New Software at Coach & Bus Live 2013
On show for the very first time at the recent Coach & Bus Live exhibition was a mobile version of our market leading Tour Booking System website and online booking facility.
This exciting new functionality takes advantage of the state-of-the-art development platform used to build our greatly enhanced desktop browser implementation released earlier this year. The result is an extremely lightweight touch-optimised interface designed for use on all leading smartphones.
The mobile version of the website and booking facility retains all the functionality of the desktop browser version. This includes seat selection, both standard and home pick-up selection with full support for Google Maps, accommodation selection, insurance selection and online payment. In short all the original key functionality in a simple and intuitive mobile implementation.
You can see how easy it is to use on your own phone on our demonstration website at tbs.distinctive-systems.com/tbsweb (automatically switches between desktop and smartphone versions).
We also launched no less than five major new enhancements for Coach Manager at the show. Top of the list was the ability to send work tickets to a driver's smartphone calendar. Coach Manager sends the booking details that would appear on a printed work ticket formatted as a meeting request. The start date and time used for the meeting request is the start date and time of the booking. By using this simple trick, the booking details are automatically inserted into the smartphone's built-in calendar as a new meeting request in the correct chronological position.
Drivers can view the calendar for any given day and see all the bookings they have been assigned to on that day with each in its correct time slot. The full details of a booking can be revealed by simply tapping on a meeting request.
Next on the list was the integration of GPS vehicle tracking directly into Coach Manager. Using our Microsoft MapPoint integration, it is now possible to see the current location of a vehicle from within Coach Manager's Allocation and Scheduling facilities.
Other new functionality launched at the show included an integration with leading comparison site Coach Hire Comparison, a new hosted online quotation service and the addition of available vehicles and empty legs to Coach Manager Connect. Further details can be seen on our News page.
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