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 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.