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.
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.
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.
Any reputable anti-fuel-theft system should monitor fuel consumption, for
both fuel theft prevention and fuel efficiency. Continuous monitoring of fuel
consumption and appropriate driver training can save 10% on fuel costs. With
diesel thieves being capable of stealing up to €1,000 worth of fuel, a
comprehensive system that can save fuel costs and stop diesel theft is well
worth the investment for any company that owns a fleet of vehicles.
Investing in the right system is exactly what one transport company in
Southern Germany did after a series of fuel theft incidents. The company, who
wishes to remain anonymous for security reasons, chose ENAiKOON’s
anti-fuel-theft system to catch their diesel thief. They experienced 10 cases
in an isolated truck transport site, where they installed surveillance cameras.
Even with cameras, the thief continued his work and the company was unable to
identify the offender. Finally, the local police stepped in and monitored the
site for several weeks, but even that was unsuccessful.
Their last resort was the use of ENAiKOON’s telematics solution. The system
was installed on their trucks in the summer of 2010. The results were
immediate. Shortly after the installation, the company’s management received a
text message (SMS) alert, informing them of an acute deceleration of fuel from
one of their trucks. Knowing that the thief caught the bait, management
contacted the police right away, whom were able to catch the crook in
The ability to monitor remotely and in real time using their smartphone has
allowed this company to react fast enough to stop the crime. ENAiKOON can also
help with other fleet management needs, such as vehicle maintenance, driving
behaviour, dispatcher communication, and driver coordination. Contact
ENAiKOON for further information on how to stop fuel theft and increase
fuel efficiency or check out www.stop-fuel-theft.net.
Fuel subsidy removals in numerous African governments have raised debates
and upheaval in the last few years. Sky-rocketing fuel prices are, as a result,
affecting the lower and middle-class populations. Consumers are subject to
higher-priced fuel products used for cooking, heating, lighting, and
Yet these cuts have been made for the benefit of the affected, as subsidies
are often regressive. According to a recent study by the
International Monetary Fund (IMF), fuel subsidies are both inefficient and
biased towards those who consume fuel the most. The study shows that the top
20% of households benefit six times more from fuel subsidies than the bottom
In order to counteract the rising living costs of the poor, some countries
have implemented compensation programs to support those most affected. Gabon
and Mozambique have both offered conditional cash transfers to those most in
need. Ghana increased the number of public-transport buses. Namibia offers food
distribution programs for the poor. Nigeria created youth and women’s
employment programs. Guinea lowered their health care costs. The IMF stresses
that these measures to protect the most vulnerable are essential to the
Zambia’s president, Michael Sata, announced their fuel subsidy removal last
month, stating that it will open up funds for job creation and the development
of infrastructures, such as schools, universities, and hospitals.
Ghana has completely removed their subsidy on petrol, gas oil, and LPG
(liquefied petroleum gas) in hopes to help restore their fiscal stability after
a huge 2012 budget deficit. The consequence is higher fuel prices; Ghanaians
will see an immediate 3 percent increase in petrol and LPG, and a 2 percent
increase in diesel fuel.
Most recently, Egypt has launched their first phase of plans to cut their
fuel subsidy. Since their economy took a downturn after political turmoil in
2011, they are taking measures to secure a loan of $4.8 billion from the IMF,
which is only possible with a reform to their energy subsidies. Phase one is to
distribute petrol from depots to gas stations using smart cards. The Egyptian
General Petroleum Company (EGPC) hopes this will reduce fuel theft as subsidies
will only be applied at the retail stage; fewer opportunities will be left for
smugglers who siphon off one fifth of subsidised fuel to sell at profit.
With increasing energy costs, Africans affected by these subsidies must
search for methods to reduce fuel consumption. The appropriate support from
government and decrease in fuel theft will hopefully lead to more stable
economies across the continent.