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features, such as Document Scanning, which we will demonstrate at the Executive Hire Show.”

Document Scanning enables users to scan paperwork like contracts, off-hire notes and breakdown details as soon as they are brought to the depot. Documents are then configured with a barcode before being stored digitally as PDFs. This allows details to be retrieved instantly at a future time, reducing physical storage space and man-hours. The system also works with incoming paperwork, such as customer purchase orders and supplier invoices, by allowing users to print out a barcode label via Syrinx and attach it to the document prior to scanning. Document Scanning users include M&S Hire Power (Twickenham), Hackney-based Bents Plant, and access hire specialist Horizon Platforms of Yorkshire.

Demand for additional hire software functionality is also reported by Codegate, which specialises in mobile computing and track-and- trace applications.

Higher Concept Software reports strong demand for its Document Scanning.

Mobile solutions

“There is clearly growing demand for solutions that enable hirers to demonstrate quickly that all aspects of a contract are being met, especially from those serving national account customers and larger organisations,” Chairman Terran Churcher told EHN. “Our systems can be adapted for many hand-held devices and integrate with any software to enable drivers and other mobile staff to capture information that shows what was delivered or collected, when, where and in what condition. This reduces the likelihood of queries and reassures the client regarding what has been supplied to site.”

For Speedy, Codegate’s system includes electronic proof of delivery, satellite navigation and real-time tracking software running on rugged mobile computers. The driver scans the barcode on the hire contract, automatically linking the transaction to the contract information. Any equipment damage or comments can be noted and photographed, and the customer provides an on-screen signature that is time and date stamped. Collected data is integrated with the hirer’s extranet, allowing customers to access relevant information,


Current customers include Speedy and A-Plant, and Codegate will be exhibiting at the Executive Hire Show to demonstrate the bespoke systems it offers, based on its core ‘mobileworker’ software.

Codegate’s systems enable a comprehensive range of data to be captured.

and on Speedy’s system Codegate has tailored its mobileworker solution to integrate with navigation software, so that drivers can analyse delivery routes.

Flexibility is a benefit that hirers appreciate, according to Dublin- based Jpoint Software, which offers the Easi-Hire program. “We have developed by serving a diversity of businesses, from large specialist hirers with several depots, to one-shop independents,” said MD Mel Cawley. “We have also worked with organisations that both hire and sell, and builders’ merchants that have a hire activity. Addressing their needs has given us a huge knowledge base, and we are looking forward to showing what we offer at the Executive Hire Show.

“Easi-Hire has a range of modules to cover everyday transactions, financials, supply chain management, servicing and proof of delivery. Our Asset Register report provides a breakdown of assets with purchase date, cost, accumulated depreciation and written-down value at any point in time, and this can save companies considerable man-hours and money in providing required accounting details.

“We have an integrated accounts package, so no interface is required with any other package, making invoicing simple, and all user screens share a common design, minimising training requirements. Easi-Hire uses open source software where possible, reducing costs, and we are currently developing an on-line hire system to enable e-commerce transactions.”


Supplier Contacts Codegate

Higher Concept Software inspHire

Jpoint Software MCS

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