Dan Chu, Google’s product manager for Coordinate, summary of the new Google service:
“The idea behind the service to provide an easier and off-the-shelf way to organize mobile teams. Customers will also be able to enter large datasets as custom locations into the service. A utility company, for example, could use this to enter the location of all of its electricity poles. On the dispatch side, administrators will be able to see where their workers are and send them to their next locations. Employees in the field, will use their mobile phones to accept new jobs and also send reports back to the dispatchers.
Given the privacy implications of a service like this, Google build in an option for users to go “invisible,” as well as a time-based system that can automatically log users out at the end of their shifts. Users will also have to give very explicit consent to being tracked when they first use the mobile app.”
Google is launching the service with an introductory price of $15/user/month until September 1, 2012. The price may go up after that, but Google hasn’t released any information about this yet. The service is now available worldwide.