Fastlane Back-end Software
The GeoConnect-Me app is designed to interface with Touchstar ATC’s ‘Fastlane’ back-end Time & Attendance system. Fastlane provides the logging and reporting interface for the captured GeoConnect-Me data, with the screens below being typical;
However, the GeoConnect-Me app is merely adding a useful additional ‘remote T&A’ dimension to the Fastlane suite. The full Fastlane product is a powerful software back-end for T&A solution providers. Our enterprise partners providing Time & Attendance (T&A) software typically face two problems when considering new hardware:
Talking to the device - every device has its own way of working, as controlled by the on-board firmware. Software companies have to modify their code to connect with the firmware and take advantage of the features of the device.
Monitoring the device - given that T&A devices are routinely integrated with payroll and/or billing routines, a faulty device can have significant financial impact on the end user. Software companies have to constantly monitor devices and react to faults.
Fastlane offers a fast-track to solving both of these problems:
Standardised API - Fastlane provides a simple route to having a mixed economy of devices. Our software engineers have undertaken the difficult background work, producing a standardised environment that conceals the complexities of how to interface with/to each different device type. It provides a generic API mechanism for developers to use. They learn one language and Fastlane automatically translates their commands for each device.
Cloud-based Device Management – As well as providing the common API language, Fastlane also helps to monitor and manage the ‘health’ of the estate of remote devices by keeping track of which devices are online, gathering diagnostic information about devices and supporting remedial features such as reboots and firmware upgrades. Software developers can control the standard settings that should be applied across their ﬂeet of time and attendance devices, and to co-ordinate the hardware estate of their customers.