Equipment manufacturers are recognizing that they can offer landscapers more than just powerful machines. They can also provide valuable information to help them make smarter business decisions. In addition to giving a rundown of equipment specs, product managers from many companies exhibiting at GIE+Expo highlighted the telematics and equipment management solutions that offer landscapers a way to monitor their machines.
While many industry companies currently offer equipment management solutions, Stihl, Virginia Beach, Virginia, announced at GIE+Expo the debut of Stihl Connected. Available in spring 2020, the technology uses a Smart Connector that attaches to your tools and records operational details that are sent to your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth. Through the Stihl app, landscape professionals can access tool usage data that will allow for planned maintenance schedules and improve daily work processes.
Another market within the green industry continuing to advance technology is the landscape business management software field. One of these is LMN, based in Markham, Ontario. At GIE+Expo, the company released its latest version, LMN 19.10, which includes a new customer relationship management app that allows landscapers to review communication history, including job files and photos, create new leads, assign to-do’s and access driving directions to a job.
The company also released an updated version of the LMN Time app, giving users better information faster. Punch-in times have been reduced by half, crews can look ahead at their schedules to better prep for upcoming work and admins will be alerted to errors with intelligent payroll warnings. The app is also now available in Spanish and French.
The world is full of data and information, but it’s only valuable if there’s a simple solution to help landscapers apply it to their daily operations. Manufacturers and software companies continue to create solutions intended to help green industry companies improve productivity and management of their equipment.