The second of four GPS tracking satellite launches planned by the Air Force for 2014 was successfully completed a day late on May 16 due to weather complications on the originally projected launch date. According to CBS News, the $245 million dollar satellite is part of an ongoing effort to replace and enhance the capabilities of existing satellites which have already been in use for years longer than they were designed for.
The effort to upgrade the current global positioning network of 30 satellites is for both military and civilian benefit, especially considering the many ways tracking devices and GPS tracking software have become an integral part of the daily lives of average people, including cell phone applications, GPS trackers for personal protection, covert tracking for law enforcement, and more.
The third satellite launch is set for July 2014, with the fourth to follow in the fall.
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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.
Recycling. Upcycling. Paper-free offices. In today’s world it seems as if we’re bombarded multiple options and continuous pressure to maintain both green businesses and homes. Here are a few ways that adding GPS tracking to your business can help you improve the overall environmental friendliness of your business.
Reduce Fuel Consumption: One of the most pressing environmental and fiscal issues with many business owners is monitoring and attempting to reduce the amount of fuel used, and its cost. GPS tracking software for business vehicles allows dispatchers to easily select the most efficient route of travel—saving fuel, time, and money.
In addition, installing GPS tracking on your business fleet can increase the miles per gallon you get with your vehicles, as GPS tracking software acts as a deterrent for employees tempted to exceed speed limits or drive recklessly.
Working Toward a Paper-Free Office: GPS tracking systems and GPS tracking software can help you reduce the amount of paper waste your business generates through automated reporting options, including work hours and mileage reporting.
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.
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.
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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:
Among what has to be one of the most interesting uses we’ve seen for using GPS tracking software is this: Doctors are now using GPS tracking technology to teach patients how to get control of their asthma, and consequently, dramatically reducing their medical costs. Using inhalers outfitted with GPS tracking technology, the tracking devices monitor the location of the patient each time the inhaler is used. By tracking when and where the patient requires the inhaler, doctors can help their patients find patterns related to their exposure to different environments with the goal of reducing overall asthma attacks and inhaler use.
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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.
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:
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.
According to the LA Times, a California appellate court ruled on Thursday that holding a cell phone while driving for the purpose of viewing GPS tracking applications is legal. The appeals case is the result of a Fresno man contesting a ticket he received for using the GPS tracking software application on his cell phone (in hand) to figure out how to avert being caught in a traffic jam. After receiving the ticket, the man argued that the 2006 law banned only talking on cell phones while driving–unless a hands-free device is used. After losing in lower courts, the appellate court reversed the earlier decisions, citing that the 2006 law came into effect during a time when cell phones were largely used for talking only–not the myriad of available cell phone apps, including GPS tracking apps, used today. In addition, the appellate opinion stated that banning handling of a cell phone to use a GPS tracking app while driving could also lead to “ridiculous” outcomes, including making it illegal to check a phone for the current time, or simply moving the phone around in the car, for example, from a dashboard to a seat while driving.