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New software is available for the CG3 taximeter.

Download the update Here

Instructions for updating firmware: The procedure is quite simple, reliable, and won't take much of your time.

1. Using a personal computer, transfer the zip file to the root (top-level) directory of a USB flash-drive.

2. Extract the contents with a zip utility.

3. With the Record CG3 taximeter powered Off, attach the flash-drive to the CG3 USB port via adapter.

4. Power On the CG3. The CG3 bootloader will then read the CG3Upgrd.txt, locate the software (ECG3129.bin) file on the drive, and re-flash the firmware. The procedure will take only about 2-3 seconds.

The software version will now be displayed as '1.29', using the Display Software Version function in the Record CG3 Main Menu, in case you want to ever double-check. This function can be found in Part 5.0 of the CG3 User Guide.

CG3 Companion App

November 22, 2016

 

 

This free and handy app adds a host of features to your CG3 taximeter, enhancing your investment. Save time and money!

 

Download the app here

 

Features:
1) Easily program your taximeter rates from your phone or tablet
2) Generate and send customer receipts via text or e-mail
3) Download trip and statistic information from your CG3
4) Setup your CG3 BlackCat OBDII interface quickly and seamlessly
5) Built-in CG3 UserGuide for quick taximeter installation and operating instructions
6) Access customer support for timely help when you need it
7) Built-in access to Google Maps and location services

More features are in development and coming soon!

Please note: Your Record CG3 needs to be running a minimum software version of 1.24, with 1.29 being the recommended version to be able to use all features in the app. You can get the latest CG3 software with instructions here: https://recordtechnologies.com/blogs/news

To determine the software version that your CG3 is currently running, see section 5.0: Main Menu in the Record CG3 User Guide (available in the app).

CG3 Firmware 1.27

October 13, 2016

New software is available for the CG3 taximeter.

Download the update Here

Instructions for updating firmware: The procedure is quite simple, reliable, and won't take much of your time.

1. Using a personal computer, transfer the zip file to the root (top-level) directory of a USB flash-drive.

2. Extract the contents with a zip utility.

3. With the Record CG3 taximeter powered Off, attach the flash-drive to the CG3 USB port via adapter.

4. Power On the CG3. The CG3 bootloader will then read the CG3Upgrd.txt, locate the software (ECG3127.bin) file on the drive, and re-flash the firmware. The procedure will take only about 2-3 seconds.

The software version will now be displayed as '1.27', using the Display Software Version function in the Record CG3 Main Menu, in case you want to ever double-check. This function can be found in Part 5.0 of the CG3 User Guide.

Soft meters:

Soft meters in theory seem like a great idea, it lowers the cost of your hardware. But in practice its quite the opposite.

Your meter app costs 5 dollars, you now have to purchase a tablet to run that meter app. Which you still should not cheap out on, so lets say at least 250 dollars. You would not want drivers to use their personal devices. (we will get into this below) Because GPS is not as accurate as a physical meter that is calculating distance, you now have to purchase a device to connect to the vehicle, another 100 dollars minimum. Bluetooth OBD2 devices that send data to the soft meter are quite expensive for a reliable device, you can buy some for 10 dollars on eBay, but the Bluetooth fails quickly. At this point you are above the cost of a physical meter, Total 355 dollars.

GPS is very accurate when you are not moving. For GPS to calculate distance while moving, its very inaccurate. The signal hops and we have tested this and drivers will lose money.

We at Record Technologies sell our fully maxed out meter for 295.00 dollars when you are purchasing one unit. We offer volume discounts for everyone. This includes USB, Bluetooth and a RS232 data port. Well equipped.

 

Informing the public:

A taximeter, as enforced by strict regulations, is inherently designed  to protect the public from being charged rates not controlled by municipalities.  This is possible through the use of physical seals which are visible externally on the taximeter. 

Let's say a city approves the use of an app meter, someone would now have to educate the public on the specifics of that app. The look, colour, design. When a customer gets into the car, they should know first hand that the proper app is being used and set properly to the bylaw. There is really no easy way to do this. There are multiple apps available to be used as a soft meter and it will be hard to educate everyone which app is the proper one to be used.

 

Manipulating the soft meter:

If you are tech savvy, its very easy to manipulate the soft meter. To prevent this, soft meter developers are trying to put security in place which, of course, can be bypassed. An example would be location specific rates, locking apps for the device itself and so on.

If i have a soft meter on a tablet or smartphone, i can plug it into a computer, and "root" the device. When a person "roots" a device, they are enabled to change anything they want on the device. Without rooting the device, you can still uninstall the app and reinstall it after it has been set or go into the settings of the app and reset the app to original download settings. When the device is rooted, you can "spoof" your location, using a different city's rate which could be higher, you will be able to manipulate the app itself. Or the person can just download an unapproved app and set their own rates.

Of course the easiest way to go around this is to just place your own device in front of the approved soft meter, running the approved app with your own selected rate. No one would know the difference as its looks proper, but is running the wrong rate.

No app developer is able to test their app on every possible device coming onto the market at any given time.

There is no control over the GPS or Bluetooth hardware specific to each device, making it impossible to ensure accuracy in every situation.


Personal devices:

If a company is not willing to purchase hardware to run a soft meter, they will probably ask drivers to just buy the app and use their personal device.

Doing so could bring forth all the issues from manipulating the soft meter, they could also get phone calls or text messages during a fare and interrupt the fare.

 

Summary:

To conclude, soft meters are not able to meet the strict standards that are in place, which are intended to protect both the public and the driver. It would further encumber municipalities in determining which smartphone / tablet devices, and apps would be approved. Further, education of the public would be necessary.

Black Cat Adapters 50% off

September 27, 2016

Now through October 31st get 50% off BCA, get yours now!

The Black Cat adapter is used with the CG3 taximeter to calculate your motion. Instead of looking for vehicle speed sensors, just use the BCA and you will be on your way! Save time and money getting your fleet up and running.

CG2 End of life

September 01, 2016

The CG2 Taximeter has reached its End Of Life status. After 20 long years of being a solid product of the taxi industry, we can no longer manufacture the CG2. The required parts to continue production are no longer in circulation and cannot be acquired.

The replacement for the CG2 is the new CG3 taximeter. With on-board Bluetooth, USB, Light sensors, built in vehicle speed sensor filtering, data communication protocols and much more, this meter is ready for the future.

New software for the CG3 Taximeter allows you to take control of your fleet and adapt to incoming changes.

With new changes to city bylaws to accommodate TNC companies, taxi fleets are also getting the opportunity to have fluctuating meter rates. With this new software, you will be able to lower and increase rates on CG3 meters on the fly. This will only be available to fleet managers, available by regional basis.

Using our website portal, fleet managers will be able to login and modify the metered rate. This will allow taxi fleets to be able to compete for fares when competitors drop or increase their rates.

This software will be available end of Q1 of 2016. For more info, get in touch with us at 1-800-661-1649

Loonie

 

Our Canadian dollar is doing terrible =(, but for our international customers, this is your chance to update your taximeters for way less. Heres a breakdown:

1 CG3 = $295.00 CAD

$295.00 CAD to USD = $205.23 USD as of this blog post.

Compared to just over a year ago, this is a massive savings of $90.00 per CG3.

What gets better is this doesn't include our discount pricing for volume.

Volume pricing :

1 - 9      Units = $205.00 USD

10 - 19  Units = $195.00 USD

20 - 49  Units = $185.00 USD

50 - 99  Units = $176.00 USD

100 + -  Units = $167.00 USD

Our Black Cat Adapters are also only $70.00 USD so you too can have a plug and play taximeter!

    1. Wireless Installations

     Long gone are the days of only needing a radio for your taxi. Taxi equipment nowadays include a multitude of options such as printers, cameras, and dispatch terminals to name a few. Utilizing Bluetooth enabled taximeters can allow you to wirelessly connect to your various equipment to help you cut down on those wires that just seem to go everywhere.

    1. Faster Installations

     Down time is lost revenue for your fleet. Making the process faster for your installation team will save you time and money so that you can get more cars out of the garage faster. Utilizing Bluetooth you can easily pair up your taximeter to your dispatch terminal allowing your team to spend less time with each vehicle.

    1. Productivity

     Tired of writing down all your information for the shift? How about going through menu after menu looking for the right information? Bluetooth will help you solve that hassle by allowing your taximeter to be accessible to your fleet tracking needs taking out the confusion and allowing it to be seamless.

    1. Data Access

     Need to know what your fleet has been up to? Not a problem anymore. Bluetooth will allow you to sync up with your equipment and pull information that you and your fleet need to see where you can make changes to serve your community better.

    1. Adaptability 

     Having modern technology with your fleet allows you quickly adapt to an ever changing market place to keep you competitive. Bluetooth enabled taximeters will allow you to swap out old equipment for new and connect to devices that will help your fleet grow to serve your customer base.

     

    We are trying to equip the transportation industry with the best equipment you can find, that is easy to use and economical to acquire. We are open to suggestions for our equipment and if you have any features you would like to have in your CG3 please let us know at Info@recordtechnologies.com

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