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GPS tracking software school bus

A New Mexico school district is investigating a claim made by a parent that a district school bus was speeding when it passed her on a local highway.  School district officials said all buses in the district have GPS tracking devices installed, and with the use of GPS tracking software it is possible to pinpoint the speed and location of any bus at any time.   While the district did not disclose what details were revealed via GPS tracking, they cited that the speeding bus incident will be handled internally as a personnel matter.  GPS tracking software also has been used in the past to protect drivers from false accusations.

 

Source:

http://krqe.com/2015/04/16/gps-used-to-investigate-speeding-school-bus-claim/

 

GPS tracking pill bottles

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.

 

If  you’ve read many posts on this blog, we often post about the benefits of GPS ankle bracelets for people at risk for wandering away or becoming the victim of exploitation or violence.  Here’s a great story about how a GPS tracking wrist bracelet aided authorities in locating a mentally disabled man who had wondered away from home.

As a part of Project Lifesaver, a program launched by the Sarasota Police Department several years ago, the disabled man is one of 75 people considered at risk for wandering provided with GPS tracking bracelets.  Participants include adults with dementia and other disabilities as well as children with autism and Down’s Syndrome.

The rescued man was safely recovered near Caspersen Beach, approximately two miles from his home.  Authorities partially credit the use of the GPS tracking device for saving the man’s life, as it allowed them to locate him before the tide came in, which the man likely would not have survived.

 

gps tracking real estate signs

A Colorado real estate agent puzzled by missing signs now has an answer.  Every week, the realtor placed signs in a specific location and would return for them a few days later.  Each time, one or more of the real estate signs was missing.  First, opting for a video camera, the agent discovered that his signs were being plucked from the ground by a passerby driving through.

Then, taking things a step further, the agent placed more signs in the same location and equipped one with a GPS tracking system.  Using GPS tracking software, the tracking device was set to alert the agent when it sensed movement.   Within days, the tracker alerted the agent and he was able to trace the location of the GPS-equipped sign to a competitor’s garage.  The competitor claims he was only moving the sign from a location where it didn’t belong and did nothing wrong.  Charges are pending.

http://www.9news.com/news/article/367126/339/Realtor-uses-GPS-to-track-disappearing-signs

 

Bumblebee on Dandelion Flower

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.

 

 

gps tracking golf

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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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.

Source: http://www.mlive.com/news/grand-rapids/index.ssf/2013/07/gps_tracker_leads_to_prison_ti.html

 

GPS Tracking Software Dashboard

A recent report by the Arizona Daily Star indicates that caregivers are increasingly using technology such as GPS tracking software in caring for elderly loved ones, especially Alzheimer’s patients.

With GPS tracking software and a tracking device, caregivers can receive scheduled location updates at specific intervals for the person he or she is caring for. In addition to the convenience of receiving regular location information, the GPS tracking software provides an added safety measure for emergencies, allowing caregivers to quickly and  easily pinpoint the location of their loved one if they are lost.

The article mentions other forms of technology useful for caregivers, including medication reminder cell phone apps, and caregiver tips via text message.

Source:  http://azstarnet.com/news/patients-can-be-tracked-using-gps-devices-apps-monitor-medication/article_ca5c0035-c2df-5deb-8480-547baa9489ee.html