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GPS trackign recycling bins

You’ve probably seen them in your own community…large metal bins for dropping off clothing donations.  As it turns out, not even  donations given in good will are exempt from those who rummage through  clothing bins in hopes of reselling or keeping the goods.  One Baltimore company, that originally thought donations were down,  has successfully retrieved stolen goods, and led authorities to recycled clothing thieves with the help of GPS tracking software— and in the process found out that donations weren’t down after all.   By placing GPS tracking devices in various clothing items–in pockets, liners, etc., and using GPS tracking software, the company has successfully  retrieved several batches of stolen clothing.  Company officials use geofencing, a feature of the tracking software to receive cell phone alerts whenever one of their GPS tracking devices leaves the immediate area of the clothing collection bins.   The clothing collected by the company is bailed and then shipped to third world countries.

Source:  http://www.wbaltv.com/news/donation-bin-company-uses-gps-to-stop-thefts/26419958#!Yy8jc

 

gps tracking bait bike

Some clever covert GPS tracking and a little public shaming is helping to reduce the big problem of bicycle theft in San Francisco. Plain clothed police officers are planting GPS equipped bicycles around the city, tracking bike thieves, and charging them.  A little public shame is part of the deal, with mugshots posted on Twitter under the hashtag #ThankYou4TakingOurBaitBike.  An estimated 4,000 bicycles have been stolen in San Francisco since 2012–triple the number of cell phones reported stolen for the same time period.

Source:  http://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/police-use-bait-bikes-gps-technology-public-twitter-shaming-fight-bike-theft/#!YB3xH

 

GPS tracking fire truck

After the deployment of 260 GPS tracking devices in garbage trucks, police cars, and other city owned vehicles over the last few years, the city of Grand Rapids recently suspended and warned various city workers.  The reported offenses mostly consist of taking longer than authorized breaks and driving company vehicles for personal use.  However, a few years back, a police officer was forced to resign after GPS data revealed that he or she was taking unauthorized breaks outside of his or her designated patrol area.

The city has recently begun installing GPS trackers on fire trucks with the goal of reducing the response times of some calls.  Based on data provided by GPS tracking software, dispatchers can easily select the truck in the best position to respond

The tracking devices used by the city of Grand Rapids are not covert tracking devices; all employees are made aware of their presence on city owned vehicles.

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Source: http://woodtv.com/2014/05/12/gps-tracking-gr-city-workers/

 

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GPS tracking pill bottles

As the abuse of prescription drugs, especially prescription painkillers such as Oxycontin, is on the rise, pharmacy owners and law enforcement are using GPS tracking as a deterrent and a tool for tracking pharmacy thieves. Placed inside prescription medication bottles, the mini GPS trackers inside remain inactivated until motion is detected, allowing pharmacies to stock the “dummy bottles” alongside the real thing in case of a robbery.  Upon sensing motion, the GPS tracking device–pill bottle– activates and is trackable using GPS tracking software, allowing authorities to quickly and easily locate it and possibly the suspect.  Cleverly designed, some prescription drug bottle GPS trackers are weighted and even rattle when shaken, allowing them to blend in with actual prescriptions without being noticed.

 

GPS tracking kids

Entrusted with both the safety and education of our children, public school administrators seeking to more effectively manage student transportation are increasingly turning to GPS tracking devices and tracking software to help them efficiently manage bus routes, monitor drivers, and ensure child safety. 

Bus Route Planning

In both rural and urban areas, planning for pick-up and drop-off of hundreds, or even thousands of school children requires organization and efficiency.  Bus routes must be planned to maximize fuel efficiency, minimize mileage, and be timed perfectly to get students to school on time. 

GPS tracking software is beneficial in planning student transportation because of its ability to quickly assist administrators in determining the most efficient route of travel for every bus in a school’s fleet.

Safety First with GPS Devices

The most important responsibility of any public school system is to ensure the safety of its students, and GPS tracking systems have become an additional layer of security for students and drivers on bus routes.    With tracking devices installed on each school bus, and the use of GPS tracking software, school administrators are easily alerted if a bus leaves its intended route of travel, if a bus is stopped for any length of time, and direction of travel.

Staff Monitoring

While no one wants to think of the possibility of irresponsible school staff members responsible for the safety of school children, it is an unfortunate reality.  For these situations, GPS tracking systems provide a cost effective way to monitor school bus drivers for speed, location, and possible misuse of a school fleet vehicles.    

GPS tracking software can protect your drivers in the event they are falsely accused of disregarding speed limits or other committing other violations.  With GPS tracking devices, routes of travel are precisely recorded and are may be played back in real time.

Getting Started

For more information on incorporating the use of GPS tracking systems within your public school system, contact TrackingTheWorld, Inc., a leading developer of GPS tracking devices and GPS tracking software for business, government, and private use. For more information, visit www.trackingtheworld.com.

GPS tracking orbit

It’s hard to believe that the history of man wanting to know his location on this planet dates back as far as the 1st Century and a stone with magnetic properties known as lodestone, but it does.  For more than two thousand years, humans have searched for and developed tools to help them navigate land and sea.  Beginning with Chinese lodestone ladles, the monumental efforts of  mapping our seas, and the development of the compass, GPS tracking history is rich with landmark developments that have led us to where we are today.  Here’s a great article on the history of GPS tracking:

http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/you-are-here-book-hiawatha-bray-gps-navigation

 

nevada supreme court gps tracking software

The Nevada Supreme Court issued a ruling yesterday which allows law enforcement to retrieve GPS tracking coordinates from suspects’ cell phones  provided that an arrest warrant is obtained first.  The ruling was unanimous and stated that since an arrest warrant provides law enforcement with authorized access to a suspect’s home, it thereby provides law enforcement access to cell phones within the home.  The ruling stems from a stalking case in which a Nevada man claimed that GPS location data from his phone could not be recovered and used in a case without a search warrant.

Source: http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/court-says-phone-s-gps-data-ok-use-if-warrant-obtained

 

GPS tracking airplane

In the wake of the mysterious and tragic disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH-370, some may be wondering just how much GPS tracking software plays a role in tracking jets like the Boeing 777 and other aircraft.   We ran across a great article by BBC Asia that explains how airplanes are tracked.   In short, airplanes do use GPS tracking, but the feature is almost exclusively used only for the purpose of informing the pilot of his or her position, rather than air traffic control.  Surprisingly, much of air traffic control remains radar-based, with planes using a primary radar, a secondary radar, and ACARS–a system that transmits computer data from the plane to computers on the ground for the purpose of  reporting on the health of the aircraft’s various systems.

Here’s the BBC Asia Article:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-pacific-26544554

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Suspected Thief Forgets He’s Wearing a GPS Tracking Ankle Bracelet

A suspected thief in Washington state either seriously underestimated the precise information provided by his GPS ankle bracelet via GPS tracking software or, more likely, forgot to remove it before allegedly embarking on a spree of theft from an Eagles fraternity lodge.  GPS tracking data confirms that the man made multiple trips between the lodge and a nearby motel.  Approximately $2,000 was stolen, and the man is now suspected in past thefts based on evidence found at the scene.  The police, confirming that truth is sometimes stranger than fiction, stated that “You can’t make this stuff up.” Video surveillance from the night of the alleged crimes has been turned over to authorities, and a second suspect has been identified based on evidence.

Source:  http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/yhr/friday/1988790-8/burglary-suspect-leaves-trail-of-gps-evidence