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
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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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As one of the fastest growing markets today, offering GPS tracking software services to your own customers can provide you with great potential for future success. If you’re ready to get started with your own GPS tracking business, here are a few tips from TrackingTheWorld:
Choose your Target Market:
While business owners offering GPS tracking software services may choose to offer their services toa very broad audience, others prefer to target a niche market with a need for specific types of GPS tracking services. For example, some target law enforcement, where the need is largely for covert tracking operations, yet others have selected to target their tracking services to businesses requiring fleet tracking for multiple vehicles or specifically to individuals for personal protection.
GPS Hardware Choices:
As you begin your GPS tracking software business, you may want to decide which GPS tracking devices you want to suggest for your customers. This choice will largely depend on your target market, and the specific needs of that group. For example, if you’re offering GPS tracking for law enforcement and other covert tracking applications, you’ll likely want to offer GPS trackers with features that include motion detection, weather resistance, and extended life battery options. TrackingTheWorld can help you select which devices would be most suitable for different uses.
Set a Pricing Plan:
As a TrackingTheWorld GPS tracking software provider, you are authorized to set prices based on your own preferences, including offering services that renew by the month, quarter, or year. While customers with fewer resources may prefer a monthly service plan, larger customers will likely want to take advantage of a discount plan that rewards them for paying a year in advance. Working out your pricing details in advance will help you with a smooth business launch.
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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.
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.