A bill proposing a pilot GPS tracking program for state vehicles is moving through the Michigan state legislature. If approved, the bill would approve a pilot program for approximately a hundred of the state’s vehicles. If the pilot program were proven to be successful, GPS tracking could then be installed on all state vehicles at an approximate annual cost ranging from $500K to over $1M. The bill was drafted in part due to suspected misuse of state time, vehicles, and resources, including one case where state time and vehicle privileges were abuse on 84 occasions. If enacted, officials expect the vehicle tracking devices and GPS tracking software to save fuel, eliminate mileage reporting, and assist in monitoring employees.
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As car accidents remain the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, TrackingTheWorld is reminding parents of the benefits of GPS tracking devices to monitor teenage driving habits for both safety and peace of mind during prom and graduation season.
“Real time vehicle trackers allow parents to know where their teen’s vehicle is at all times, how fast it is moving, and even alert them to harsh driving such as sudden braking,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld, a firm exclusively specializing in tracking devices and GPS tracking software for more than 11-years.
For monitoring teenage drivers, TrackingTheWorld recommends its EnduroPro tracker, a compact real time tracking device which is easy to install and operate. The device can simply be placed in the vehicle’s glove compartment or under a seat, and can be magnetically mounted using TrackingTheWorld’s affordable MiniMag case.
With GPS tracking software services and an Internet connection, the EnduroPro also allows parents to create geo-fences, a set of pre-determined boundaries, for their teen. If the vehicle moves outside of the boundary, the tracker will immediately transmit an alert notifying the parents via programmed cell phone numbers. As added safety feature, the EnduroPro also comes equipped with a panic button which, when pressed, will automatically alert parents or other family members through a rapid series of location alerts, indicating that the teen needs emergency assistance.
Founded in 2003, TrackingTheWorld is based in Burlingame, California, and offers a broad selection of GPS tracking devices and accessories and tracking services. For more information about GPS tracking systems for teenage drivers, or to purchase GPS trackers directly from TrackingTheWorld distributors, visit www.trackingtheworld.com.
London’s Daily Mail recently reported the development of a crowd-sourced GPS tracking software application which utilizes the data from thousands of participating cell phones to potentially predict earthquake. The GPS software works by tracking changes in ground movement across a broad area. Researchers say that the application requires only a small percentage of a metropolitan area’s citizens in order to be effective, and would prove effective in providing an an advance warning system for earthquakes.
San Francisco is considering the installation of GPS tracking devices for city government vehicles with the goals of tracking the use of the vehicles, more efficiently responding to emergency situations, and save fuel. The city’s fleet consists of around 8,000 vehicles, with around 2,300 of them already equipped with GPS tracking. The cost for equipping the remaining vehicles would be approximately $1.8 million per year. Officials also cite the benefits of GPS trackers in the city’s emergency vehicles in assisting dispatchers with efficiently deploying emergency services when needed.
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If you’re a business owner with even a small fleet of vehicles, you’re certainly aware of how much time and energy is invested into tracking the mileage on your company vehicles. Manual mileage logging and then data entry of the information required to create a useable report is inefficient, frustrating and time consuming, and you still have no way of knowing whether your company vehicles are being misused by employees.
As a solution for tedious mileage reporting, TrackingTheWorld GPS tracking software offers automated reporting options, eliminating the need for manual logging, plus other features to assure the proper use of your company vehicles. For example, our tracking software offers geo-fencing which automatically sends alerts via cell phone or email to let you know when a company vehicle leaves a predetermined area. With the use of real time GPS tracking devices for company vehicles you’ll also be alerted to harsh driving patterns. GPS trackers are also ideal for providing an additional level of security for employees, with some models offering a panic alert button, which automatically launches a rapid series of location alerts to preset phone numbers and email addresses.
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Officials in the city of Warren in Macomb County Michigan have agreed to add GPS tracking technology, a nearly $600-thousand dollar investment, to city vehicles including snow plows, and sanitation trucks. The fleet tracking initiative will provide an extra convenience to citizens such as knowing when to expect services, and the city hopes to recoup their investment in efficiency by eliminating manual mileage reporting, and more carefully watching the location of city assets.
With real time GPS tracking updates every 2 minutes via GPS tracking software, supervisors will know when a city vehicle has left its predetermined set of boundaries, a process known as geo-fencing, and will receive reports when city vehicles are traveling at excessive speeds or when brakes are operated abruptly. The city expects that the savings gained by automated reporting, and eliminating the excessive or unauthorized use of city vehicles will be well worth the investment.
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Nevada lawmakers are considering bill SB37 that would allow GPS Tracking of parolees and those granted probation in the state. If approved, the program will come at no cost to the state. A state parole official reports that GPS monitoring, if approved, will only be used in “crime areas.”
Often, GPS tracking ankle bracelets are used for tracking parolees and those on probation, particularly violent offenders after they are released from prison.
Stolen Laptop with GPS Tracking Recovered Among Other Stolen Items
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, police recovered a stolen laptop with GPS tracking technology after a woman had gone door-to-door trying to sell it. The laptop was recovered among other stolen items at a local hotel. All of the items were taken during the same burglary. Three suspects are in custody.
Georgia Sheriff’s Department Gets GPS Tracking to Slow Down Pursuits
Rockdale County officers have received GPS tracking devices designed to improve safety during pursuits by slowing them down. When a pursuit is under way a dart-like GPS tracking device can be deployed from the officer’s car using a safe air compression system. After the dart is affixed to the fleeing vehicle, officers then begin receiving regular updates on it’s location via GPS tracking software, and as a result, protecting officer and public safety.
Parolee In More Trouble Thanks to GPS Tracking Ankle Bracelet
A Raleigh parolee landed more than 20 new arrest warrants after leaving his home to allegedly commit multiple thefts. It so happens that the suspect was wearing a GPS tracking ankle bracelet when he allegedly committed the crimes, and police used the data from the same parol-issued bracelet to track him down again.
Heavy equipment tracking has long been a one of the most useful GPS tracking applications, but one probably doesn’t immediately think of the theft of snow plows to be a problem. According to Channel 3000 police in Madison Wisconsin recently recovered a stolen snow plow thanks to GPS tracking software and a cell phone. Although no suspects have been identified, the snow plow was was recovered without damage, and with all contents, including a checkbook belonging to a driver.
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