Ed Note: In October LI Magazine reviewed RouteMAP IMS 3.0. This article explores how that product can be used, along with a real-life example. While this article is written by the vendor, it is worth noting that the solution was an off-the-shelf product, running on the customer Web site, complete with data and routing capabilities all pushed to a PDA.
As the Internet continues to grow, so does the sophistication of data people are seeking. With todays competitive real estate market, every real estate agent needs to use technology to gain a competitive edge.
Baynet World in San Jose, CA, is using Pocket MLSs to provide information to real estate agents while showing homes to potential buyers. When out with a potential buyer, a realtor can get directions to specific properties, view an area map down to street level, and plan an optimized route between properties. Realtors can also enter a street name and pull up all properties for sale, allowing them to give detailed information to their client on the spot.
Baynet uses RouteMAP IMS, an affordable out-of-the-box solution, to add customized mapping and routing capabilities to the Pocket MLS, a wireless mobile application. Pocket MLS is available on any Windows Mobile, Blackberry or Palm operating system handheld device. It allows realtors to search listings wirelessly, e-mail listings to clients and receive e-mail maps, property photos and driving directions.
Baynet wanted to be able to host this solution in-house, rather than with a third party.