F-Gas news: Visicom make ready for CO2 equivalent changes

As part of its long standing commitment to F-Gas reduction. Visicom Scientific are happy to announce that RedPoint F-Gas is already starting to roll out changes surrounding the measurement of F-Gas using the new CO2 equivalent method.

Full details on gas and asset labelling is still being finalised but our customers can look forward to being future ready for the forthcoming changes.

Immediate changes include the ability for anyone to calculate the GWP and CO2 equivalent for a single asset, group, gas type or entire location.

Are you looking for a reliable way to monitor and track F-Gas use in your building, organisation or service company?  Contact us to discus how RedPoint F-Gas can reduce the cost of HVAC ownership and keep you compliant with current and future F-Gas regulation.




RedPoint F-Gas can help you meet EPA Greenchill guidelines #HVAC

The GreenChill Partnership  is an EPA partnership with food retailers to reduce refrigerant emissions and decrease their impact on the ozone layer and climate change.

In its publication http://www.epa.gov/greenchill/downloads/RealZeroGuidetoGoodLeakTesting.pdf it lays out best practice for leak testing and service work with the aim of reducing the escape of F-Gas and refrigerants.

RedPoint F-Gas is a complete mobile and desktop software solution to assist you to meet or exceed these requirements. Capable of tracking every single ounce of gas recovered/lost or decanted during HVAC servicing, along with dozens of cost saving field service features designed from the beginning to help the HVAC industry reduce gas emissions, meet targets and save money.

Compatible with both USA and EU F-Gas / EPA  requirements RedPoint F-Gas is the suitable for any company size from 1-1000 engineers and for large HVAC users such as supermarkets, malls, hospitals and government buildings.

We believe no other solution offer you these features for a “no monthly cost”

Protect the environment, satisfy your clients and manage your HVAC business with one integrated and scaleable software product.

  • Fulfil your RealZero and GreenChill requirements
  • Instant signup
  • Free engineer accounts
  • Manage jobs from your iPhone/iPad
  • Produce asset list, commissioning certificates, service sheets and F-Gas logs all in one 



Now you can give customers their own web login to access F-Gas certificates and asset lists

Would you like to give your HVAC customers their own website login to access their F-Gas, Service and Asset information?

We are excited to announce that all RedPoint users can easily issue logins to their customers so that they can download, print, search and export their F-Gas certificates, latest service visit information and asset lists from their PC , iPhone or tablet!

Check out the new features under your customer management tab.


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Seeking American HVAC distribution & sales partners

Are you a HVAC sales rep or distribution agent based in the USA?  If so then read on…..

Are you able to promote, link to or demonstrate our software to your existing clients?

RedPoint F-Gas is the award nominated HVAC field service and F-Gas compliance/Cylinder tracking solution that is one of the most powerful, simple and flexible iOS based offerings in the world today.

  • Track cylinders
  • Track gas usage across assets
  • Manage all field service work
  • Search, print and E-mail commissioning and F-gas certificates to clients

All in one complete, simple and affordable solution!

A complete self contained sales and loyalty solution that is so easy to get started with!

With rewards starting from $50 USD for converting leads via our self managed web system leading to $100 USD with 3 sales bonus of $50USD in any month, you can boost your monthly sales with no risk or outlay.

Become a RedPoint partner today and get the reward you deserve!  

Click here to read more about the RedPoint Rewards program and for information on how to signup for free today



Why the HVAC industry should embrace #cloud software

The cloud is a wonderful way for small/mid sized HVAC companies to really and truly make a serious change to the way they work and manage their business.  Adopting a well designed cloud solution to manage assets, workflow, scheduling, F-Gas compliance and staff will have long lasting beneficial effect for any company that are forward thinking enough to realise that the crazy spreadsheets and “Only I know how to do it” systems will ultimately be their demise in a world where young and tech savvy startups are appearing daily just waiting to out tweet, out market and out price you!


What is the cloud?

Put simply, Cloud is a way of delivering software via the Internet rather than more traditional methods of installing software on computers from disks or downloads.  There are also some cloud based models that use Internet based software and a combination of locally installed software and/or mobile apps.  These are a kind of cloud “hybrid”.

What are the main benefits of a cloud solution over traditional software?

The benefits are numerous.

  • Lower CAPEX costs
  • Faster deployment / lower risk
  • Low or nil running and upgrade costs
  • Easy to expand if you choose the right provider
  • Lower cost backup and security
  • Always upto date
  • Available on almost any Internet connected laptop or tablet

To explain these benefits further:

Lower CAPEX costs are a common feature of cloud solutions.  Because the software is usually shared across many users, it costs less for the provider to “setup” your software.  In fact setup is often “Instant” and requires little more than a simple signup process to begin using the software immediately.  This means fast deployment times and low risk as many providers offer free or close to free evaluation periods.

Once you find a solution you get along with, rolling out across the company is usually a simple administration process rather than a technical one.  In a Software as a Service (SaaS) model, you simply choose a payment option that suits your needs and begin using on a fixed cost or pay as you go basis.  Adding more engineers, assets and other information as you are required to.  The provider expands your storage space and computer resources to serve your needs so you only pay for what you need.

The same is to be said for upgrades to hardware.  A reliable provider will be undergoing constant hardware expansion and upgrading to their servers which in turn means you get the best experience possible at a fraction of the cost of setting up “Bare Metal” (servers in your building or data centre)

Most cloud services will include automated backup features as part of the SaaS model.  This means the provider takes responsibility of at least ensuring your software and settings are backed up and ready to restore on demand.  Further to this some providers will give you the option to download copies of your data to store offline as well.

A modern hosting provider will usually have far better backup facilities than the average business can ever hope to achieve.

Software has always been subject to updates! In fact it always will be. Cloud makes this an almost irrelevant consideration.  As new versions of the software are developed and bugs are fixed, they are rolled out onto the cloud in such a way that the end user is always using the latest and best version of the software.

Last but not least is availability… This where cloud wins hands down every time.  Getting access to your software is usually as simple as launching a browser window on your laptop or tablet.  A well designed cloud platform will have some form of resilience built in that enables the main function of the software to work whilst not connected to the internet or in bad signal areas.  But lets face it, if you think how many hours you have lost to restarting windows and how many times you honestly don’t have an Internet connection then cloud really has very few drawbacks.

What are the drawbacks of cloud?

There really are none, but if you had to pick one then it would be concern over privacy.  By that I am talking about the dreaded idea that someone else might see your data.  My answer to that would be “Stop worrying”.  A really well developed enterprise cloud solution is far less likely to be a privacy issue than your 5 year old, out of date laptop with free AVG virus killer and 300 malware issues.

Further reading

If you are still not convinced that cloud can make a difference and you are asking yourself “Whats the catch?” then why not read Pitfalls of migrating from paper to mobile for AC & Refrigeration engineers which covers some of the less commonly discussed considerations as well as discussing ways to make your first step into the cloud.








RedPoint HVAC V1.0.5 USA Availability Update




About RedPoint F-Gas App 1.0.5

V1.0.5 is scheduled for general update release on the 4th June 2014. The new update to V1.0.4 includes full USA Imperial and Euro/UK Metric input units to complement the already USA compatible back office platform.

What does this mean for our US customers?

Whilst the current version of RedPoint F-Gas Software back office already supports US centric date and measurement formats, the mobile app has until now marked measurement units in Kg/Kw and Bar.  Existing USA users can still use this version of the app, however V1.0.5 removes any possibility of confusion by adding dedicated modes for USA users.

Can I buy it now?

The update is due to ship on the 4th June 2014 so USA users who download V1.0.4 now will be updated automatically as the app is released.  The V1.0,4 app does support US imperial units input, only the fields are marked in metric.  The back office platform is universal and will detect your region already.

How can i get it?

Download the app now to your iPhone or iPad


 Register for your platform by choosing from 1 of our 4 great value options.

Don’t use 2 systems to track F-Gas bottles and manage service visits

Computers are supposed to make things simple.  However, as the ACR industry moves closer to a fully digital future the risk of adopting several systems to manage different tasks will likely lead to serious data sharing and access problems over time.


The tracking of F-Gas bottles via barcodes used to be the domain of large enterprise FM companies, however there are several emerging systems that help you keep a basic track of what bottles you have and when to return them.  No bad thing? Well, not if thats all you want to do with them.

The real benefit of computerisation however is the idea that all systems can talk.  Until now this has been a fairly unachievable goal.

If you have considered using a digital or mobile F-Gas and ACR field service solution (which many have) the problem of having more than one system holding useful data becomes compounded.  You end up using bottle tracking to remind you when to return bottles, field service to schedule jobs and possible XL or some oner solution to print and manage F-Gas, ODS and service certificates.


Meet RedPoint F-Gas Software, the 2013 RAC Cooling Award Finalist

A complete turnkey solution that integrates not only bottle tracking, but F-Gas usage on a per bottle/asset basis along with a seamless field service applications that uses all common barcode systems to integrate barcode scanning into the ACR facilities management work flow.

Engineers can :

  • add and return bottles from stock with a single scan
  • select bottles to decant or recover gas to directly into the job sheet
  • add and commission new ACR assets
  • carry out ad-hoc and scheduled maintenance on assets in your care

Asset and facilities managers can:

  • see all jobs in progress
  • schedule service
  • deploy engineers to a single or 100′s of assets
  • search, view print or email PDF F-Gas and commissioning certificates in seconds
  • see upcoming work
  • create calendar events
  • view all f-gas usage on a per asset/bottle/engineer level down to 0.001 kg per delivery/recovery
  • see all f-gas across any location/installation/entire group of companies
  • deploy ad-hoc sub contractors via the economical app
  • produce tailored asset lists

This is how F-Gas asset management should be.  A single sign on cloud based solution for organisations from 1-1000 engineers that takes care of everything required to perform HVAC service and installation work wight he added bonus of complete F-Gas compliance that exceeds current requirements!

Available for single engineer companies on a pay per use basis and from £360 plus Vat for multi engineer companies.

See the main website for more information today






RedPoint F-Gas V1.0.4 now supports A-GAS barcodes

Keeping track of not just F-Gas bottle locations and return due dates but also F-Gas usage is a tricky task. Thankfully there is an easier way thanks to RedPoint F-Gas V1.0.4.

The latest app update now supports the direct scanning of popular F-Gas bottle barcodes directly into its existing app workflow.


Simply add and remove bottles from the system by scanning the generic barcode provided by the manufacturer. There is no need to print your own codes as all bottles supplied already have barcodes.

As well as providing you with easy ways to add and return bottles with a single scan, RedPoint F-Gas App also allows you to scan bottles used during service directly into the service job sheet. Simply enter the quantity of gas used and RedPoint does the rest, keeping your F-Gas records accurate to an unmatched level of accuracy!

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Drill down on every bottle to see how every drop of gas is used by asset, date, even the engineer who added or recovered the gas.

RedPoint F-Gas is the only cloud based F-Gas compliance and HVAC field service software that supports the direct scanning and management of F-Gas bottles.

Read more here, or why not download the app today and get started with your free single engineer account?



RedPoint F-Gas V1.0.4 update brings exciting features for every HVAC engineer

RedPoint F-Gas is already one of the most respected and flexible F-Gas compliance and field service solutions for the HVAC and ACR industry, so the news that the imminent V1.0.4 of the app will bring even more exciting features may not take you by surprise.

Interface & Ergonomics

Building on its already beautiful iOS 7 design, the designers have paid serious attention to user feedback to take ergonomics and usability to new levels.

  • Re designed home screen with thumb friendly options and new barcode scanner
  • Scan to app bottle information during F-Gas movements
  • Flashlight improvements

Improved barcode integration

Building on RedPoints intrinsic use of QR barcodes the new ability to instantly scan from asset to job sheet with only 1 click will save lone engineers even more time on site and reduce operations required to begin on demand maintenance call outs.

Extended functions for single engineer users

Engineer autonomy has been a subject for debate with many customers asking for greater functionality and this has been addressed to allow single engineer permissions to be set allowing almost any task to be completed from the app without having to access the back office!

V1.0.4 is due to hit the app store imminently so be sure to update as soon as you get the option.



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RedPoint F-Gas: US availability update

Until recently RedPoint F-Gas has been targeted at solely at European ACR and HVAC users.  However as the several states in the USA are adopting EU style F-Gas compliance regulations, we have been quid to respond to this need.

A regionalised back office system has been employed to allow US users to adopt RedPoint F-Gas as their first choice F-Gas compliance and tracking solution.

The changes are active now and facilitate the use of US Imperial units and US date formats.

We have extended our registration system to support US users.

Update 1.04 of the app which is due on iOS imminently will fully support US regionalisation as well as supporting all the usual great features you have come to expect front he RedPoint F-Gas product range.