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Affordable, custom smart phone apps for commercial users

14 years ago, ENAiKOON was founded as the first member of the Ventriga Group, in order to provide commercial customers with custom telematics solutions.
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:

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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 headquarters. 

The focus is on implementing previously used paper forms as smart phone apps.

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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:  

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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

  • Images of work results, damage, conditions, etc.
  • Adding videos, voice messages, file attachments, GPS positions etc..

Data import and export

  • Existing data can be reused in the ginstr system
  • All collected data can be exported from the ginstr system for further processing in existing programs (e.g. accounting, scheduling, human resources, etc.)

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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

Australia

  • Monitoring the regular cleaning of toilets during the Australian Open, the famous tennis tournament

Germany

  • 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


India

  • Solution for parking attendants in car parks. Ensures that the existing parking spaces are only used by those who have previously hired them.

Israel

  • Work logs for hotel staff
  • Work logs for security guard employees

South America

  • Administration of 600,000 items of school furniture in Ecuador

USA

  • 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.

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A complete dispatching system using Android phones and inViu routes messenger

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.
 

App inViu routes messenger

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:
Dispatching with inViu routes messenger
 
 

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 process.

 
 

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.

Dispatching with inViu routes messenger

 

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.

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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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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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Putting a stop to timber theft with a discreet GPS tracking device

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 pro.

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.

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How to increase business efficiency with telematics

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.

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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.

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