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A collection of the most popular new stories and events sure to be discussed at the company water cooler or during family gatherings. From the wacky to the serious, here is where readers can find information on the popular news that has the world's attention.
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Insurers Should Help Pay For Tracking Bracelets
One of the biggest problems facing the baby boomer generation is rising health care costs. Doctor visits and prescription drug costs continue to rise, leaving many seniors struggling to sufficiently manage their health-related issues. One of the more serious health problems facing the elderly is the degenerative disease known as Alzheimer's, and sadly no known cure is available. Diseases such as Alzheimer's present many unique challenges not only to the person diagnosed but also family members and caregivers who oversee those diagnosed. This is because one of the very problematic symptoms of the degenerative illness is the behavior of wandering. Wandering seniors can place themselves in harm's way, but GPS tracking bracelets offer a convenient way for families and caregivers to monitor high-risk seniors. The only problem is that GPS tracker hardware and data plan costs are often not covered by medical insurance providers.
GPS Tracker Bracelets: What's The Cost?
Many healthcare costs can be extremely expensive. MRIs, medications, wheelchairs and a number of other products or services can cost thousands of dollars. Even those with some of the best insurance coverage plans have to fork out large sums of cash for surgeries, doctor visits and prescription drugs. GPS tracker devices also come with a cost, but a relatively small cost when compared to many of the other costs associated with medical care. For example, a reliable senior GPS tracking bracelet will cost roughly $300.00. This one-time cost is not a rental, rather the purchasing cost for a person/family/medical center to on the GPS tracking hardware.
GPS tracking watches or bracelets provide real-time GPS locational data. Therefore, they send and receive data in the same way a mobile device transmits data. This data transfer requires a monthly cost. The average monthly data plan for a senior GPS tracker is $29 per month.
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Fiat 500 Proves Bigger Is Indeed Better
In the past when most people car shopped they would typically put safety at the top of their concern level over things such as style, comfort or fuel efficiency. Then came economic troubles and skyrocketing gas prices which resulted in consumers thinking twice about purchasing sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and other large sized automobiles known more for safety and less for fuel efficiency. Of course, smaller vehicles are great for parking and reducing fuel consumption, but crash test studies show they also provide less protection in simulated automobile accidents. In fact, according to a recent publication by insure.com, the vehicle with the most expensive rate for injury protections and medical for accidents was the subcompact European import Fiat 500. Essentially this means insurance companies feel that the Fiat 500 is the most dangerous car on the road.
The Fiat 500 actually performed very well in crash test scenarios through the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), being recognized as a Top Safety Pick Award winner. However, insurance companies make their own assessments of risk when it comes to auto insurance coverage and the higher rates Fiat 500 drivers have is a direct result of real world vehicle safety. "The reality is that even though the Fiat 500 performed well in some crash testings the vehicle is still very small and susceptible to extreme damage if it were involved in a multi-auto crash", explained an insurance company representative. "Insurers simply feel more comfortable with larger, heavier motor vehicles than very compact vehicles, and that is why rates certain liability coverages will be higher for cars such as the Fiat 500."
Vehicles that were recognized as the lowest in personal injury coverage by the insurance company study were heavier automobiles such as the GMC Yukon and GMC Sierra 1500.
The reason for the better rating for larger automobiles is based on research that suggests smaller cars are put under more stress in two-vehicle accidents due to the lack of mass. The lack of absorption of smaller cars puts drivers and passengers inside those vehicles in greater risk of bodily harm.
The bottom line is that bigger is better when it comes to vehicle safety, according to the folks at the IIHS.
GPS Tracker Shop recommends people seeking to purchase a automobile check multiple organizations and agencies for safety rankings prior to vehicle investment.
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Panic Alarm App Gets Celebrity Backing
Celebrity endorsements are nothing new to the commercial market. Whether it be Jennifer Aniston pushing Smart Water, Jane Seymour pushing her own line of jewelry, Gwen Stefani pushing baby clothes or any number of celebs promoting their own fragrance, one thing is certain and that is star power sells. That is also what a company called Bipper is hoping for now that they have the celebrity backing of Jada Pinkett Smith not only promoting but also investing in a new safety app that utilizes GPS technology on iOS and Android called bSafe.
Smith first came in contact with the bSafe mobile app from her daughter who had it downloaded on her mobile phone. As a proactive parent, Smith investigated the app and quickly saw that the combination of GPS and panic button could play a critical role in helping those looking to enhance personal safety. Specifically, victims of human trafficking, a serious human rights problem that Smith has taken a personal involvement with trying to resolve.
Competing In The Mobile GPS Market
bSafe has a number of features that make it advantageous as a personal tracking solution but that doesn't stop the celebrity-endorsed GPS tracking app from having market competition. PanicGuard, another mobile app designed with the ability to sound an alarm, also offers popular features that promote safety. These features include the ability to send text messages to emergency contacts, video recording capabilities and of course access to real-time GPS tracking locations. However, bSafe has one advantage over PanicGuard and that is service cost. This is because PanicGuard requires $6 a month for tracking service, whereas bSafe costs $2 a month for the same monitoring.
bSafe will transmit an alert to any friends or family members added to the emergency contact list if/when the panic button is activated. When the panic button is activated by the user the alert will come across as broadcast video showing real-time GPS locational data on a map as well a time stamp! bSafe also has a feature that allows the user to share their personal GPS tracking data, allowing friends or family to view the real-time location of the user at anytime. However, the most unique feature offered from bSafe is something known as the "Fake Call" that makes the user's mobile phone ring on command, giving its user the ability to get out of any situation on demand.
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Roses, Chocolate & GPS Tracking
The old saying is that the number one cause for divorce is marriage. As cynical as that may sound their could be some slight truth to that statement. However, one thing that is guaranteed to kill any romantic relationship is infidelity and sadly the romantic holiday of Valentine's Day is one of the most prevalent times for cheating. Cheaters can try and be discrete and secretive but on Valentine's Day they become vulnerable to being exposed. This is why instead of chocolates and roses those suspecting a partner of cheating are instead investing in GPS tracking devices.
GPS trackers are now one of the most purchased electronic devices by people suspecting infidelity because the tracking devices can offer up real answers about where a person was at and how long they were at each location. "Of course our business gets a little busier around the Valentine's Day holiday because of those wanting to catch a cheater", stated a salesperson for online surveillance store GPS Tracker Shop. "Although we advertise our products as safety solutions for businesses, seniors and parents, our GPS trackers are more than capable of busting a cheater. However, we always tell our clients to use our vehicle trackers responsibly, which means abiding by all local, state and federal laws."
Most Popular GPS Tracker
The online market in saturated with different data loggers and real-time GPS trackers, but for people in a relationship seeking a simple and cost-effective monitoring device the most popular product is a unit called Tracker Key. A data logger with no service fees that sells for less than $150.00, the Tracker Key can be attached to the bottom of a suspected cheaters vehicle with simplicity. The tracking device will then store information about every location that suspected cheater went and how long they stayed at those locations. When the user wants to evaluate the recorded data they simply remove the device from the automobile and download historical data.
Valentine's Day should be a time when happy couples enjoy a little one-on-one romantic time, but the reality is that a large number of people in relationships are in ones that may not be monogamous. For people who believe that their significant other is cheating, GPS tracker devices provide a level of assurance or cold reality. But at least the data from the GPS is truthful and honest, two things that people sometimes need in order to move on with their lives.
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GPS Satellite Technology Tracks Elk
Earlier this week GPS Tracker Shop editors posted a story about researchers at a Canadian university using real-time GPS collars to monitor moose movement patterns. The study was commissioned in an effort to find out why the moose have increasingly moved into human-occupied areas which is resulting in vehicle accidents along busy highways. GPS tracking technology will hopefully provide Canadian researchers more insight on how and why the moose are moving near busy roadways, but this example is not the only application scientists are using for GPS tracking of animals. In fact, researchers in Wind Cave National Park have just recently launched an experiment where 36 wild elk will be tracked using GPS radio collars.
Researchers at Wind Cave National Park have been trying to learn how a recent elk management was effecting elk behavior. Therefore, in the concluding year of the three-year study, the researchers decided to put real-time GPS collars on selected elk. This particular portion of the study was created so researchers could gain more insight on the movements of elk, mortality rates an the consequences of hunting.
Part of the elk management plan involves drop-down gates to be set-up along boundary fences. The function of these gates is to provide elk an avenue to exit the park during the warmer seasons. Once outside of the gates for the warmer seasons, hunters will have the opportunity to harvest the animals who likely are only using the park on a seasonal basis. The gates at this time will be set to raise in order to prevent re-entry to the park for those seasonal elk.
The real-time GPS trackers are programmed to monitor elk on a rotating basis. Therefore, some elk will have their locations updated as little as every 7 hours while others will have locational data transmitted four times per hour. Each GPS tracking collar will remain secured to the animal until around the conclusion of the study which is tentatively aimed for the late Winter or early Spring in 2015. When asked about the real-time GPS tracking collars, a representative for the national park explained that the satellite technology will be critical in determine whether or not the elk management plan is actually being effective or not.