For quite some time now, Apple have been talking about not accepting apps or app updates that access a device’s unique identifier. Apple alerted developers of a cut-off date in 2013 for new apps or app updates that access an iOS device’s UDID (Universal Device ID), an area of security and privacy concern. With iOS 6, Apple introduced a new way for app makers and advertisers to identify individual iOS devices, and warned developers that the old method would eventually be deprecated. At ECAT, we decided to take out the need to use a device ID at all. Instead we have developed an entirely new way of “mapping” all of the information and yet improving the versatility and usability of our audit automation software.
In keeping with our “easier, faster, smarter” mantra, we have just launched our new User Based ID. Using a User ID over a Device ID is a more intelligent choice because it allows us to track the behaviour of a person rather than a device, therefore enabling the ability to offer more intelligent user functionality. User ID’s are very typically used with apps or solution that require a login to access a user’s profile. No matter what device the user logs in from, the user ID will be able to identify them from their profile log-in and show the dashboards and features of our audit automation software that are most relevant to the user.
Our first client to roll out the new user based ID system is Penske in the USA. All reports to date are saying that the change has been seamless and business is as usual. From an operational perspective there are no changes to the process however, when it comes to accessing information there are now far more configurable options and much more versatility as to who can access what, where and when. The updated system now allows “Super Administrators” and Users to personalise dashboards to view both local and organisational wide information. It is now possible to configure everyone’s dashboards to display report information at a granular local level and still see the “Altitude” reporting required to allow people to gain a context of how they are doing with in the entire organisation.
Speaking of dashboards, keep an eye out for new ECAT software functionality set to be launched in a couple of months! We’ll keep you posted on an exact launch date but the new features will certainly be worth the wait.