New software allowing GPS satellite tracking of BlackBerry devices has just launched in the UK.
The launch from GPS tracking company VeriLocation means businesses can now track the location of devices and staff who carry them anywhere in the world. And that opens up a range of new ways to obtain, use and analyse valuable information on movements and locations.
The device also has the ability to discretely have a panic alarm activated which sends an alert and location fix to a control centre. This provides workers with peace of mind and employers with Lone Worker protection support. Andrew Overton from VeriLocation said: The beauty of this is that businesses dont need to invest in any new hardware. It will work with any BlackBerry that has a GPS chip in it, which is most recent devices.
You just set up an account, download the software onto the BlackBerry and then access the location information immediately through the VeriLocation website. You can do virtually anything with it including tracking where staff are now in real time, historical data & being alerted to them arriving at specific locations using geofences; generating automatic mileage reports and even view a devices location overlaid onto 3D aerial imagery
A two week free trial is available at www.verilocation.com.
VeriLocation is a BlackBerry partner and has been working in GPS tracking and mapping since 1995. Its personal tracking software communicates the position of the BlackBerry through the GPRS data network the device normally uses to receive and send emails. Location information can be combined with a number of innovative web-based applications to give a huge amount of data to businesses. Main users of the system are councils, health workers, field based engineers or sales support staff, vulnerable workers and family members. There are no Big Brother concerns with VeriLocations personal tracking, as the software can be clearly seen and switched off by the BlackBerry user. VeriLocation trialled personal tracking of BlackBerry devices last year, when it gave devices to two celebrities taking part in a charity cycle ride for Sport Relief. The public used the internet to track the location and progress of football legend Alan Shearer and TV presenter Adrian Chiles.