Personal GPS tracking is taking off with growing uses for VIP security, tracking children and vulnerable elderly people while some trackers are now small enough to be embedded into corporate badges.
Simon Prosser, sales manager at Finland’s Tramigo, has one device the size of a credit card, is just 8 mm thick and has a long battery life. The unit uses GPS for location and has an embedded GSM radio to report that location back to a server.
The tracker is small enough to be used as a staff badge, which is especially useful for roaming salesmen.
Tramigo’s solution allows managers to draw virtual fences around customers’ offices so that the staff can be monitored as to how long they spend with each client and when, cutting down on fraud.
Prosser said that there was some resistance in the west with privacy concerns but in Asia “the boss is the boss and people here tend to just do what they are told.” He said that with education, many will come to see it as a safety feature for when they are out on the job.
For their traditional vehicle tracking market, Prosser hopes to see 10% of all vehicles tracked in five years, not just commercial vehicles to prevent fraud, but also private vehicles for which there is a growing demand for security.
The company is also showing off a new version with an onboard long-life power supply.