Mobile app hits early milestone

A MOBILE app which acts as a digital ID card for pest technicians has been downloaded more than 300 times in less than a year.

The free facility, developed by professional register BASIS PROMPT itself, also makes it quick and easy to register at events, log participation in training activities and collect CPD points.

A total of 302 people have downloaded the software since its launch at PPC Live in March and Richard Bone, managing director of Des Bone Pest Control in West Sussex, is among those describing the development as a positive step for the industry.

He said: “The app is a digital version of the PROMPT ID card which provides a simple and effective way of registering and monitoring CPD points.

“Technicians used to submit updates via email and the process was often slow. Now it can all be done digitally and the app provides an update almost straight away, so it makes a massive difference.

“It’s great to see pest control bodies moving into the digital age and it can only be good news for the industry as a whole.”

The app, which can be downloaded to smartphones, carries personalised information on a unique digital barcode.

CPD points are registered automatically and the running total is updated, providing technicians with an at-a-glance picture of progress.

The facility also enables event organisers to process information far more efficiently – reducing the need for time-consuming paperwork.

Stephen Jacob, chief executive of BASIS PROMPT, believes it will go from strength to strength.

He said: “The app was only launched a few months ago, so the fact it has gone down so well is very encouraging.

“We’re now looking to develop it further. We’ve already made a change which enables users to remain logged in even when they close down the app on their phone and we’ve also added a confirmation message when people are clearing their data.”

Future developments could include Geolocation, which would provide users with notifications of forthcoming events near them, reminders of other important diary dates and photographic ID.

Pest controllers can download the app by searching for BASIS PROMPT in the App Store (for Apple users) or Google Play for android.