MAGTEC was launched to stop the theft of jeeps during Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. Today, the company specializes in developing and manufacturing commercial vehicle control systems specifically designed for the light duty, transit, trucking and heavy equipment industries.
MAGTEC’s preventive-based technology and web-based application MCC (Mobile Command and Control) addresses challenges associated with security, driver management, safety, asset protection and prevention of cargo theft. MAGTEC’s headquarters are in Calgary, Alberta; they currently operate primarily in North America and Asia.
MAGTEC’s product line has evolved over time. Today, their core competency is vehicle-based security, which extends beyond simple GPS tracking.
The company first went with Bing maps, but found it short in some key areas. In Asia, Bing maps were found to be not as accurate as Google, which was “consistently offering a newer and more accurate view”, according to Nick Dvorak, Manager of Field Operations and Technical Services at MAGTEC. He continued, “We realized we needed a more reliable reverse geocode solution. Bing would go down, leading to a delay in our system.”
“Google has been far more reliable and dependability issues just went away when we switched to Google Maps,” stated Mr. Dvorak. Also, MAGTEC found that customers were asking for Google Maps simply because it’s what they were using personally.
SafeSpeed, MAGTEC’s newest product offering, was developed using Google Maps and the Roads API. It is the only solution on the market that does more than report speed; it also allows customers to remotely control speed, fleetwide. Google’s data visualization tools allowed MAGTEC’s developers to create geo fences and geo zones and zoom in two levels deeper than had been possible with Bing. Tracking location with geofencing is at the heart of SafeSpeed.
“Google empowers us to innovate. They are always improving their products, which makes our products better for our customers,” said Mr. Dvorak. He noted that MAGTEC’s plans include creating a mobile application for SafeSpeed. He continued, “Since Onix is a Premier partner and offers Google Maps API services, they are in the know about what is coming from Google. Onix keeps me informed about Google’s latest product enhancements so that we’re able to take full advantage of the latest technology and pass on the benefits to our customers.”
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