Distinctive Systems Appointed Google OEM Partner
Following recent negotiations with Google, Distinctive Systems has been appointed a Google OEM Partner and has licensed Google Maps for Business for integration into our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system and our Tour Booking System.
Google Maps for Business is the most advanced mapping solution on the market. The annual cost for us to license it for unlimited use by our clients, as an integrated part of our software, is substantial. Despite this, we will be providing the integrations, including the use of Google Maps, entirely free of charge to all clients with a current software maintenance agreement. This functionality will be available to every user of our software at these clients.
Support for our existing Microsoft MapPoint integration will continue for the foreseeable future. However, we expect most clients will migrate to Google Maps immediately when they receive the updated software version.
Google Maps is a worldwide solution, so, for the very first time, we are now in a position to provide our many clients in Australia, New Zealand and other locations not covered by MapPoint with an integrated mapping solution.
A major benefit of Google Maps is that as a web-based solution it is effectively permanently up-to-date. Our integration will also include all the familiar features of the standalone free version including street views, satellite views and awareness of traffic conditions and road works.
In common with our existing Coach Manager MapPoint integration, Google Maps will be fully integrated with our built-in price calculator and will be able to plan routes and calculate travelling times and distances. In our Tour Booking System it will be used for defining and displaying home pick-up areas and any associated supplements, for locating and displaying standard pick-up points and for optimising home pick-up routes.
The expected release date for the Coach Manager integration is mid to late August, with TBS following shortly afterwards.
New Coach Manager Connect Website Open to All
We are pleased to announce a major new enhancement to Coach Manager Connect that allows operators to share bookings with not just other users of our Coach Manager private hire and contract booking system, but also with any operator in the country.
Coach Manager Connect is an Internet based service that connects the booking systems at over 350 leading UK operators using Coach Manager. It allows operators to easily subcontract bookings to other operators, or take on bookings being offered by others; instantly transferring details in both directions.
Previously, available bookings were only open to operators using Coach Manager, but now when a booking is added to Connect, providing it is not flagged as private, its outline details are instantly published to everyone following Distinctive Systems on Twitter.
An operator viewing a booking on Twitter can click a link to be taken to the new Coach Manager Connect website where its full details can be seen. All other available bookings can also be seen. The operator can contact the originator using the details supplied, or if they have Coach Manager, make an offer directly via Connect.
Access to the Coach Manager Connect website is free of charge and is open to any operator, irrespective of which management software they may use. Click here to read the full news article.
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