HCSS for data anywhere, anytime
First published in World Highways
Construction software developer HCSS has introduced a suite of new mobile applications for collecting and reviewing data on construction field operations.
The apps by the US firm can be run anywhere using iPhones, iPads and Android-based phones and tablets. With just a few swipes on a mobile device, contractors can record an entire time card including diaries, photographs and cost-coded employee and equipment hours, as well as production quantities.
Developed specifically for the construction industry, the mobile apps integrate with HCSS’s back-end databases, allowing them to integrate with more than 40 accounting systems.
Field personnel can have information at their fingertips to compare actual job costs against the budget on a daily basis from anywhere at any time. They can record daily diary entries and check employee skills instantly with their smart phone or tablet.
Photographs get transmitted into appropriate job folders by simply taking the photograph and clicking ‘Send’, although notes can also be attached to each photo.
Mike Rydin, president of HCSS, said: “Contractors don’t always have constant, 100% internet connectivity with our mobile apps. These apps were designed to be able to work off-line for the still frequent places where it is required. They are generally much faster than web-based products, which constantly communicate with the Internet.