Thursday, September 3, 2009

Your Kids' Safety is in Your Hands

Kids are going to school. They will now stay longer away from home and away from you, having fun with their friends at school.

GPS Connect recognizes that children are among the most vulnerable members of our society and improving of children safety is a primary goal. So this fall we start a new program for kids and their parents/guardians: "You Kids' Safety is in Your Hands".

The goal of the program is to let parents/guardians keep an eye on their kids in the most unobtrusive fashion possible. Two main features for the parents/guardians are:

  • know the exact location of their kids at any moment, and
  • be able to provide the kids with help whenever they need it.

Two main features for the kids are:
  • know that their parents/guardians are aware of their location that should provide with worry-free adaption to a new environment, and
  • be able to communicate to the parents/guardians on demand whenever they need help in the simplest way by just pressing one button.
Regular cell phones are not exactly designed for fulfilling the role of kids' safety device. They are great for having fun like texting, listening to music, playing games but that's mostly all. Making a call may be not that easy for a kid too: you need to remember a number or be able to use a phone keyboard and manipulate with the phone menu. Even though a child made a call to a parent/guardian it is often difficult to answer on a simple question: "where are you?"

So taking all that into consideration GPS Connect suggests a different approach. We offer parents/guardians to equip their kids with a small device that is simple to use and can easily fit into a pocket or a school bag. We call such a device "a locator".

It lets you know the exact location of your child and talk to your child whenever you or your child needs that. At any moment by using an Internet connection at home or at work or from your mobile device you can see right on the map where your child is now.

We would like to encourage adults to start investing into their kids' safety as soon as possible and for starters invite everybody to visit GpsConnect.ca and start acting right away!

Friday, July 31, 2009

GPS Connect launches Web Location Tracking application for Mobile Devices

GPS Connect's advanced Web Location Tracking application is a key part of GPS Connect location tracking service and provides customers with an industry leading set of real-time and historical location tracking functions.

In order to use GPS Connect Web Location Tracking one needs a computer connected to the Internet and running one of the modern Internet browsers (Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 3+, Opera 9+, Safari 3+, or Chrome).

But what if you are on the road and have no access to a computer or the Internet? Does that mean that you would not be able to monitor locations of your tracking devices carried by ones you worry about or installed on your vehicles or mobile objects? It could have been a case before but not anymore since GPS Connect released a new Web Location Tracking for Mobile devices.

Mobile Location Tracking


Web location tracking for Mobile devices (or Mobile Location Tracking) is a web application intended to be accessed from a mobile device capable of Internet browsing via cellular network or by other means of communication (Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.). GPS Connect Mobile Location Tracking works on smart phones (Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, iPhone, Nokia, etc.) and regular cell phones with web browsing capabilities (Mobile location tracking requires that device's Internet browser supports XHTML or HTML). Since Mobile location tracking is a web application it does not require to install anything on your mobile device and provide the same user experience on any mobile device.

Mobile web tracking is not a substitution for the Web location tracking but rather a complimentary addition that greatly improves usability of GPS Connect location tracking service allowing customers monitor their tracking devices' whereabouts regardless of where the customers are and how they are connected to the Internet.

Mobile Location Tracking is specially optimized for mobile experience as such providing simplified user interface and limited set of functions (comparing to the full-featured Web Location Tracking). The main goal of the Mobile Web Tracking is to provide users with information about last known locations of their tracking devices.

Main features


  • Secured: requires logging in using the same credentials as for the Web Location Tracking

  • Optimized for mobile experience: provides essential location information in a text + graphics form; does not require advanced browser capabilities support (i.e. styling, JavaScript, etc.). User interface automatically adjusts to a mobile device screen size and not overloaded with graphics or fancy styling

  • Easy and intuitive user interface

  • Cross-device compatible: provides the same user experience on all the supported mobile devices; supports the majority of available smart phones and cell phones

  • Supports mapping: displays static size-optimized Google Maps with zooming

Hot to access


Visit http://m.gpsconnect.ca from your mobile device's Internet browser and use your GPS Connect Web Locations Tracking credentials to log in.



Monday, July 20, 2009

Google Maps security warning in Internet Explorer

When you access GPS Connect location tracking web application your browser receives pages securely via SSL encrypted connection. However Google Maps currently does not support SSL encryption and always sends map tiles (pictures) via regular HTTP connection that causes internet browsers warn users about unsecured content on the page. Most of the browsers' warnings are not annoying except Internet Explorer's that always opens up a dialog window and requires a confirmation from a user whether she wants to load the unsecured content. In Internet Explorer 8 the message meaning and the user action has been reversed which may be confusing and we'd like to clarify that.

The new IE8 warning dialog window looks like that:

Attention: if you want to allow browser to load the unsecured content you now should answer 'NO' - (as opposed to 'yes' in previous versions of IE).

Now if you prefer using the combination Internet Explorer + Google Maps (for your information, this is the slowest combination, and Firefox 3.x, for instance, is faster than IE, and Virtual Earth works faster than Google Maps) and you are being annoyed with the IE security warning message you may turn it off and here is how. Please be aware that turning the security message off will affect browser behavior regarding any web site not just GPS Connect, so you do that at your own risk.

  1. Go to the Tools/Internet options IE browser's menu and a dialog window will pop up:

  2. Select the 'Security' tab and click on the 'Custom level' button.
  3. In the second window scroll down to the 'Display mixed content' setting and notice that the default option is 'Prompt' which means that the browser always asks your confirmation.
  4. If you want to turn the confirmation off select 'Enable' option which means that the browser will load unsecured content without asking.
  5. Click on 'Ok' buttons to save the new setting and close the dialog windows.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

GPS Connect Supports Enfora Devices

GPS Connect, a location tracking service provider, announces today that its advanced web location tracking platform fully supports Enfora tracking devices.

GPS Connect web location tracking platform is able to support multiple various wireless communication protocols due to its flexible architecture therefore making possible for GPS Connect's customers select tracking devices that satisfy their requirements without compromising functionality.

GPS Connect has chosen Enfora tracking hardware products for their popularity, industry acceptance, quality and standard compliance, and well-developed and flexible communication protocol.

In addition to supporting Enfora devices GPS Connect will be offering Enfora products for direct purchasing online at www.gpsconnect.ca. All the products purchased at www.gpsconnect.ca are delivered to the customers pre-configured, with easy online activation and free unlimited basic web tracking access.

GPS Connect will be offering soon following Enfora products for online purchasing:

Personal GPS tracker/locator Enfora Mini MT


Vehicle GPS tracker/AVL Enfora Spider MT-gU


Asset GPS tracker/locator Enfora Spider AT

Please visit www.gpsconnect.ca for more information. Online availability of Enfora products will be announced additionally soon.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Thank Mom with the gift of peace of mind


Moms are often worried. About a million of things but mostly about you: their kids and family members. You know why? Because they love you. Sometimes it's as simple to calm her down as calling her and saying that you're OK and everything is just perfect. Sometimes she would call and make sure that everything is right.

But what if calling is not possible or appropriate and you know she is worried? GPS Connect offers a perfect solution for making Moms not worry: personal GPS location tracking. Let Mom always know where you are and that you are OK. It's as simple as 1-2-3 and make a perfect gift of peace of mind for your Mom. Not just for the day but for as along as you care. And what is more important?

Visit GPS Connect today and make your Mom's life worry-free!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

GPS tracking for kids safety

Kids safety is a growing public concern. Lost kids, kidnapping, abductions are almost everyday on headlines in the news. And yet only a small number of parents/guardians consider using GPS tracking to prevent bad news from happening.

Technology designed specifically to ensure personal safety of those who need taking care of, widely available and extremely affordable is being accepted with quite a slow pace for no obvious reasons. It could be just a matter of time though. Anyways we would like to learn from all of our readers what they think about GPS tracking. If you, our dear visitor, don't mind to share your opinion please pick up a poll on the right and answer. We'll really appreciate your thoughts.

Now back to how GPS tracking can help personal safety let's consider what an average parent/guardian's kids safety concerns would be. Basically the major concern is if a child is where she is supposed to be. Of course there could be other concerns like if a child is OK, what she is doing, etc., but the first important concern is location. Simply saying if a parent knows that her child is located where she is expected to than everything else is not necessarily an immediate concern.

So how can GPS tracking help parents resolve that concern? The answer is simple: by providing an unobtrusive way to always know where their child is located at any given moment. Does it sound attractive? If so the next question we'd expect is: "OK, if it's really that simple what do I need to get started with GPS tracking?".

It is really that simple. One would only need a tracking device and an account with GPS Connect to get started. For your convenience GPS Connect supply tracking devices and provide all the necessary services from all-in-one location: gpsconnect.ca. In fact it would only take a few days to get started including setting up an account, getting and activating a device. In order to encourage parents to invest in their kids' safety GPS Connect has recently started a program Your Kids' Safety is in your Hands and you are invited!

Now some may ask "What about child's privacy?". What about it? Parents and guardians by nature of their relationships with kids are entitled to know where their kids are, aren't they? Would you as a parent ever doubt your right to ask your child a simple "Where are you?" question? Did not think so. Now once and for good: parents controlled GPS tracking does not violate children's privacy. GPS tracking simply helps parents to get the answer to their ever-being-asked "Where are you" question faster and more reliable. Still not sure? Post your question here or contact GPS Connect.

Friday, April 3, 2009

New Member of the Starfinder AVL Family

Based on increasing popularity of GPS vehicle tracking for personal applications (theft prevention, teenage drivers behavior monitoring, family road safety, etc.) GPS Connect will start offering soon a new GPS automatic vehicle locator (AVL) from the Starfinder family: Starfinder Lite. It's a brand new quad band ultra compact and affordable AVL solution for personal and business applications.


What makes it really attractive is its simplified connectivity via USB or RS-232 ports and very affordable price.

Compact size and affordable price however don't limit its AVL capabilities. The new device comes well equipped with powerful ARM7 CPU, quad band GSM/GPRS connectivity, SiRF III based 20 channel GPS, and 3-axial G-force sensor.

Right out of the box it features automatic position reporting by time and distance including speed and heading information, overspeed, G-shock and panic alerts, multiple geo-fence settings and automatic data logging in case of lost connectivity.

For advanced usage scenarios Starfinder Lite is equipped with the versatile input/output interface and can communicate to a mobile data terminal device.

We expect the Starfinder Lite to appear in GPS Connect catalog this month so stay tuned and subscribe to our blog for the latest news.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Internet Explorer 8 and Multi Browser Support

Recently Microsoft has released the Internet Explorer 8 and it's already supported by GPS Connect. Since we are committed to provide our customers with the best user experience we welcome all the improvements of the browsers that allow faster performance, better standards compliance and safer user environment. That is exactly why we make sure that GPS Connect web site works similarly in all major browsers including Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome.

However despite of all our efforts we are only able to support the latest versions of the browsers which means that currently we target Internet Explorer 7 and 8, Firefox 3.0, Safari 3.2, Opera 9.6 and Chrome 1.0.


According to our statistics GPS Connect users seem to understand the importance of using the most recent version of their browsers and tend to keep their browsers updated. However that is not exactly true for Internet Explorer users.

While a majority (more then 99%) of Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome customers use the latest versions of their browsers (though we believe that the rest will update their browsers shortly) there is still a significant number of Internet Explorer customers (~ 27%) working with Internet Explorer 6.


We would have understood that if there were no newer versions of Internet Explorer out there or they were just released or would have required to be paid for but that is not true. Internet Explorer 7 is available for free for more then two years already and now the IE8 is also an option and upgrading to either one does not require changing hardware or other software.

So we strongly encourage all the Internet Explorer 6 users to upgrade their browsers to the newer version and here are our motivation points:

  • Both IE7 and IE8 display web pages with much better visual quality and much faster then IE6;
  • Both IE7 and IE8 better comply with the web standards and provide with richer and safer user environment;
  • and if all previous is still not enough we won't be supporting Internet Explorer 6 anymore meaning that all the changes and new features of GPS Connect web site from this point on will not be tested against Internet Explorer 6 and we won't be able to resolve complains about IE6 related problems.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

GPS Connect Brings a Peace of Mind to Families

Cell phones used to connect families with constant calls all day long. But now with GPS Connect's personal locator you can quietly keep track of your busy family without bothering them throughout the day.


If you want to make sure your grade nine daughter  made it to a morning vocal band practice without interrupting the music you can run a quick location check from either your home or office computer.

You can also program automatic location checks that will notify you via e-mail when your child leaves or arrives at specific location.

So if your son takes a bus home from school that arrives at three thirty every day you will know that he makes at home safely every time.

Real-time interactive maps let you view their location with street addresses and land marks as well as satellite views. Kids can cover a lot of ground. GPS Connect also lets you review months worth of their location history.

So when your kid leaves school but instead of going home ends up at their friend's house and forgets to call you'll know just where your child is.

As dinner approaches you can instantly locate your kids and know who is coming and how many plates to serve.

Access to GPS Connect personal locator is password protected. So only parents and caregivers can see their kids' locations. And there is no installation required because the GPS technology is already built into your child's personal locator.

Experience the power of having instant access to your child's location and a peace of mind that comes with it.  Instantly keep up with your busy family every day only with GPS Connect.

Friday, January 23, 2009

New S-911 Bracelet Locator for Kids, Alzheimer patients and Security


Update: The S911 Bracelet Locator is available now at GpsConnect.ca. Read more here.


After being announced during CES 2008, shown later on CeBIT 2008 in Hannover, and covered in press this long-awaited bracelet-type cousin of the popular S-911 Personal Locator is finally coming to Canada. It's RTM time has been delayed a couple of times from Q3 2008 to Q1 2009 and GPS Connect is planning on starting to offer s911 Bracelet Locator to customers later in February.


Three main features of the Bracelet Locator that are compact size (watch style), superior GPS capabilities and quad-band GSM connectivity, makes it an ideal companion for kids, whose parents are concerned about their safety, people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, and a useful tool for professional security companies (i.e. VIP security or law enforcement).

Comparing to its handheld ancestor (s-911 Personal Locator) the new S-911 Bracelet Locator despite of its smaller size does not become less useful. It's once again a 3-in-1 gadget - a digital watch, a GPS location tracker and an emergency cell phone. Plus it is promised to have some new and very useful features. Its detailed specifications are not available yet but what we already know is the Bracelet Locator will be waterproof, support encryption, and prevent tampering by signalling unauthorized bracelet removal.

Its flexible band is designed to allow multiple application: wearing on wrist or ankle, or attached to a pet collar.


We'll be writing more about S-911 Bracelet Locator as soon as more information becomes available so stay tuned.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

GPS Connect Extends the Holiday Offer

As we have promised last year we are extending our special holiday offer till the end of January.

This is exactly the time when you have finally realized that you still haven't got that special gift you dreamed of.

So now you've got the second chance: visit GPS Connect, purchase your dream GPS locator, activate it before January 31st and have a second gift: one month of service absolutely for for free!