Qualcomm introduces the Omni-Vision Metro service offering, Service Fleet Manager, which is designed to meet the needs of local service-based businesses that are centered in metropolitan areas and have mobile resources. The Omni-Vision Metro service provides customers with visibility into their mobile assets through management dashboards driven by data from in-vehicle GPS hardware for improved workforce and asset management, routing and scheduling.
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Universal Accounting Software
Universal Accounting Software introduces a new Windows version of its Rental Control System software, which offers faster processing, enhanced data integrity and improved inquiry capabilities. The software offers periodic billing for long-term rentals, a complete reservation system with an easy convert-to-contract function, automatic meter calculations with an onscreen display that allows customers and employees to better understand rental charges, and it can retain up to nine years of customer rental history.
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Solutions by Computer
Enfinity, the Windows-based rental management system from Solutions by Computer, has expanded its applications for equipment rental companies with robust capabilities for purchase orders and parts. These latest software developments capitalize on Enfinity's integration of the user-friendly Windows platform with Solutions' applications software.
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Enterprise from Point-of-Rental Systems provides complete rental management software for Windows with a full counter system suite using Internet integration, inventory tracking, maintenance scheduling, a dispatching center, and a wide range of report configurations. New features are added yearly to updates that are provided as part of a subscription support service.
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Alert Management Systems
Alert EasyPro features new Internet-based capabilities. The Alert Dashboard provides a new main menu that is customizable by store and by end user to provide instant access to Alert EasyPro and any other application that can be accessed via Internet browser. The Web Links area launches websites or web-based applications instantly. The Favorites area accesses hundreds of Alert reports, formatted to display in a web browser, Excel spreadsheet or other Windows applications.
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SmartEquip introduces the SE Warranty module to the SmartEquip Efficiency Suite. SE Warranty standardizes the process of submitting and receiving warranty claims, enabling consistent management of warranty processes, communications and status updates. Features include warranty claim creation that prompts for all required information, including model number, serial number, service date and service hours, so that the claim is submitted accurately and completely. Claim status updates can be viewed to track the progress of warranty submission. The module is available to fleet owners who implement SmartEquip's e-FleetPro and for OEMs who utilize the company's product support suite.
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Wynne Systems announces a new name for its RentalMan software product, which is now titled SaaS (Software as a Service) and previously known as ASP (Applications Service Provider). RentalMan is a fully-integrated enterprise resource planning application that enables users to accurately track equipment and workflow, as well as back-office functionality. According to Wynne Systems, the name change was a marketing-driven decision in which the company wanted a descriptive name that more clearly describes the proposition to its clients and prospects.
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Sirius Pro from Orion Software is a complete software solution that also is a multi-lingual, multi-currency and multi-tax product. Sirius Pro is a Windows-based, rental- and inventory-management software that tracks inventory and staff, manages all customer operations including quotations, reservations, contracts and invoices. The software offers features designed to improve business processes such as equipment reservations management, item and client picture integration, e-mail/fax capability, lost-rental tracking, transaction history, periodic billing and real-time multi-branch functionality.
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RMI Corp. introduces Advantage version 5.0, which features system enhancements including improvements in service management, inventory, jobs management, and sales and marketing. Service and jobs management have been more tightly integrated to allow for better scheduling and operational control. A new feature called style sheets allows for the creation of custom sales and rental orders, and quotes with a one-click export to Microsoft Word.
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Result Group's Budget Package of rentalresult is an off-the-shelf total business solution that includes financials and customer relationship management. The software is available in three versions: Express, Classic and Custom. Result Group has re-branded its Express Budget package to highlight that the software can go live in half the time of other software.
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Texada Software launches the Systematic Standard, a program that allows small rental operations to rent their business software instead of purchasing it. This software solution is configured with ease-of-use and offers the same features found in Texada's flagship product Systematic Premium (formerly SRM). The software is backed by a global support center, maximizing the client's total investment in software, and it is deployed on the client's premises ensuring their sensitive financial and customer data remains with them.
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The AlphaRental Mobile version 3.0 software from Genisys is designed to run on any Windows or Mobile 5.0- or 6.0-based smart phone. Salesperson functions include the ability to look up customers to get their account balances and open orders; look up inventory to get availability and rental rates; and see all open orders for any inventory item. Management functions include the capability to check revenues for each location and an employee time-clock lookup by date range. Driver functions include the ability to see deliveries or pickups that need to be made in order of their stops by truck. The driver can also perform equipment exchanges and update meter readings on equipment.
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Trimble announces the release of Trimble Construction Manager version 1.9, which is a fully integrated solution for managing construction equipment and operations. This software introduces charts and a dashboard view designed for users to visualize critical operational information for their construction fleet. It includes a detailed utilization report and maintenance alerts, which let users view their equipment's daily utilization and analyze actual hours worked compared to idle hours.
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BCS ProSoft announces Automated Rental Management version 4.2, which includes new features and advanced functionality. A few of the key features include purchase order and price quote integration to reservations inquiry; a hot link to inventory maintenance from equipment inquiry; shared ship to addresses between sales order and rental management; and the ability to view a customer's last transaction.
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Market Line Computers
Total Rental from Market Line Computers is a comprehensive management system designed for the rental industry that keeps track of various units including tools, scaffolding, aerial products and construction equipment. The management software features include inventory and parts control; full front counter operation; equipment maintenance; reservations; quotes; adjustments; and accounting and financials. The software works with Microsoft Windows 98/NT/2000/XP.
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Maxwell Systems introduces Quest Earthwork 7.5, the latest release of its earth-measuring software. Customers can use the software in conjunction with advanced machine control systems, which offer increased accuracy with the latest laser; GPS; and machine-control applications. Quest Earthwork 7.5 integrates directly with machine-control systems by exporting data in the required file formats. Users have the ability to view the entire site, or pinpoint exact sub-grade areas and contours for staking, layout and machine control.
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OEM Data Delivery
OEM Data Delivery introduces a wireless, hands-free way to capture equipment locations, as well as work hours, idle time and service alerts in real time. The GoPOD is a tiny, concealed computer installed in rental equipment, and has a GPS and a radio antenna. Information is collected passively, via drive-by, within a range of 300 feet of the site, and is transmitted via secure radio link. The data is then formatted, downloaded into a nightly web report and made available on a password-protected website.
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