Webinar How GPS Tracking Plugs Into The Internet of Things
The “Internet of Things” is the concept of connecting devices and people in the real world to the internet for transmitting sensor data for analytics and control. GPS Tracking paired with mobile computing devices allows you to leverage location data and the Internet of Things for powerful field productivity and location intelligence applications.
Whether you’re simply looking to learn how GPS tracking plugs your mobile computers into the “Internet of Things,” or have a specific project that would benefit from improved field visibility and location intelligence, this webinar covers everything you need to know.
Adding Electric Compass Enterprise GPS Tracking to your enterprise mobility deployment is now a breeze no matter what mobile devices you are using. The service gives you total visibility into activity at device and or vehicle/trailer level. Improve fleet efficiency management reporting and customer service whilst cutting costs.
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GPS Receiver For Motorola Solutions MC9090 and MC9190
It’s Back. After a brief production hiatus we can announce the renewed availability of the OrbitGPS Snap On GPS G3090 receiver for Motorola Solutions MC9090 & MC9190 mobile computers. Learn More about G3090
The OrbitGPS Snap On GPS receiver is the only way to add tightly-integrated GPS to your MC9X90 based mobile data collection or RFID solutions. Just snap it on, point your app to the com port and you have GPS…simple.
The Meaning of Life
Get in touch about the G3090 GPS Snap on and see how you can leverage your investment in MC9090 and MC9190 mobile computers.
Now You Can Add GPS To The Motorola MC9090 and MC9190
The Motorola MC9000 series has been amongst the most popular devices in the enterprise mobility market and many are still in use in a variety of industries. As units like this are being used longer before being replaced it is worth knowing that you can add GPS to the Motorola MC9090 and MC9190
Unlike most contemporary units neither of these had GPS built in which makes the OrbitGPS G3090 a cost effective GPS enhancement to legacy deployments returning a great return on investment ROI.
These units are ideal where the user is predominantly on foot and not looking to return the unit to a vehicle or desk cradle.
The receiver is designed to snap on to the bottom of the mobile computer to provide GPS position information to applications running on the device. The GPS receiver features a rugged plastic housing that attaches using the device’s serial connector for communication and power.
The G3090 GPS receiver has been tested for compatibility with all the Microsoft Windows Mobile operating systems used on the MC9090 and MC9190 products. The computer can be charged through the attachment with a standard dock charger.
Outputs of GPS information are in industry standard NMEA sentences which are compatible with most GPS software applications. It can also be configured to output GPS information in the SiRF Binary format. The G3090 offers typical accuracies of 3-5 meters uncorrected and 3 meters or better with Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) correction.
The G3090 is tested to comply with FCC and CE standards.
Now you can add GPS to the Motorola MC9090 and MC9190. Get in touch for more details.
GPS has become a common feature in many Android and Windows smart phones and tablets in recent years. The range of uses are vast from apps in social media, confirming delivery locations and as a navigation aid to drivers and walkers. Generally these devices use commercial off the shelf technology grade GPS receivers accurate to around 5 to 15m.
More professional grade receivers for the handheld and rugged tablet market are a more recent innovation. By its nature the non consumer market focuses largely on geographic information system GIS mapping requirements such as land surveying and construction. In these areas the requirement can often be to achieve a fix accuracy from 1m down to 1cm.
The term GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) is often used in this area to describe receivers using the GPS, and/or GLONASS satellite arrays.
It is estimated that the market GPS/GNSS Tracking Device Market on course to break the $2.89 Billion by 2023 with a growing proportion of that accounted for by larger format devices.
Vast Range of Applications
The free availability and accuracy of GNSS signals for location and timing, combined with reducing cost of the hardware has made GNSS the chosen solution for a very wide and growing range of applications many of which are ideal for use with a tablet PC. These include transport rail, road, aviation, marine, cycling, walking, agriculture, fisheries, law enforcement, highways management, services for vulnerable people, energy production and management, surveying, dredging, health services, financial services, information services, cartography, safety monitoring, scientific and environmental studies, search and rescue, telecommunications, tracking vehicles and valuable or hazardous cargoes.
Which System Best Fits Your Application?
Portable GNSS handheld or tablet pc markets can be split into 4 distinct groups based upon accuracy requirements:
Consumer Grade Systems offering limited accuracy (2-15m), e.g. personal navigation and car satnav systems. Basic GPS offers typically 5 to 15m accuracy, and this is sufficiently accurate for basic navigation, and for low order mapping. Receivers of this class are now low cost and widespread in phones and handheld devices from all major manufacturers.
Professional Grade Systems offering sub-metre level fix accuracy, 0.5m to 1m, are required for supporting the basic fix accuracy requirements of GIS systems and asset mapping, used increasingly by local authorities, utility companies, housing associations and many other user groups.
Professional Grade Systems offering sub-halfmetre fix accuracy, 0.3 to 0.5m, are required for supporting the higher quality fix accuracy requirements of higher level GIS applications and asset mapping, used by local authorities, utility companies, housing associations and many other user groups. These systems again, just use just the L1 frequency output from GNSS satellites.
Professional Grade Systems offering very high fix accuracy (typically 1cm to 2cm). GNSS is used extensively nowadays by construction companies and survey companies worldwide, where positional accuracies of 1cm are often required. This accuracy is also necessary for precision machine guidance systems for the control of major earthmoving equipment for the automated shaping of ground profiles, and agricultural equipment.
Selecting the correct GPS technology depends on the application of use. When required to pinpoint GPS to 1-2cm fixes a professional GNSS solution is likely to be the best option.
Our Geopod USB Module plugs into a free USB port on your laptop or any of our rugged Tablet PC range such as the T8650 and T1600 providing you with a complete rugged GNSS surveying platform.
10 reasons an Enterprise Mobile Project can have a positive impact
Businesses have been shedding costs for some time so the challenge as the economy comes out of the slump will be to deal with an upturn with a smaller organisation. So what are the 10 reasons an Enterprise Mobile Project can have a positive impact on your organisation in these circumstances?
Using mobile supply chain solutions to only help cut costs further will not make the difference, the emphasis needs to shift to enabling in field workers to multi-task while enabling new business transactions and making a difference in customer service. Whilst at the same time not having a negative affect on IT.
So what are the Positive Impact areas?
1. Extend the scope of mobile worker activity by adding new tasks or customer care activities when doing mobile application development.
2. Improve efficiency by raising number of jobs performed or customers visited.
3. Eliminate manual data entry increase task accuracy speed up invoice cycles
4. Leverage investment in back end ERP and CRM systems
5. Allow workers to interrogate back office systems remotely for the information they need to perform tasks.
6. Address the 3 primary remote worker cost areas:
Devise compensatory management solutions such as:
Finding best route with on device Sat Nav.
Use GPS tracking for instant worker location and post activity driver behaviour coaching.
Push next job to worker automatically by eliminating the need to return to a depot.
7. Increase stakeholder satisfaction by confirming activity as complete at the point of service.
8. Allow setting and measurement of meaningful SLA’s.
10. Companies who can demonstrate adoption of mobility put themselves in a better position to win new and retain existing business.
Learn more about how MobileWorxs can help you achieve a great return on investment and how the 10 reasons an Enterprise Mobile Project can have a positive impact on your business. Get in touch to experience our apps. We can also help you pick a device to use.
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GottaBeMobile MobileDemand xTablet T7200 Review. T7200 is a fully ruggedized Tablet PC built for professionals that don’t have the luxury of working in cozy office buildings. This tablet means business and packs a several features mobile users will appreciate.
MobileDemand began selling Tablet PCs well before Apple and others popularized consumer tablets. The company builds industrial-strength tablets that run Windows and are usable in just about any environment.
The xTablet T7200 improves on the xTablet T7000, which MobileDemand introduced three years ago. This time around, MobileDemand’s improved the display, loaded it with faster components and upgraded its wireless capabilities.
With a starting price of $2,000, the xTablet T7200 is more expensive than non-ruggedized tablets, but it’s a relative bargain for businesses that can’t afford downtime or that are able to improve processes to a point where the tablets pay for themselves.
The MobileDemand xTablet T7200 is a welcome reminder that it’s important to pick the right tool for the job. It isn’t the slimmest or lightest tablet available, but its durability and adaptive display make it a smart choice for organizations that need to run Windows applications reliably outside of the office.
xTablet T7200 Durability
Like other MobileDemand tablets, the xTablet T7200 meets military standards for durability. This tablet can operate in temperatures of up to 140 F, withstand drops onto hard surfaces and repel water and debris.
There were zero marks on our review unit after abusing it for a couple of days.
xTablet T7200 Display
The xTablet T7200 features a 7″ anti-glare touchscreen display with a 1024 x 600 resolution. The optional digitizer is a must-have to effectively navigate Windows 7 and input text on the go with a display this size. Inking works reasonably well and is fine for jotting down notes and filling forms. The relatively small screen doesn’t provide enough real estate for inking lengthy documents. For that task, users would be better off docking the tablet.
To continue reading the full review and to see more rugged testing videos, please visit GottaBeMobile.
Back here at MobileWorxs the xTablet T7200 offers a great return on investment with a 3 year warranty, WWAN xView and GPS available for around £2 a day on a 36 month lease. The versatility of T7200 makes it ideal for users in any environment considering rugged handheld deployments including agriculture transport and logistics, field service, facilities management, van sales, retail supply chain, manufacturing warehousing and the public sector.
T7200 has a huge range of accessories to make the rugged tablet PC easier to use in the field. Including a new external 2 pack battery charger.
Enterprise Mobile Apps Device Ports features and accessories
As part of your project it is important to make sure your enterprise mobile apps device ports features and accessories are all set to support your investment in apps software.
For example if the software contains GPS tracking then the obvious solution is to purchase a mobile device with GPS built in. The same goes for scanning barcodes signing on screen or reading file from a USB stick.
GPS is a feature commonly used for in vehicle Sat Nav. It is also a feature used in GPS tracking systems and in specific software such as utilities to check location on pipes, cables etc. In the last case the GPS needs to be very accurate so compatible with WAAS/EGNOS.
Will the device ever need to read from a removable data source are PDF maintenance plans or boiler manuals required? The device must therefore have a way of reading from SD card or USB sticks. If the documents are full A4 documents containing a lot of text or images then the screen needs to be suitable size as well as the device running to software to run it such as Microsoft Office or Acrobat Reader.
Accessing data locally, leads to accessing data remotely; Does the device need a 3G connection to send/receive jobs throughout the day? Will the device be out of the office for days at a time so 3G is a definite requirement or will intermittent Wi-Fi suffice? Ethernet is another option for connecting to backend and online systems but usually only when in the office or working from home or hotel.
Saving the data locally once having accessed it is the next step. Is a specific manual required when at the customer site and will there be a 3G or Wi-Fi connection? In most cases the user will want to download the document to the device. Tablet hard drives can range up to 128GB, enough for almost all requirements.
Those are the basic features handheld and tablets can be supplied with. Additional features can include 1D and 2D barcodes scanners, RFID scanner and serial ports.
Once the device features have been decided the accessories are then an option. If the devices needs charging in the office or in a vehicle a variety of docks are available from a 4 slot multi-docks charging 4 units are once to a vehicle cradle wired directly into the vehicle power supply. Other more basic accessories can be carry cases, and spares such as stylus’s and screen protectors. All of which help to protect your investment.
The key question is: With so many cheaper, but limited Smartphones on the market should your business look at what features they require in a device or what will be a tolerable device for the least amount of money?
GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project
We asked Mike Forbes at Electric Compass to explain how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project.
GPS navigation is a trans formative technology for both consumer and business users. It definitely fits the statement that “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” And why not? – GPS knows where you are and takes you where you’re going…just like magic.
But the real magic is in the return on investment it can bring to fleet operators.
What follows are some quick and powerful ways you can quantify the ROI magic and sell it to your business. And keep reading, the real ROI magic may not be what you think it is.
How to quantify the ROI of Turn-by-Turn GPS Navigation or Tracking
There are two main areas where a fleet can benefit from deploying GPS navigation or tracking solutions.
Use less fuel and reclaiming unproductive driving time. Here, we’ll look at how you can show these savings as concrete numbers and then combine them to make a very persuasive case for GPS.
Note: We are using miles/gallons/dollars in the examples below, but these can be easily translated into KMs/liters/Euros or other currencies. Replace labour rates and current fuel costs with what you expect to see in your area.
Ask colleagues how much fuel they think they’ll save by using GPS and they’ll be hard pressed to provide an answer. Odds are, they’ll agree there will be savings but have little idea of how much. Here is an approach you can use to determine what level of fuel savings a fleet customer will see:
Benchmark: 12% Fuel Savings for mix of routine and non-routine travel. Research from a large digital map supplier showed that users of GPS saved an average of 12% on fuel. If the fleet manager can provide a number of miles traveled per vehicle per week and an average miles per gallon rating for fleet vehicles, this is a pretty easy calculation. For this example, we’ll use a figure of 400 miles a week and 12 miles per gallon per vehicle.
GPS Fuel Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet
Miles Traveled per week: 400
Miles Per Gallon per vehicle: 12
Fuel Used per vehicle: 33.33
(Miles Traveled divided by Miles per Gallon)
Fuel Cost per gallon: $ 2.66 – will be much higher in EU. Check for average prices here.
Weekly Fuel Cost per vehicle: $ 88.66
(Fuel Used multiplied by Fuel Cost)
Weekly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 10.64
(Weekly Fuel Cost multiplied by .12)
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532
(Weekly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 133,000
(Yearly Fuel Cost Savings multiplied by 250)
With enough ROI from fuel savings alone to justify GPS navigation, the real magic of GPS actually kicks in when you look at the field worker labour time you can save. Here is a way to determine what the savings per driver will be:
Benchmark: 54 Minutes Saved per day by using GPS. In research by a major mobile computer maker fleet operators reported an average savings of 54 minutes a day per field worker for a total labor savings of $5,484 per year. That works out to an hourly labor rate of about $26 an hour. If the fleet operator you are working with has a different hourly rate for its drivers/technicians, you can plug in that number instead. If you round the minutes down to 45 per day, you can show savings of $19.50 per day. How does this play out for a fleet:
GPS Labor Savings Example: 250 vehicle fleet
Hourly Labor Rate: $ 26.00 – add your rate here.
Daily Labor Savings per driver (45 minutes): $ 19.50
(Hourly Labor Rate multiplied by .75)
Weekly Labor Savings per driver: $ 97.50
(Daily Labor Savings multiplied by 5 days)
Yearly Labor Savings per driver $ 4,875.00
(Weekly Labor Savings multiplied by 50 weeks)
Yearly Labor Savings for 250 vehicle fleet: $ 1,218,750.00
(Yearly Labor Savings multiplied by 250)
Yes, that’s over a million dollars a year for 250 drivers or technicians.
Think you can’t save 45 minutes a day?. Even if the savings is only 45 minutes a week, the yearly savings are still $975 per worker and over $240,000 for a 250 vehicle fleet, representing a payback time of a matter a months.
And while time savings can translate into lower labour costs these savings could also allow fleets to schedule more stops and more customer facing activities per driver per day. For example, if an average stop takes 20 minutes based on the 54 minutes of time reclaimed an additional stop could be added to each driver’s schedule. This translates into significant savings as a leaner fleet can service the same number of stops or the current fleet can add more stops.
Add It Up
Now, let’s look at the total savings from using GPS navigation on a per-vehicle and total fleet basis:
Per Vehicle/Driver Savings
Yearly Fuel Cost Savings per vehicle: $ 532
Yearly Labor Savings per worker: $ 4,875
Combined Yearly Savings: $ 5,407
Yearly Savings by Fleet Size
So, this is how GPS can help the ROI of your Enterprise Mobility Project. If you have ever had any questions about how to present the value of GPS tracking or navigation to colleagues in your business, just let the numbers speak for themselves…they are magic….!
5 Reasons to Add GPS Tracking to your Enterprise Mobility App
If you add GPS Tracking to your Enterprise Mobility App your team can derive valuable real-time insight into the location and status of your field workers. Weather your routes are fixed or change daily such knowledge can strengthen your organization allowing quicker response times to customer requests and changing conditions in the field. As well as addressing efficiencies around in field costs of labour fuel and the vehicle itself.
In the last few years we have seen ever more integration of GPS into mobile technology. If you are still catching up with the technology this is a great primer.
By building Google Map based tracking right into the mobile application development process allows us to provide you with even more enterprise mobile functionality such as:
1. Increase Productivity and Efficiency
Add more jobs to the work day by ensuring that employees are operating efficiently. Workers who know they are being monitored will follow guidelines and take more direct routes to jobs/stops. Correct mobile worker inefficiencies by being able to offer better coaching of their travel. Generate reports on driver activity.
2. Improve Customer Service
Respond instantly to customer questions and requests. Use GPS tracking to see every mobile worker on a single map and route the nearest worker to job sites. Resolve customer disputes related to arrival time service duration and service location.
3. Lower Costs
Tracking employee movement in the field prevents excessive idling and personal use of company assets while making sure workers stick to pre-determined routes. Workers who know they are being monitored tend to change their work patterns to fit agreed guidelines.
4. Enhance Safety & Security
Track unsafe habits, instantly locate field workers and send help if they are stranded or in trouble. Receive automated alerts when workers violate safety and/or security policies.
5. Liability Protection & Theft Recovery
Have real time knowledge of your entire workforce location. Eliminate non-work related stops, track and remotely operate lost or stolen devices to assist the police in recovery of stolen devices.
Deciding to add GPS Tracking to your Enterprise Mobility is a great way to further enhance an enterprise mobility deployment.
If you would like to augment an app you already have we have a number of GPS peripherals that can help you re-boot your existing installation and get some productivity gains.
To learn more get in touch with us to arrange a webinar or meeting about MobileFrame MADP.
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