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.
NFC Security Bag including the NFC smartphone app for optimal tracking and storage with tamper protection – first look available at GPEC from September 9th – 11th 2014, Stand C67 in H1.
New release available now from ENAiKOON, NFC Security Bag and the coordinating NFC smartphone app with integration into inViu web, ENAiKOON’s highly secure telematics platform.
Typical use cases
Security bags with an integrated NFC tag are particularly suitable for the safe transport and professional storage and safekeeping of important objects, including tamper protection. The following are examples of typical use case for these security bags:
• Confidential and important document transfer
• Transport of high value goods
• Equipment security policy for weapons, illegal narcotics, and other restricted access items
• Transport of urine and blood samples for doping tests
• Chain of custody drug testing
• Forensic evidence collection and storage
• Personal property bags for patients in hospitals or deceased individuals
• Inmate personal property inventory
• Chain of custody for expensive or dangerous pharmaceutical, biological or chemical products
• Secure data disposal to verify the destruction or hard drives or other storage devices with important data from banks, power plants, and other facilities which are not connected to the internet
• and many more
Lost or altered items are now a thing of the past.
• Error-free and 100% traceable documented tracking for transport of critical objects
• Complete documentation of the contents, storage area as well as the responsible person in each case for the NFC security bag
• Management of additional information as needed for each security bag including for example comments, photos, audio notes, videos, electronic signature capture, etc.
• Evidence of tampering, changing or tampering with the contents of the security bag are evident and able to be identified
Features of the NFC security bag
NFC tag for tamper proof identification
The high tech NFC security bags from ginstr are equipped with an NFC tag and are more secure than the current bags on the market using bar-codes or written information.
With the NFC tag the NFC security bag and the associated information is saved in a databank using a smartphone app. By simply reading the NFC tag an approved smartphone is able to access all relevant data concerning the associated NFC security bag.
In addition to the collecting and reading the NFC security bag information photos, videos, electronic signature capture, audio notes, comments, etc. can be centrally stored and recalled later.
Consecutive serial numbers
In addition to NFC tags the NFC security bags have consecutive serial numbers that are tamper proof and stored on the NFC tag. The serial numbers are unique per customer and the NFC tags are globally unique. Thus, neither can a security bag be missed nor another organisations security bags used.
Tamper evident closure
The NFC security bag cannot be opened without destroying it. Attacks by heat, cold, or attempts to close a bag which has been opened are recognisable due to obvious signs of tampering.
Removable ownership receipt
With this record the owner of the contents can prove ownership or the sender of the bag that it is shipped.
The NFC security bag can be printed with your logo and any additional fields as needed for your organisation.
A variety of sizes and optional extras
The NFC security bags can be produced in different sizes.
Standard sizes are 152×228 mm (6×9 inches), 228×304 mm (9×12 inches), 304 x457 mm (12×18 inches), 381×508 mm (15×20 inches)
The security bags can be produced in different versions, for example with an antistatic coating for hard drives and other storage devices.
Depending on the quantity ordered the cost of NFC Security Bags ranges from €2.90 – €4.90 per unit. The monthly subscription fee for the use of the smartphone app and back end administration software, including data storage on ENAiKOON’s highly secure servers, costs €9.90 per month per user with a minimum contract length of 24 months. All prices are excluding VAT. More information about prices
Read more on the ginstr website about use cases and functions.
This week is the Security
& Policing tradeshow, UK’s only event for police, law enforcement, and
security professionals. From March 11-13 2014, ENAiKOON will be exhibiting with
Toughshield, a rugged mobile
computing device provider. Together, we will be showcasing the benefits of
telematics and NFC technology for police officers and security professionals.
The combined solution using their robust mobile phones, our tracking devices,
and our mobile apps will aid in improving mobile workforce management,
operational efficiency, and employee security.
The ENAiKOON NFC
tracking solution for guard tour monitoring is a system that uses NFC tags,
NFC-capable smartphones, and the inViu NFC-tracker app. A security guard going
on patrol would use their smartphone to scan NFC tags mounted along their tour.
The NFC tag data along with the user ID and scanned time gets transmitted to
the inViu servers where management can remotely view the patrol details from
any browser. Keeping an accurate audit trail is essential when it comes to
building trust, not only within the organisation but with clients and other
stakeholders, and this solution will allow security companies to maintain a
good reputation while easily managing their guards.
As for police officers, we developed software that helps deploy police
officers based on their GPS location. This technological enhancement allows
them to efficiently manage their regional coverage, shorten their response
times, and increase their safety. In order to better manage a police
department, all the police officers need are GPS devices on their vehicles or,
alternatively, smartphones with the inViu routes app.
Another great use of NFC and mobile phones would be in the evidence room.
ENAiKOON has a partnership with Security
Bag, a patented NFC evidence bag. By identifying each piece of evidence
with an NFC Security Bag, police officers are able to quickly scan the tags
with their NFC-capable mobile phones to access tamper-proof data and track
their chain of custody. Less time in the office means more time out on the
streets! In addition, the use of smartphones is further benefited out in the
field for taking pictures of witnesses, suspects, victims, and crime scenes
with GPS coordinates and timestamps for easy management of evidence images.
For all solutions mentioned, using reliable mobile phones with the right
features is extremely important as the stakes are high for these professions.
Most modern smartphones have NFC capability, though this alone is not
sufficient enough for those who work under harsh conditions. Security guards
and police officers require durable devices that can withstand emergency
situations, and Toughshield’s R500+ is the perfect device.
Not only does it have an IP67 rating, but it resists water, dust, and other
microparticles. Try dropping it 1.2 metres onto concrete – it won’t break the
If you’re attending the Security & Policing event in Farnborough, be
sure to stop by ENAiKOON and Toughshield’s booth! We are always looking for
reseller partners, so if you would like to set up a meeting with us in
Farnborough, please do not hesitate to contact us. For further information
on our tracking solutions, visit our website at www.enaikoon.com.
Being a developer of several successful Android apps and having an increasing
focus on mobile use, ENAiKOON will be attending the Mobile World Congress this year in
Barcelona, Spain. From 24 – 27 February 2014, GSMA will be bringing the mobile
industry together with its world-class event held at the Fira Gran Via. With
over 1,700 companies participating in the exhibition, the tradeshow is
expecting more than 72,000 attendees. Key players in the industry will be
showcasing new technologies and how it will shape future mobile use.
At ENAiKOON, we are staying ahead of the game, being aware of the impact of
mobile use and new technologies in telematics – especially for businesses. The
evolution of inViu
routes, for instance, exemplifies the importance of mobile integration into
fleet and logistics management. The development of inViu
NFC-tracker explores the countless options presented by the technology of
NFC, such as mobile worker, guard patrol, and health care management. Here are some
of our key mobile apps:
inViu routes is a practical and affordable GPS tracking app that turns your
smartphone into a GPS tracking device. Part of ENAiKOON’s complete inViu
tracking system, the app connects with the free online web portal, inViu web,
to track mobile workers, family, friends, and other mobile assets online or
within the app. Use it alongside inViu pro for a more robust business use,
perfect for fleet management in the transport, logistics, and construction
industries. Its customisable menus, intuitive user interface, and clear icons
make this app easy to use for both business and private users.
Download the app here.
inViu NFC-tracker will read all NFC tags with your NFC enabled Android device.
It displays the tag’s worldwide unique tag number as well as all of the
information stored on it. Use the app along with inViu pro in order to track
mobile workers without using GPS. This technology is great for monitoring
employees in the security, health care, and retail industries. Download
the app here.
Representing ENAiKOON at the Mobile World Congress will be the Director of
International Accounts, Marie Dennis. She will be available to discuss the
features of inViu apps, potential partnerships, and reseller opportunities.
Connect with Marie to set up a meeting in Barcelona via email.
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.
There are many GPS apps available in Google Play, but do they all have the
features you’re looking for? Navigation apps do not include detailed GPS data,
nor do they show satellite information. How can GPS fans determine their GPS
accuracy, check cardinal direction, and locate themselves with precise
Luckily there’s inViu GPS-details. It’s a light-weight app with all the GPS
info you need. Although it’s free, it comes with no ads and includes all the
premium features one would look for in a GPS app. Great for GPS and outdoor
enthusiasts, extreme sport athletes, geocachers, runners, and cyclists, finding
satellites and determining GPS location, accuracy, and speed are made easy with
this Android app. The recent update to the app has created new features that
improve the User Interface (UI) dramatically.
Here are the app’s main features:
The app accurately displays your current GPS position as a decimal value. It
also shows your GPS coordinates as longitude and latitude. Other useful
information can be viewed on the new info screen, which includes altitude, GPS
time, sunrise/sunset, angle, quality of GPS, and speed.
Two different graphs display all available satellites and their signal strength
with a numerical value. The radar screen shows the positions of the satellites
with their satellite number in a visual manner, whereas the Signal to Noise
Ratio (SNR) diagram allows a quick comparison of satellite strengths. Satellite
reception accuracy is indicated in either metres or feet.
Speedometer and Built-in Compass
Use the speedometer to determine speeds up to 1,200 km/h (750 mph). The
speedometer scale can be customised depending on the range of speed you are
working with (ie. when running, in a car, or on a plane). The new “digital
screen” displays the current speed in night or day mode, making it extremely
useful for runners and cyclists to determine their speed any time of day. The
built-in compass clearly displays the cardinal direction with the option to
keep either the compass or the needle static.
The new “demo mode” allows users to record a specific time frame’s GPS data and
play it back at a later time. This feature is great for skydivers, hang
gliders, and other extreme sport athletes who cannot observe the GPS data while
You may think that all of this GPS data would look very technical, but inViu
GPS-details does a great job displaying all the info with an attractive design
that’s easy to read and comprehend. Now available in English, French, German,
Russian, and Spanish, it also supports imperial and metric measuring systems.
For more information and download,
visit Google Play.
Remember when security guards used to call for backup on handheld
transceivers? An alarming number of security companies still use them for
communication during guard patrols. Why use these ancient devices when we have
NFC-enabled, multi-purpose, and affordable smartphones in the market?
Conveniently, there are now telematics solutions specifically for managing
mobile workers using these smartphones together with NFC – an ideal system for
facility management and guard tours. NFC is something we have discussed previously as a technology that
is being rapidly absorbed by the tech community.
So how is it used for guard patrols? It’s simple. Equip each guard with an
NFC-capable smartphone, used to swipe NFC tags located at checkpoints,
destinations, and rooms on patrol routes. When these tags are scanned using
inViu NFC-tracker, the data from the tag, along with the GPS
timestamp, is sent to our servers in real time. This data can be viewed and
analysed via our telematics software, inViu
pro, for effective monitoring. You can even turn these smartphones into GPS
devices by installing the inViu
routes app, making it easier to locate your guards in case of
A mobile security services provider recently switched to the ENAiKOON guard
tour monitoring system, dramatically changing the way they perform their
patrols. Bergische Security from Solingen, Germany, used to use a system that
required wands that read barcodes. The company faced many inconveniences with
the old system, having to collect the wands after each shift to upload the
data. It also failed to provide real-time locations of the guards and could not
read the barcodes under poor weather conditions. When replacement parts were
needed, they were expensive as the parts were only exclusively available from
one supplier. These challenges made Bergische Security search for a new
Once ENAiKOON’s solution was implemented, the wands were replaced with
NFC-capable smartphones, improving the communication between the dispatcher and
guards. Guard-tour data is now transmitted in real time and viewed immediately
by Bergische Security and their clients. The supplier-neutral replacement parts
have helped the company find affordable replacements with ease.
“The ENAiKOON system is more affordable compared to our previous system and
other industry-specific solutions, for both the initial package and the running
costs,” says Evelyn Neuhaus, the assistant managing director of Bergische
Security. “Moreover, with the exception of the software, ENAiKOON’s system is
supplier neutral, only requiring off-the-shelf, NFC-capable Android
smartphones. The permanent data transmission and localisation of the devices
are big advantages. If checkpoints are missed, we immediately receive an alert
message. When security guards require assistance, we know their location
instantly. When we have special requests, we can send the nearest security
guard. Other big advantages are the ability to use a combination of different
tools on one smartphone as well as the flexibility that we gain with the
Having an inexpensive yet effective and efficient guard tour system has
optimised Bergische Security’s operations. With improved communication, guard
performance, overall safety, and productivity, the company now experiences more
transparent partnerships with their clients. For further information or a free
trial kit of the system, contact ENAiKOON at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.