14 years ago, ENAiKOON was founded as the first member of the
Ventriga Group, in order to provide commercial customers with custom
Tens of thousands of construction machines, vehicles, containers and other mobile objects have since then been connected to the ENAiKOON platform
Teleservice Holding AG, a Munich-based company that deals with telecommunications service, was added a few years later.
And today we are pleased to present you ginstr GmbH, the latest member of the Ventriga Group:
ginstr is a full sister company of ENAiKOON. Like ENAiKOON, ginstr focuses exclusively on commercial customers.
ginstr specialises in the digital collection of form
data, the optimisation of work processes and the development of
customised applications and business solutions for companies in all
industries. This includes Internet connection and data transfer to
The focus is on implementing previously used paper forms as smart phone apps.
We have invested more than 1 million Euros in this technology to
date, making it possible to convert almost any paper form into a smart
phone app for a lump sum of only 790 Euros.
–>This provides ginstr customers with a number of valuable benefits:Collected information is immediately available at headquarters
Current status information at headquarters at all times, in
scheduling, for requests from customers, etc.: the transmission of
collected data from smart phones to the office takes only a few seconds
Immediate collection of invoices for work performed
No more paper forms are lost
Filing must no longer be organised and arranged for the paper forms
The computer now takes care of searching for previously collected data
Better quality of collected data
No missing information
Information is checked for plausibility when entered
No data collection costs and no transcription errors from the form into the computer, as this step is no longer required
Electronic signature by customers and employees on their smart phone
Additional data that cannot be collected with a form
All collected data can be exported from the ginstr system for
further processing in existing programs (e.g. accounting, scheduling,
human resources, etc.)
Since the platform was released about a year ago, a number of companies have already decided to use the ginstr technology.
Solutions were implemented in very different industries and regions of the world for these companies.
Below are some examples:Africa
Emergency call system for diplomats in Ghana
App for managing patient information similar to the German health insurance card in Nigeria
Monitoring the regular cleaning of toilets during the Australian Open, the famous tennis tournament
Reading electricity meters at a real estate company with approximately 2000 commercial rental units
Regular reports on the state of approximately 500 unused properties belonging to the federal state of Berlin
Collection of work reports with respect to vending machine servicing (loading, cleaning, maintenance…)
Timekeeping of mobile employees
Dubai (Middle East)
System for registration of participants at events, including admission control
Solution for parking attendants in car parks. Ensures that the
existing parking spaces are only used by those who have previously hired
Work logs for hotel staff
Work logs for security guard employees
Administration of 600,000 items of school furniture in Ecuador
Reporting system for caregivers in a nursing home
Reporting system for a company that takes back leased vehicles on
which customers have stopped paying instalments for a certain time
(so-called Repo Services: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repossession) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Repossession)
and much more.
Several dozen typical examples of solutions realised to date can be downloaded from Google Play Store, from ginstr app store or from the ginstr website.
You can try out all the apps along with the associated office software free of charge at any time. Feel free to contact us!
In order to test ginstr apps that use NFC tags we would be happy to send you a few sample tags for free.
We have yet another inViu routes update!
The saga continues with a special new messenger feature that allows employers
and dispatchers to communicate with mobile workers right in the app! If you’re
an inViu pro user
you already know the features of the messenger plugin:
you can create messages with work orders, driving destinations, and addresses
and send them right to the drivers’ navigation systems. Similarly, the inViu
routes messenger does exactly this, but instead of sending messages to
navigation systems they go directly to the employee’s Android smartphones.
You may be asking yourself: “how is this helpful? Couldn’t you just text
message the employees?” Well, aside from the fact that you are saving tons of
money by using smartphones for GPS tracking instead of a costly system that
requires a tracking device and a navigation system, it also opens the
possibility of applying GPS tracking to all types of mobile workers – not just
vehicle drivers. Let’s not forget that it also serves as a complete task,
logistics, and employee management system, with backlogs and audit trails that
can be exported from inViu pro, ENAiKOON’s telematics web portal. If you
weren’t convinced that this is the perfect business app before, you will be now
with the integrated communication system made available with the messenger
plugin. Here are some of the features and benefits:
Easy communication and task management
This is the most important feature for managers. Tracking the internal
communication and task delegation is key to controlling the workflow and
minimising errors within a company’s operations. With inViu routes messenger,
all of your staff communication and tasks will be logged in inViu pro. Having
an overview of all tasks and employee locations eases the dispatching
Clear job acceptance and verification process
Employees can easily accept tasks and respond quickly using predefined,
editable status texts without leaving the app. This process is streamlined so
that drivers can safely and easily communicate with the dispatcher.
Convenient routing and navigation
What makes the inViu routes messenger unique is that you can send messages
with an embedded destination address for specific driving jobs or
location-based tasks within the app. The address will open up in the inViu
routes map and further in a navigation app installed on the phone.
This app would be ideal for any transport or logistics company wanting to
make the switch from navigation systems to GPS tracking with smartphones. This
comprehensive dispatching system only requires the use of the online software,
inViu pro, and Android phones. As mentioned above, the use of smartphones makes
dispatching and task delegation possible for all employees, not just for
drivers. For instance, sales reps on foot can receive client location info on
the go or bicycle courier companies can send all of their work orders to their
employees’ mobile phones.
The messenger plugin can be activated with an additional monthly
subscription along with inViu pro. With the subscription, all of your mobile
workers will see the new “my messages” option in the main menu of inViu routes.
Download the app in
Google Play or contact
ENAiKOON for additional information on the messenger plugin, inViu routes,
or inViu pro.
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
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
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
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
The app optimizes field service operations as well as centralizing and
documenting the exchange of messages and of course for locating employees and
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
Contact ENAiKOON for more information on how to use
inViu routes for business.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Timber theft has been taking the spotlight in recent news with almost no
definitive solution for the crime. The illegal logging industry is increasing,
leaving victims with billions of dollars worth of missing timber worldwide. It
is also the leading cause of deforestation, affecting the eco systems and
natural habitats of endangered species in many countries across the globe.
Spraying the logs, taking records of stocks, immediately applying timber dye to
logs, building relationships with the mill – these are only preemptive measures
a forester can take to ward off thieves and will not stop professionals from
stealing lumber nor will it put them behind bars. Suggested theft prevention
measures until now, unfortunately, have proven to be ineffective in actually
catching the thieves in action.
Those days are now over.
One logging company with an ongoing timber theft problem sought for an
effective theft prevention solution when surveillance efforts failed to stop
further theft. They came to ENAiKOON seeking a GPS tracking solution. After
just three months, our team of dedicated hardware developers created the new
locate-18 GPS tracking device. With its plastic, tube-like housing
that fits discreetly into logs, the locate-18’s sole purpose is to stop timber
thieves in action.
The GPS device alone cannot stop timber theft. ENAiKOON’s complete solution
includes an adjustable vibration sensor, a camera, infrared lights, a GPS
receiver for localisation, a SIM card for GPRS transmission, a powerful set of
batteries, and the use of telematics management software: inViu
Here’s how to stop timber theft. First, drill a hole into a log in a felled
lumber pile and insert the 20 x 3.5 cm locate-18 with its vibration sensor
activated. Make the drill holes invisible by covering them up with previously
sawed wooden discs. Then, install cameras with infrared lights in various
loading areas. When the tracked log is moved unexpectedly, the GPS tracking
device sends an alert to the server and activates the surveillance cameras.
This is exactly what the logging company did and just as we suspected,
unusual movement of lumber piles were detected just a month after installation.
They mounted a locate-18 in every lumber pile and hid security cameras in owl
boxes that were hung near their loading areas. When the logs were moved it
triggered the cameras which took photos of the theft at the crime scene; this
evidence was later used in court to support the case. Knowing the exact GPS
coordinates of the moving lumber pile, the logging company found out the logs
were taken to the exact same sawmill that the usual shipments went to,
concluding that it was an insider job. Turns out, the contracted truck drivers
were taking extra loads to the mill. All stolen timber was recovered with the
suspects successfully convicted in court. The company has not seen any criminal
activity since then.
Let’s put an end to illegal logging and timber theft. If you manage a
logging company experiencing timber theft, ENAiKOON’s timber theft prevention
is your solution. Contact us for a customised solution for your company.
I know that many business owners are initially hesitant to invest in
technology that doesn’t directly correlate to sales, but if you’re not
controlling costs and managing your people wisely then you are most likely
experiencing leakages in expenses and labour. This is something no business can
afford during tough economic times. Telematics is a great “trainer” that will
keep your business in shape, allowing you to efficiently manage your business
and free up valuable time to focus more on building sales.
Let’s first address what telematics is. It’s the union between
telecommunications and informatics. It’s not just navigation systems in cars
and GPS trackers, but the use of such devices along with powerful software that
allows you to manage, analyse, and export the collected data to help improve
your business operation.
The primary use of telematics is to remotely monitor trackables (tracked
assets or people). This alone can save a tremendous amount of travel time and
labour costs. Knowing exactly where these trackables are located and being
alerted whenever there is a change from the norm can help prevent theft and
unauthorised use of equipment, vehicles, and machinery.
Now imagine being able to obtain precise CAN
bus and fuel level information from your vehicles; locations and tasks
being performed by your employees; temperatures of machinery and refrigeraeted
trucks; hours of operation of rented equipment and vehicles; and communication
records with your drivers and mobile workforce. Not only are you saving time
and labour costs, but also minimising vehicle and equipment maintenance costs,
damaged perishable products, and fraudulent activity. Having access to detailed
records without having to manually collect the information is the convenience
that telematics can bring to you and your employees.
The relatively new use of NFC in telematics has revolutionised remote personnel management.
Your mobile employees can now scan NFC tags using an off-the-shelf smartphone
to create records or to check into places without the use of paperwork. If
cutting back on administration and going paperless is one of your business
initiatives, NFC technology is definitely one of the most cost-effective and
eco-friendly solutions. Security companies for guard tours, health care for
visiting nurses, and retailers with a mobile workforce are all beneficiaries of
an NFC telematics solution.
No matter how big or small your company is, cutting costs and increasing
business efficiency should be prioritised in every industry. To find out more
on how to integrate telematics into your business, contact
us for a customised solution.