A “virtual fence”
February 2nd, 2007

This USA Today article says “among the nearly 70 emerging technologies on display this week at the DEMO conference is a system from Chandler, Ariz.-based Inilex, which uses global-positioning satellites to track the location of customers’ cars and deliver a bevy of other information.The Inilex “Kepler Advantage” device, sold through car dealers for $600 to $1,100 plus a monthly subscription, looks like a walkie-talkie and gets stowed covertly under the dashboard.Then car owners or corporate fleet managers can go on an Inilex website to track their vehicles’ locations — and set up alerts that would be delivered by e-mail or a cell-phone text message.With this service, you can be notified within minutes that your parked car has been moved, presumably by a thief, and shown where it is in real time — fruitful information to pass on to police.Or you can set up a “virtual fence” on a map and be told if the car ranges outside it (attention, suspicious spouses). Paranoid parents could halt their kids’ late-night joyriding by letting Inilex warn them when the car exceeds a certain speed”.

Tracking your car by cell and e-mail

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