Google lets employers keep a better eye on staff

Employers will be able to better deploy staff in the field with the Google Maps Coordinate app.

Google Maps has been taken location identification one step further, with businesses now able to track employees through the new Google Maps Coordinate function.

The new tool, which was developed at Google’s Sydney office, allows businesses to more easily identify where their staff are so they are able to communicate with them and deploy them more effectively.

Businesses sign up for the function to gain access to it through Web browsers and smartphones.

Employees then need to download the app on their Android smartphone, which allows them to share their real-time location, regardless of whether they are inside or outside, and record data while they are out in the field.

Back in the office, staff are able to view which team members are connected to Google Maps Coordinate and pinpoint their exact location.

The premise of the tool is that businesses, for example, a telco, could more effectively assign technicians to jobs by locating the team member closest to the problem.

The app also allows data to be saved for recall, with current and past jobs saved. Google stated this would mean “Businesses can assess where they should be assigning or hiring more workers and how to optimally place their teams”.

The app will cost $15 per month for each person using the app.

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