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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software

Where's Tim has been getting a lot of attention lately. And as I watched Matt drive around the other day, I realized there is something very interesting about seeing him move across the map.

When it comes to business applications, knowledge is money. Our ParaPlan Pro application supports geocoding, which means we can transform a street address to a latitude and longitude. So for each of our client's trips, the software knows when that person was supposed to be picked up, and the exact lat/lon coordinates of the pick up and drop off location. When our clients purchase our GPS add-on, the software knows when and where the person was supposed to be picked up, and also exactly when and where the vehicle actually was!! We wrote an algorithm that will figure out exactly when that person was picked up and will also calculate the odometer of the vehicle that picked them up.

See, in Paratransit, agencies usually get paid for the number and the types of trips they provide. Our software will print out a manifest of all the trips for each vehicle. The driver takes that manifest with them and manually writes down the exact time and odometer for each pick up, drop off, and transfer. At the end of the day, the driver gives that manifest back to the office and somebody has to manually enter that data back into ParaPlan. ParaPlan then will generate the report that the agency can submit for payment. With our GPS add-on, we are able to completely cut out the manual writing and data entry of times and odometers!!

There are many other uses for GPS, with real-time location systems, service companies can automatically dispatch service calls to the closest technician. Emergency management dispatchers can re-route vehicles based on current traffic conditions, some states even use GPS with people under house arrest.

EnGraph has spent the last two years knee deep in GPS, we have spent the time and the research and have already developed middle and database tier components to make leveraging any GPS application easy. We've already done the hard work. Let us know if we can help streamline your business.

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Posted on Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:13 AM EnGraph , .NET , GPS , Where's Tim | Back to top

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