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Ride-sharing services like Uber, Lyft, and SideCar might be really great for customers because they can track their driver on their smartphone, but that’s also an upside for these companies as employers. They can see when and where employees are, when they’re rendering services, and for how much without anyone having to come to the office.
Locqus, a company based in Detroit, Mich., has noticed that too, and it’s releasing a product today that can bring similar technology and capabilities to any small business. The company is also announcing that it has raised $2 million in seed funding.
Locqus’s product is made for businesses whose employees are mostly out in the field serving customers, such as plumbers, delivery folks, installation specialists, and so on. It provides cloud-based software that lets the company track employees, bills, and such, and it has matching mobile apps for employees to use while in the field. With the apps, employees can “clock in,” input key information about the services they’ve performed, and even let customers know that they’re on their way or will be late. One in three people work in field services, Locqus says.
“It’s essentially a cloud platform that gives any company a 360-degree view of their business,” Locqus chief executive Sandy Kronenberg told VentureBeat in an interview. On the other hand, it gives field employees “anything they would have in the office, on the road,” he said.
Small businesses often resort to using a combination of tools to fulfill all their needs, such as QuickBooks for their accounting, time-keeping apps like Toggl or Harvest for employee apps, and so on.
Locqus’s software also integrates with other tools such as QuickBooks, and the company is partnering with Moneris Solutions to enable billing and payment processing right from the apps and software. Samsung will also be releasing a ruggedized mobile phone soon that will come preloaded with Locqus’s app.
Locqus raised its funding from Moneris Solutions. Prior to this, Kronenberg bootstrapped the company.
Locqus was founded in 2013. Its mobile app is available on iOS and Android.
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