29th November, 2010
National Operator, Globacom, has moved to check the high incidence of theft ofÂ mobile assets with the introduction of a new and affordable tracking device known asÂ GloWatch.
The new product assists subscribers to track the movement, speed and location ofÂ their mobile assets such as cars, buses, motorbikes and boats anywhere in theÂ country. It is a GPS/GSM-powered device and works by delivering a stream of SMSÂ communication between the mobile asset and the subscriberâ€™s telephone set.
GloWatch gives the user automated reports such as speed and trip reports as well asÂ date and time of events if the device has been pre-set for such reporting. TheÂ device does not rely heavily on network resources as it uses only the Glo SMSÂ platform.
Globacomâ€™s Head of Value Added Services, Samson Isa, said the new product has aÂ unique advantage over other tracking devices in the market. While such otherÂ competing products only allow signal tracking, GloWatch enables the subscriber toÂ listen-in and â€˜eavesdropâ€™ on every conversation in the mobile asset at any point inÂ time.
â€œThe subscriber can monitor his mobile asset virtually anywhere in Nigeria as theÂ Glo network extends all over the country. There are over 20,000 pre-identified landÂ marks in Nigeria for ease of reference and location, which can equally be zoomed onÂ to Google earth map. Pre-Loaded landmarks are also available, thus offering theÂ subscriber a very user-friendly experience and option to track the asset with anyÂ mobile phone with a Glo SIM,â€ he explained.
Another advantage of GloWatch is that it is easy to install and use. A subscriberÂ can just walk into any Gloworld shop and have the tracking device installed on anyÂ mobile asset. The subscriber can also remotely demobilize the mobile asset whenÂ necessary.
â€œCriminals are getting more sophisticated and innocent people are made to sufferÂ huge losses to thieves and armed robbers. GloWatch was, therefore, developed to helpÂ tackle the menace of thieves and third parties unto whom assets are entrusted. OurÂ subscribers can now sleep with both eyes closed while GloWatch watches over theirÂ mobile assets,â€ Isa stated.