By Mark Hart, ACDI – Once in a blue moon, a new piece of technology enters our industry and changes the way we do business. Next in the ring is the KPAX Liberty box by Bluemega. Gone are the days of sending out a technician to gather meter reads because the customer turned off the PC with the fleet management data collector installed. KPAX Liberty was explicitly designed to ease the burden for meter read collecting.
Other fleet management companies have taken the path of least resistance by installing standard data collectors on a raspberry pi minicomputer. Shortcuts sound efficient until you look into the security risks associated with minicomputers. Standard data collectors are vulnerable to many known cyber-attacks; it’s like placing a ticking time bomb at the customer’s location if not adequately managed.