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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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 if his or her tracker is equipped with a panic button. On most GPS tracking systems, this feature 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 your GPS dealer for specifics on bad weather and water resistance capabilities before purchasing a tracker.
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.
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We’ve told you about stolen shipments of retail goods from tractor trailers, but what about when the someone steals the truck itself? A Florida business owner, after having the victim of other truck thefts, installed GPS tracking devices on his fleet in hopes of a successful recovery in the event of another vehicle theft. When the owner arrived at his place of business last week to discover that yet another truck had been stolen, he used GPS tracking software to locate the exact location of his vehicle, view it’s rate and direction of travel, and promptly report it to the police. The truck was recovered and two men were arrested. It is suspected that the men may have stolen the truck for the resale value of its individual parts.
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As parts of the western USA, particularly California, are reaching historic drought conditions, GPS tracking devices typically used to provide earthquake prediction data are providing some important measurements of the earth’s crust. As drought conditions worsen, the earth’s crust rises because of the lack of water in the soil which would normally weigh it down. By tracking the rises in the earth’s crust, scientists are able to measure and track the drought’s severity. In the west, the average rise of the earth’s crust over the last year is 4cm. However, the mountainous regions of California have seen rises as high as 15 cm this year.
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As summer comes to a close, students everywhere are preparing to goback to school, and parents’ worries are on the rise. As a matter of increased safety for college students and greater peace of mind for parents, TrackingTheWorld recommends the EnduroPro GPS tracking device as an ideal back to school GPS tracker.
The EnduroPro offers an added layer of security as a reliable GPS tracker for multiple GPS applications, including use as both a vehicle tracker and as a personal GPS tracking system. “The EnduroPro is our most versatile tracker, allowing students to use it in a number of ways,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld. About the size of a credit card, the EnduroPro GPS tracker can be easily tossed into the glove box of any vehicle, into a backpack or worn on the person.
Although simple to operate, the EnduroPro is a professional grade device with a built-in motion sensor which allows the GPS tracker to conserve battery power by causing the device to hibernate when it is not in use, and extending the battery life to up to 30-days on a single charge. “The Enduro Pro offers the more features and a battery life that exceeds other trackers in comparable price ranges,” said Walz.
Designed with rugged durability in mind, the Enduro Pro, water resistant to IPX-5 standards, operates reliably in both extreme cold and heat with an operating temperature range of -40° to +85° Celsius or -40° to185° Fahrenheit.. “The Enduro Pro is an excellent choice for on-the-go college students who may also enjoy outdoor activities,”
Optional accessories for the EnduroPro are also available, including an ankle bracelet carrier, and a magnetic extended life battery pack for extended vehicle tracking.
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The end of summer and back to school season mean only one thing to football fans everywhere–the much-anticipated start of the 2014 NFL season. The New York Giants are perhaps a step ahead of other teams for their use of GPS tracking software and tracking devices to monitor players during practice. The program, now in its second year, delivers personalized data for each participating player,which could include precise movement data and fatigue levels.
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According to a 2014 study released by the Yale Law Journal, using GPS tracking for covert tracking operations for law enforcement departments is incredibly less expensive than utilizing officers for covert tracking operations. In fact, the study estimated the cost of GPS tracking to be 1000 times more affordable than tracking vehicles the old fashioned way, with officers trailing behind their target in unmarked vehicles.
In the study, the cost comparisons are dramatic– covert tracking using the standard 5 car surveillance box strategy is estimated to cost $275 dollars per hour, yet the cost of GPS tracking for law enforcement covert tracking can range from just 36-cents to around $5 per hour.
GPS tracking for law enforcement has been described as a “game changer” in the law enforcement community for both its cost effectiveness and the number of vehicles that can be tracked simultaneously.
The study included both cell phone GPS tracking units, and GPS tracking systems mounted to target vehicles.
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