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 pit. 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. These mishaps are rare cases, and for the most part, GPS has proven its value for both private and business use. If you’re looking to enhance your business with GPS, contact ENAiKOON or check the list of case studies to see if there’s a solution for your industry. Otherwise, if you want to have a little fun by turning your phone into a complete GPS receiver or GPS tracking device, explore our free Android apps.
Kai Bagus is a 47 year-old man from Freiburg, Germany, who has been suffering from HIV since 1998. He is the one in the 3-wheeled Duo on tour to raise HIV and AIDS awareness. ENAiKOON proudly supports Kai on his journey from Freiburg to Vladivostok. We equipped his Duo with our GPS tracking device, the locate-04, allowing followers to track Kai’s tour on inViu web or inViu routes. Having extensively worked and volunteered in AIDS prevention education, his goal is to give a positive face to being HIV positive, impart courage to those suffering from HIV, and raise awareness of the disease. The “HIV Aufklärungstour” (HIV Enlightenment Tour) will take Kai through Southern Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, and Mongolia over the course of 5 months. The vehicle used on tour is the Krause Duo 4 2, which is a German 3-wheeled moped created for those with disabilities. The tour kicked off on April 23, 2013 and Kai is currently riding through the Ukraine. Follow his journey in real time, on your Android phone using the inViu routes app or on your browser by logging into ENAiKOON’s inViu web. https://sso.enaikoon.de Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Password: Kaibagus2013 Kai regularly posts his inViu location on Facebook and Twitter. Like the Duo auf Reisen Facebook page or follow @kaibagus on Twitter.
Living in a world full of convenience created by modern technological advancements, it’s hard to imagine a life without the existence of mobile phones. Man has become somewhat unappreciative of such modern technology, forgetting that it was only 40 years ago that mobile phones weighed a kilo, was almost the size of your head, had only 30 minutes of air time, and took 10 hours to charge the battery. It’s safe to say a lot has changed since the invention of Martin Cooper’s first mobile phone. 1 G: The First Generation Yes, there was a 1G network, and it was analog! The Advanced Mobile Phone System (AMPS) was introduced to North Americans in 1978, bringing mobile phone technology to the masses. In 1983, Motorola released the world’s first commercial mobile phone. This was the era when the first smartphone was launched by BellSouth Cellular in 1994. The IBM Simon had mobile phone and PDA capabilities and weighed half a kilo. Aside from the usual calling features, this phone could send faxes, emails, and cellular pages. The Data Age The cell phone as we know it now uses data. The 3G network allowed data transmission, revolutionising the functionality of the mobile phone. Media streaming of radio and TV content became available and browsing the internet became faster with the advanced 3G+ network. Despite the emergence of advanced mobile phone features, the Nokia 1100 gained massive popularity on a global scale, becoming the world’s best-selling phone handset and the world’s best-selling consumer electronics device. Although now discontinued, more than 250 million handsets have been sold since its release in 2003. Today’s Network The mobile phones and smartphones we are using today use 4G, an all IP network. Compared to its previous generation, 4G provides an even faster browsing experience with mobile ultra-broadband Internet access. With an increasing number of smartphones with GPS and NFC capabilities, applications for the mobile phone have also increased dramatically. The mobile phone. It wakes us up in the morning. It gives us the weather forecast. Tells us when to catch the metro. How to get to places. Where to eat. Becomes a flashlight in darkness and keeps us connected to friends and family. Without it we are lost, so thank you, Mr. Cooper, for inventing the mobile phone 40 years ago.Digital World The subsequent network became digital. The 1990’s saw a huge rise in mobile phone use, with the European development of the GSM standard and the North American CDMA standard. 2G was probably when we all had our first experiences with a mobile phone.
inViu routes: the route recording Android app that manages and shares your routes, POIs, and GPS photos We are proud to introduce our newest addition to the inViu app family: inViu routes. We are particularly excited about this app because of its comprehensive features that will attract travellers, geocachers, and outdoor sport enthusiasts as well as families and small businesses wanting to keep an eye on their assets and people. It’s the only GPS app out there that is integrated with a backend server, allowing the user to do so much more than just record routes! This ad-free app is now available on Google Play for free download! Let’s explore the robust list of features this app has to offer. inViu routes allows the user to: Record routes This feature is great for anyone wanting to record certain travel routes, and special locations or photos associated with the route. Record a road trip and all the scenic stops you make, or hiking trails and the beautiful views from the top of a mountain. Create POIs and GPS photos Points of interest (POIs) and GPS photos are useful for anyone wanting to know the exact location of particular places. Share data with others You can share any route, POI, or GPS photo via any installed app on your phone. This includes e-mail and social media apps, such as Facebook and Twitter. It provides an easy way to share locations with all the important GPS information. Set location-based reminders Unlike time-based calendar reminders, inViu routes allows you to configure notifications depending on a specific location. You can receive notifications when you enter or leave a geofence or when someone enters or leaves a geofence. They can be text reminders or voice memos that get played as the notification. This feature is great for busy, on-the-go people that go to multiple recurring locations. Turn your phone into a GPS tracking device That’s right. Installing this app on an Android phone is a great, money-saving option to buying an expensive GPS tracking device! Simply register for a free ENAiKOON iD within the app or online in inViu web, the free asset tracking software, and watch where the phone goes on the integrated map. Monitor multiple trackables With inViu web, you can register up to 4 devices at no charge! This means you can monitor family members to ensure their safety, or manage the locations of employees for small businesses. You can set e-mail notifications for when a trackable enters or leaves a certain location. Explore all of these features for free without any ads! If you would like to monitor more than 4 trackables in inViu web, contact us for a monthly software subscription package that suites your needs. Testing inViu routes Download app from Google Play on your Android phone now or use the QR code – try for free!
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As Android mobile phone internet usage use has become more prevalent, so has the average rate of data usage among users. Many plans allot for as little as 250 MB per month to the highest data usage allotment of 10 GB. To get an idea of what you can do with a monthly allotment of 250 MB, you can watch around 15 youtube videos and visit around 1000 text-based websites (ie. blogs or reddit), but usage can easily sneak up on you in the form of automatic updates of your email, facebook or twitter accounts, the use of games with sponsored advertisement, or GPS navigation applications. On most tariffs, the user is allowed 250 MB of fast internet and for the rest of the month is only allowed use of a vastly slower connection speed (called “throttling”). Likely this “throttling”, however annoying, will be replaced by overage charges. According to a leaked T-Mobile memo, recently released to TMOnews , T-Mobile can no longer compete with their low-range 200 MB unlimited data plans and will replace it with an overage fee system whereby the user would pay a few pennies for every MB used. Furthermore, visit any mobile phone forum and you will find customers dealing with large fees because they hadn’t monitored their data usage. Like this man, recently reported in the BBC who was charged in one-month 200£ overage fees just for using his facebook application. For Android users, to assist you to monitor your data usage, ENAiKOON is presenting inViu traffic-counter, the user-friendly, sleek, ad and cost free app to objectively monitor your mobile data usage for your Android. Highlights: – daily, monthly and total traffic amount – sent and received data – adjustable daily limits for pre-paid users – adjustable monthly limits – alert for when a pre-defined percentage of data allotment is reached – available in English, French, German and Spanish – privacy protection, ie. surfing data is in no way discernable – both free and ad-free Connect: Google play and download the Android data monitoring app