GPS-Location Data Used for Compliance

This week Flowfinity laid claim to being the first vendor to incorporate GPS data into a compliance workflow for mobile devices. See here. Flowfinity uses built-in GPS in BlackBerry Curve devices combined with Microsoft's MapPoint's GPS support to incorporate GPS-location with every mobile transaction.

This is interesting from three perspectives.

  • It's a great example of how the industry is evolving to add more and more different types of controls to ensure the validity of data within a given workflow or business system.
  • It underscores the challenges of ensuring compliance beyond the reaches of the corporate network and outside the corporate firewall. With the ever-increasing popularity of mobile devices, and with web services and other Web 2.0 technologies coming to the forefront, compliance-based controls will become more and more challenging for business.
  • It's also an example of how GPS-location data is starting to show up in enterprise data repositories. We have written about other companies such as Iotum make use of cell phone towers to determine presence information, for example, which is a similar usage scenario. We expect this trend to continue, with GPS and cell phone tower-based location data becoming an integral part of beyond-the-firewall type transactions over the coming 3 to 5 years.

... David Sengupta

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