Friday, 30 October 2020

Alpha Tracker Release 33 highlights

We're really pleased with Release 33 of our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker, and hope you are too!

We've called this update the "AI" release as we've added intelligence into so many areas of the system.  Here's a short highlights video to show you three new features in particular:

  1. Fibre analysis screen changes for quicker data entry, better display on smaller screens, and extra flexibility for your asbestos lab

  2. Our intelligent Alpha Validator checks are now built into the Survey Data screen

  3. A new follow-up system and improved display of quotations to help you to chase and win business.



If you need help updating your system please do get in touch - we're here 24x7 in person to help you.


Wednesday, 28 October 2020

Alpha Tracker Release 33 - the "AI" release - is now available

We've been hard at work adding extra features to our asbestos software platform, Alpha Tracker.

Release 33 is now available with more than 450 new features, bug fixes and performance improvements.  Yes, more than 450!!  In this release, we've focused on "AI" powered features adding intelligence and convenience to many parts of the system including:

  • a vastly improved experience for the lab when using the new fibre analysis features

  • a completely rewritten quotation sub-system with improved graphics and follow-up workflow

  • immediate, intelligent data checks on asbestos data submitted by asbestos software from the field helping you get your asbestos reports right first time!  

Alpha Tracker's redesigned quotation sub-system

Release 33 is the update to Alpha Tracker Release 32 which was made publicly available back in the Spring.

Keep an eye on the blog for the video introducing the new features and the full set of release notes.  They should both be available in the next few days.

Release 34 is now underway and is the "cloud release" with more features linking Alpha Tracker to the cloud for document storage and improved editing of reports and other documents.


Tuesday, 20 October 2020

Alpha Legal protects you and your clients from identity theft - read why that is *so* important for businesses and business owners

Here's a great article explaining why identity theft is *so* important for businesses and business owners: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3575547/identity-theft-explained-why-businesses-make-tempting-targets.html.  

Alpha Legal protects you and protects your clients.  It takes 2 minutes to sign up - give us a try!



Monday, 19 October 2020

Hundreds of UK teachers have died from asbestos exposure over the last 15 years

Elaine spotted this piece of dreadful asbestos-related news: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/scandal-almost-300-british-teachers-22787332.  Nearly 300 British teachers have died from exposure to asbestos in the last 15 years.


The general public still believes, mistakenly, that asbestos is an "old problem" because the dangers have been known for years and it is no longer used as a construction material.

However, our asbestos software Alpha Tracker is capturing information about asbestos in situ in buildings across the UK and beyond each and every day, with hundreds of asbestos surveyors using the Tracker Mobile software to find more asbestos in buildings year-on-year.  We already have the biggest database of asbestos items in the world (we believe) with more than 30,000,000 items of data collected in our system.

As a company, we will continue to raise awareness about asbestos through our software and our links with Mesothelioma UK, our corporate charity.

Friday, 16 October 2020

Today's Wills and Probate Roundtable write-up published

Today's Wills and Probate write-up of the round-table event has been published here: https://www.todayswillsandprobate.co.uk/main-news/roundtable-brings-risks-to-the-forefront-of-delegates-minds/


It's worth a read if you're interested in reducing risk in your legal practice and, in particular, how Alpha Legal can help. 



Clean Air Asbestos Solutions chooses asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We've had another order for asbestos software Alpha Tracker this morning.

Clean Air Asbestos Solutions has chosen Alpha Tracker to improve efficiency and client service.


Their list of asbestos services is comprehensive, including asbestos testing, asbestos surveying, asbestos remediation and more.

We'll post again once Clean Air goes live with Alpha Tracker - but welcome to the Alpha Tracker family in the meantime!

Wednesday, 14 October 2020

MDK Analytical switch to asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We love training new Alpha Tracker users!

Yesterday, it was the turn of MDK Analytical to receive their Zoom training from Kim.  MDK Analytical is one of Ireland's longest-serving providers of asbestos consultancy services.  Their excellent website has useful asbestos-related content and lists all of the ways you can contact them to discuss their services.


Welcome, MDK, to the Alpha Tracker asbestos software family!

Tuesday, 13 October 2020

Another example of how ID theft can ruin a business - and how emails are often the cause!

Our Alpha Legal system is designed to take the risk out of secure client communication.  Asking for ID documents by email is a recipe for disaster!  Emails are not secure and there are countless ways that a hacker can intercept, read and even amend an email without the recipient realising.

Elaine just happened on this post which explains the dangers of ID theft really clearly: https://www.csoonline.com/article/3575547/identity-theft-explained-why-businesses-make-tempting-targets.html

Are you asking for ID documents by email?  Stop!  Try Alpha Legal instead from only £10/month.

Monday, 12 October 2020

Start Software's presentation to Alpha DevCon 2020 - our rebuild of the OnTimeCare app

We enjoyed presenting to the Alpha DevCon 2020 attendees on Friday.  We chose to show off our rebuild of the OnTimeCare app for Patient Innovations.

It was quite late in the evening here in the UK so I look a bit bleary-eyed! But hope you enjoy the presentation if you want to see the quality of the work we can do using the awesome Alpha Anywhere platform:


Can we help you to finish a troublesome long-running software development project?  Or start something new to help you and your business?  Software development projects are our bread-and-butter... so do get in touch!

Friday, 9 October 2020

Risks of using email for secure communications raised at legal industry round-table event

We were pleased to be part of an industry round-table event hosted by Today's Wills and Probate where we discussed risk in the legal industry, in particular in the setting of the COVID-19 "new normal".  So many solicitors and will writers are now only dealing with clients by virtual or remote means and so issues surrounding cybersecurity and safe working are even more important than usual.


Our Alpha Legal products solves one of the risk issues facing solicitors and will writers today.  Emails are not safe - simple as that - yet so many in the industry are still using emails to request ID documents or confirm bank details.  Alpha Legal is an easy, safe and secure way to ask for sensitive and confidential information - and it's incredibly easy for your clients to use, too.


Come and have a look at Alpha Legal for yourself.  Subscriptions start from only £10/month and you can cancel at any time.


Thursday, 8 October 2020

Asbestos training plummets during Coronavirus pandemic

This is worrying.  The UK Asbestos Training Association (UKATA) has announced that the level of asbestos training in the construction industry has dropped to a 5-year low.


Prior to the Coronavirus crisis, an average of 18,000 workers a month completed asbestos training. Over the last six months (March-August), an average of 6,000 workers a month undertook asbestos training delivered by UKATA-approved training providers, a fall of more than 66%.

As a reminder, more than 5,000 people a year die in the UK from asbestos-related diseases and the number continues to rise.

As a company, we do everything we can to promote the awareness of asbestos and the importance of safe management and working practices alongside sound asbestos software (eg Alpha Tracker).  We hope that this drop in the level of training proves to be a "blip" and that it returns to normal throughout the rest of 2020.

Alpha Tracker Release 33 ready next week

The latest version of asbestos software Alpha Tracker, Release 33, will be publicly available next week.


The quotation engine has had a major revamp and we think you'll like the new colour coding and built-in follow-up mechanisms.

We've also improved the client portal again with new graphs and dashboards available for your customers to use.

Kim is busy finalising the release notes and we'll be producing a short video to introduce the changes to you.

Watch this space!

Tuesday, 6 October 2020

Useful summary of asbestos responsibilities for property owners/managers

More and more property management companies are buying our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

Elaine spotted this article which is a useful summary of the responsibilities property owners have in regard to asbestos: https://www.abcmoney.co.uk/2020/10/01/asbestos-what-are-my-responsibilities-as-a-property-owner/


Our asbestos software systems help asbestos consultancies, property management companies (large and small) and public bodies to manage their asbestos problem.  Do get in touch if we can help you.

Friday, 2 October 2020

Start Software Alpha Tracker server partner UKFast approved for public service contracts

Our asbestos software Alpha Tracker server partner UKFast has just received "G-Cloud 12" supplier status which means it is approved for government and public service contracts.





This is a big deal for the increasing number of councils, NHS Trusts and government departments who are looking at using Alpha Tracker to manage their asbestos problem.

Monday, 28 September 2020

Worrying link between lockdown-DIY and increased exposure to asbestos?

Leanne in our Adelaide Alpha Tracker office spotted this fascinating and worrying article: https://westernweekender.com.au/2020/09/fears-boom-in-diy-could-spark-new-asbestos-crisis/

Will a boom in DIY during Coronavirus lockdowns encourage people to do jobs which actually should involve an asbestos professional?  There are so many unintended consequences of anti-Covid measures and this looks like it could be yet another one.

Start Software are now a Fasthosts Gold Partner

Fasthosts are one of the cloud server providers we use for hosting our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

We are pleased to announce that we are now a Gold Partner with Fasthosts giving us, and our clients, significant benefits.


Give Elaine a call in the office to find out more!


Wednesday, 23 September 2020

Alpha Tracker passes latest "penetration test" with flying colours

A penetration test (or "pen test") is a type of security test which simulates a hacker trying to find and exploit security vulnerabilities in software systems.

We regular subject asbestos software Alpha Tracker and our other software systems to pen tests in order to check that there are no security holes which a hacker could exploit.

The latest test was carried out by one of our asbestos consultancy clients following a request from a new NHS client of theirs.  Our client paid a cybersecurity consultancy to penetration test the Alpha Tracker software to verify that it was secure.

No high priority issues were found at all, and only one that was categorised as medium risk.  This was dealt with by a simple change to server configuration.

In all the years we've been involved with penetration tests, this is an incredibly good result and shows the constant security updates and patches we apply to Alpha Tracker really pay off and are worth the hard work from the team.

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Asbestos specialist AsMATT Ltd chooses asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We're really pleased to announce that specialist asbestos consultancy asMATT Ltd has chosen asbestos software Alpha Tracker.


AsMATT, based in Billericay, Essex, is insured to carry out extensive surveys on domestic and commercial properties to find out if asbestos is present and whether or not it poses a health risk.  

All surveys are carried out in compliance with HSG 264 control of asbestos regulation 2012, with samples being tested by an independent UKAS accredited laboratory.

Once complete, findings are presented to the client as a comprehensive written report detailing results and recommendations.

AsMATT will be using Alpha Tracker to improve the efficiency of their business and improve the service to their clients.  Welcome on board!

Agon Environmental's Melbourne office goes live with Alpha Tracker

We've just completed a virtual Alpha Tracker training session for the asbestos professionals at Agon's Melbourne office.  This follows on from the training back in February we were able to deliver face-to-face... how the world has changed since then!

Welcome on board Agon Environmental!



Monday, 21 September 2020

Another construction consultancy chooses asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We're really pleased to announce that the asbestos professionals within Mac Group from Auckland, New Zealand, have chosen asbestos software Alpha Tracker.


Welcome on board!  We'll post more information once Judy and Leanne have delivered their training and they are fully live.

Thursday, 17 September 2020

How does Alpha Legal work? How would I request ID documents from my client?

Alpha Legal is Start Software's solution to the problem of exchanging sensitive information by email.  Emails are not secure.  Really.  Emails can be intercepted, modified, hacked and spoofed.  Let me say it again - emails are not secure!

Our Alpha Legal product helps client-facing companies such as solicitors, accountants, will-writers, estate agents and others to request sensitive data from their clients.

Here's a video to show you how easy it is to request ID from your client using Alpha Legal:


Want to know more?  Take a look at how Alpha Legal can help you to protect you, your business and your clients.

Want to know more about the basics of cyber-security?

I recently presented a cyber-safety webinar for our software client Countrywide Tax & Trust to help them to educate and inform their consultants.

Countrywide have generously allowed me to share the recording of the webinar - so do listen if you'd like to know how to keep yourself and your company safe in our new virtual business world.

Cyber-safety webinar

The last of the six topics I cover is why you cannot and must not use emails for exchanging sensitive informationEmails are not secure.  Our solution to the problem is Alpha Legal - do take a look for yourself.

Friday, 11 September 2020

What happens at Start Software when something goes wrong?

I wish we were perfect but 20 years of being in business has taught me that things will go wrong.  However many checks and balances are put in place, sometimes a combination of events will mean that a bug in our software impacts a customer.

So, we have a process that we follow.  Our hard-earned ISO9001 certification means that we have documented processes which enable us to contact the customer(s) affected, back-track to find out when the problem occurred, resolve any data issues, resolve the underlying cause, and then report back.  We also discuss any such issues at our next ISO9001 certification visit.

We've just had one such issue.  When we analysed the problem, we found that fewer than 50 fibre analysis records across the millions of records captured and analysed in Alpha Tracker were found to be faulty because of a software bug.  50 is 50 too many of course!

A detailed piece of work to find the root cause and fix it is now complete and we've contacted and apologised to all affected customers.

Onwards and upwards!

PS congratulations to Darroch McCartney at our Alpha Tracker client ABS for their recent ISO9001 success, it was his LinkedIn post that prompted me to write this article about our own ISO9001 activity!


Sunday, 6 September 2020

We're still the only asbestos software provider to publish support desk performance stats each month!

We absolutely believe in openness and transparency.  We want our customers to know how long they will have to wait if they need to log a support call with us.  This is especially for asbestos surveyors who are working out in the field and need help with their Tracker Mobile asbestos data collection app.  They don't want to be waiting long for help!

Every month, we publish our support stats so all of our customers can see how we are doing.

In August, 91% of high priority calls were resolved within 2 hours or the timescale set by the customer.  That's really good news if you're waiting for help.

Month

In time (%)

In time (H) (%)

In time (total)

In time (H) (total)

Total solved

2020-08

87.14

91.47

366

118

420

2020-07

89.90

94.70

463

143

515

2020-06

86.57

94.35

419

167

484

2020-05

90.03

92.16

289

94

321

2020-04

90.06

93.75

290

105

322

2020-03

87.18

94.48

408

154

468

Over the last 6 months, support performance has been pretty consistent(ly good).


If want more information about our 24x7 personal support service which we offer to all asbestos consultancies who use our Alpha Tracker asbestos software, get in touch!


Another new Alpha Tracker asbestos consultancy - welcome MDK Analytical

A very warm welcome to MDK Analytical asbestos consultancy to the Alpha Tracker family!


Based in Carrigtwohill, County Cork, MDK is the latest Irish asbestos consultancy to choose Alpha Tracker to be their asbestos software system. 

We'll be working on the asbestos report templates for MDK very soon (Alpha Tracker produces asbestos reports in your format, not ours) and then they will be ready for the training and go-live.  We love meeting new asbestos consultancy clients!


Friday, 28 August 2020

New Alpha Tracker asbestos consultancy goes live - Clean Building Solutions

Clean Building Solutions are the latest asbestos surveying consultancy to go live with asbestos software Alpha Tracker.

Our trainer Kim delivered initial training yesterday and we will be following up with our normal level of go-live support over the next few days and weeks.

Welcome on board Clean Building Solutions!



Tuesday, 25 August 2020

We're proud of Will and his 95% ICT exam score!

We're really proud of our support apprentice Will who has just received news that he achieved a score of 95% in his apprenticeship ICT exam!

Brilliant result Will.  Congratulations from all the team here at Start Software.

Wednesday, 19 August 2020

New quote chasing features coming soon in Alpha Tracker

We're working hard to finalise the next release of our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

Alpha Tracker is different from other systems because it can run your entire business - including logging enquiries, raising quotations and even invoicing a job once it is complete!

The next public release of Alpha Tracker will include a fabulous new quote-chasing feature.  Take a look at this sneak preview!


Emails are *not* secure! Alpha Legal is the solution for your secure messaging problem

Our Alpha Legal platform is really taking off! Will writers, accountants, solicitors, estate agents and other professionals are choosing Alpha Legal to help them solve their secure messaging problem.

Are you asking your clients for bank details by email? Stop! Emails are *not* secure. You are risking losing £000s of your money (or your client's!) with disastrous consequences.

Alpha Legal solves this problem in an instant.  It's easy, safe and secure.  Click here to sign up for a free account.  

Six Steps to Cyber Safety - come and join our webinar!

One of our favourite clients, Countrywide Tax & Trust Corporation, has asked us to run a cybersecurity webinar.

Their consultants are working in cyberspace every day and need to know how to keep their own data and that of their clients safe and secure in a world where data breaches can lead to embarrassment (at best) and the loss of an entire business (at worst!).

With so many recent stories about the dangers of hacking, ransomware and more it's a good time to check that you're taking the basic, important steps to keep yourself safe in our online world.

The webinar is open to all and you can join for free yourself by clicking one of these links.

  • Friday 4 September 10:00-11:00... click here
  • Monday 7 September 10:00-11:00... click here
See you on the webinar!

Monday, 17 August 2020

Professor Roger Willey (MD, ACS Physical Risk Control Group) appears on Safer Than Your Average podcast

Eminent asbestos professional Professor Roger Willey, Managing Director at Alpha Tracker user ACS Physical Risk, has recorded a video podcast with the Inside Out Group.


The podcast is available on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2wj8gtU3kE

Tuesday, 11 August 2020

Walk a mile for Mesothelioma

Want to show your support for people suffering from the terrible effects of the asbestos-related disease Mesothelioma?

Why not support the UKATA DAST staff who have walked a mile for Mesothelioma.  More info here!

Monday, 10 August 2020

Another interesting documentary about asbestos from the BBC: Wittenoom: An Australian Tragedy

We just found and watched this 4-minute short about the dangers of working with asbestos.  It's a fascinating and compelling watch and well worth sharing. 

Click https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06bj5hc to watch it.

Can we help your organisation to locate and manage asbestos?  Take a look at our market-leading asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.

Friday, 7 August 2020

Support desk performance for July 2020

July was another good month for Jess, Will & Elaine on the support desk.

515 calls in total were taken and 89.9% were resolved in the timescales specified by our clients.

Of the 143 high priority calls (for example, where an asbestos surveyor working on-site can't connect to the Internet to upload their Tracker Mobile data), we sorted nearly 95% of problems during the call.  Not bad at all!

Don't forget - we're the only asbestos software provider that can provide 24x7 personal support to all of our customers and we're proud to say we have no answerphone or call-queuing systems because we don't need them! If you ring us you'll always get through to a human being.  Simple as that.

Thursday, 6 August 2020

Another order for asbestos software Alpha Tracker

We're delighted to have received another order for our asbestos software, Alpha Tracker.



A New Zealand-based start-up asbestos consultancy has placed an order and we will be setting their system up ready for them to go live in August.

We'll blog again after we have completed the templates and initial training, so watch this space!

Tuesday, 4 August 2020

Get your virtual running legs in gear for the British Lung Foundation

The British Lung Foundation helps and supports people with all sorts of lung conditions, including those suffering from the effects of asbestos.



They are hoping to raise money via the virtual Great North Run (it hasn't happening "in the flesh" this year because of the pandemic restrictions).  Fancy taking part and raising money for a fantastic cause?

Monday, 3 August 2020

Alpha Tracker reaches another milestone - software version 4500

Our market-leading asbestos software, Alpha Tracker, has reached another milestone.

We've just made our 4,500th change to the system - really! - adding another new feature requested by our users.



We work on Alpha Tracker daily and each set of changes made (to add features, fix bugs or improve performance) increases the "version number" of the system.  We're now at version 4500, which is pretty incredible given that we only launched Alpha Tracker a few years ago as a major ground-up rewrite of our original asbestos software, Tracker.

Every few months we make a "release" available to our users which batches up a group of changes into an update which clients can then deploy to their system.

The next release will be Release 33.  This follows on the heels of:
Would you like to see anything new in Alpha Tracker?  We love it when our asbestos consultancy or building management clients tell us what they want to see.  Get in touch!



Thursday, 30 July 2020

Congratulations to Alpha Tracker user Shield for their RoSPA President’s Award

Alpha Tracker user Shield has just won the RoSPA President's Award.  Congratulations to our friends and partners at Shield from all of us here at Start Software!



Wednesday, 29 July 2020

BBC air A Mug's Game: An Extract from "Fibres" - this is a must-watch for anyone in the asbestos industry

This BBC programme is really worth a watch if you have any connection at all with the asbestos industry: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08f79cb


We've been working with asbestos consultancies and their clients in the UK, Australia and New Zealand for 20 years and our Alpha Tracker asbestos software system is the leading asbestos product in the market.  We welcome enquiries from new clients, big and small, and especially welcome users of other asbestos systems who are wanting to switch to us.

Tuesday, 28 July 2020

NATA signs off Alpha Tracker's new laboratory update

NATA, the Australian equivalent of the UK's accreditation service for the asbestos industry, UKAS, has just signed off the latest Alpha Tracker lab update at our asbestos consultancy client, Environmental Health Solutions.


The asbestos professionals at EHS have been working with us to add a number of new features to our lab modules, all of which went live in Alpha Tracker Release 32.5.


The new features included an improved audit trail recording changes made to asbestos fibre analysis records and better management of superseded Word lab reports.

We're so pleased that we have the official "seal of approval" for our lab updates in Australia - something which will give new users of our Alpha Tracker asbestos lab module confidence when switching to Alpha Tracker from other asbestos software products.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Alpha Legal protects clients from identity theft - read how Start Software's Alpha Legal system protects your clients, your business and your reputation

Our new Alpha Legal service is aimed squarely at companies who need to see copies of identity documents from clients (eg passports, driving licences, bank statements) in order to do business with them.


Does this sound like your business?  Are you a solicitor, will writer, accountant, IFA, car leasing business or estate agent?

If you ask your client to email you a scan or photo of an ID document you are putting them at risk of identity theft.  Emails are not secure.  This puts your business at risk of being sued, as you asked the client to send the email.  And don't forget the potential of GDPR claims or the risk to your business reputation!

Don't believe us?  Click to read this from credit scoring giant Experian.  In their opinion, it's the second-highest risk! 



There is an easy solution.  Alpha Legal enables you to send secure requests to clients for copies of their identity documents.  The documents are sent in a format which cannot be intercepted.  Safe for them, safe for you.  And only £2/client.

Ready to sign up?  Go to https://software.alphalegal.co.uk/register.a5w to get your free subscription and the first five ID checks for free and with no obligation.



Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Alpha Site auditing software ready for beta testing

Our brand new site auditing mobile software - Alpha Site - is now ready for the first beta testers (view previous posts here).



  


The latest features added to Alpha Site include:
  • a client portal for clients to access audits and remedial actions

  • quick-start help & dashboard for auditors

  • a client dashboard

  • on-screen guidance to get up and running quickly

  • additional question types including free text (which includes text formatting & image insert)

  • better visual indication of progress through an audit

  • summary scores per report section.


Want to try it out for yourself?  Do get in touch!

Monday, 13 July 2020

Another UK council places order for asbestos software Alpha Tracker

Another UK council (based in the South East) has just placed an order for asbestos software Alpha Tracker.



More info to follow!

Friday, 10 July 2020

A local story reflecting the dangers of asbestos and the impact of mesothelioma

Our local newspaper, the Shropshire Star, has just published a tragic story about a woman exposed to asbestos over many years after washing her husband's clothes. 


Ruth Ellen Bolton Campbell, 79, was a retired care home manager from Ludlow who died on June 23.

She previously worked for the company that was once called British Aluminium, in the late 1950s and early 60s, while her husband worked there for substantially longer, into the 1970s.

An inquest into Mrs Campbell's death was held at the Shirehall in Shrewsbury this week and heard that she was exposed to asbestos over the years when she washed the clothes of her husband after he came home from work.

Coroner John Ellery heard that she was diagnosed with mesothelioma (see our previous posts regarding mesothelioma here) in connection with the asbestos exposure in October last year.

He also heard that she pursued a successful civil claim against the representatives of the company before her death.

Information on who is most at risk of exposure to asbestos and the dangers can be found here.

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Another asbestos consultancy switches to asbestos software Alpha Tracker. Welcome Southern Asbestos!

Southern Asbestos, based in Tonbridge, Kent, are making the switch to asbestos software Alpha Tracker.


Southern Asbestos welcomes contact from new clients interested in their range of asbestos services, including:
We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Southern Asbestos.  Welcome to the Alpha Tracker family!

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

A moving reminder of the dangers of asbestos - EDP share Lindsay Wall's mesothelioma story

Our asbestos software Alpha Tracker client EDP has shared the moving and tragic story of Lindsay Wall, an Australian tradesman who lost his life to the asbestos-related disease, mesothelioma.



Since we created Tracker, almost 20 years ago, our asbestos software systems have helped to identify millions (literally) of asbestos-containing materials in buildings across the world. We support the charity Mesothelioma UK in their work to help sufferers of this terrible lung disease. We'll continue to do what we can to highlight the dangers of asbestos in the workplace and provide software solutions for asbestos consultancies to use so that asbestos can be identified and effectively managed.

Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Alpha Tracker Release 33 beta version available for testing - new "AI" features nearly ready

Our beta testing users for asbestos software Alpha Tracker are now starting to look at Release 33.

Alpha Tracker Release 32 was our "calendar update" with more than 500 updates!  Release 32.5 was focused on improvements for asbestos labs, primarily, and also included some additional features and bug fixes requested by asbestos consultancy clients.



Release 33 is our "AI" update, including some automatic/intelligent features in a number of areas, including:

- incorporating AlphaValidator’s checks into the Survey Data screen giving an intelligent and immediate view of data issues
- diary hints and auto-scheduling based on skills, staff location, previous appointments, optimised routes
- automatic reminders for chasing quotes and intelligent prompting for repeat business, and
- an AI-powered chatbot for use in the client portal.

Want to see something else in Alpha Tracker Release 33?  We want to hear from you!

Monday, 6 July 2020

Our asbestos consultancy clients Anglian Demolition are hiring - more green shoots of recovery?

Our Alpha Tracker (asbestos software) client Anglian Demolition is looking for new asbestos operatives.   


It really does seem like the asbestos industry is returning to near-normal levels.  Fingers crossed that the rest of the economy soon follows suit (safely and with social distancing in mind, naturally).