When it comes to location tracking, Connecteam has three capabilities to offer: Geolocation, Geofencing, and Breadcrumbs Live Tracking. Each capability is designed to cater to the different situations that our clients might experience on a day-to-day basis. Whether your employees are out on patrol, delivering a package, or moving between locations, with Connecteams Breadcrumbs capability you can now track your employees on the go! while clocked in. The location is also documented and accessible later on if you need it.
Before moving on to the technical details, we also want to highlight that we've written two articles both for managers and employees to highlight some of the most common questions we have received. Now, let's get to it!
How does it work?
Our Live Geo-Tracking uses Breadcrumbs technology allows you to track employees’ location while they’re clocked in and on the move. By using the native capabilities of the smartphone to identify different sorts of movement, we are able to track employees’ location while on the clock while being as energy efficient as possible. In fact, our testing shows that breadcrumbs save up to 85% more battery and data than traditional live tracking!
On the employees’ side, they clock in and out as usual, so it’s an intuitive experience that doesn’t require any change in their day-to-day, but for managers, you’ll be able to view their route over the enlarged map you're already so familiar with!
What are the benefits?
Safety - Breadcrumbs are a great safety feature as you’re able to identify employees’ location while on the job or track their whereabouts when they’re driving to remote locations.
Peace of mind - You can focus on the things that matter, knowing that you’re only paying your employees for time spent on the job.
Efficiency - Make the right business decisions, and make them quicker by getting a real-time picture of where your staff is.
Documentation - In the event of a dispute or customer complaint, you can easily verify and prove where and when your staff were, without even contacting them.
Profitability - reduce unnecessary costs by reducing time theft and buddy punching.
How to activate Breadcrumbs:
To activate Breadcrumbs, head to your time clock > click on Settings at the top right > select geolocation on the left > activate Breadcrumbs
When your employees clock in they will now be prompted to set their location services to always. This is how it looks on Android:
Experience on iOS:
After you have activated the breadcrumbs capability and your employees have clocked in, you will be able to see your employees on the map that exists within the today tab. By toggling the all button, you can toggle on and off everyone's trails. You can also view the trail for a specific employee and click any employee to get more details about their clock in and clock out locations.
What is needed to start using Breadcrumbs?
Employees will need to have their app updated to version 8.0.5 and their Connecteam app Location Access set to “Always”. The reason the location needs to be set to “Always” is so the app can still track their location when the app is open in the background or even closed.
Please note that we do not save any information regarding the employee in regards to their location while not on the clock or share that with admins to maintain the user's privacy rather location tracking is only active while the user is on the clock.