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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

 

Here are the latest bits of GPS tracking news we’ve found around the Web this week.

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A vehicle linked to country music star, Wynonna  Judd, was discovered to have been outfitted with a GPS tracking device.  The device was discovered by a muffler shop and removed by police.   Here’s the original story: http://tasteofcountry.com/gps-tracking-device-wynonna-judd/.

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Robertson County, TN school may soon be getting GPS tracking software for school buses to monitor bus location and driving behavior of bus drivers.  After approved by the school board, the he project is now under consideration by county officials.  Source:  http://www.tennessean.com/viewart/20131113/ROBERTSON01/311130067/Buses-may-get-GPS-tracking

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Wildlife biologists in Montana have successfully used GPS tracking devices (collars) to track the location of elk in the off season and were surprised to find that the three cow elk tracked moved more than 60 air miles from where they’re usually seen during the hunting season.  Source: http://www.dailyinterlake.com/news/local_montana/article_e58bb456-4cd9-11e3-a2a7-001a4bcf887a.html

 

OBD GPS tracker

Our latest release, the World Tracker OBD GPS device for vehicle tracking is designed to plug in to the OBD diagnostic port of any vehicle, offering a quick and reliable option in GPS tracking systems.Easily installed in minutes, the tracking device requires a data SIM card for operation, and is equipped with a motion detection sensor to conserve power when the vehicle is not moving.

The GPS tracking device features G-force monitoring for harsh driving detection, real time GPS tracking, GPRS communication modes by UDP or TCP, longitude and latitude location, GSM mobile control, and compatibility with any GSM carrier.  The device offers a hot start time of less than one second.

The WT-OBD is compatible with any GPS tracking software, including TrackingTheWorld software which allows users to monitor the tracker’s location, set virtual boundaries known as geo-fences, and create customized reports.  TrackingTheWorld GPS tracking software also supports JPG and shapefiles.

Read more about the WorldTracker OBD.

To order, call 650-692-8100 or email sales@trackingtheworld.com.

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GPS tracking policeFlorida and Iowa police departments are testing  GPS tracking devices which enable them to fire  sticky GPS “darts” at fleeing vehicles in hopes of cutting off dangerous, high-speed pursuits to increase both public and officer safety.  Using a firing mechanism installed in the front of the police cruiser, officers can deploy the GPS tracking devices from the inside of their cars.  The deployed GPS darts are designed to stick to fleeing vehicles allowing police to track them from a safe distance using GPS tracking software.  Here’s another post on GPS tracking for law enforcement.

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Article Source:  http://news.cnet.com/8301-17852_3-57609416-71/police-firing-gps-tracking-bullets-at-cars-during-chases/

 

 

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

 

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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.

 

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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.

Source: http://www.voanews.com/content/reu-china-to-install-gps-in-government-cars-to-track-misuse/1767568.html

 

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In the aftermath of a recent fatal accident and numerous close calls, Italy’s famed gondolas will begin using GPS tracking systems to help manage water traffic and prevent injuries.  The addition of GPS tracking devices will affect approximately 5,000 vessels, including water taxis.  Other changes will include a requirement for vessels to be equipped with identifying plates on their exteriors, a reduction in overall traffic, and restricted travel times in the early morning when larger crafts such as barges are at work. CCTV cameras have also been added to some canals.   Venice receives more than 60,000 tourists per day during the summer months.

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Here are excerpts from our latest press release announcing the continued availability of profit sharing opportunities for TrackingTheWorld’s U.S. based distributors.

“Our revenue sharing option gives our distributors the ability to generate monthly recurring income based on the number of GPS tracking software subscriptions they sell to their customers,” said Gilbert Walz, CEO of TrackingTheWorld.

TrackingTheWorld’s GPS distributor program allows dealers to purchase GPS tracking devices at discounted prices.  “Our distributors receive the lowest prices available, and choose their own resale prices,” said Walz.  No cash investment is required for the distributor program, and drop shipping options are available.   TrackingTheWorld is accepting new distributor applications online at http://www.trackingtheworld.com/distributorApplicationForm/index.php.

TrackingTheWorld also offers white label GPS tracking software for entrepreneurs interested in starting their own GPS tracking businesses.   The software licensing option gives buyers access to a private software server which enables them to register their own customers and set monthly subscription rates under their own business name.

“The GPS tracking industry continues to grow rapidly, and businesses are using it more every day.  Our software reseller option offers an excellent opportunity for entering that market,” said Walz.

For more information, visit www.trackingtheworld.com or call 650-692-8100.

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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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Where did you come from and where are you going?  That’s what Napa County officials want to know, and why they plan to use GPS tracking data to analyze the area’s traffic patterns in hopes of improving congested traffic areas. According to a recent report, the GPS tracking information will be obtained through a private firm specializing in collecting anonymous GPS cell phone data. The study will also utilize photographic images of license plates, and corresponding home addresses which will be obtained through the BMV.  Additional components of the study will include traffic counters at the entrances of area wineries, a major tourist attraction in the area, and surveys distributed through the public school system.

Learn more about TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking devices.