Actsoft makes the Comet line of software for a variety of different GPS needs. Comet Tracker uses GPS to track worker locations, record hours, store task info, and send out jobs, while Comet Mobile Worker expands the functionality of Tracker for even more uses. They also have a version of Comet Tracker for vehicles, allowing business to monitor their fleet of trucks. It monitors oil pressure, engine temperature, battery level and more, and can shut down the engine or notify the driver and dispatcher if a fault occurs. If it notices a low battery level while the engine is off, it will also shut down all electrical systems to save battery life. They should have some cool demos to show us at WES.
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Zumobi is a really neat new widget application that aims to change the mobile web experience with the use of something they call Tiles. You can pick 16 Tiles from a list of hundreds, some of which are built by business while others are user-designed. The tiles range from showing your favorite blogs, to giving you weather conditions, to branded ones that let you watch or listen to clips from TV shows, to all manner of other things. The interface is very slick — check out the demo — and the software is free to boot. The only downside is that they don’t yet offer BlackBerry compatibility, but they’ll be releasing a public beta of the software at WES.
Nomadz is a new personal safety tool for businesses and travelers. If you’re going to a foreign country, you can simply fill out your itinerary and you will be alerted to any potentially dangerous situations you might be involved in, from terrorist threats to thunderstorms. You can contact the Nomadz team if anything untoward happens, such as a car accident or injury, and they will alert the authorities, as well as get maps and directions to business meetings or wherever you need to go. They mention that they are working on a new health service, which will give you information on drug interactions and remind you of dosage schedules, and even give a second opinion based on information your provide. Definitely something to look out for at WES.
If you’re a Mac user like myself, you probably know that RIM’s Mac support leaves a little something to be desired. So for a refreshing change of pace, we’re taking a look at the Mac-exclusive company: Mark/Space. They have a series of products for syncing your Mac to a variety of mobile devices, and of course The Missing Sync for BlackBerry. The app works similarly to RIM’s licensed solution, PocketMac, but includes a few really nice features, such as allowing you to sync up selected iPhoto albums to your microSD card. It even resizes them to fit the mobile screen, and it works in reverse, automatically adding new photos taken on your phone to iPhoto. It can also sync up with iTunes, and it works with Apple’s SyncServices for maximum compatibility with all sorts of apps. I’ve no doubt there will be some neat demos from them at WES.
InterCall offers a bunch of solutions centered around conferencing. Audio conferencing, web conferencing, video conferencing, they’ve got it all covered. For BlackBerry, they offer Mobile Assistant. Using the application grants you one-click access to your audio conferences, which you can join as a participant or as conference leader, with the conference controls integrated right into the app. It can store up to 128 conference profiles for quick access and, best of all, it’s completely free.
Retain is Gwava’s flagship BlackBerry product, and it’s a doozy. With a normal BES setup, only emails routed through the server or phones could be archived. Using Retain, business can archive text messages, PIN messages, and phone logs for later use. As we mentioned last week, data retention is becoming more and more important to companies for legal issues, and this software could help a great deal. It also helps to monitor usage patterns within the company. Thankfully, it has full-featured security levels, so sensitive information is inaccessible without permission. They should have some good demos to show us at WES.