GPS tracking news

GPS trackers have changed the way people stay safe and keep track of loved ones. There are many ways to use them, so their popularity has increased in recent years. However, some people are skeptical about their uses and if they really keep people safer. Keep reading this article to find out the answer.

Photo by magnezis magnestic on Unsplash

Photo by magnezis magnestic on Unsplash

Do GPS Trackers Keep People Safe?

If you are asking if GPS trackers keep people safe, the answer is yes — and no. This is because, no matter how hard you try or how much you track someone, accidents do happen. You never know what could happen, but GPS trackers can help you do your best to keep your loved ones safe and secure. You will know where they are and can help them if they are in trouble or in an accident. But you still need to take precautions when using them with your kids, the elderly, and yourself to avoid anything from happening. For example, giving your kids GPS trackers for when they ride the bus home and are alone in the house is a great way to keep them safe. But you still need to warn them to pay attention to their surroundings, to not talk to strangers, and to not let anyone in the house besides certain people you can trust.

How GPS Trackers Keep People Safe

While it is true that accidents happen, GPS trackers can help you avoid getting into some dangerous scenarios. Some of the best ways these devices can help to keep people safe are below:

  • Know where to send help: If your child, spouse, or another family member gets into an accident or into trouble, you can know where they are. This means that you can advise the police and direct an ambulance of where they need to go.
  • Track kids if you lose them in a crowd: If you are at an amusement park or some big event, it is easy to lose sight of your kids. You can make sure they are safe by calling them or checking the location of the GPS trackers.

While GPS trackers can help you stay safe, you still need to take precautions when using them. They can be very helpful in crisis situations and in times of distress. No matter how chaotic your life is, GPS trackers can help you to stay safe.


As you know, we’re always scouring the Web for interesting GPS tracking news.  Here’s what we’re reporting for June 2016:

Indiana Detention Center Considering Reduction in Jail Overcrowding with GPS Trackers for Inmates


GPS tracking jail overcrowding

Vanderburgh County, Indiana is looking at GPS tracking options, and the transfer of some inmates to other jails to reduce over crowding in its own facilities.  Eligibility for the GPS tracking program will be determined by a judge if implemented.



GPS Tracking Reveals San Andreas Fault Activity

GPS tracking earthquakes

GPS technology has recently revealed some activity along the  San Andreas Fault in California.  The earth on each side of the fault has been found to be moving a few millimeters a year. While this movement was something scientists had predicted for some time, they had been unable to detect a particular pattern due to “noise” or interference in the feedback they were receiving.  A new GPS technology has helped eliminate the “noise” for a more clear understanding of tectonic movement, particularly the vertical movement around the San Andreas Fault.



China Moving Toward Its Own GPS Tracking 

China GPS Tracking


On June 12, 2016, China launched the 23rd GPS tracking satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System–China’s network of its own GPS tracking satellites. The BeiDou Satellite System has been regionally available for some time, but the Chinese government has recently been ramping up efforts toward a globally operational system similar to the global systems in place within the United States and Russia.  India and Japan are in progress on similar efforts.



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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GPS tracking school busSouth Bend, Indiana schools have taken a major step forward in making their school bus system more user-friendly.  With the addition of GPS tracking devices and a mobile phone app called “My Stop”, parents can now track their child’s bus from the time it leaves the lot in the morning, when it is nearing their child’s stop, and even when it has safely delivered their children to school.

School officials report that the new GPS tracking program has reduced the number of phone calls regarding bus arrival times.  Parents appreciate the program as it allows them to send their child to the bus stop just before the bus arrives, reducing the amount of time the child has to spend in the cold and reducing the amount of time the child is vulnerable to other risks.

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Here are two of the latest GPS tracking news updates we’ve found around the Web today:


GPS smart watch


Just when Samsung is making James Bond-ish watches popular again, AT&T has announced it will release a GPS tracking equipped smartwatch for kids which will use geo-fencing to alert parents when a child leaves his or her predetermined safe zone, and will enable parents to see their child’s location at any time provided the child is wearing the tracker. Known as the FiLIP, the GPS tracking device for kids is also capable of voice communication with up to 5 numbers which are preprogrammed by parents.  There’s also a panic button that, when pressed for 3 seconds, will cause the device to begin dialing contact numbers.


gps tracking china


China to Use GPS Tracking on Government Cars

In an effort to curb abuse by public officials, China will begin installing GPS tracking devices on thousands of government vehicles.  The move comes partly in response to criticism for supposed widespread corruption and flamboyant lifestyles among government officials.   Guangzhou, a city in southern China, took on a similar project for fleet tracking of government vehicles in 2011.  The city now reports that it saves more than $6 million dollars per year due to the GPS tracking systems.



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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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TrackingTheWorld recently announced the continued availability of private label websites for the company’s GPS tracking software.  With a private label website, provided upon the purchase of a software license, resellers have the ability to offer their own customers subscription-based GPS tracking services under their own company name.

“Our GPS tracking software is a great option for those interested in starting their own GPS tracking business, and generating monthly recurring income,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld.

The private label websites offer a platform from which the site owner manages his or her own customer accounts.  TrackingTheWorld’s software purchase agreement allows resellers to set monthly subscription rates for their customers.

GPS tracking devices are increasingly common among businesses, often for the purpose of vehicle tracking and fleet management, and among law enforcement agencies for covert tracking operations.  According to some estimates, the GPS tracking market is projected to grow up to 40-percent, reaching the $1-billion mark by 2017.   Some software resellers choose to market to a specific niche, while others choose to sell to the general public, or both.

GPS tracking software is recognized as effective business tool for increasing productivity and efficiency through applications such as employee monitoring and safety, conserving fuel, and mileage tracking, making it a cost effective choice for business owners.

TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software is exclusively designed to work with the company’s own GPS tracking devices.  Licensed software resellers receive best pricing on TrackingTheWorld GPS tracking equipment.

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Enduro Ankle Case

According to a recent CBS news report, a California senate bill, SB57, requires sex offenders who remove or tamper with their GPS tracking devices to spend a mandatory 6-months in jail.  The bill comes in response to the increase in monitoring of the state’s offenders via GPS  due to a law passed two years ago to relieve prison overpopulation, which was designed to send offenders to jail instead of prison.  But, due to overcrowding in jails as well, some offenders spend little or no time behind bars, and instead are released to home and monitored via GPS tracking bracelets.

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GPS tracking handcuffs

Here’s another bit of GPS tracking news…after police suspected a pair of Michigan men of breaking into homes and stealing valuables, they obtained a search warrant to place a covert tracking device on the suspect vehicle.  Some time later, the vehicle was determined to have been at another home which had also been burglarized.  Utilizing the vehicle tracking device and GPS tracking software, authorities were able to apprehend the suspects (after one fled), who later confessed to a string of burglaries.  Both men have since been sentenced to prison.




Scientists may soon be using GPS tracking technology to monitor and track hurricanes, according to a recent report published in Radio Journal.   By utilizing a GPS tracking receiver in hurricane hunter aircrafts to measure disruptions in the sea and then comparing the data to that which is received from GPS tracking satellites, scientists can determine the strength of a storm, including wind speeds accurate within 11 mph.  Using GPS tracking systems to track hurricanes may also be more cost effective than dropsondes, tubes containing scientific measuring devices dropped from planes directly into hurricanes, which cost more than $700 dollars each.  However, GPS tracking for hurricanes is only effective for hurricanes at sea, not those which have already made landfall, and is somewhat less accurate than current methods.