GPS trackers

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Similar to just about every other electronic device, GPS tracking devices are becoming smaller and smaller with each advancement in technology.  With the decreased sizes of GPS trackers, consumers are able to track smaller devices such as electronics like cameras and laptops.

Recently, an Arizona man realized the value of tracking smaller items of value after his home was burglarized.  During the burglary, approximately $10-thousand dollars in jewelry along with a camera and other electronics were stolen.  Due to the micro GPS tracking devices installed on the stolen camera, and satellite imagery provided by GPS tracking software, the victim was able to view the location of the suspect’s car and even identify in which area of the suspect’s home his belongings were being stored.

Although authorities were able to recover most of the victim’s belonging based on the GPS tracking information, some of his wife’s jewelry was not recovered.  Authorities suspect it could have been pawned shortly after the crime.  A suspect is in custody.

Source:  http://www.kctv5.com/story/24512811/gps-tracking-device-on-stolen-items-leads-to-arrest

 

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We certainly understand the benefits of GPS tracking devices that are both compact and lightweight.  But, do you think it’s possible to build a GPS tracker that’s small enough and light enough to be carried on the back of a bumble bee? Funded by a $500-thousand dollar grant from the Department of Agriculture, Oregon State University is working on the development of GPS trackers to track the movements of bumblebees with the goal of better understanding the dramatic decline of bee populations in recent years.  The development of the GPS tracking device for bees will take 1-2 years.   Without bee pollination, it is estimated that one-third of the world’s food supply would not exist.  Read the full article about GPS tracking and bees.

 

 

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As we have mentioned before, the GPS tracking industry continues to grow rapidly.  We just found a new CBS report that profiles some of the ways individuals and businesses are using tracking devices and GPS tracking software to their advantage.   Here are just a few mentioned in the article, plus some of our own:

Read the entire CBS report on GPS tracking.

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While we often have a lot to say about GPS trackers for your business, covert tracking operations, and personal protection, we haven’t discussed much about GPS tracking in sports.  Here’s the latest: We just read that multiple NFL teams, including the Dallas Cowboys and the Baltimore Ravens are using GPS tracking devices to track players during some games and practices.  Although it may sound like it, the tracking devices aren’t to make sure the players make it to practice–or are where they say they are.  Turns out, NFL teams are using the tracking devices to glean important data about how much players exert themselves during select games and practices.

Using a small tracking device placed inside pads on the player’s back and special GPS tracking software, coaches and medical staff then have answers to questions such as how far a player is running in practice, how fast they are running, exactly where they are on the field during plays, and more.  By scoring the amount of effort a player is exerting, it is easier to determine which players are at risk for injury.  For example, if a specific player is found to have higher exertion on too many consecutive days, coaches reasonably assume that the player is at greater risk for injuries, and actually reduce the risk of injury by assigning the player to lighter practices.

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GPS tracking shopping

The University of Kentucky recently was awarded a USDA grant totaling more than $100-thousand to use GPS trackers to study the patterns of adolescents and their parents when it comes to when, where, and how they buy food, and how their surrounding environment influences those choices.  Known as the “Adolescent and  Parent Food Activity Patterns as Drivers of Food Choice and Behaviors” project, officials hope to use the GPS tracking data to gain insight into buying habits and diet choices.

Source: http://personalliberty.com/2013/07/18/149074-usda-grant-awarded-to-track-shopping-patterns-so-government-can-force-healthy-eating/

 

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Teachers in one Texas school district will soon be receiving GPS tracking necklaces in an initiative aimed at improving school safety, according Dallas Observer blog.  According to the report, Carroll ISD teachers will receive GPS tracking devices equipped with panic buttons allowing them to more quickly summon help in the event of an emergency.  The district ordered 100 of the GPS trackers which are programmed to alert help with the location and a photo of the wearer when the emergency feature is activated.

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No More Lost Luggage?

Did you know that an average of 4 pieces of luggage are lost on every Boeing 747 flight?  That’s a lot of suitcases and it adds up to billions of dollars every year.  The Daily Mail Reports that Airbus has developed new smart luggage which includes a built-in satellite GPS tracker and a barcode display to both locate the luggage if lost, and identify the owners.  The system works with a smart phone app, which involves passengers sending their flight information to the airline, and the airline responding with a unique bar code for every piece of luggage–which then shows on the bar code display.

Source:  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2341600/The-luggage-GPS-tracking-device-makes-impossible-lost.html

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Cemetery Robber Caught on Video

After visitors began complaining to a Sandusky, Ohio cemetery about items such as flowers, vases, and plants missing from graves, the Sandusky Police set a trap for the thieves by placing a GPS tracking device in a potted tree.  After about a week of surveillance, the thief was spotted on video stealing the tree.  Using the tracker and GPS tracking software, police were led to a home where multiple items such as urns, vases, and plants were found.

Source: http://www.newsnet5.com/dpp/news/local_news/oh_erie/Sandusky-police-use-GPS-to-catch-suspect-in-Oakland-Cemetery-statue-thefts

 

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Here Kitty, Kitty

Ever wonder what your cat is up to when you’re away?  The BBC recently requested a study using GPS tracking collars and cameras to track the movements of 50 cats.  Results from the one week project showed that cats can be pretty sneaky, including one cat who entered his neighbor’s home through the cat door to steal cat food.

Source: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/trending-now/study-uses-gps-tracking-reveal-secret-life-cats-173142610.html

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In the US alone, ground transportation represents a multi-billion dollar industry largely responsible for connecting consumers with the food, clothing, and goods Americans use every day.  In an industry where efficiency can mean the difference between success and failure, transportation providers depend on GPS tracking systems for effective fleet management. Below, we’ve outlined some of the ways tracking devices and GPS tracking software help transportation providers remain on the move.

Safety First

Perhaps one of the most costly components of the transportation industry, accidents and increasing insurance costs can take a big bite out of profits for any provider.   Fleet management with GPS tracking software allows dispatchers to monitor drivers for exhaustion and excessive speed.  In addition to protecting drivers, GPS trackers help transportation providers minimize accidents and, as a result, unnecessary insurance claims.

Customer Satisfaction

In a digital world, customers expect on-demand updates in just about every area of their lives from work to play. With GPS tracking software, transportation providers are able to provide to- the-minute updates for their customers, including estimated arrival times, possible delays, and more.

Fuel Savings

For a transportation providers, rising fuel costs represent a serious threat to profitability, and minimizing fuel consumption is paramount to success.  Tracking devices, and GPS tracking software give transportation providers the edge they need to get ahead of fuel costs, including monitoring driving habits and idle time, and establishing more efficient routes of travel.

GPS tracking for business

In today’s very competitive marketplace, the ability to operate efficiently can make a significant difference in any business’s ability to be successful.  As one of the most effective business tools available, GPS tracking software provides business owners added efficiency in a number ways.

Their Time Equals Your Money

The more your business can achieve in fewer hours, the more profitable and competitive it will be.  With GPS tracking software, dispatchers can easily save time and dollars by having the ability to see where every vehicle in your fleet is at any time—speeding up response times, and optimizing travel routes. Especially for service providers, the ability to make more calls in less time can greatly improve the productivity level of every work day.

Reporting Made Easy

GPS tracking software offers automated reporting options to both speed the pace of business and help you analyze where your money is going.  These reporting options include mileage tracking, monitoring idle time, and route playback.

Asset Protection

As mentioned in our previous post on GPS tracking for loss prevention, GPS tracking devices can greatly improve the chances of recovering stolen property without damage.   The devices, used with GPS tracking software, allow business owners to see the location of their assets, and notify authorities.

 

GPS Tracking Bracelet

The New Jersey Herald reports that Sussex County authorities are testing the use of GPS tracking ankle bracelets on screened non-violent offenders in an early release program as an effort to reduce costs such as housing and medical care for inmates.  According to the article, a second inmate is soon to be released on the program.  Using GPS tracking software authorities can monitor participants who are confined to their homes and immediate areas.  Authorities are testing the GPS tracking program in hopes that it will reduce the cost of housing inmates and providing medical care.

Source:  http://www.njherald.com/story/22020533/inmates-sent-home-in-test-of-ankle-gps