Alpha Tracker has been on the road this week, exhibiting at the European Asbestos Forum 2023 in Brussels, Belgium. We've been meeting clients, talking to asbestos consultancies from Europe and beyond and listening to fascinating presentations from mesothelioma survivors and worldwide asbestos experts. Some of the EAF 2023 highlights for the Alpha Tracker team In addition, the conference organiser and host, EAF President Dr Yvonne Waterman, delivered a moving tribute to asbestos campaigner Mavis Nye in her opening remarks.  Mavis recently passed away after being diagnosed with Mesothelioma in 2009 and her portrait took pride of place on the conference stage. The Alpha Tracker team with the portrait of Ray & Mavis Nye After the conference, the portrait is heading to the  Asbestos Museum in Rotterdam  to be placed on display.  Mavis visited the museum last year and it made a huge impression on her and Ray.

About Start Software

Start Software is an award-winning developer and leading publisher of asbestos software, systems for the legal services industry and more.

Want to know more about asbestos software Alpha Tracker? Alpha Tracker is the most used asbestos software in the UK, Australia & New Zealand with more than 60m items of asbestos data stored.

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Watch our latest webinar and learn about the Alpha Tracker Client Portal

The recording of our latest Alpha Tracker webinar - all about the integrated Client Portal - is now available on YouTube:

The live version didn't quite go to plan - our office lost all Internet a few minutes before the webinar was due to start, and our mobile phone hotspots gave up, too!

This was the last Alpha Tracker Tips & Tricks webinar of 2023.  Watch this space for news of the webinars we'll be running throughout 2024.

Are you reasonably good at everything? Enjoy working in a small team? We're recruiting!

I once saw a job advert with the headline "Are you reasonably good at everything?" and it really caught my eye.  We're recruiting now for our Telford office and that phrase actually describes the person we're looking for - someone who would enjoy being our office administrator and also would relish speaking to clients, chasing quotes, updating our systems, even learning or making use of some technical skills!

The role is based in our Telford office (TF2 9FT) and is available now.  Some element of home-working might be available but you should expect to be in the office Monday - Friday.  We can be flexible on working hours, including offering a school-hours contract, if relevant.

Would you like to work with us and our product Alpha Tracker?

We're proud to be a Living Wage Employer (we've just had our anniversary) and we enjoy working with apprentices and seeing them develop their skills and become full-time employees - see how well Jamie and Zac did. 

Other benefits of working with us at Start Software include a supportive team environment, profit-share bonuses, occasional foreign travel, a cycle-to-work scheme, a tech scheme (for buying discounted technology for home use) and a working environment based on trust and empowerment.

If you would like to explore this opportunity, click here and send us your details.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Dan has presented Zac with his apprenticeship certificate - congrats from all of us

Congratulations Zac for achieving your apprenticeship! Zac is now working as a support technician and junior software developer, alongside our team of programmers in Telford, UK.

That certificate was well earned! Zac (left) and Team Leader Dan (right)

Would you like a technical or customer service apprenticeship here at Start Software?  Get in touch here.

The latest Alpha Tracker Mobile update is now in beta test

Jack has released the latest Alpha Tracker Mobile app to our beta testers.

The latest version of Alpha Tracker Mobile in action

The latest update has these new features and improvements, many of which will appeal to our water hygiene consultancies:
  1. You can now duplicate water assets and outlets (and the data associated with them) with just one click

  2. You can mark outlets as being infrequently accessed

  3. The last date an outlet was monitored/cleaned/serviced is now shown when working on site (so that you can avoid working on outlets which don't need to be actioned)

  4. Attempting to log in with an invalid user ID or password, or an expired password, now displays a more helpful message

  5. If your sync is interrupted for any reason, you will not see duplicate assets and outlets when you re-sync

  6. Photos are now quicker to display

  7. A variety of minor bugs have been addressed.

Do you need more lab analysis capacity? HSL are offering sub-contracting services to other Alpha Tracker labs

If you're looking for additional lab capacity, HSL is offering lab services to other Alpha Tracker asbestos consultancies.

HSL operate fully accredited and very experienced laboratories offering the full range of asbestos testing services including water absorption tests for cement/board confirmations.  All of their work is certified to ISO 17025 and ISO9001:2000.

HSL's lab testing and analysis services

If you're interested in outsourcing to HSL, talk to Asbestos Lab Manager Lucy Croydon (click here to email).

If you'd like us to feature your consultancy on the Alpha Tracker news feed & blog, get in touch with Robin.

The latest Water Hygiene User Guide for Alpha Tracker is now available on our website

Kim has updated the Alpha Tracker Water Hygiene User Guide and it is now available to read and download.

You'll find the Water Hygiene User Guide with our other documentation

The guide explains how to book jobs into Alpha Tracker, how to schedule them, site data capture (for Legionella Risk Assessments as well as monitoring/temperature work), report production and accessing the asset & outlet data afterwards.

Click here to view our Alpha Tracker manuals.  Feel free to read online or download and print.

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