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January 10, 2010

On Track Newsletter Vol: 2

Welcome!

Welcome to the latest installment of the Position Logic newsletter. In this month's newsletter, you'll find plenty of information to keep you current with the latest business trends and technological advancements in GPS, Asset Tracking, Security Tracking, Logistics, Fleet Tracking and Management, and LBS hardware, software and wireless data plans.

At Position Logic, it is our goal to help you and your business succeed by arming you with the necessary tools, techniques and knowledge to help your business grow and stay competitive. Keeping that in mind, sit back, relax and enjoy the ride as we impart our many years of GPS, GIS, and LBS experience and knowledge onto you!

Overview

There are two fronts in the LBS world that we'll be focusing on throughout this newsletter: Business and Technology. Continuing our discussion from last month's Business Front, we'll take a look at how to choose the right GPS tracking hardware. In particular, I'll discuss why it's important to select a device that will best suit the needs of your clients as well as discuss some of the key features to look for in a device. On the technology front, we'll examine password standards, why it's important to enforce them and how Position Logic addresses this concern.

Business Front

Selecting the Right GPS Tracking Hardware
In our last newsletter, I mentioned 3 key business elements that are curial to getting your GPS Tracking Service Provider business started: GPS Tracking Hardware, GPS Tracking Software, and a Wireless Data Plan or Machine to Machine (M2M) Data Plan. Let's look at the first of these 3 elements, GPS tracking hardware.

When selecting GPS tracking hardware, you must choose a device that supports all the features and services you need to provide for your clients. Security companies, logistic companies, and fleet management companies will each demand different GPS tracking hardware due to their unique requirements. Let's take a closer look at the hardware requirements for each of these three business targets.

If your LBS business targets security companies, you should look for GPS tracking devices with features designed for personal tracking and stolen vehicle recovery. If you are targeting security companies who focus on personal tracking, you should use smaller tracking devices with panic buttons. For stolen vehicle recovery, an Automatic Vehicle Locator (AVL) and fuel cut-off are important features to consider.

A logistic company's tracking needs, on the other hand, might involve tracking things such as cargo, packages, semi-fixed assets and even personnel. For logistic applications, you'll want to look for self-contained devices with long battery lives, weather and water resistance, and temperature sensors. You might also want to consider using Assisted GPS (A-GPS) to determine position rather than GPS alone. Devices that feature Assisted GPS are able to provide location information anywhere in the U.S. where there is cellular coverage.

Finally, if your GPS service provider business is focused on fleet management companies, you'll need to find devices designed for long-haul trucking, delivering, dispatching, and remote monitoring. Some devices in the fleet management category have a "heading change" feature which provides beautiful route tracing on a map. In addition, you'll probably also need devices that provide email, internet and voice. Finally, some additional features to look for in fleet management tracking devices include GPS, GSM/CDMA, touch screen display, USB, accelerometer, LAN, engine diagnostics, audio, fuel management and satellite failover.

In our next newsletter, we'll look at the second important business element, the GPS tracking platform or software. Choosing the right GPS tracking platform can be a difficult decision; I'll make this decision easier by pointing out the minimum features you should look for in a platform.

Technology Front

Enforcing Password Standards
Any secure GPS tracking platform will support strong enforcement of password standards. The benefit of enforcing password standards is that your system and data will be protected from compromise by outside users. In the Position Logic platform, this is accomplished through password RegEx. With RegEx, you're able to define a strict and precise standard for creating passwords in your system, making it less vulnerable to attacks by unauthorized users.

Password RegEx stands for “Regular Expression” and uses RegEx scripts to specify the length of a user’s password as well as the types of characters it can contain. Once a RegEx script is defined for an account, the format of a user's password will be enforced by text matching it to the script.

For example, w{6,} is a RegEx script that text matches a password to any alphanumeric characters that are at least six characters long. If this particular RegEx script is defined for the account, all passwords must contain alphanumeric characters and be at least six characters in length. When your system administrator creates users for an account, he or she will be forced to assign a password that follows this precise standard of alphanumeric with a minimum of six characters. As you can see, this increases a password's complexity and enforces a very strict standard, thereby protecting the integrity of your client's data as well as the integrity of your service.

Strong password enforcement is one of the most basic and important security features that all security-minded GPS tracking platforms should support. If your GPS tracking platform doesn't support this security feature, you risk compromising your reputation and your client's data.

Next newsletter at a glance

Here's a look ahead at next month's issue. Till next time, keep on tracking and keep your system secure!

Business Front

Choosing the right GPS tracking platform. What are the minimum features of a solid GPS tracking platform and why choosing the right platform is just as important as choosing the right tracking hardware.

Technology Front

User permissions and roles, why it's important and how the Position Logic platform supports this type of security scheme.