According to Berg Insight’s research, the commercial vehicle fleet
industry plays an essential role in the European economy. “The 6.2 million
medium and heavy trucks accounted for more than 75 percent of all inland
transports, forming a 250 billion Euro industry.” The research also states that
in Europe, the number of fleet management systems in active use is forecasted
to increase from 2.5 million units at the end of 2011 to 5.7 million by 2016.
This increase in the popularity of fleet management systems is attributed to
its effectiveness in increasing both efficiency and productivity.
No wonder more companies are using telematics to manage their fleet.
Telematics solutions for fleet dispatching and coordination are reliable and
affordable, making them a worthwhile investment with great ROI for businesses.
for instance, is the biggest towing company in Dresden, Germany, and they use a
system that has significantly improved their management and operations.
Legend has a large fleet of vehicles to “assist, salvage, and transport”
their customers. The company has a diverse set of jobs that require meticulous
coordination of their fleet. Vehicles are dispatched throughout the day to
various locations. Emergency calls are a regular occurrence, and they must be
able to react quickly to any situation. Knowing the location of a tow truck
closest to the scene is essential.
The towing company’s CEO, Karsten Hiehle, knew their solution for better
dispatching and coordination was the telematics system from ENAiKOON. The GPS
tracking device, locate-04, was installed on every service vehicle and the web
portal, inViu pro, was used to analyse the collected data.
“With ENAiKOON’s telematics solutions, we increased the performance of our
vehicles by 40% and customer satisfaction with our improved efficiency,” says
Mr. Hiehle. “The detailed reports on our staff’s driving behaviour allowed us
to provide personalised training for them, resulting in a 30% decrease in fuel
consumption. In addition, thanks to ENAiKOON’s GPS devices, we were able to
avoid over 20 fines for alleged driving violations by proving that the vehicles
were elsewhere during the alleged times of the violations.”
As a result, the fleet management system did not only improve the
dispatching of vehicles, but also decreased company expenses with fewer fines
and better driving. “Our investment in telematics has more than paid for itself
for Legend,” adds Mr. Hiehle. For more on this fleet management solution or to
receive a free trial kit, contact ENAiKOON at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do you know your truck or construction machine is due for service?
Scheduled maintenance of vehicles is important for any business that relies on
the performance of its vehicles. Transport and logistics companies must
meticulously plan their fleet’s maintenance schedule to avoid vehicle
failures,delays extra costs and fines. In the past, this was done by manually
tracking service dates, vehicle mileage, and vehicle conditions. Today, things
are a little different. With the help of telematics, companies are now able to
receive automated reminders with customised thresholds for a seamless
How this works is that the telematics device attached to each vehicle
collects vehicle data, such as mileage and operating hours, and sends this
information to the ENAiKOON servers. ENAiKOON limit-checker then receives this
data and compares actual mileage and actual operating hours of each vehicle
with predefined thresholds and sends out alerts in case of upcoming or overdue
maintenance measures to the responsible persons.
This way, scheduling upcoming maintenance for each vehicle and detecting
overdue maintenance is automated, resulting in increased productivity and
reliable vehicle performance. Tobias Strahl, the operations manager of KAMAG,
shares his story on how telematics increased their business efficiency.
Mr. Strahl is the operations manager for KAMAG Transporttechnik GmbH &
Co. KG, a transport company in Ulm, Germany, that has been offering transport
and logistics services for over 40 years. In addition to their logistics
services, they also offer full-service solutions that include maintenance and
repairs of their clients’ vehicles. For this reason, having an accurate and
automated maintenance schedule is critical to KAMAG’s business.
Known for their use of cutting-edge technology, it was a breeze for KAMAG to
adopt a new telematics system. Once they learned of the ENAiKOON fleet
management solution, they installed the locate-04 GPS tracking device on all of their vehicles. Access to
the ENAiKOON web portal, inViu
pro, allowed Mr. Strahl and his team to view the location data for their
entire fleet. When the limit-checker plugin became available, KAMAG did not hesitate to
add it to their system as it made it possible to set customised alerts for
their service schedule.
“Before we found out about ENAiKOON limit-checker, we had to manually
calculate and check for upcoming general, safety, and individual vehicle
inspections,” says Mr. Strahl, regarding the time-consuming work involved in
ensuring the timely delivery of their full-service benefits. “Now we are
equipped with an advanced, multi-level alert system. We can plan every upcoming
inspection and routine maintenance included in our full-service plan,
determined by the date, operating hours, or distance travelled.”
Mr. Strahl is now able to promptly send out their maintenance crew, already
informed of their task with an action plan. The ENAiKOON system and its
software have helped the company increase the availability and quality of their
fleet, gaining trust and loyalty from their customers. To learn more on how to
improve your fleet’s vehicle maintenance, contact ENAiKOON at email@example.com.
Remember when security guards used to call for backup on handheld
transceivers? An alarming number of security companies still use them for
communication during guard patrols. Why use these ancient devices when we have
NFC-enabled, multi-purpose, and affordable smartphones in the market?
Conveniently, there are now telematics solutions specifically for managing
mobile workers using these smartphones together with NFC – an ideal system for
facility management and guard tours. NFC is something we have discussed previously as a technology that
is being rapidly absorbed by the tech community.
So how is it used for guard patrols? It’s simple. Equip each guard with an
NFC-capable smartphone, used to swipe NFC tags located at checkpoints,
destinations, and rooms on patrol routes. When these tags are scanned using
inViu NFC-tracker, the data from the tag, along with the GPS
timestamp, is sent to our servers in real time. This data can be viewed and
analysed via our telematics software, inViu
pro, for effective monitoring. You can even turn these smartphones into GPS
devices by installing the inViu
routes app, making it easier to locate your guards in case of
A mobile security services provider recently switched to the ENAiKOON guard
tour monitoring system, dramatically changing the way they perform their
patrols. Bergische Security from Solingen, Germany, used to use a system that
required wands that read barcodes. The company faced many inconveniences with
the old system, having to collect the wands after each shift to upload the
data. It also failed to provide real-time locations of the guards and could not
read the barcodes under poor weather conditions. When replacement parts were
needed, they were expensive as the parts were only exclusively available from
one supplier. These challenges made Bergische Security search for a new
Once ENAiKOON’s solution was implemented, the wands were replaced with
NFC-capable smartphones, improving the communication between the dispatcher and
guards. Guard-tour data is now transmitted in real time and viewed immediately
by Bergische Security and their clients. The supplier-neutral replacement parts
have helped the company find affordable replacements with ease.
“The ENAiKOON system is more affordable compared to our previous system and
other industry-specific solutions, for both the initial package and the running
costs,” says Evelyn Neuhaus, the assistant managing director of Bergische
Security. “Moreover, with the exception of the software, ENAiKOON’s system is
supplier neutral, only requiring off-the-shelf, NFC-capable Android
smartphones. The permanent data transmission and localisation of the devices
are big advantages. If checkpoints are missed, we immediately receive an alert
message. When security guards require assistance, we know their location
instantly. When we have special requests, we can send the nearest security
guard. Other big advantages are the ability to use a combination of different
tools on one smartphone as well as the flexibility that we gain with the
Having an inexpensive yet effective and efficient guard tour system has
optimised Bergische Security’s operations. With improved communication, guard
performance, overall safety, and productivity, the company now experiences more
transparent partnerships with their clients. For further information or a free
trial kit of the system, contact ENAiKOON at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It was not so long ago that we used paper maps to navigate, yet today we use
our phones for everything – including navigation. It’s hard to imagine a world
without our maps application or navigation system. How did we become so
dependent on this GPS technology? Why is GPS so important in our lives?
Before we dissect GPS’s role in the world today, let’s talk about what
exactly GPS is and how it works. The Global Positioning System (GPS) is
actually run by the US Department of Defence, a project that started in 1973 in
search of a better navigation system. Originally developed for military use,
the system consists of 24 satellites travelling 19,300 km above the earth in
controlled orbits twice a day. These satellites are built to last 10 years and
are replaced after this time by a new one that gets launched into orbit.
To access GPS data one must use a GPS receiver. The receiver must be locked
onto the signal of at least three satellites to calculate a 2D position
(latitude and longitude) and have the ability to track movement. With four or
more satellites, the receiver can determine a user’s altitude, making it a 3D
position. This process of locating is called trilateration, where the
intersection of three sphere surfaces determines a user’s location. GPS can
determine location, velocity, time, speed, bearing, trip distance, distance to
destination, sunrise, and sunset.
As you can see, this wealth of information has benefited countless
industries, such as transport, logistics, construction, security, government, mining, and waste management, just to name a few. The ability to track
mobile objects in real time has improved productivity across the board. Sectors
that use vehicles and machinery benefit the most, with GPS devices being able
to transmit data regarding vehicle condition and CAN-bus. Fuel consumption and fuel theft can both be controlled using the
right accessories and software. Being able to select the most efficient routes
for driving jobs and analyse driving behaviour has helped companies save on
fuel costs, which account for a huge portion of operating expenses.
GPS has unquestionably made a strong impact on how people run businesses,
but it also equally influenced how people live. Our cars now have built-in
navigation systems. We use our smartphones for directions while travelling. We
ask our phones where the nearest restaurant is. It tells us where our
friends are. Our pets can now be tracked and located when lost. GPS
receivers are indispensable tools for geocaching and OSM mapping. As more uses come out of this technology, the more
dependent we become and the more trust we have in GPS. That being said, this
trust can be dangerous for some. People from all around the world have
experienced GPS errors and navigation disasters. See how some have driven into a lake, bay, house, cliff, park, and sand
What one can do to avoid such situations is to evaluate the GPS accuracy of
one’s current position. As mentioned earlier, GPS positioning requires the
presence of at least three to four satellites. This can be determined using
handheld GPS receivers or convenient smartphone apps. inViu
GPS details is a free Android app that shows the satellites in orbit, GPS
accuracy, cardinal direction, compass, GPS time, and current location. When
using GPS, let’s try to use our eyes and trust in solid data before driving
into situations that can be easily dodged.
Any reputable anti-fuel-theft system should monitor fuel consumption, for
both fuel theft prevention and fuel efficiency. Continuous monitoring of fuel
consumption and appropriate driver training can save 10% on fuel costs. With
diesel thieves being capable of stealing up to €1,000 worth of fuel, a
comprehensive system that can save fuel costs and stop diesel theft is well
worth the investment for any company that owns a fleet of vehicles.
Investing in the right system is exactly what one transport company in
Southern Germany did after a series of fuel theft incidents. The company, who
wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons, chose ENAiKOON’s
anti-fuel-theft system to catch their diesel thief. They experienced 10 cases
in an isolated truck transport site, where they installed surveillance cameras.
Even with cameras, the thief continued his work and the company was unable to
identify the offender. Finally, the local police stepped in and monitored the
site for several weeks, but even that was unsuccessful.
Their last resort was the use of ENAiKOON’s telematics solution. The system
was installed on their trucks in the summer of 2010. The results were
immediate. Shortly after the installation, the company’s management received a
text message (SMS) alert, informing them of an acute deceleration of fuel from
one of their trucks. Knowing that the thief caught the bait, management
contacted the police right away, whom were able to catch the crook in
The ability to monitor remotely and in real time using their smartphone has
allowed this company to react fast enough to stop the crime. ENAiKOON can also
help with other fleet management needs, such as vehicle maintenance, driving
behaviour, dispatcher communication, and driver coordination. Contact
ENAiKOON for further information on how to stop fuel theft and increase
fuel efficiency or check out www.stop-fuel-theft.net.
Fuel subsidy removals in numerous African governments have raised debates
and upheaval in the last few years. Sky-rocketing fuel prices are, as a result,
affecting the lower and middle-class populations. Consumers are subject to
higher-priced fuel products used for cooking, heating, lighting, and
Yet these cuts have been made for the benefit of the affected, as subsidies
are often regressive. According to a recent study by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), fuel subsidies are both inefficient and
biased towards those who consume fuel the most. The study shows that the top
20% of households benefit six times more from fuel subsidies than the bottom
In order to counteract the rising living costs of the poor, some countries
have implemented compensation programs to support those most affected. Gabon
and Mozambique have both offered conditional cash transfers to those most in
need. Ghana increased the number of public-transport buses. Namibia offers food
distribution programs for the poor. Nigeria created youth and women’s
employment programs. Guinea lowered their health care costs. The IMF stresses
that these measures to protect the most vulnerable are essential to the
Zambia’s president, Michael Sata, announced their fuel subsidy removal last
month, stating that it will open up funds for job creation and the development
of infrastructures, such as schools, universities, and hospitals.
Ghana has completely removed their subsidy on petrol, gas oil, and LPG
(liquefied petroleum gas) in hopes to help restore their fiscal stability after
a huge 2012 budget deficit. The consequence is higher fuel prices; Ghanaians
will see an immediate 3 percent increase in petrol and LPG, and a 2 percent
increase in diesel fuel.
Most recently, Egypt has launched their first phase of plans to cut their
fuel subsidy. Since their economy took a downturn after political turmoil in
2011, they are taking measures to secure a loan of $4.8 billion from the IMF,
which is only possible with a reform to their energy subsidies. Phase one is to
distribute petrol from depots to gas stations using smart cards. The Egyptian
General Petroleum Company (EGPC) hopes this will reduce fuel theft as subsidies
will only be applied at the retail stage; fewer opportunities will be left for
smugglers who siphon off one fifth of subsidised fuel to sell at profit.
With increasing energy costs, Africans affected by these subsidies must
search for methods to reduce fuel consumption. The appropriate support from
government and decrease in fuel theft will hopefully lead to more stable
economies across the continent.
Does your company deal with containers? If so, you’re probably familiar with
lost containers and the hassle associated with locating them using tedious
excel spreadsheets. Thanks to telematics, those days are now over.
ALBA R-plus, an international waste management and recycling company, had
experienced these exact issues in the past. They have over 600 waste containers
throughout Europe at various locations. Once the containers are full, they are
picked up and sent for recycling. The problem is that they are all collected
through a central collection system for Waste Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE). Other competing waste companies also have their containers
collected there. It is possible to accidentally pick up another company’s
container. Without a proper tracking system, a company can easily lose one of
their containers to another, and this is exactly what happened at ALBA R-plus.
Several containers went missing; no one knew where they were or which competing
company had them. There was absolutely no way of telling their location, making
it impossible to recover the missing containers.
That was, until they discovered telematics. They searched for a
comprehensive tracking solution that would allow them to monitor every
container’s location. ENAiKOON’s container management system includes robust
yet discreet GPS tracking devices, affordable SIM cards, and a powerful,
web-based software. ALBA R-plus equipped all of their containers with the
ENAiKOON locate-15, a GPS tracking device with an internal battery
that lasts for 10 years. The container’s location is sent to the ENAiKOON
servers via an inexpensive SIM
card, allowing real-time data transmission. This data is then viewed using
the web portal, inViu web, which is accessible with any web browser.
“With the stand-alone tracking device, ENAIKOON locate-15, we receive a
current location update for all of our containers every day, which is perfect
for our container management,” comments Jean Ziemann, manager of ALBA R-plus.
“The use of excel lists for our container accounting is a thing of the past.
All we have to do is look in inViu web for the container location so that we
can retrieve it for use again.”
The integrated map in inViu web displays the exact location of each
container, making it easy to identify the trade flow of recycled goods when a
competitor gets a contract to pick up the materials. Most importantly, their
long search for missing containers is over. For more information on the
container management system, visit our case study page or contact ENAiKOON at email@example.com.
Unique, practical, and effective! Our cold chain telematics system has been
customised for Schroeder Transport of Mecklenburg, Western Pomerania, resulting
in reliable refrigeration, optimal route navigation, and efficient driving
The tailored solution for the family-run transport company was created with not
only our proprietary software and hardware devices, but with a customised
formula of plugins and accessories that guarantees continuous refrigeration of
perishable goods, precise routing of delivery vehicles, and decreased fuel
consumption by monitoring driving behaviour.
As consumers, we take for granted the availability of fresh produce on
almost every street corner; moreover, it has become an expectation in our
everyday lives. This standard’s existence and maintenance is solely dependent
on today’s cold chain technology, a challenge for those organisations
responsible for the delivery of such goods. Fresh produce, as an idea, is an
amalgamation of various processes that can be brought together with telematics.
To achieve this, we at ENAiKOON have created a three-fold telematics solution
using messenger, temp-sensor, and can-66. This combination has allowed
Schroeder Transport to optimise their navigation, refrigeration, and driving
behaviour while creating new opportunities for expanding their business. The
collected data from the system is used by management only for the reports and
analysis related to cold chain, logistics, and fleet management.
Perfect Navigation: The ENAiKOON messenger
Schroeder Transport from Teterow, Germany, has equipped over 50 trucks and
40 refrigeraeted trailers with the cost effective telematics device ENAiKOON locate-06. The high-performance locate-06 is responsible
for GPS and GPRS. It locates the trucks, transmits and receives their data, and
shows driving direction and speed. Schroeder Transport uses a navigation system
by Garmin that connects to the GPS device. The telematics web portal, inViu
pro, is linked to the navigation hardware along with the software plugin,
ENAiKOON messenger. This allows the dispatcher to create messages and new
driving destinations in the web portal and send them to the navigation
hardware. With the push of a button, the driver is able to simultaneously start
the route and begin the plugin’s guided information on the navigation system
for smooth execution of the driving routes. The navigation system transmits the
remaining distance and driving time to the web portal, keeping the dispatcher
up to date on the vehicle and trip status.
Cold Chain Transport: ENAiKOON temp-sensor
The key to cold chain is to know the ideal climate for fresh produce, and
every product has its own favourite temperature. Leafy vegetables, apples,
mangos, and pears all prefer different yet specific temperatures. Frozen fish
require a temperature of 18° C below zero (-40° F) and chocolate needs to be
kept at 18° C (64.4° F). There are always complexities when transporting such
goods and they begin with the vehicles. In the temperature-controlled
transports of Schroeder are two cooling chambers. These two chambers each have
a temperature sensor that is connected to the ENAiKOON locate-04 telematics device. The sensors measure the temperature, which is then sent to Schroeder’s
dispatchers through the locate-04. The freshness of their produce relies on the
fine tuning done by the drivers. Before the delivery, the drivers must select
what they are delivering using pre-configured buttons. Whether it is frozen
food or fresh meat, the content of the cargo and its status for delivery are
entered. These details are sent to the ENAiKOON system that configures the
temperature of the chambers. Thresholds and alarms are pre-programmed in the
system, which automates the control of temperatures and easing the process for
the drivers. Furthermore, it gives the estimated time for the cooling chambers
to reach their desired temperatures.
Economic driving: ENAiKOON can-66
For many years, the analysis of all vehicle system data from the vehicle’s
CAN-bus has fuelled our success. This has enabled our customers to objectively
compare individual driving styles and fuel consumption of different vehicles
and drivers in various categories. “We don’t want to compare apples to oranges,
our goal is rather to develop a fair evaluation for the driver,” says Jan
Schroeder, one of the two managing directors of the firm. The can-66 works for long and short hauls, which is perfect for
Schroeder. The CAN-bus is a powerful tool that sends the user all important
information required for analysis. The web portal, inViu
pro, is configured by us so that Schroeder receives a summary of important,
easy-to-read data. It can create groups and filters so that custom reports and
charts can be created; for example, reports can be created comparing long and
short hauls by fuel consumption, speed, and RPM. Schroeder utilises this in an
ambitious way: they have configured the data so that all drivers will be ranked
based on their fuel consumption. Whoever consumes more gas will be ranked lower
than those consuming less. They have implemented an incentive plan based on who
ranks the highest in hopes to motivate the drivers to use less fuel. Their goal
of a 10% decrease in fuel costs per driver through enhanced driving behaviour
is now within reach. Apply this to 50 long-haul trucks for a savings of almost
$ 300,000 per year – the cost of two new trucks.
We at ENAiKOON are excited to announce a new partnership with electronic
engineers, AM Bromley, for their innovative TIRE MONITOR SYSTEM (TMS) ®.
This partnership was announced on April 17 at Bauma 2013, the world’s
largest international trade fair for construction machinery, building material
machines, mining machines, construction vehicles, and construction equipment.
There they showcased A M Bromley’s TIRE MONITOR SYSTEM (TMS) ® and ENAiKOON’s GPS tracking
Our joint project started a few months ago, and the final product will be
ready shortly. Stay tuned for the official launch!
About TIRE MONITOR SYSTEM (TMS) ®
The TMS is a wireless direct tire pressure gauge and monitoring system for
large off-road vehicles such as mining & construction, tire testing,
earthmover, container & cargo handling equipment and transit systems. The
solution involves tire pressure and temperature monitoring sensors that attach
to Off-The-Road (OTR) tires. The data from these sensors are transmitted to the
driver’s display screen via the receiver. The data can also be analysed through
the TMS Manager and the TMS Log Graph Window’s applications.
Why monitor OTR tires?
These industrial, OTR tires are each worth around 50,000 USD! Getting its
full use and extending its lifespan is crucial to controlling expenses for any
company that uses large construction and mining vehicles. Proper maintenance of
these tires can help avoid accelerated wear, improve fuel efficiency, and
reduce tire failures.
Markus Semm, managing director and founder of ENAiKOON,
will be speaking at the FOSSGIS 2013 conference about Keypad-Mapper 3, an ENAiKOON-developed Android app that
allows users to record house numbers and addresses for OpenStreetMap (OSM).
Mr. Semm will be giving his speech on Thursday June 13, 2013 at 11:30. The
three-day conference will take place from June 12 – 14 in Rapperswil,
Switzerland. FOSSGIS (Free and Open Source Software for Geographic Information
System) is a German-speaking association founded in 2001 with the goal to
promote free and open-source GIS software. Their conference participation has
grown over the years with over 400 participants each year. For those
interested, visit https://www.fossgis.de/ for registration and further info.
Keypad-Mapper 3 is an easy-to-use, new version of the well-known Android app
that records the GPS coordinates of house numbers so that users can add them
later to OSM. This free app records house numbers, saves address data, takes
GPS photos to support the mapper when entering the data in JOSM, indicates the
GPS reception strength of GPS and GLONASS, and exports the recorded
information. This app was developed for the free contribution and development
of free map data, the source code is published on GitHub. Anyone can install this app and start collecting
house numbers without any extra cost. ENAiKOON believes that everyone should
have access to free navigation software and map data, and this app will help
create a complete database of map data. To contribute to OSM, all you need is
an account with www.openstreetmap.org, acquire house numbers, and upload the
collected data to the OSM database.
It’s that easy! Keypad-Mapper 3 is now available for download on Google Play