GPS

Sapcorda Plans Centimeter-Scale GPS for Europe (August 15, 2017)

Germany’s Bosch and Geo++, U-blox of Switzerland, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of Sapcorda Services last Tuesday, a joint venture to provide global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning services of centimeter-level accuracy via satellite transmission, mobile cellular technology, and the Internet.

Source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/aerospace/satellites/fourway-japaneurope-joint-venture-aims-to-establish-industry-open-standard-for-precision-global-navigation-satellite-system-services

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This expedition is trying to find out if the tallest mountain in the world shrank (January 26, 2017)

This week, India’s surveyor general announced that the government is going to re-measure Mount Everest, in a bid to determine whether the world’s tallest peak shrank (or grew) following a devastating earthquake in 2015.

A team of 30 scientists will use two methods to measure the mountain. The first involves placing a GPS transistor at its summit to measure the distance from sea level; the second involves more traditional on-the-ground triangulation, whereby researchers would determine the distance to the summit based on its angle relative to two baseline points.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/26/14400226/mount-everest-height-survey-nepal-earthquake-shrink-remeasure

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Implications of BeiDou explored in US congressional report (January 25, 2017)

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued a staff report titled “China’s Alternative to GPS and Its Implications for the United States.”

The report examines the objectives behind Beijing’s decision to develop the system as an alternative to GPS, its efforts to build an industry around the system, and the effects this might have in security, economic and diplomatic terms for the U.S.

Source: http://gpsworld.com/implications-of-beidou-explored-in-us-congressional-report/

Additional info on BeiDou: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeiDou_Navigation_Satellite_System

Additional info on the different GPS systems: https://www.liveviewgps.com/blog/gps-main-competitors-galileo-beidou-glonass/

motorcycletrackers

  • In this modern age, traditional locks and security measures are simply not enough to protect
    your motorcycle. And that is why it is good to have a GPS tracker. Because when all else fails,
    you still want to be able to get your motorcycle back. To understand why traditional security is
    not enough, we need to understand why it fails, how criminals attack your motorcycle’s security,
    and what to look for in a GPS tracker. Once we understand those elements, you will know why
    every motorcycle owner should use a GPS tracker.
    Lift Off
    In times of desperation, or when you find yourself unprepared, your motorcycle has to go
    without a lock. This may be a result of the lock not being in the gear bag, an unforeseen issue
    with the lock, nothing sturdy to chain the bike too, etc. Needless to say, there will be times
    where your motorcycle is receiving less than perfect protection. Without a solid anchor point,
    motorcycle criminals won’t have touch any part of your security. Even with disk brake locks,
    criminals can still get away with your ride.
    This is because, the motorcycle can be lifted into the bed of a truck, or the back of a van. This
    attack is usually done with a team, where the bike is lifted so that it rolls on the wheel without a
    lock on the disk brake onto a ramp. However, in some cases, the team will lift the motorcycle
    unto a dolly of some kind, or even just lift it straight into their vehicle. Only a GPS tracker is
    effective in these cases. The tracker will always be there. Once it is installed, it is protecting your
    motorcycle no matter the situation. With no way to forget this means of protection, your bike
    always has a way of being found.
    Locks Aren’t Enough
    A lock is not enough to protect your bike. As we learned above, a lock on your disk brake is not
    going to do much in the way of protecting your motorcycle, but every lock has weaknesses. Of
    course, all motorcycles should use high-quality locks and even chains, but this alone is not
    enough. Even the best locks and the strongest chains can be cut with an angle grinder. Most
    can be cut in under a minute. Though this type of attack may be noisy and attract attention, an
    experienced thief knows how fast they can get away.
    Once the locks, chains, etc. come off, your motorcycle has no security. That is unless you use a
    GPS tracker. No matter how much someone wants your motorcycle, once they steal it, you will
    have a way of getting it back. Where most security focuses on keeping you from losing what you
    have, a GPS does the work of getting it back. The security offers peace of mind, and the
    resources to ensure that a criminal never truly steals your ride.
    Simple Ignition Cylinders
  • On most vintage motorcycles, and even many of the contemporary models, there is an issue
    with the simplicity of the vehicle’s ignition cylinder. Without a transponder chip in the key, and a
    transceiver in the cylinder, a motorcycle is very easy to start. There are products like tryout keys
    which will turn in many ignitions as if they were the actual key. These “skeleton keys” are very
    easy to purchase, and allow a criminal to ride away on your motorcycle.
    Even if you were to get an auto locksmith to replace your ignition cylinder, there are still ways to
    circumvent the cylinder and hot wire the bike. The steering lock is simple enough to break on
    most motorcycles, and then the thief is free to take off. It would be a better to install a GPS
    tracker on the bike, so that no matter where the criminal ends up, the police can find the
    motorcycle.
    What You Need in a Motorcycle GPS Tracker
    Firstly, you need a product that is built with motorcycle GPS tracking in mind. This means the
    product should be waterproof so that weathering during use and unforeseen storage issues do
    not leave you with a malfunctioning or broken tracker. You are also looking for a GPS tracker
    with superior receiver sensitivity, as fast Time To First Fix (TTFF) is crucial for security.
    The TTFF is the measurement of how long it takes before the GPS receiver can locate a signal
    and navigation data from a satellite. The faster the TTFF, the quicker you will know the
    calculated “position solution” (aka Fix). Once your motorcycle GPS tracker finds the “Fix” it will
    need a way of being monitored. Monitoring is left up to the individual’s needs, based on their
    perceived security risks, but it is good to have the option between real-time and periodic
    monitoring.
    Conclusion
    Using GPS technology to protect your motorcycle is really the only way to get proper peace of
    mind. With third party devices, a criminal will not think to check for this security. That means all
    of their preparation still won’t allow them to get away. As it is so hard to properly safeguard a
    motorcycle reliably and in every situation, take the necessary precautions to assure that you can
    always know where your vehicle is

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Holiday season officially starts tomorrow (Thursday 11/24) with Thanksgiving.

TTW family sends you blessings for a joyful holiday with family and friends.

God Bless you and your families through out this holiday season.

Thank you for everything we could not have done it without you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

gps-ocx

DoD Certifies GPS OCX Program to Congress

The Air Force next generation operational control system, known as OCX, recently breach the limit for cost over-run. Thanks to early engagement with Raytheon (OCX contractor) to resolve the program issues, the program recently received certification to continue its activities. The program capability supports military forces, civil, commercial and scientific uses. However, the future of OCX program still depends on Ratheon’s ability to deliver needed capabilities to Air Force at acceptable cost and within acceptable time.

Source: http://gpsworld.com/dod-certifies-gps-ocx-program-to-congress/

Additional info on OCX: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/gps_ocx/

 

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Memphis Police Using GPS Tracking to Fight Domestic Violence

Memphis is in investing $900-thousand dollars in the fight against domestic violence. The funds will be used to purchase around 800 tracking devices to help the police track offenders and protect would-be or former victims. With around 18-percent of the city’s murders attributed to domestic violence, the hope is that the use of GPS tracking devices will reduce the overall number of homicides in the city.

Source: http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/mpd-using-gps-tracking-for-domestic-violence-offenders

 

GPS Tracking Reveals Seagull Habits

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We’re always looking for unusual and creative use of GPS tracking devices, and happened across this.  A British study utilized GPS trackers and GPS tracking software to monitor the movement of seagulls in St. Ives resort.  What’s interesting is that the results showed that all 4 seagulls tracked had very different habits– with some flying out to sea, and others foraging for food on nearby farmland.  The tracking devices tracked the seagulls for a combined total of more than 20,000 miles.

Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/14/gps-tags-reveal-the-secret-life-of-urban-seagulls

 

Air Force Fixes Control System for GPS III

 

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Next year, and the launch of the first of more than 30 GPS III satellites marks the beginning of GPS III.  The new satellites boast increased security and better tracking. Perhaps one of the most impressive features is “spot beaming”, a way of creating a localized area of increased power for military use.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/air-force-fixes-faltering-control-system-leap-ahead-gps-iii-16940

 

 

GPS software HVAC

The HVAC industry has been growing by leaps and bounds, but not without its challenges. Running an HVAC company requires dedication and commitment, along with training and expertise. The owners of such companies much wear many hats and perform many tasks, from keeping track of the trucks on the road to fielding calls from happy (and unhappy) customers.

That is why so many HVAC company owners have been installing GPS tracking systems and seeing the benefits firsthand.

One of the biggest benefits of GPS tracking software for the HVAC industry is the ability to manage an entire fleet and an entire workforce from afar -without having to go out on jobs or become a micromanager. The ability to manage a workforce and vehicle fleet remotely frees the owners and managers up for more important tasks and allows them to serve the customer better.

In fact, GPS tracking software can actually improve customer service, so it may be able to help with disgruntled customers. If a truck is late getting to a job, the owner can tell exactly where it is and reassure the customer that help is on the way.

In addition to all these benefits, GPS tracking software can help in another important way. Theft is always a problem for owners of HVAC equipment – all that expensive equipment and valuable materials are tempting targets for thieves, especially when the trucks are parked and unattended.

Installing GPS tracking technology in each truck makes it easier for the police to track a stolen vehicle and recover the expensive tools and materials. This benefit alone could more than pay for the cost of installing the tracking technology and software.

With so many benefits, it is easy to see why so many HVAC company owners are upgrading their fleets with GPS tracking technology and software. From improved security and better time management to superior customer service and reporting capabilities, GPS software provides a number of valuable benefits to the HVAC industry.

 

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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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GPS tracking law enforcement

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.

Source:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/andygreenberg/2014/01/09/cell-phones-let-cops-track-people-for-a-thousandth-of-the-price-study-finds/

Visit www.trackingtheworld.com for more information on professional grade GPS tracking systems.

 

 

GPS tracking orbit

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:

http://www.motherjones.com/mixed-media/2014/04/you-are-here-book-hiawatha-bray-gps-navigation

 

gps tracking software traffic jam

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.

Source: http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-cellphone-court-20140228,0,3881509.story#axzz2uejZggdq

 

 

GPS tracking firemen

In the aftermath of the tragic deaths of 19 Arizona firefighters, the Florida Forest Service is outfitting its firefighters on the frontlines with GPS tracking systems.  Using GPS tracking software, supervisors will know the location of each firefighter at any time, and be able to reach them more quickly in the event of an emergency.

The new GPS tracking program is being implemented in hopes of increasing the safety of those closest to potentially deadly blazes, including those using bulldozers to push back fire lines.   According to the forest service, the program is possibly the first of its kind for firefighters.  The GPS tracking program does not require cell phone or Internet service, but rather relies on “packets” of electronic information sent to supervisors’ laptops provided they are within a two mile range of the GPS tracking device.

Source: http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2014-01-01/news/os-wildfire-tracker-system-20140101_1_florida-forest-service-yarnell-hill-fire-north-florida