A bill proposing a pilot GPS tracking program for state vehicles is moving through the Michigan state legislature. If approved, the bill would approve a pilot program for approximately a hundred of the state’s vehicles. If the pilot program were proven to be successful, GPS tracking could then be installed on all state vehicles at an approximate annual cost ranging from $500K to over $1M. The bill was drafted in part due to suspected misuse of state time, vehicles, and resources, including one case where state time and vehicle privileges were abuse on 84 occasions. If enacted, officials expect the vehicle tracking devices and GPS tracking software to save fuel, eliminate mileage reporting, and assist in monitoring employees.
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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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Yesterday, the New York Daily News reported that New York’s top court has decided in favor of limited GPS tracking government employees. But the decision to allow some use of tracking devices, related to a 2008 misconduct case against a Labor Department official, didn’t come without clarification of what the court considers to be overstepping employee privacy. Drawing a fine line between acceptable and excessive, the court ruled that while the government can utilize vehicle tracking during hours they claim to be working, after hours and vacation time are off limits. With the court citing that employees have a “reasonable expectation” of privacy, and that government employers should exhaust other options before resorting to GPS tracking, the decision is considered significant in it’s challenge to the government’s previous stance that around-the-clock GPS tracking was acceptable. Tell us what you think about this decision!
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GPS tracking systems can be unexplored territory for those who are just getting started in the GPS tracking business, or those who have just purchased a GPS tracker. We’ve posted the three following links as objective sources of GPS tracking information for those who may need it.
Vehicle Tracking: Here’s a wiki article on vehicle tracking. It explains the difference between active GPS trackers, passive GPS trackers, and explains AVL technology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_tracking_system
GPS Tracking Overview: Here’s an eHow article on the basics of GPS tracking and GPS tracking systems. Simply written, and easy to understand, this GPS tracking informational piece is a good starting point for information on GPS tracking systems.
Global Positioning Systems–GPS: Here’s another wiki article which provides a quick overview of GPS tracking, its history and connection to the Defense Department, along with the many uses for GPS trackers and GPS tracking technology. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Positioning_System
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The use of GPS tracking for city bus systems is certainly on the rise. City bus users in St. Albert in Alberta, Canada now have the ability to monitor their city buses in real time via any electronic device with access to the Internet. The vehicle tracking technology allows users to view the location of their bus on a map through GPS tracking devices installed on every bus in the fleet.
The new GPS tracking system is designed to prevent long wait times, making the public transit system more friendly, and ultimately increase the number of patrons choosing to use public transportation. Considering the popularity of smart phones, it estimated that nearly half of bus patrons will take advantage of the new real-time GPS tracking system.
The cost of adding customer-accessed real-time GPS tracking capabilities to the buses’ existing GPS tracking devices was approximately $100,000. St. Albert is the sixth municipality in Canada to offer customers real time GPS tracking for a public transportation system.
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Want to know exactly when, where, and how fast your teenage son or daughter is driving the family car? With the safety of your child in the balance as well as the financial liability of having a teenager behind the wheel, this information could prove to be priceless for the safety and security of your family.
Many parents now use GPS tracking devices to monitor the driving speeds and location of their teenagers. These GPS tracking devices are small, relatively inexpensive, and easy to install and operate. With a GPS tracker and your smart phone or laptop computer, you’ll have the ability to access real-time, detailed analysis of speed, location, and historical data, and receive instant alerts on deviation from specified routes, and crossing a specified perimeter.
The value of tracking your teenage driver via GPS is immeasurable. With all the parental concerns that come with new drivers, knowing where they are and how they are driving is a sensible and smart parenting decision.
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