacons
February 28, 2018
As we continue to add new features and expand the scope of what is possible for companies globally, we are excited to announce the Beaconstac Solutions Program that takes the power of the Beaconstac platform and expands it to other verticals that are seeing tremendous traction globally. The first of these announcements today is from StaffNearby, a company focused on helping organizations optimize staff productivity and customer service using beacons.
Location is an extremely powerful context for getting work done. “Hello, where are you?” is often the first question many of us ask a colleague when trying to find something or getting a task done. While location awareness is something we take for granted when finding places (“Nearby” queries on Google have doubled in the last few years), the location of people and assets is still completely missing in the workplace.
For example, when a lab attendant in a hospital goes around the building to collect blood samples, there is no idea which ward she is in. In a large construction site, it’s often hard to figure out if the workers are at the right place where the priority work needs to be done. These are just a few examples of how the lack of location awareness of the workforce is a huge drain on resources and time.
To address this very challenge, Beaconstac is excited to partner with StaffNearby to launch a fully cloud-based crew location awareness solution, that can be launched in less than 5 minutes, and instantly provide full workforce transparency to your organization.
StaffNearby app features
The easy to use, extremely light mobile app provides a host of powerful features for organizations to improve mobile workforce productivity and management. The key ones are the following:
1. Attendance Management
Using StaffNearby’s simple mobile app, your staff can clock-in to their shift, or can be automatically clocked-in when they enter specified locations. Your supervisors and mobile crews can also identify exactly where they are within your project site, retail store, office building etc. As an organization, you can also turn on alerts if your crew wanders off somewhere else during their shift. By leveraging Beaconstac’s technology, this works even within buildings and with a very high granularity of location. Generating attendance and time reports are all just one click.
2. Staff location awareness
After your staff is clocked into their shift, the admin dashboard gives a simple real-time visual of the exact location of everyone. No need to call a chain of people, or make your clients/customers wait while hunting down someone. When they clock off the shift, the location awareness is turned off, eliminating any privacy concerns.
For e.g. a construction client uses this to identify where their workers are and ensure it aligns with their weekly work plan for where the main work needs to be happening. In any large hotel, knowing where the housekeeping staff is present helps to quickly service guest requests from the nearest colleague.
3. Location-based information sharing
StaffNearby’s mobile app provides specific location-based alerts and information to help improve workforce productivity. For e.g. an engineering or servicing worker can automatically receive the right documentation, video “how to” guides and other related information specific to an equipment, as soon as she is close to it. No need to search for the right content, or finding incorrect information, resulting in saving significant time and reducing errors.
4. Crew safety management
When a worker is next to a dangerous equipment or location, StaffNearby’s app can alert her to it, and any precautions that need to be taken. In the unfortunate case of an emergency, StaffNearby’s app can ensure all the crew members are present at the muster point, and notify management about missing colleagues (e.g., in industrial clients)
How StaffNearby will work with Beaconstac
StaffNearby’s integration with Beaconstac is seamless to the end customer or user. The Beaconstac beacons are deployed, and the name and location registered in just a few clicks. StaffNearby’s team will also set up the customer’s own “mission control” dashboard for you to manage everything you need. After that, your workers will simply have to download the StaffNearby mobile app from the app store and log in.
Everything else is as simple as using any other mobile application. As an admin, the manager can use the mission control dashboard to see the location of the staff, generate attendance reports, or even push alerts and announcements to your users.
Will this require a lot of investment?
The StaffNearby and Beaconstac solution is 100% cloud-based which makes it incredibly easy to deploy. The mobile app itself can just be downloaded from the app stores and launched in less than five minutes. There’s no additional management or IT infrastructure needed, and StaffNearby’s team will support you through the entire process.