Timesheet Mobile makes use of the latest innovations in mapping to help our customers create geo fences for their customer & job sites. One of the most useful additions to our software has been the use of "Places" to aid in quickly finding and creating the geo fence. For example, if you have a customer or job at TD Garden in Boston, MA, simply typing "td gar ..." brings up a list of relevant places that you can choose from to set the geo fence immediately as shown below.
Of course, as with any technology there are always some limitations. While the database of known "Places" is expansive and growing every day, there are some locations that simply do not yet have a place associated with them yet. This could be due to a brand new street address resulting from new construction or the rare case of an existing street or place not yet in the database.
We have also found that the database of places does not always respond well to a secondary address information such as apartment or suite numbers. For example, "20 Main Street, Your Town, State" may yield results to select from but "20 Main Street, Apt. 12, Your Town, State" may not. These are uncommon occurrences and there is a way to configure your geo fence even if a list of places to choose from is not displayed. Here's how:
Enter by Latitude/Longitude
If you happen to know the GPS coordinates of your customer or job site (and believe it or not many of our customers in field services based companies do) - you can simply enter it directly as shown below.
Enter a Nearby Location that Returns a List of Places to Choose From
If you are one who has not memorized that the location of your supplier is latitude 32.7440356, longitude -97.3380712 rest easy, there is another way to set your geo fence. In the customer:job record, simply enter an address that is close to your customer or job site and that does resolve to a place list for you to select. Click on the closest selection and then click on the pin and drag it to the correct location. For example, to create a geo fence for an oil well outside of Alamo, ND enter "Alamo, ND" and then drag the pin to the final desired location on the map.
Geo fences are a popular and powerful feature of Timesheet Mobile and the vast and growing database of places a convenient and quick method to set them in most cases. We will continue to add and enhance this capability to make it even easier for you to add sites quickly and accurately and hope that this tip will help you in those rare spots that even Google Maps may not yet know about!