Task management app with geofencing capabilities for multifamily housing waste transfer

Case study

Task management app with geofencing capabilities for multifamily housing waste transfer

The management of waste, which is a direct outcome of rampant consumerism, remains one of the biggest challenges of modern society. Rapid economic growth has not only led to higher standards of living, but also to higher municipal waste, especially in densely populated cities. According to a World Bank report, the annual global waste generation is expected to increase to 3.4 billion tonnes by 2050.
Waste management companies provide yeoman services that help cities and residents effectively manage their waste collection requirements. However, they still face challenges, in terms of operational efficiencies and streamlining of processes. The adoption of the right technology can help improve recycling rates, customer service, route optimization, and much more.

Our client, Valet Living, is one of the leading property and resident service providers in the US. It executes more than a million tasks or activities a month across 39 States for doorstep waste collection, along with full-service amenities for multifamily housing. It also provides value-added services, such as quick turns, pet station solutions, and much more. These services aim to enhance the living standards for residents and improve the value of serviced properties. Valet Living has grown to become not just the only national provider of doorstep collection services, but also the only nationally recognized full service amenities provider in the multifamily industry.

We partnered with Imaginea, as they understand the principles of modern product development, and successfully collaborated with us in our journey to becoming a well-rounded, digital enterprise. What makes them stand out is the quality of people, product thinking culture, and their ability to bring new ideas to the table.

Requirements

The client needed a mobile app solution that could provide a brand new user experience for waste collectors in their day-to-day operations. The app had to:

  • Enable the waste collectors to mark their attendance, as and when they start their shift.
  • Automatically find a route map for the waste collector when he/she is on shift.
  • Capture the exact working hours spent by waste collectors during their shifts.
  • Initiate or prompt a response from a waste collector, in case of any customer service complaints.
  • Provide a daily or weekly schedule for waste collectors to view.
  • Track the waste collector visits to the allocated housing communities. 
  • Send a rest break notification to waste collectors during their shift to ensure adherence to US labor laws.

Challenges

  • Identification of the exact location of properties/communities across 39 US states.
  • Quick battery drain of waste collectors mobile devices during shifts.
  • Lack of consistent internet connectivity during shifts for waste collectors.
  • Difficulty in calculating the exact number of hours spent by a waste collector in each community per shift. 
  • Inaccurate identification of a waste collector’s location during their shift, as well as difficulty in validating it against the assigned schedule.

Solution

We designed and built a mobile app that works on both the Android and iOS platforms. The app, with built-in time tracking and logging, enabled waste collectors to view their daily schedules and capture all of their daily activities seamlessly.

The following image provides an overview of a waste collector’s journey during the execution of a routine task:

Waste Collectors Journey

Tech stack

How Our Solution Helped

With the new task management app in place, Valet Living has been able to streamline their processes, accurately manage their workforce, and respond proactively to customer service requests.

Results

  • The client can now efficiently monitor the activities of waste collectors at a granular level.
  • Automated punch data submission for waste collectors
  • It provides a 360 degree view of the services, on any given day, through real time dashboards  
  • The turnaround times for resolution of customer complaints and the overall number of complaints have reduced drastically, due to improved operational and management efficiency
  • Customer satisfaction levels have improved substantially due to the unit-level observation feature of the app. It has also helped residents to verify and validate claims quickly.

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