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How does Omadi compare to Beacon Software?

Towing software companies received a questionnaire with 36 questions from Tow Times Magazine (questions were posed by readers). The answers to these questions for Omadi & Beacon Software are posted below:

 

  
 
Q1: Does your software integrate with a back office/accounting systems?
Q1B: If yes to Q1, is it compatible with Quickbooks?
Q2. Does your software offer a payroll option?
Q2A: Does your software automatically calculate driver commissions?
Q3. Does your software offer integrated credit card processing?
Q3A: If yes to Q3, with mobile (field) processing (swipers)?
Q3B: Does your software allow for mobile ticket and receipt printing capabilities?
Q4: Does your software offer batch invoicing and statement printing?

Omadi

Accounting Functions
Q1: Does your software integrate with a back office/accounting systems? : Yes, it also performs several accounting functions on its own.
Q1B: If yes to Q1, is it compatible with Quickbooks? : Yes, Quickbooks Online and Quickbooks Desktop/Quickbooks enterprise.
Q2. Does your software offer a payroll option? : Yes, it also integrates with Intuit payroll
Q2A: Does your software automatically calculate driver commissions? : Yes, , commissions can be calculated several ways. E.g. Flat rate vs percentage, Different rate for each line item, different rate for types of service or tow, rates for more than 1 driver per tow
Q3. Does your software offer integrated credit card processing? : Yes
Q3A: If yes to Q3, with mobile (field) processing (swipers)? : Coming in 2017
Q3B: Does your software allow for mobile ticket and receipt printing capabilities? : Yes, with custom mobile invoices/receipts available digitally and through mobile printers in the trucks.
Q4: Does your software offer batch invoicing and statement printing? : Yes

Beacon Software

Accounting Functions
Q1: Does your software integrate with a back office/accounting systems? : Yes, Full-featured A/R system.
Q1B: If yes to Q1, is it compatible with Quickbooks? : Yes, Customers have option of utilizing built-in accounting system OR utilizing different versions of QuickBooks.
Q2. Does your software offer a payroll option? : No, payroll function but has the ability to calculate commissions.
Q2A: Does your software automatically calculate driver commissions? : Yes, Can calculate driver commissions including the flexibility to calculate different rates based on the time of day.
Q3. Does your software offer integrated credit card processing? : Yes, Swiped or keyed for both office and driver (field) functionality is INCLUDED.
Q3A: If yes to Q3, with mobile (field) processing (swipers)? : Yes, It's built into our mobile app for seamless payments.
Q3B: Does your software allow for mobile ticket and receipt printing capabilities? : Yes, Bluetooth Zebra printing functionality is available for mobile printing on Apple (IOS) and Android.
Q4: Does your software offer batch invoicing and statement printing? : Yes, Dramatically reduces time. Option of email, fax or printed invoices/statements are available.

Accounting Functions differences: Beacon doesn’t offer a payroll function. Omadi is developing mobile credit card payments in 2017.

 

 

  
 
Q5: Does your software integrate with a mobile system so drivers can have the apps on smartphones and tablets?
Q6: Does your software integrate with third-party applications (e.g. motor clubs)?
Q6B: If yes to Q6, which motor clubs?
Q7. Does your software integrate with GPS?
Q7B: If yes to Q7, which GPS systems?
Q7C: If yes to Q7, what does your software offer (e.g. visual tracking of trucks, etc.)
Q8: How does your software handle multiple drivers/trucks on one call?
Q9: Does your software provide audit trails (e.g. when calls are assigned, hooked, completed, reconciled, etc.)?
Q10: Does your software allow for alerting and if so how? (I.e. yellow notification when a vehicle has been stored for 7 days, red when it hits 30 days, etc.)
Q11: Does your software provide for uploading of photos to accompany an accident report?

Omadi

Dispatching/Tracking
Q5: Does your software integrate with a mobile system so drivers can have the apps on smartphones and tablets? : Yes, a native mobile app so it works with no cellular or wifi service. It is available on the apple app store and google play store.
Q6: Does your software integrate with third-party applications (e.g. motor clubs)? : Yes
Q6B: If yes to Q6, which motor clubs? : agero, allied, allstate, geico, quest, road america, NSD with a two way direct digital integration.
Q7. Does your software integrate with GPS? : Yes
Q7B: If yes to Q7, which GPS systems? : Omadi GPS, TomTom Telematics
Q7C: If yes to Q7, what does your software offer (e.g. visual tracking of trucks, etc.) : We offer 4 tracking maps with real-time location of trucks, drivers on a mobile device, and job locations (Point of interest or pickup locations). Other tracking options automatically provide the ETA for every job telling dispatch who the closest available driver is to the call. We use geofencing with tracking to automatically time stamp when a driver arrives to the scene and leave, as well as can provide patrol tracking using customer polygon geofences.
Q8: How does your software handle multiple drivers/trucks on one call? : Dispatch can easily add multiple divers to a single call by clicking on the drivers name. This can trigger an alert to the driver with job specific information. Multiple trucks usually add into a call as line items on the invoice.
Q9: Does your software provide audit trails (e.g. when calls are assigned, hooked, completed, reconciled, etc.)? : We offer the most extensive audit trail available, period. We track ever single character to every piece of info added, changed, or removed from a call. We track the specific user, the device, the time, and the location that changes are made. You can change what times a user can adjust and what times they cannot adjust.
Q10: Does your software allow for alerting and if so how? (I.e. yellow notification when a vehicle has been stored for 7 days, red when it hits 30 days, etc.) : Yes, automatic email, text, push notification alerts can be triggered to any user. We can also create custom reports and lists that use color coding like green, yellow, red to alert users when to take an action.
Q11: Does your software provide for uploading of photos to accompany an accident report?: Yes, and photos can automatically be sent within an alert. They can also be downloaded and or printed anytime including on the invoice.

Beacon Software

Dispatching/Tracking
Q5: Does your software integrate with a mobile system so drivers can have the apps on smartphones and tablets? : Yes, Two different apps. One for Dispatch/Owners and another for Drivers for security and simplicity.
Q6: Does your software integrate with third-party applications (e.g. motor clubs)? : Yes, We are integrated with over 40 3rd party systems including GPS, motor clubs, auctions, survey companies, etc.
Q6B: If yes to Q6, which motor clubs? : The most of any software. AAA, Allstate, Agero, USAC, Road America, Geico, Quest, Nation Safe Drivers, Allied, Pinnacle, National Auto Club. Copart, Dominion Auto, Allstate Canada, Road Canada and more.
Q7. Does your software integrate with GPS? : Yes, Integrates with more GPS (including hard-wired systems) than any software.
Q7B: If yes to Q7, which GPS systems? : TomTom, Street Eagle(Garmin), Teletrac, VZW Network Fleet, GPS Insight, VTS (Silent Passenger), Spherion, Vehicle Path, Jett-Track, AVLocate, Driveok, EliteTrack, iTrack, FleetBoss, C3, Wireless Matrix, TSO Mobile and Fleematics (updated soon).
Q7C: If yes to Q7, what does your software offer (e.g. visual tracking of trucks, etc.) : TomTom, visual tracking and two-way communication. All others, visual tracking and advanced mapping tools for recommended driver and specific vehicle routes.
Q8: How does your software handle multiple drivers/trucks on one call? : Yes, improved multiple call functionality available in Spring 2017 release.
Q9: Does your software provide audit trails (e.g. when calls are assigned, hooked, completed, reconciled, etc.)? : Yes,an audit log tracks all changes to a job with time and date of change as well as user info.
Q10: Does your software allow for alerting and if so how? (I.e. yellow notification when a vehicle has been stored for 7 days, red when it hits 30 days, etc.) : Yes, We have reporting and on screen notifications now. We also have email notifications with Towlien.
Q11: Does your software provide for uploading of photos to accompany an accident report?: Yes, ull featured vehicle damage/inspection report that captures defect and photo along with owner signature. This report may be sent to a 3rd party via email, fax or printed copy.

Dispatching/Tracking differences: Omadi has a native mobile app that works with no cellular or wifi service. Omadi offers four tracking maps. Beacon claims to have the most motor club integrations.

 

 

  
 
Q12: Does your software offer multiple ways to search for a vehicle (look up by vehicle make, model, plate, last 6 of VIN, etc.)
Q13: How does your software allow for storage tracking (e.g. bar coding, etc.)
Q14: Does your software offer a customer portal where they can track their vehicles, see storage charges, etc.?

Omadi

Storage
Q12: Does your software offer multiple ways to search for a vehicle (look up by vehicle make, model, plate, last 6 of VIN, etc.) : Every single field or piece of information in Omadi is searchable. You can setup common search field for quick and easy access, use a global search, or even post a link on your website to allow the public (or specific clients through a login) to search for tow in (you can control what is visible in search results for any user). Also when searching you can search with partial info or for exact matches (like half of the license plate instead of the entire plate).
Q13: How does your software allow for storage tracking (e.g. bar coding, etc.) : Yes, Storage is automatically tracked using the app.
Q14: Does your software offer a customer portal where they can track their vehicles, see storage charges, etc.?: Yes, the customer portal is fully configurable to control what is accessible. You can share reports, lists, history,and many other things. It can also be used to request a tow or check the status of a current job or request.

Beacon Software

Storage
Q12: Does your software offer multiple ways to search for a vehicle (look up by vehicle make, model, plate, last 6 of VIN, etc.) : Yes, Multiple search options. Advanced search allows you to use full or partial search on nearly any data field.
Q13: How does your software allow for storage tracking (e.g. bar coding, etc.) : Yes, Multiple tracking options.
Q14: Does your software offer a customer portal where they can track their vehicles, see storage charges, etc.?: Yes, Including photo options (including shared/public views), automatic call submission and more. We also allow passwords to be assigned for each account – so Bob’s Chevrolet can be different from Tom’s Ford.

Storage differences: Omadi allows you to control what is visible in search results for any user.

 

  
 
Q15: How does your software package handle the lien process?
Q16: What reports does your software offer and can they be tailored to individual company needs (e.g. customization of invoices, etc.)
Q17. Does your software easily export to Excel?
Q18: Does your software offer automatic customer retrieval through phone number recognition?

Omadi

Reporting
Q15: How does your software package handle the lien process? : We track the entire lien process from the vehicle being towed to impound all the way through to the vehicle sale or release. This process is configured to how the tow company wants to receive reminders and notifications to take a vehicle through the process. We produce custom PDF documents for clients like notifications/letters to vehicle owners, state required documents, and auction packets. You can attach paperwork to the tow record to store it digitally forever. We now also offer an integration with AutoDataDirect to help companies using their service for the same process.
Q16: What reports does your software offer and can they be tailored to individual company needs (e.g. customization of invoices, etc.) : First, we offer a custom reporting aspect where you can adjust or create reports specific to your company that will be used to run the business. In doing so we have developed many standard report templates like daily totals reports (for total calls, tows, billings, money collected) and each report can be viewed with different groupings (e.g. revenue by driver, revenue by truck, revenue by tow yard, revenue by customer, revenue by police department). We have not yet run into a report that Omadi could not recreate.
Q17. Does your software easily export to Excel? : Yes
Q18: Does your software offer automatic customer retrieval through phone number recognition?: When a phone number is typed into Omadi it will indicate if that number is associated to any person you have towed for before.

Beacon Software

Reporting
Q15: How does your software package handle the lien process? : Yes, Beacon's TowLien product automates the lien process without having to make a trip to the post office and has the ability to directly retreive owner and lien holder information electronically from the DMV. Letters are also available in non-TowLien states and can be printed in Dispatch Anywhere.
Q16: What reports does your software offer and can they be tailored to individual company needs (e.g. customization of invoices, etc.) : Four categories: Dispatch, Accounting, Impound, and Administrative. Multiple reports in each category. Eighteen different invoice formats/six statement formats with more being added based on customer input. Hundreds of sorting/filtering options available for customized metrics.
Q17. Does your software easily export to Excel? : Yes, including comma delimited, html and pdf formats.
Q18: Does your software offer automatic customer retrieval through phone number recognition?: No, However Beacon strives to update software features based on customer demand.
Reporting differences: Beacon doesn’t allow for automatic customer retrieval through phone number recognition.

 

  
 
Q19: Does your software offer different clearance /permissions levels for administrative versus dispatch, etc.?
Q20: Is your software web-based? What platforms can I use to access your software?
Q21: Does your software allow for multiple users at the same time?
Q21B: If so, is there an upcharge for a multi-user package?
Q22: What type of back-ups does your software permit (e.g. to the cloud, in-house to a back-up drive, etc.)
Q23: Is there a limit to the amount of history I can keep?
Q24: What is the base price of your software?
Q25: Do you charge for updates? Is there a window of updates that comes with the initial buy?
Q26: What type of training /support do you offer with your software?
Q26A: Is it included with the base price or does it cost more?
Q27: What feature(s) set your software apart from competitors' software?

Omadi

Administrative/Office
Q19: Does your software offer different clearance /permissions levels for administrative versus dispatch, etc.? : Yes, and these levels of access can be customized to fit your needs.
Q20: Is your software web-based? What platforms can I use to access your software? : Yes, any web browser. As well as the app on the Google and Apple stores.
Q21: Does your software allow for multiple users at the same time? : Yes, unlimited users can login at the same time.
Q21B: If so, is there an upcharge for a multi-user package? : We have packages available with unlimited users, and others that are billed out per user charges.
Q22: What type of back-ups does your software permit (e.g. to the cloud, in-house to a back-up drive, etc.) : Cloud automatically and in house on demand.
Q23: Is there a limit to the amount of history I can keep? : Unlimited
Q24: What is the base price of your software? : $99/month with an annual agreement
Q25: Do you charge for updates? Is there a window of updates that comes with the initial buy? : No Charge for updates- every customer automatically gets updated every time there is a release.
Q26: What type of training /support do you offer with your software? : Training is covered during the implementation of the software and facilitated by an Omadi Implementation Engineer. This training can be either onsite, or remote via screen share and conference call. We also have online training material available to our customers to watch on youtube, or view PDF documents that explain how to setup and use omadi. Support is 24/7 with on-call support teams available via chat, email, and by phone.
Q26A: Is it included with the base price or does it cost more? : All support is included. Implementation pricing varies depending on the size and scope of project.
Q27: What feature(s) set your software apart from competitors' software?: Omadi is the most customizable towing platform. Omadi has the most robust mobile app that works without cell service. We have spent the last several years becoming experts in towing management and towing effeciency and built the software to reflect that. One example is our dispatch dashboard, that allows you to see all holding calls, active calls, driver and call locations, ETAs, and appointments all from one screen to drive quick and correct decision making.

Beacon Software

Administrative/Office
Q19: Does your software offer different clearance /permissions levels for administrative versus dispatch, etc.? : Yes, Each user has specific restricted access tailored by the admin/owner. Unlimited number of user levels and combinations available.
Q20: Is your software web-based? What platforms can I use to access your software? : Yes, Mac/PC. Mobile apps are Android and iOS (iPhone).
Q21: Does your software allow for multiple users at the same time? : Yes, both multiple users AND multiple divisions.
Q21B: If so, is there an upcharge for a multi-user package? : Different tiered pricing levels are available.
Q22: What type of back-ups does your software permit (e.g. to the cloud, in-house to a back-up drive, etc.) : Daily (cloud) backups maintained for all customers. Customers have the option of an call export report in excel backup.
Q23: Is there a limit to the amount of history I can keep? : No, unlimited history. Beacon has maintained unlimited customer data since 2001.
Q24: What is the base price of your software? : Pricing is based on software products that are utilized (Dispatch Anywhere, TowMagic and Towlien) and monthly call volume. All pricing includes lifetime training and support.
Q25: Do you charge for updates? Is there a window of updates that comes with the initial buy? : No charge for updates or revisions including the new version of Dispatch Anywhere that is currently available.
Q26: What type of training /support do you offer with your software? : Our trainers give undivided attention during scheduled training session using remote access. Online help desk, videos and tutorials are also available. Standard support is available during business hours and emergency support is available 24/7. No extra charge for support or training.
Q26A: Is it included with the base price or does it cost more? : Lifetime training and support is included.
Q27: What feature(s) set your software apart from competitors' software?: Over 15 years of experience and our software used by many of the most succesful towing and roadside companies in the industry. It was built by towing professionals that understand the towing business. Customers that utilize the full power of our software reduce costs/overhead and dramatically improve profitability. Beacon makes sure that you are trained properly and supported. We're with you for the long haul. computer assisted dispatch that recommends which driver should be assigned to a call. Uses a lot more than distance to make the decision.

Administrative/Office differences: No noticeable differences.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide what software is right for you. We encourage you to do your research and to ask the important questions: https://omadi.com/5-questions-you-should-always-ask-before-buying-a-towing-software/ and most definitely get a live demo of the software.

 

You can view all towing software comparisons at http://towtimes.com/towing-software-comparison/ as well as at https://omadi.com/towing-software-comparisons/