By Lisa Iannucci, Contributing Writer
Here’s another great phone application—this one is from the National Swimming Pool Foundation—that allows service professionals with an iPhone or iPad to more efficiently manage their business.
“Some multi-housing facility managers see pools and spas as a pain,” says Thomas M. Lachocki, Ph.D., CEO National Swimming Pool Foundation in Colorado Springs, Colorado. “Having the ability to record data, calculate water balance, chemical dosages, document repairs, and email or download records on your apartment or condo pool reduces a lot of headaches and helps to manage your pool and maintain documentation.”
Maintenance teams can schedule and record services, repairs, and chemical test results, calculate and record water balance, chemical dosage, volume and flow rates, create and email shopping lists making supply pick ups more efficient, share work history and billing information with their main office, schedule recurring visits and many other functions.
Service companies can download a free trial version to devices that have upgraded to the free iOS 5.0 or later operating system. To unlock all the app features and tools the Pool Service Manager app has to offer costs $15.99 a month or $159.99 annually.
“One subscription allows use of the app on multiple devices in the same iTunes account,” says Alex Antoniou, Ph.D., NSPF director of education. “iCloud can synchronize the app between devices. The data collected can be exported as a comma separated file (CSV) to Excel and Access. To view the apps, go to iTunes and search “NSPF.”