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inViu routes – the GPS app for Android is updated for even more features

The GPS tracking app with reliable GPS tracking and geofencing was designed for companies with mobile employees, for transport and logistics companies, or for vehicle or equipment rental companies


More than 15,000 users have installed inViu routes on their smartphones or tablets.
The app optimizes field service operations as well as centralizing and documenting the exchange of messages and of course for locating employees and assets.


For the low price of € 9.90 per month with a hardware costs starting at less than € 150 makes inViu routes an indispensable tool for all companies with mobile workers.


The new unveiled Version 3.9 brings a variety of useful innovations


Monitor trackables right on your phone

For an on-the-go overview simply enter your ENAiKOON iD in the app and all of the locations and the routes for your trackables are viewable in a sortable list with timestamps and descriptions and of course they are also viewable on the map.


Route planning
In addition to the route recording of your own route, the app calculates the optimal route to a specific location like a trackable, POI, GPS photo, address of a phonebook contact and also any selected position on the map. Both the start point and the destination can be freely chosen.

In addition if the user has a navigation app installed on their phone then any destination, either saved or selected, can be used directly from inViu routes in the navigation app.


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Useful widgets for shortcuts to features

The latest version has come up with five new widgets for faster access to certain app features.

Route planner – Displays the target address, distance to target, time required to reach target, and the estimated time of arrival.

Take picture – Opens the camera to take a GPS photo with the current GPS position

Create POI – Creates a POI with the current GPS position

Route recording toggle – Starts and stops route recording

Parking spot – Clicking on this button quickly saves any location, such as your parking spot for your vehicle. View its location later in inViu routes when you need to find your vehicle.


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Customisable menu bar display


This innovative feature allows for the designing of various screens and formats on a phone and tablet. inViu routes is the only routes app offering this level of customization

A click on the app icon provides access to the main functions of the app, the icons for the features are located in one of the menu bar and can be reached by clicking on the overflow icon. Each icon can be dragged into a menu bar and removed again, the order can be changed at any time.

You can choose between one or two menu bars, with or without displaying the icons info as well as defining where main features of the app are accessed. If you want to use your own icons, you can replace it with a long click on any icon.

For example it makes more sense to display the menu bar horizontally in landscape mode and vertically in portrait mode. Since a tablet is held with two hands the menu bar with access to all important features can be at the bottom of the screen while for a smaller phone it is more useful to have access at the top of the screen.


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GPS power saving mode

Now the app can define the time between two GPS readings in order to lengthen battery life. The GPS power saving mode can be deactivated while charging or above defined battery percentage.


Leisure mode

Great for businesses that employ mobile workers, this feature allows the GPS tracking of employees during working hours only. This way the mobile phone can be used for both work and personal use. More details on this special feature in a subsequent blog post!


View all of these updates by downloading the latest version of inViu routes on Google Play! Contact ENAiKOON for more information on how to use inViu routes for business.

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Director of International Accounts to visit Zambia

A growing emphasis on security and fuel theft prevention has been increasing across the globe for transport and logistics companies, with no exception in African countries. As oil prices rise, the numbers of stolen vehicles and syphoned fuel are also multiplying. With a positive economic outlook for Africa in the coming years, how can business owners reap in the benefits and maximise revenue while protecting their business from these escalating issues?



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At ENAiKOON, we have a comprehensive telematics solution for fleet management and fuel theft prevention that can be fully customised according to each customer’s needs. The combination of our durable tracking devices, complementary accessories, powerful software, and various plugins can be seamlessly incorporated into existing business models to increase efficiency all across the board.


ENAiKOON, along with a local reseller partner, is presenting a telematics solution to help with GPS tracking and fuel theft monitoring along with many other features. The Director of International Accounts, Marie Dennis, will be in Lusaka on December 17th – 19th to demonstrate the system and answer any potential questions about telematics and how it can help logistics, mining, construction, and security companies. Africa is growing and ENAiKOON is there to give peace of mind to local companies in Zambia and Southern Africa. For more information please contact info@enaikoon.com or click here.

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Improved vehicle dispatching and coordination with fleet management systems

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.

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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. Legend, for instance, is the biggest towing company in Dresden, Germany, and they use a system that has significantly improved their management and operations.

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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 sales@enaikoon.com.

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Managing fleet maintenance schedules with telematics

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 maintenance program.

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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.

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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 sales@enaikoon.com.

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Fuel theft: detection and prevention

With no sign of fuel prices going down, fuel theft continues to grow in all parts of the globe. In recent news, Brentwood and Chelmsford in the UK, experienced thousands of litres of diesel siphoned out of 8 lorries during the drivers’ break. In the Philippines, employees of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority have been arrested for selling diesel fuel siphoned from their work vehicle. None of this would have happened if the vehicles were properly equipped with an anti-fuel-theft system. Unmonitored vehicles are left vulnerable to fuel theft, and the surveillance of fuel tank level becomes critical to catching thieves in their act.

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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.

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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 action.

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.