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ENAiKOON founder Markus Semm to give a speech on Keypad-Mapper 3 App at FOSSGIS 2013

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).


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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

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NFC Technology in Telematics

We are constantly being surrounded by new technology every day without actually acknowledging its grandeur. Let’s put the spotlight on Near Field Communication (NFC), a technology also referred to as RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). As consumers, do we really understand the full capabilities of this technology? NFC has been around since 1980 with slow adoption, and now this trendy technology is on the rise as we see it in contactless payment systems, public transportation, and proximity marketing. That being said, are there other uses of NFC for businesses?




Many. It can deliver convenience and efficiency to a variety of sectors that employ mobile workers. Don’t be intimidated by the new emergence of this technology. It’s surprisingly easy to comprehend, use, and incorporate into businesses.



Tracking tasks and employees


NFC tags can contain information such as task description and instructions for a specific location. With the mobile employees equipped with NFC-capable smartphones, they can easily scan NFC tags to acquire certain product or location-specific information related to their job. Tags can also be placed on certain rooms, places, buildings, and even equipment where employees can check into. This helps indicate who was where at what time using what equipment, etc. This feature is extremely beneficial for automating the tasks for mobile employees, eliminating paper log books and saving time on administration. It’s great for cleaning, hotel, and security industries as well as any sector with mobile workers.



Tracking stock and inventory


Not only can you read data from NFC tags but you can also write them using NFC-capable smartphones! This means you can update certain information on the tags, like product description and inventory counts. Doctors and nurses can easily scan patient tags to acquire prescription info and details from a last visit. Retailers and rack jobbers can place tags on merchandising shelves with product info and update the stock counts for precise inventory counts. No paperwork necessary.

Add a bit of creativity to these two features and the possibilities derived from NFC technology for business are endless! The system requires very little overhead and a low start-up cost for something that can save you time in employee management and training. An NFC tag can cost as little as 30 cents depending on your application, and if your employees require mobile phones, there you go! You already have your hardware. All you need is reliable and powerful NFC management software, like inViu pro, to coordinate the scanned data with its user, time, and location.

To learn more about NFC technology, visit the Wikipedia page.

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EU introduces illegal timber import controls

Interpol estimates that around 30% of all the lumber in the global market is illegally sourced. This is caused in part by weak enforcement of laws, corruption of officials, economies lacking in other means of employment and high demand for lumber.




Effective March 3rd, 2013, the European Union requires that all wood products being sold in the EU, comprising 35% of the worlds lumber consumption, must be certified to not be illegally sourced. According to their own website, the EU Timber Legislation defines “illegal logging” as

“the harvesting of wood in a way that breaches the laws or regulations of the country of harvest”

It also requires the seller of the wood in the EU to conduct due diligence in order to verify the legality of their lumber, which at least requires them to show on paper the country of origin, the species, the amount harvested, where it was harvested, address and name of supplier and pertinent governmental documents validating the legality of the timber. Furthermore, the EU now requires risk assessment where the seller of the wood must ensure the legality of the wood with a careful subjective analysis of the possible external risk factors that could be hidden inside the wood that is exported. So, if your wood is sourced from Nigeria or another country characterized with a low-level of governance, then this is another ‘point’ added to the final assessment of risk. Then, if there is a significant level of risk, the wood may not be exported into the EU.

Taken in it’s best light, this legislation may be helpful to stop the flow of illegal logging into the EU because the seller of the wood must be able to verify the sourcing of the wood. This creates an extra layer of bureaucracy that makes selling to the EU a little harder for illegal loggers and makes a ‘fast-track’ entry into the EU for foresters practicing sustainable and legal methods of harvesting.

The bad things for the sustainable foresters is that they will probably see a rise in the number of timber thefts as thieves will begin stealing their stamped or bar-coded timber because this certified wood can be sold to the EU and fetch the much higher profits than if they sold it to a different market that doesn’t have these laws in effect. A simple solution to these thefts will be increased usage of tracking devices, which is why ENAiKOON has developed the locate-18. This device is fitted into the end of a cord of harvested lumber and immediately detects and notifies when the theft of lumber occurs. This has been tested in the forests of Germany and was able to stop the theft of lumber and trace the whole theft process from wood pile to lumber mill.

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