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TrueContext Alternative: Appenate for Field Service Data Collection

Understanding the importance of data accuracy, seamless offline access, and robust integrations for your field operations is crucial—and that’s where we come in. You need a solution that not only meets these needs but also integrates perfectly with your unique field processes.

Between Appenate and TrueContext (formerly Prontoforms), both platforms offer customizable mobile forms, but which one truly gives you a competitive edge?

In this post, we’ll explore the Appenate Advantage, detailing the ways it outshines TrueContext.

Let’s get to it. 

1) Stretch Your Dollars: Get More For Less!

When evaluating new data collection software, it’s crucial that it fits within your budget and gives you ample time to explore its features before making a commitment. Both Appenate and TrueContext offer free trials, but Appenate’s lower rates could help you redirect up to 67% of your data collection costs toward other operational improvements. 

Here’s a quick look at the numbers.

TrueContext Pricing:

  • Basic Plan: $20/user/month
  • Pro Plan: $40/user/month
  • Minimum: 3 users

Appenate Pricing:

  • Standard Plan: $9.90/user/month (or $11.90 if paid monthly)
  • Premium Plan: $14.90/user/month (or $17.90 if paid monthly)
  • Minimum: 5 users

Visit our pricing page to use our cost calculator and see how the costs adjust with the number of users. Appenate promises stable rates, no annual lock-ins, and a simple process for scaling up as your business grows.

2) Customer-focused From Start to Finish

At Appenate, exceptional customer support is at the core of what we do. We start by ensuring our product is the right fit for you, aiming for long-term growth rather than a quick sale. We value transparency and will give you all the details upfront, so there are no surprises down the road.

Our commitment doesn’t stop at sales. We prioritize robust, reliable functionality over flashy features and continuously refine our product based on real customer feedback. This ensures our platform evolves in sync with your field service needs.

“Appenate allowed our company to go paperless in the field & gave us the ability to move towards other paperless operations. Within a month we had a department of 12 technicians & one dispatcher using Appenate daily. Since then, we have implemented the use of the platform to all departments.”

– Junetta, Commercial Service Department 

3) NFC & RFID

Appenate supports both NFC (near-field communication) and RFID (radio frequency identification) technologies, providing significant advantages for field operations. These technologies accelerate data transfer, automating the exchange between physical objects and work devices.

NFC: Technicians can swiftly pull up historical and operational data of machines and equipment marked with an NFC tag by simply tapping their device, for example. This quick access improves efficiency and reduces errors in everyday tasks.

RFID: RFID extends these benefits by supporting longer ranges. Depending on the tags and readers used, RFID can automatically scan all tagged items within a certain range without needing to line them up individually. This capability is perfect for inventory management, allowing for instant updates and real-time tracking.

Use Cases:

  • Tool Management: Tagging tools with NFC and RFID simplifies check-in/check-out processes and maintains accurate inventory records.
  • Employee Verification: NFC badges provide quick ID checks, while RFID badges enable real-time location tracking on construction sites.
  • Safety Inspections: NFC logs inspection points quickly, and RFID tracks compliance over time, ensuring thorough safety management.
  • Asset Tracking: High-value assets in manufacturing plants can be monitored with RFID for real-time updates and accessed with NFC for instant maintenance data.
  • Access Control: NFC badges secure entry to restricted areas, and RFID provides continuous monitoring of personnel movements.

“We’ve trialed many competitors, and none were as feature-rich as Appenate.”

– Simon Ozanne, Alacon Aero Case Study

4) More Plug-and-Play Integrations

Appenate is designed to easily integrate with your existing systems, offering a broad range of out-of-the-box solutions:

  • Google BigQuery, Egnyte, Snowflake: Enhance your data analytics and storage capabilities.
  • REST API: Connect seamlessly with external web services via exposed Rest APIs.
  • Azure Blob Storage, OneDrive for Business, Amazon S3: Securely manage and scale your data storage.
  • PowerBI, MySQL, PostgreSQL: From dynamic reporting to real-time data management, keep your data flows efficient and integrated.

Explore all our integrations.

5) Better Data Management & Hosting Flexibility

With Appenate, you gain not just security but also the flexibility to choose how and where to manage your data—whether on-premises for full control or in the cloud for enhanced scalability and disaster recovery benefits.

Appenate also offers full multilingual capabilities right out of the box, making it easier for global teams to collaborate seamlessly. On the other hand, TrueContext limits this feature to its advanced and enterprise plans, and even then, it comes with an additional fee. With Appenate, there’s no need to worry about extra costs or plan upgrades to unlock multilingual capabilities—vital for teams operating internationally.

“We now run over 120 forms over 80 data stores, and we’re continually finding new activities to integrate into the system.”

– Mark Chimes, McClelland Case Study

What Are You Waiting For?

Ready to see how Appenate can transform your field data collection? Sign up for our free trial today—no strings attached—and experience the Appenate Advantage for yourself. Join us and stretch your operational dollars further while enjoying a platform that grows with you.

If you’d like to learn a bit more about what Appenate offers, hop on over to this post. It contains all the basic need-to-knows about how our platform can serve you.

All the best with your search!🙂

“Migrating over to Appenate was fast & effortless. Besides paying less than half of what your competitors charge, I found the Appenate support team extremely efficient in getting my business forms up & running in no time.”

Andy , A Happy Competitor Convert