This expedition is trying to find out if the tallest mountain in the world shrank (January 26, 2017)
This week, India’s surveyor general announced that the government is going to re-measure Mount Everest, in a bid to determine whether the world’s tallest peak shrank (or grew) following a devastating earthquake in 2015.
A team of 30 scientists will use two methods to measure the mountain. The first involves placing a GPS transistor at its summit to measure the distance from sea level; the second involves more traditional on-the-ground triangulation, whereby researchers would determine the distance to the summit based on its angle relative to two baseline points.
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Implications of BeiDou explored in US congressional report (January 25, 2017)
The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued a staff report titled “China’s Alternative to GPS and Its Implications for the United States.”
The report examines the objectives behind Beijing’s decision to develop the system as an alternative to GPS, its efforts to build an industry around the system, and the effects this might have in security, economic and diplomatic terms for the U.S.
Additional info on BeiDou: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeiDou_Navigation_Satellite_System
Additional info on the different GPS systems: https://www.liveviewgps.com/blog/gps-main-competitors-galileo-beidou-glonass/
Holiday season officially starts tomorrow (Thursday 11/24) with Thanksgiving.
TTW family sends you blessings for a joyful holiday with family and friends.
God Bless you and your families through out this holiday season.
Thank you for everything we could not have done it without you!
DoD Certifies GPS OCX Program to Congress
The Air Force next generation operational control system, known as OCX, recently breach the limit for cost over-run. Thanks to early engagement with Raytheon (OCX contractor) to resolve the program issues, the program recently received certification to continue its activities. The program capability supports military forces, civil, commercial and scientific uses. However, the future of OCX program still depends on Ratheon’s ability to deliver needed capabilities to Air Force at acceptable cost and within acceptable time.
Additional info on OCX: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/gps_ocx/
Memphis Police Using GPS Tracking to Fight Domestic Violence
Memphis is in investing $900-thousand dollars in the fight against domestic violence. The funds will be used to purchase around 800 tracking devices to help the police track offenders and protect would-be or former victims. With around 18-percent of the city’s murders attributed to domestic violence, the hope is that the use of GPS tracking devices will reduce the overall number of homicides in the city.
GPS Tracking Reveals Seagull Habits
We’re always looking for unusual and creative use of GPS tracking devices, and happened across this. A British study utilized GPS trackers and GPS tracking software to monitor the movement of seagulls in St. Ives resort. What’s interesting is that the results showed that all 4 seagulls tracked had very different habits– with some flying out to sea, and others foraging for food on nearby farmland. The tracking devices tracked the seagulls for a combined total of more than 20,000 miles.
Air Force Fixes Control System for GPS III
Next year, and the launch of the first of more than 30 GPS III satellites marks the beginning of GPS III. The new satellites boast increased security and better tracking. Perhaps one of the most impressive features is “spot beaming”, a way of creating a localized area of increased power for military use.
Philippines LTFRB Calls for GPS on Public Buses By April 30th
Manila officials are attempting to control excessive speeding among public transportation officials through fleet tracking. Calling for GPS tracking devices in all provincial buses before the end of April, officials hope to utilize the GPS trackers and GPS tracking software to determine which buses are habitually speeding to improve the transportation.
ULA Launches New GPS Satellite on February 5
The United Launch Alliance completed a successful launch of a new GPS tracking satellite on February 5, 2016. This launch was the final of 12 new satellite launches, collectively known as the Block II-F series. Built by Boeing, and monitored by the United States Air Force, the launch of the $131-Million GPS Satellite is intended to improve GPS tracking, including fleet tracking and covert tracking, worldwide. 30 of 50 orbiting satellites remain active, with the first launched in 1978.
GPS Tracking Software Art
Here’s a new twist on the many uses for GPS tracking software. Creative fitness enthusiast have begun creating GPS tracking art via their outdoor fitness running and biking routes. By planning an exact route, the resulting GPS software display will appear in a desired shape, likeness, or pattern.
Photo Credit: Architect.Com
TrackingTheWorld Offers Revenue Sharing for
U.S. GPS Tracking Dealers
Burlingame, CA—TrackingTheWorld, exclusively specializing in GPS tracking for more than 12-years, is partnering with GPS tracking dealers and distributors within the United States to offer revenue sharing. Partnerships are based based on customer software subscriptions, and dealers are eligible for 25-percent earnings after generating just ten accounts.
“Our revenue sharing option allows GPS tracking dealers and distributors to generate monthly recurring income while we manage their subscribers’ accounts,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld. Owners wishing to transfer existing accounts from other software providers are also eligible for revenue sharing, with agreements tailored to each dealer’s specific requirements.
The benefits of partnering with TrackingTheWorld include knowledgeable tech support services for both professional and personal users, phone support, and best prices on TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking devices and accessories. No cash investment is required for revenue sharing agreements.
For those interested in starting their own GPS tracking businesses, TrackingTheWorld also offers white label GPS tracking software available for licensing. After purchasing a license, buyers have access to a private software server, which authorizes them to subscribe their own customers and set monthly subscription rates under their own business name. The software is highly customizable, including personalized color schemes, branding, and multiple viewing options.
GPS tracking software is used by a number of different businesses, but some businesses are able to benefit from its use even more than others. The ones that stand to enjoy the biggest gains from the software include those that operate a large fleet of vehicles on a daily basis. For instance, those that operate mail delivery vehicles as well as corporations that provide company vehicles can benefit tremendously. In addition, it is used by many local, state and even federal agencies, as several municipalities use it for the vehicles operated by first responders such as fire, paramedics and police.
More specifically, mail delivery companies use it to ensure that their drivers are on the correct routes and that they are operating the vehicles as efficiently as they possibly can. The entire idea is to get the packages to the customers as quickly as possible while simultaneously minimizing the amount of fuel that is consumed throughout the day. The same is basically true for those companies that provide vehicles for their employees, although it may not seem as pertinent at all times. When it comes to municipalities that use the software, there are a number of potential benefits. First responders have to get wherever they are going as quickly as they possibly can. Therefore, they have to choose the right course of travel at all times. It also allows dispatchers to know exactly where they are in case they find themselves in trouble and in need of immediate assistance.
When the software is used, everybody has the opportunity to benefit. Employees are kept safer, knowing that they can be rescued if they have a mechanical problem with the vehicle. Companies have the chance to save money because automobiles are driven fewer miles and less money is required to pay for maintenance and fuel. The company then has more money to pay employees better wages or provide more comprehensive benefits packages. When it comes to the specific types of businesses that have been mentioned, the benefits are often the difference between success and failure.
The HVAC industry has been growing by leaps and bounds, but not without its challenges. Running an HVAC company requires dedication and commitment, along with training and expertise. The owners of such companies much wear many hats and perform many tasks, from keeping track of the trucks on the road to fielding calls from happy (and unhappy) customers.
That is why so many HVAC company owners have been installing GPS tracking systems and seeing the benefits firsthand.
One of the biggest benefits of GPS tracking software for the HVAC industry is the ability to manage an entire fleet and an entire workforce from afar -without having to go out on jobs or become a micromanager. The ability to manage a workforce and vehicle fleet remotely frees the owners and managers up for more important tasks and allows them to serve the customer better.
In fact, GPS tracking software can actually improve customer service, so it may be able to help with disgruntled customers. If a truck is late getting to a job, the owner can tell exactly where it is and reassure the customer that help is on the way.
In addition to all these benefits, GPS tracking software can help in another important way. Theft is always a problem for owners of HVAC equipment – all that expensive equipment and valuable materials are tempting targets for thieves, especially when the trucks are parked and unattended.
Installing GPS tracking technology in each truck makes it easier for the police to track a stolen vehicle and recover the expensive tools and materials. This benefit alone could more than pay for the cost of installing the tracking technology and software.
With so many benefits, it is easy to see why so many HVAC company owners are upgrading their fleets with GPS tracking technology and software. From improved security and better time management to superior customer service and reporting capabilities, GPS software provides a number of valuable benefits to the HVAC industry.
Whether your business relies upon hundreds of big rigs for shipping, or a small handful of vehicles for errands around town, GPS tracking software provides many valuable benefits with technology offers great peace of mind, and may save your company a considerable amount of money in the long run.
Protect Your Investment
Since employee drivers know vehicles are being tracked, they’re more likely to drive with greater care. This improves the safety of employees, makes your vehicles less likely to be involved in accidents, and adds another layer of protection to your cargo.
Close monitoring also aids in risk assessment, discouraging theft, and enhancing overall security of both hard assets and personnel.
Improve Cost Management
GPS tracking software keeps tabs on fuel efficiency, oil consumption, and general wear and tear of vehicles, enabling you to better manage maintenance costs.
Data on the fleet, including driver operation and the mechanical status of each vehicle, can help mitigate potentially hefty costs. Driver behavior analysis can translate into targeted training for drivers. This improves the life of your vehicles, and increases driver retention through ongoing training.
Assessing the condition of the engine and key components of each vehicle can flag each rig for preventative maintenance to avoid expensive, service-interrupting repairs. And, GPS tracking software may even improve your insurance rating or lower your premiums.
Enhanced Customer Service
Knowing where individual vehicles are at all times improves accuracy in shipment updates to customers. GPS tracking allows your central office to redirect vehicles in real time, should routes require sudden alterations. This enables your business to quickly adapt to changing needs, and makes day-to-day scheduling operations a breeze.
Vehicle diagnostics, safety assessments, and real time tracking can all improve your bottom line. Companies large and small have much to gain from GPS tracking software systems.
Every business has to maximize its profits and minimize its expenses if it wants to survive. There are a number of ways to accomplish this, but one of the most effective ways is to incorporate fleet tracking software. There are numerous benefits to its use. For starters, it helps business owners save money. It also has the potential to make operations more efficient. Last but not least, it allows business professionals to spot problems early, before they can grow into bigger issues.
When it comes to saving money, fleet tracking software is one of the most effective tools that managers can use. It helps them better understand the routes that drivers are taking and it also helps them develop more efficient business practices that can help them save a great deal of money over time. Essentially, the software can make the entire operation flow more smoothly, minimizing the miles that are driven. This in turn helps the company save money on fuel costs and vehicle maintenance. It also helps supervisors spot problems by giving them a heads-up when drivers are taking routes that are inefficient or when they are not doing the jobs they are being paid to do. Things can be dealt with before these issues cost the company too much money.
With the use of fleet tracking software, business owners can take a company’s finances to the next level. The software is perhaps the ultimate tool to help companies make more money by reducing their everyday operating costs. When all of these benefits are considered more in-depth, there is every reason to start using the software right away. The benefits that are offered are measured in the profits that business owners can reap.