TONE Scaffolding ServicesMobileClocking helps TONE Scaffolding address challenges of the modern construction business

HIGHAM FERRERS, 08 AUGUST 2017 – Aurora’s innovative MobileClocking time and attendance app provides accuracy and flexibility for a highly mobile workforce.

The changing nature of the construction industry requires new approaches to old problems. Contractors are under pressure to work faster and on a wider variety of sites. But how do you keep track of the weekly hours worked by operatives who may only be required to visit a site for a day at a time? For leading independent contractor TONE Scaffolding Services, the answer is to work smarter, utilising the MobileClocking time and attendance smartphone app from facial recognition specialist Aurora.

Now TONE can pinpoint the precise location of operatives, ensure there is no argument about hours worked, produce reports and pay wages correctly, all thanks to the ingenuity of the MobileClocking app.

TONE Scaffolding Services is the UK’s leading independent scaffolding contractor. Based in Croydon, the company has developed a reputation for delivering high quality scaffolding to the most complex of projects. TONE operates five main divisions: Rail, Power, Town (major inner-city commercial builds), Aviation and Industrial. There’s also a Special Projects division which can handle large one- off projects, from London Power Tunnels to Paddington Station’s redevelopment.

Paul Healey, TONE’s Asset & Logistics Manager, says the company originally used a wall-mounted clocking-in system at its large main sites, but started running into problems as new trends emerged in the construction business.

“It became a bit of a problem because we couldn’t track the lads when they were doing the smaller works: a day here, a day there,” Healey says. “So we spoke to Aurora. They introduced MobileClocking to us, and we haven’t looked back.”

TONE’s staff are enrolled onto the MobileClocking system, and their individual profiles are linked into the company’s wages processes. Those profiles are identified with the image the operatives provide when they arrive for a job.

“The way it works is that one of our operatives turns up to site, and he takes a photo of himself with his phone,” Healey explains. “That image goes into a cloud – Aurora’s FaceDatabase – and using the FaceManager tool we can draw on all that information from our main office. We are then able to produce a timesheet or a clock-in report for the company, or a division, or an individual, whatever’s needed – and we pay them on that basis.

“So MobileClocking ties into our wage system, which is pretty amazing for us. We also use it as a health and safety device, because it allows us to see if the operatives are on or off-site, and we can keep track of the hours they are doing each week, so we avoid both overworking or underworking them.

“When he leaves the site he takes another photo of himself that tells us that he’s now on his way home, job’s complete. It’s all there in black and white, you can’t go wrong.”

MobileClocking uses GPS coordinates to precisely locate where the operative is when he or she clocks in or out.

“It removes all uncertainty,” Healey says. “We can basically pinpoint exactly where they are when they clock in, and how long the job takes, which helps us with costing and pricing. It helps with every aspect, from surveying to payroll. Our team can keep track of where each operative is at any one time, so he can be sent off to a new job nearby if the need arises.”

When the sheer scale of TONE’s operations are taken into account, Healey explains that it makes perfect sense for them to make the most of smart technology solution like MobileClocking.

“With our Industrial division, there are lots of sites, but they usually only require short term visits every three or four months,” Healey says. “But that means at any one time, per day, we could be visiting 40 or 50 sites. So we supply all of our operatives with phones, so we can keep in contact and they can use MobileClocking as they work.”

At present TONE utilises the Android version of MobileClocking, but with the launch of MobileClocking for iOS, they plan to investigate the potential of also using iPhones and iPads.

“Our old clocking in system was great for larger sites that you might be running for a year or two years,” Healey says, “because you can mount it on your wall, people can clock in and out, but it’s static. We have found now that the construction industry is turning jobs around quicker and quicker all the time, and we needed something more adaptable, something that could move with our operatives. MobileClocking is a great fix for us.”

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