It has been 3 months since the successful launch of the Pacific Customs Brokers free BorderPro iPhone Application. The BorderPro App allows carriers and clients to track the status of their shipments by PARS or SCN number. In addition, you can also subscribe to the PARS or SCN by email or SMS to receive up to the minute status change updates from our tracking services. This is ideal for our carriers as it provides them an easy way to track their shipments upon their approach to the Canada/USA border.

The BorderPro iPhone App is fast approaching 300 downloads and over 3000 PARS and SCN numbers have been queried from the iPhone since March 1st, 2012. This is well beyond our expectations for version 1.0 of our application and the usage numbers are continuing to show a steady growth. Our development team is currently working on a a software update to address a few minor bugs; we expect that version 1.1 will be available in the next few months. If you are a BorderPro iPhone App user and have noticed any minor usage issues or problems, or if you have any suggestions for enhancements, we would appreciate the feedback. Please take a few moments to send us an email with details to carrierhelpdesk@pcb.ca.

Coming soon will be version 2.  Some features being considered at this time are:

  • support for tracking multiple PARS or SCN numbers
  • support for history of look ups with the ability to get a dashboard type listing
  • support for the push services that are part of the iPhone notification services

In conjunction with these enhancements we will also be providing a similar enhancement to the web based portals for SCN and PARS look ups, available at both Pacific Customs Brokers (Canada) and Pacific Customs Brokers (USA) websites.

If you have not yet had the chance to try the free BorderPro App, download here from the iTune Store. For those of you using Android based Smartphones, we are looking at the feasibility of developing a Android based application; more on that in the future.

For information on the BorderPro App - read more on our website BorderPro iPhone App.

 

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