CONNELLS GROUP
Panasonic recommends Windows 8 Pro.
CONNELLS GROUP
CONNELLS SURVEYORS ARMED WITH PANASONIC TOUGHBOOK
TABLETS TO IMPROVE MORTGAGE VALUATIONS
www.toughbook.eu
Panasonic recommends Windows 8 Pro.
"Some of our more experienced surveyors were hesitant regarding
the change to tablets, however now they love it and wouldn't be
without it."
Since 1996, Connells Survey & Valuation has been at the
forefront of delivering the complete service solution for
valuation panel management, chartered surveying and risk
management solutions. The company works with a diverse
client base including the leading residential lenders, house
builders, asset managers and housing associations. Connells
provide nationwide coverage through a large team of 220 inhouse surveyors and other specialist surveying partner firms.
When Connells Group was looking to arm its surveyors
nationwide with technology to improve the efficiency and
quality of its mortgage valuation service, the IT management
team turned to Panasonic Toughbook and Landmark Quest, a
leading provider of mobile solutions and bespoke software
for lenders and surveyors.
The business required a rugged mobile device that its
surveyors could use both inside and outside, that was
ergonomically designed and had the communication
technology to transmit large amounts of data back to the
office. Alongside, the hardware, Connells also required
specialist data capture software for its mortgage valuation
service. After a thorough evaluation project, the company
chose The Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2 rugged tablet and
Landmark Quest's Q-Mobile intelligent property data capture
solution.
Phase one of a structured roll-out programme has now taken
place to provide 230 residential surveyors with the mobile
solution to improve report validation, efficiency and quality.
Anthony Glasgow, Group IT Director of Connells said: "The
business case for adopting Q-Mobile and Panasonic
Toughbook for our mortgage valuations is to dramatically
reduce paper-based, manual reporting. This will not only
improve the overall quality and efficiency of the reports, but
provides new layers of validation and enhanced data
security. We initially planned to roll-out to 180 of our
residential surveyors, however as the market is picking-up,
we have already extended this to 230 so we are well placed
to manage increases in demand."
Q-Mobile, used in conjunction with Panasonic's Toughbook
mobile devices, improves workflow, standardizes site notes
and creates efficiencies for Connells' surveyors whilst they
are onsite, as they can now access supporting data for each
valuation report, such as neighbouring property
comparables. In addition, the move to electronic reporting
has removed the need for hard-copy report storage and
archiving, which long-term will account for significant
financial savings. Moreover, it provides a seamless process
from the receipt of a valuation instruction, scheduling the
appointment, undertaking the inspection and research and
finally to the transmission of the valuation to the client.
Jeff Smith, Technical Director from Connell's Survey &
Valuation business is leading the training with the frontline
team. Confirms Jeff, "Already, the turnaround time for
valuation reporting is improving, as the report is completed
on site. Previously the written valuation would be dictated
over the phone and a typed report would subsequently be
returned for sign-off. CF-H2 Field Fully Rugged Toughbook
The Toughbook CF-H2 is unique in its ability to transform the
way mobile professionals work - wherever and whenever that
might be.
Windows® 7 Professional
Intel® Core™ i5 3427U vPro™ Processor
(1.8GHz, 3MB Intel® Smart Cache)
Dual hot swappable batteries providing up to 7 hours
battery life
USB 3.0, LAN and Serial Port (depends on model)
Extremely bright 10.1" transflective plus LCD with Dual
Touch and circular Polarizer (up to 6.000cd/m 2 reflective
brightness, depending on light conditions)
Integrated Barcode Reader Options
Circulumin™ Display Technology
GPS (optional)
Vibration and shock resistant (MIL-STD 810G)*
Water and dust resistant (IP65, MIL-STD 810G)*
Lightweight form factor - weighing only 1.58kg
Smartcard Reader (optional)
Camera (optional)
RFID (optional)
*Tested by an independent third party lab following IEC
60529, sections 13.4, 13.6.2, 14.2.5, 14.3
Even with the adoption of a new way of working, we haven't
seen a dip in productivity. Early feedback from surveyors is
great. Through the device, they now have everything they
need in one place, from being able to access evidential data,
through to the built-in camera. Plus, an added advantage is
that at the end of each day, their desk is now free of paper."
Continues Jeff: "Initially, some of our more experienced
surveyors were hesitant regarding the change to tablets,
however now they love it and wouldn't be without it. We have
been very pleased with the positive response we have
received from the workforce."
The Panasonic Toughbook CF-H2 devices are ergonomically
designed for active mobile workers with rugged design, drop
testing and water, dust, vibration and temperature
protection. The device also comes with a high visibility
screen, designed to work outside in bright sunlight or the
rain, as well as 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity and hotswappable twin batteries for continued power throughout the
working day.
"The Connells' story is another great example of how
Panasonic Toughbook devices, working in conjunction with
innovative application providers such as Landmark Quest,
are helping businesses to transform the quality of work and
productivity of mobile workers," added Chris Turner,
Corporate Sales Manager for Panasonic Computer Product
Solutions.
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