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Monday, November 29, 2010

GloWatch to track mobile assets

The newly launched GloWatch is to track mobile assets nationwide, according to officials of the Second National Operator (SNO), Globacom.

This, the SNO also said, is to check the high incidence of theft of mobile assets.

The new product assists subscribers to track the movement, speed and location of their mobile assets such as cars, buses, motorbikes and boats anywhere in the country. It is a GPS/GSM-powered device and works by delivering a stream of Short Messaging Service (SMS) communication between the mobile asset and the subscriber’s telephone set.

Head of Value Added Services, Globacom, Mr. Samson Isa, explained that GloWatch gives the user automated reports such as speed and trip reports as well as date and time of events if the device has been pre-set for such reporting.

“The device does not rely heavily on network resources as it uses only the Glo SMS platform. The service costs N500 for 300 SMS per month,” he said.

Also, he said the new product has a unique advantage over other tracking devices in the market, noting that while such other competing products only allow signal tracking, GloWatch enables the subscriber to listen-in and ‘eavesdrop’ on every conversation in the mobile asset at any point in time.

“The subscriber can monitor his mobile asset virtually anywhere in Nigeria as the Glo network extends all over the country. There are over 20,000 pre-identified land marks in Nigeria for ease of reference and location, which can equally be zoomed on to Google earth map. Pre-Loaded landmarks are also available, thus offering the subscriber a very user-friendly experience and option to track the asset with any mobile phone with a Glo SIM,” he said.

Equally, Isa said, another advantage of GloWatch is that it is easy to install and use. A subscriber could just walk into any Gloworld shop and have the tracking device installed on any mobile asset. The subscriber could also remotely demobilize the mobile asset when necessary.

“Criminals are getting more sophisticated and innocent people are made to suffer huge losses to thieves and armed robbers. GloWatch was, therefore, developed to help tackle the menace of thieves and third parties unto whom assets are entrusted. Our subscribers can now sleep with both eyes closed while GloWatch watches over their mobile assets,” Isa said.

Hence, he said, GloWatch is one more way Globacom is offering value to subscribers. It is in line with our mission to offer innovative and life-style changing products to our customers.

The service is offered through Tramigo, world’s bestselling vehicle tracking modem.

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