Here are our favorite GPS tracking news stories for Friday, June 7, 2013:
GPS Inventor Says Self-Driving Cars to Come
Brad Parkinson, former United States Air Force colonel credited with the invention of GPS, says that the future of GPS tracking technology is self-driving cars. Due to the advancement of GPS tracking technology, Parkinson said self driving cars could be just a few years away–especially since companies like Google are already testing them. Parkinson is now a professor at Stanford.
GPS Technology for Tsunami Warning Systems
The BBC recently reported that GPS tracking technology may soon be used to increase early warning time in the event of tsunamis caused by earthquakes. According to the report, GPS will be used to measure even the slightest changes in the geography of the coastlines in countries most likely to be affected by tsunamis to provide faster warnings than current tsunami warning systems which use seismic activity data.
NASA Working On GPS for Navigating Space
Popular Science reports that NASA is developing an “intergalactic” GPS system aimed at facilitating space travel anywhere in the universe. Navigation for space travel currently relies on radio signals sent from Earth, but those signals weaken with distance. The GPS project is designed to rely on light beams produced by neutron stars known as pulsars which spin rapidly and emit steady beams of light.
In addition to providing helpful information for business operations, GPS tracking systems are also used for personal safety. Here, we’ve outlined some of the best safety features today’s GPS trackers have to offer.
The Panic Button
Perhaps the most important feature of a GPS tracker for personal safety is the panic button. With the press of a single button, a GPS user in an emergency situation can immediately alert others. The panic button feature on most GPS tracking systems activates a rapid fire sequence of location alerts, followed by automated cell phone alerts via GPS tracking software.
The ability to communicate with another human being in the event of an emergency can mean the difference between life and death. If you’re selecting a GPS tracking system for personal safety, TrackingTheWorld recommends a tracking device with two-way voice capabilities.
Extreme Weather Durability
For personal safety, a GPS tracker with all-weather durability is important, particularly if you are an outdoor enthusiast. In situations such as mountain biking or snow skiing, your safety may depend on the ability of your GPS tracker to reliably function in less than desirable temperatures. Be sure to ask a GPS dealer for specifics.
Long Battery Life
Another of the most important safety features for GPS trackers is the ability of the tracker to operate for as long a period as possible without a charge. Depending on locate update intervals (how often you want the tracker to report your location), today’s GPS trackers can go as long as a month or more between charges. With this capability, or something similar, you can rest assured your GPS tracking system will function even if you forget to charge it once in a while.
While most larger police departments in Oklahoma already utilize GPS tracking systems, rural police departments in the state are realizing a need for GPS tracking systems in police cruisers due to an increase in vehicle theft. Some small departments are seeking federal grants to have the systems installed.
Thefts of police cruisers have even included SWAT vehicles, by thieves seeking the arsenal of weapons inside, which can be both dangerous and expensive. The most significant barrier for obtaining GPS tracking systems for small departments is budget constraints leaving department heads searching for federal funding and grants.
TrackingTheWorld’s AVL-300 GPS tracking device brings a new level of flexibility and durability to the GPS tracking market. With the options of both real time and passive tracking, multiple digital and analog inputs, the AVL-300 GPS device can be configured to meet the needs of nearly any GPS tracking application.
The AVL-300 offers 2 digital inputs and two analog inputs, including one that can be used as an extra digital input. The digital inputs make it possible to customize and SOS feature for your AVL-300. The GPS tracking device is also compatible with Garmin’s Fleet Management Interface. Additional cables are required to utilize this feature.
TrackingTheWorld’s AVL-300 also eliminates problems caused by GPS jammers as the device comes equipped with jam detection. The AVL tracker also features motion detection, and a broad range of operating voltages, from 8-32V DC.
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As a result of grant funding, the state of Vermont will soon be using GPS tracking devices to provide better transportation services to veterans who need transportation to work, medical appointments, and more. Convenience and accessibility are some of the key goals of the GPS tracking program. In addition, the program will allow dispatchers to easily monitor the locations of all transportation vans throughout the state.
Most of us work hard to earn the extra “toys” we enjoy, such as four wheelers, boats, snow mobiles, and other sports vehicles. Are you worried about protecting your hard investment in your sports vehicle?
Consider the TrackingTheWorld’s Enduro Pro GPS tracking system for your sports vehicles. With its compact design, optional extended life battery pack, and all-weather durability, the Enduro Pro GPS tracker is a smart choice for sports vehicles, including ATVs, RVs, and more.
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GPS tracking systems are proving to be beneficial to the environment through their help in exposing and preventing illegal garbage dumping. The following details GPS tracking systems installed in garbage trucks in Abu Dhabi.
About 85-percent of garbage collection trucks in Abu Dhabi emirate are equipped with GPS tracking transmitters. It seems that the simple addition of a GPS tracking systems has resulted in radical, and much improved, changes in
the amount of waste that is dumped at improper locations.
Before the installation of the GPS tracking systems, illegal
dumping was a serious issue, including complaints about collection trucks dumping sewage water into deserts in the
Western Region. This dumping was a serious problem, as it was contaminating local farms.
It is reported that the GPS tracking systems have significantly recucedthe number of complaints within the area.
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We’ve often blogged about the use of GPS trackers for municipalities, including GPS tracking for school districts and police departments. Here’s another story from Bergen County, NJ that provides an excellent example of how cities and towns are using GPS tracking systems to cut costs and increase efficiency.
In August, the county implemented the use of 100 GPS tracking systems in county vehicles and is considering the installation of 100 more. Since the county police department had previously installed GPS tracking units, the new GPS trackers were spread among multiple county departments, including the public works and parks departments.
County officials cite that they are pleased with the results of the GPS trackers, reporting that the GPS tracking units save time, and result in greater employee attention while driving a county vehicle.
If you’ve ever wanted to know more about GPS tracking technology, here is a great place to start. With a history that goes back to the 1970′s and the U.S. Department of Defense, GPS tracking can be easily researched through the government’s official site on GPS tracking technology: GPS.GOV. The site provides an abundance of GPS tracking articles and information, including common questions about GPS tracking systems, current GPS tracking issues such as LightSquared, feature stories on GPS tracking, the future of GPS tracking, and more.
And, don’t forget to check out TrackingTheWorld’s product line of versatile GPS tracking systems and accessories for vehicle tracking , AVL, fleet tracking, business GPS tracking, and more.
Here’s an excellent example of using GPS tracking devices to ensure the safety of the ones you love the most. According to a recent New Jersey report, an 84-year-old woman who wandered away from home was located unharmed within 2-hours of her disappearance thanks to a GPS tracking bracelet worn on her person. Located in a wooded area about 2-miles from home, the woman is a participant in a New Jersey program which provides free GPS trackers to at risk individuals unable to leave home alone due to medical conditions that may cause them to wander away.
Have you considered GPS trackers for the elderly loved ones in your life? Compact and discreet ankle bracelet GPS trackers are an affordable and reliable option for Alzheimer’s patients, dementia patients, and others.
TrackingTheWorld’s OFT-210 GPS tracking ankle bracelet offers tamper proof fiber optic technology, and a battery back up system which provides an added layer of security for loved ones as well as peace of mind for caregivers.