Google is giving its Maps Engine Pro users access to Google Maps Coordinate, a mobile and web app that allows businesses to track and manage their teams in the field.
Previously, the functionality of Maps Engine Pro was limited to creating maps with visual data. With the addition of Google Maps Coordinate, Pro users can now see the real-time location and current activity of their employees.
By combining the two mapping tools Google hopes that business users will be able to make informed decisions based on a combination of operational and geographical data.
Writing on the Google Enterprise Blog, Jen Kovnats product manager at Google Maps for Business, described the combination of the two tools as "dynamic data visualisation with location-based communication using Google Maps".
Kovnats went on to present an example of how Maps Engine Pro and Google Maps Coordinate can be used together: "A building-management firm can organise the buildings they maintain on a map and, when a maintenance call comes in, assign the nearest worker to the job."
Alongside making Maps Coordinate available to Pro users, Google is also giving access to the Coordinate app to anyone with a Google account. Previously access was limited to customers of Google Apps.
Google has yet to release any statistics on the current number Maps Coordinate users, but the company has maintained subscription price of the enhanced Pro service at $5 a month per user or $50 a year.
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