Smart as a... Phone

How sports field managers are using technology to become more astute at their jobs

  Your most important field management tool might not be parked in your maintenance garage; it might be in your shirt pocket. Mowers, aerators, sprayers they're all important, but think about how many times a day you reach for your smartphone.
  "I'm on my phone all the time," says Pete Cheswick, supervising groundskeeper at Massapequa School District in New York. "For example, I have all my vendors' numbers in my cellphone, so I can call them if I'm out on a field and I have a question. Or, if there's a problem with a piece of equipment, I can take a photo with my phone ... (Read More...)

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10/23/2014 - Paint the Town "Green"

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