GPS Tracking Technology: Reshaping The World
“National Borders are not even speed bumps on the information super highway.”—T. May
GPS tracker technology has allowed businesses to oversee fleet management and employee driving activity, law enforcement agencies accuratley and covertly conduct detailed surveillance, families monitor the driving behaviors of a teen or senior and much, much more. Here is where you will find the latest information on how GPS trackers are being used by different people across the globe every single day!
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GPS Tracking Data Of Spraying Results In Website Crash
GPS tracking devices are frequently used by cities all throughout the country, and even more frequently that data is being shared with the public to help keep people informed. Unfortunately, sometimes public demand for GPS tracking data can be overwhelming. This is what the city of Fort Collins discovered when it publicly shared on its website where insecticide spray trucks would be used to combat mosquitos in the area.
The city of Fort Collins felt that the public would benefit from knowing where trucks spraying insecticide where located at all times and what areas the city vehicles already had been. Therefore, they set up a page on the city website dedicated to sharing the real-time GPS tracking data. However, the demand from the public was so great that online traffic spiked resulting in the website crashing.
Clearly, the citizens of Fort Collins and surrounding areas desire to know where insecticide spraying trucks are performing work duties, but the city does not believe it will now be able to share the real-time GPS tracking data. This is because recent stress tests performed on the city website indicated that it will continue to be vulnerable to intense spikes in web traffic.
Officials working for the Fort Collins insecticide program stated that with temperatures in the area expected to fall below 50 degrees in the next couple days that spraying may be on hold in some county-designated zones.
Insecticide sprays are commonly used in areas where mosquito populations are high to reduce the liklihood of diseases such as West Nile from spreading to the public.
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Plug & Play Real-Time Tracking
By far the most popular form of GPS tracking devices are those that offer real-time tracking capabilities. We live in a inter-connected society where efficiency and information need to be as fast as technologically possible, as now tracker can provide information more quickly than one that operates in real-time. The only challenge for those seeking a real-time GPS is finding one that can report accurately, easily connect to a automobile and pull power directly from the 12-volt system of the target vehicle. Thankfully, GPS systems such as the Sync are offering such a solution with their innovative design that allows users to connect the tracker to the on board diagnostic port (OBD) of almost any automobile.
OBD II Port On Vehicles
Automobiles and light trucks that were manufactured at the beginning of 1996 up until today were mandated to be engineered with an OBD II port. This connector port is a 16-pin design that is required to be within 36 inches of the driver, and not require any special tools in order for the connector to be revealed. People unsure if their vehicle is equipped with an OBD II port can look under the good for a sticker that will say "OBD II compliant" or simply scan the area near the driver'a side of the vehicle for the connector. Here is a breakdown of the function of some of the most utilized connector pins of the OBD II Port:
- Pin Number 2 - J1850 Bus+
- Pin Number 4 - Chassis Ground
- Pin Number 5 - Signal Ground
- Pin Number 6 - CAN High (J-2284)
- Pin Number 7 - ISO 9141-2 K Line
- Pin Number 10 - J1850 Bus
- Pin Number 14 - CAN Low (J-2284)
- Pin Number 15 - ISO 9141-2 L Line
- Pin Number 16 - Battery Power
GPS Tracking With OBD Power
Sync Fleet Tracking Devices call upon the latest in real-time tracking technology to provide the most cost-effective and reliable monitoring solutions on the market. What this GPS tracker does is offer a simple plug and play method of monitoring a vehicle in real-time. Sync connects right into the OBD II port, pulling power straight from the car battery. Without making any noise or having lights illuminate, Sync will provide diagnostic information on the vehicle while also providing real-time locational updates to users. The data is accessed remotely and stored for life on secure computer servers.
GPS devices for OBD II ports such as the Sync are wonderful tracking tools because they not only provide real-time tracking information, but also vehicle diagnostic data. Another advantage of connecting straight to the OBD II port is that users do not have to pay the high costs associated with GPS installation, making GPS trackers such as the Sync one of the most useful vehicle tracking solutions the industry has available for consumer purchase.
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Monitoring Equipment With GPS Trackers
Businesses that focus on construction and building frequently call upon technical modern marvels in order for them to create houses, bridges or any number of structures. This equipment is utilized where simple man power falls short, allowing a project to get complete is the safest and most time-efficient window possible. Bull dozers, fork lifts and skip steers are the names of these marvels that provide the heavy assistance, but it is something much smaller that is protecting skip steers and other machinery from the rising problem of theft.
The miniature devices that are being used to safeguard skip steers are portable units known as GPS tracking devices. What these portable GPS trackers do is offer companies that utilize heavy machinery a way to get real-time updates on where their equipment is located and how the equipment is being used. The GPS tracker devices offer both portability and hard-wiring option, can send out notifications if equipment is moved without authorization, document how employees are using heavy equipment and essentially offer what many law enforcement agencies describe as one of the best asset protection solutions on the market today.
"Investing in SilverCloud GPS hardware was a no brainer for my contracting business because it let me check on workers while also helping us against theft", a small business contractor based in Huntsville, Alabama stated. "Our company has had concerns over some employees falsifying time sheets and we also had a skip steer loader stolen so we were more than anxious to get GPS going."
Tracking Skip Steers
Real-time GPS trackers can provide live locational data, driving records, mileage, vehicle speed information and safe zone boundaries all with the easy click of a mouse. Many of these sophisticated tracking devices even offer a web-based monitoring platform so users don't need to download any software. This is a useful feature because it can give business owners and asset managers the ability to access information on their equipment from any location! This is because the GPS tracking data can be reviewed on any system that has an Internet connection, including mobile devices!
Skip steer portable tracking devices provide detailed reporting information and most importantly the ability to stay connected to such valuable assets/property.
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GPS Tracker Catches Bike Thieves
After a sharp rise in reports of bicycle theft in the Denver region a local news team decided to get involved. The goal of the television report was to show firsthand how easy it was for bike thieves to target and steal bicycles only protected by weak cable locks. The local news team devised a plan to equip a bicycle with a GPS tracker, place the bicycle in an area where crime rates were above normal, lock the bicycle to a bike rack using a simple cable lock and then see what unfolded.
About The GPS Tracker Device Used
The asset tracker used during the news team investigation was camouflaged in the bike light located in the rear reflector. The asset tracker was a real-time monitoring system that uploaded positional information every 30 seconds that could be accessed online. The GPS tracker device was even programmed to send out an alert via SMS message the moment the bike was moved. This way if a thief cut the cable locks and stole the bike the news team would be alerted immediately.
The bicycle used by the news team was a mountain bike designed by Huffy and valued less than $100.
The first location the news team locked the bike up was at a Denver Library located downtown, and it didn't take even two days before the GPS tracking system transmitted an alert indicating the bicycle was stolen. The tracking data led the news team to two men who claimed they simply found the bicycle and had the intention of notifying authorities about the lost bike. However, video surveillance footage captured from a camera system at the library showed the two men pulling on the bicycle as it was set to the bike rack and eventually cutting the security cable locks and running off with the bicycle. A Denver police detective took all of the evidence from the GPS asset tracker and video information and stated he would review the data to determine if charges would be pressed against the two men involved with the bicycle theft.
Ryan Steele, a Denver area resident, understands all too well the problem with bike theft in down town Denver. This is because he was the victim of bike theft when his chained up bicycle valued over $8,000 was taken by thieves. Steele told the news team he was "shocked" when his bicycle was stolen because he felt proper security measures were taken when he used cable locks to secure his bicycle to a bike rack. Unfortunately, he underestimated the perseverance of thieves seeking to make a quick dollar flipping stolen goods.
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Safety Zones Assist Senior Citizens
Senior care is a serious concern for families all across America. This is because as Americans age they require access to affordable prescription drugs, doctor visits and housing. However, those health care challenges only increase when a senior citizen is diagnosed with a serious degenerative illness such as dementia or Alzheimer's disease. This is because senior citizens battling diseases that impact cognitive health require special attention and many have difficulty maintaining their independence. Independence is very important to all people even senior citizens facing medical challenges. Thankfully, real-time GPS tracking devices are offering a new feature that provides safety zones which will only help senior citizens battling degenerative mental disease hold more independence.
What Are Safety Zones?
The technical term for safety zone is known as geographical fence or geo-fence. How safety zones work is a simple process that combines the use of a senior GPS tracker and cellular technology to alert family members or senior caregivers the moment an elderly person begins to wander. This alert can be transmitted through text message to an emergency contact's cell phone or sent directly to the inbox of the contact using email. Here is a breakdown of how safety zones are programmed to improve senior citizen safety
- Senior puts on GPS tracking watch or bracelet
- Family member goes online and sets safety zone using satellite mapping program
- When senior walks or drives past the safety zone an alert is triggered that notifies guardian, family member or authority figure that the senior is wandering or lost
Having instant notification when a senior citizen has become lost or wandered off is critical in ensuring personal safety and that is what makes the safety zone feature of personal GPS trackers designed for elderly care so awesome. "What we find is that the safety zone feature of GPS tracking systems is why health care facilities and families contact us, but once they realize the GPS trackers also provide real-time updates on location as fast as every 3 seconds they end up asking themselves why they didn't invest in the monitoring devices sooner", a specialist for GPS Tracker Shop who works with numerous senior care facilities explained. "This type of monitoring technology is saving lives and we couldn't be happier that more families are feeling the benefits of GPS tracking."
As more and more people move into the golden years of their lives, GPS tracking technology will continue to improve in reliability and efficiency. Until cures are found for all the degenerative illnesses facing elderly persons at least GPS trackers will be able to offer some form of protection and personal safety to those impacted by cognitive challenges. Senior security is the most important thing and safety zone features of real-time GPS trackers are enhancing that personal safety and security.