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.
The Enduro Pro features a uBlox 6 all-in-one GPS receiver, Quad-Band 850/900/1800/
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.
Here’s another post on utilizing GPS tracking for improving athletic performance.
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The world of GPS tracking continues to receive much needed replacements for antiquated GPS II-A satellites launched during the 1990′s. On August 1, a United Launch Atlas 5 rocket successfully launched the third of 4 new satellites set to be launched in 2014–all part of a series of twelve new GPS satellites.
The new GPS-IIF satellites, manufactured by Boeing, come with multiple advantages over their 1990′s predecessors, including:
- Improved atomic time signals for more accurate reporting data
- An added signal for civilian use–to be used as a GPS signal for aircraft travel. (This signal is known as L5, which began broadcasting in April)
- Medium-Earth orbit
The newly launched satellite is undergoing a few weeks of testing by the Air Force to assure that it is fully functional before being placed into service.
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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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To install, simply plug the WorldTracker OBD into any vehicle’s OBD port. The tracking device offers built-in motion detection for efficient power management, G-force monitoring, and a hot start time of less than 1-second. Additional features include:
GPRS Communication by UDP or TCP
Harsh Driving Detection
Start/Stop Time Reports
Portage Township Schools on the southeast side of Lake Michigan recently installed GPS trackers on all 110 buses in the school’s fleet. Added as a measure of convenience for both parents and administration, the program was given a “test drive” during summer school to prepare for the beginning of the 2014 school year.
Using GPS tracking software on computers or smart phones, parents and faculty are able to see the exact location of any bus at any time–even on field trip days– While the new GPS tracking system will most assuredly offer parents peace of mind that their child made it to school safely, officials also hope it will be an added convenience for parents of children whose buses are running late. With tracking software, parents will have detailed information on when the bus can be expected, hopefully eliminating the need to call the school officials.
School administration also hopes to use the system to conserve fuel and maintain efficiency by rerouting buses when traffic incidents occur.
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With a market projected to surpass the $26M dollar mark by 2016, tracking devices and GPS tracking software are more in demand than ever. If you’re considering GPS equipment for your business, or if you’re interested in becoming a reseller, here are just a few of the types of businesses and organizations that are using GPS tracking software every day:
Heavy Construction: As scrap metal prices rise, construction companies are protecting expensive building materials, salvage materials, appliances, and heavy equipment with GPS tracking software. In many cases, covert tracking devices have led to the swift recovery of stolen construction materials and equipment.
Your Neighborhood School: Public and private schools are now relying on tracking software for everything from tracking school buses to tracking the locations of teachers within school buildings for improved safety in the event of an emergency. Tracking devices on school vehicles also help in conserving fuel and assuring that school vehicles are not abused by staff.
Delivery/ Service Providers: From your local pizza joint to home repair crews, service providers are tracking the location of their fleet vehicles using GPS tracking software. Not only do tracking devices provide for added driver security, they allow businesses to respond more efficiently to incoming calls for service.
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Whether you’re interested in starting your own GPS tracking business, or purchasing tracking services for your business, here is a brief explanation of some of the most common features of GPS tracking software.
GeoFencing: Essentially a virtual boundary, a geofence allows GPS tracking software users to set an approved area of travel for a GPS tracking device. When the tracker leaves the predetermined area, a series of alerts are set into motion, which may include cell phone calls and/or emails.
Smart Phone Integration: As with many other aspects of our daily lives, using GPS tracking software doesn’t require sitting in front of a computer continuously monitoring the locations of tracking devices. Most software programs are now accessible via cell phone applications, and as mentioned above software alerts may be sent to your mobile phone.
Mapping Options: GPS tracking software mapping options are continuously improving. Today’s mapping options include satellite views, street level views, traditional mapping views, customized mapping options, and even hybrid views. Based on the specific needs of your business or your customer, it’s easy to find a mapping option that works for you.
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