Leisure mode for mobile phones with the inViu routes GPS tracking app – great for switching between business and personal use We’re going to put the spotlight on one of inViu routes newest features, the leisure mode. Now with the ability to turn mobile phones into GPS tracking devices by installing the free app, it does not make sense to track the mobile phone’s movement 24 hours a day. Just how it sounds, the leisure mode allows users to use their work phone for personal use outside of working hours without being monitored. This feature creates a win-win situation for both the employer and employee as it increases efficiency in managing mobile workers and allows these workers to use one smartphone instead of carrying a separate phone for private use. Settings How it works is each mobile phone’s inViu routes settings would be configured to automatically track during the employee’s work hours. You can also import predefined leisure mode templates to save time during setup. Create several templates to easily switch between different shifts. After the desired template is selected, the employer would then lock the phone’s inViu routes settings with a security code. This way the employee cannot change the ‘auto start’ settings. Overtime A great feature of leisure mode is the extension verification message. The user can choose to extend tracking time when working overtime. This is important for companies that use the inViu timestamp as their employees’ work hours for payroll. The message appears at the end of every scheduled shift for the employee to confirm the worked hours or to extend them. Leisure mode is just one of the many updates made to inViu routes to turn it into a business-friendly tool for a cost-effective tracking system. Learn about all the other useful plugins here or download the app from Google Play.
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? 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or click here.
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. Legend, 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 email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.