Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

GPS trackers are extremely useful in a multitude of ways. They can keep track of items and cars as well as keep people safe. However, many people feel that GPS trackers are not necessary. Because of their versatility, they help just about everyone in different ways. In this article, you will find out the top five reasons for using GPS trackers.

Keep Track of Safe Driving

Did you know that GPS trackers help keep track of safe driving records? A real-time car tracking device gives you up-to-the-minute speed and location updates, including text or email alerts based on parameters you set in advance. Whether you use this to keep track of a speeding teen or use it to show your insurance company, you always have the information at hand. Detailed reports pinpoint the exact location of your vehicle. It can see where your car has been, where it’s headed and how fast it’s traveling. This capability applies to any type of vehicle including motorcycles.

GPS Trackers act as Theft-Recovery Devices

GPS trackers are used for more than just tracking safe driving. They also inform you, in the event that your car is stolen. Even if you are a parent worried about a teen driver who leaves the car unlocked with the keys in the car, a GPS tracker eliminates this concern. If this worst-case scenario comes true, you will know exactly where the car is.

Track your Assets

GPS trackers can also help you keep track of your assets. Do you need to keep track of family possessions during a move? Or, are you a business owner who needs help tracking a fleet of company cars or merchandise? When you use a GPS tracking device for assets, they stay in a deep sleep. It only wakes up to track and send information to you, then goes right back to deep sleep. This feature makes sure that you gain a clear picture of where your assets are, at all times.

Keep your Children Safe

The scary reality is that at any point, your child could go missing. Every 40 seconds a child will become missing or abducted in the US. Usually, children go missing on there way home from school or between the hours that they are home alone. GPS trackers can help ensure the complete safety of your child. There are GSM/GPS tracking safety phones you can give your kids so they can always be contacted and tracked. They also have a low battery consumption. In this way, it can hold phone numbers so that the person doesn’t have to dial the number themselves.

Keep Your Kids from Going Places They Shouldn’t

When you have kids, being concerned about their whereabouts becomes a staple in life. Using GPS trackers for your family means less worrying. They make sure your kids stay in their allowed area. GPS trackers also ensure they don’t venture too far away or go where they shouldn’t.

As you can see, GPS trackers are useful in many different ways. Your reasons for using a GPS tracker may vary, but these top five reasons focus on keeping you, your loved ones, and even your possessions safe. They also keep track of safe driving, theft recovery, and track your assets. They also can keep your children safe and make sure you know where they are. Keep everything and everyone safe with GPS trackers.

 

GPS tracking devices have helped many families stay safe for years. Some people feel weird about GPS tracking. However, when it comes to your family, there is no reason to feel weird. This could be the matter of life and death. From knowing your kids are safe at home after school to keeping tabs on family members. In this article, you will learn about how to keep your family safe with GPS tracking.

Keep your Children Safe

Statistics on missing children are shocking. Every 40 seconds a child will become missing or abducted in the US. That’s approximately 800,000 kids per year. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found in a recent study that most abductions occur during the hours of 2:00 -7:00 p.m. This is usually the time frame children are coming home from school and are home alone. Even more shocking – More than 200,000 children were abducted by family members in that recent study. These statistics mean that any child is susceptible to go missing. Keep your child safe with a GPS tracking device designed to make you aware of your child’s location at all times. Give them a GPS tracking device, it can fit inconspicuously inside their backpack. There are GSM/GPS tracking safety phones you can give your kids so they can always be contacted and tracked. They also have a low battery consumption and can hold phone numbers so that the person doesn’t have to dial the number themselves.

Alzheimer’s Patients

Do you have a family member who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease? Unfortunately, this is something many families deal with. The disease, the most common form of dementia, is gradual, unbeatable so far and ultimately fatal. It afflicts 1 in 9 people older than 65, and according to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6 of every 10 people with dementia will wander and some will never be found. With those statistics, I wouldn’t want to take a chance on potentially losing a family member forever, and neither should you. You can purchase a GPS tracking ankle bracelet for Alzheimer’s patients that are waterproof and even keep a log when there is no GSM signal. That way, if your family member wanders off you can still keep track of them.

 

Making sure your family is safe is no joking matter. Now you know about GPS tracking and how to keep your family safe. Remember that more than 6 of every 10 people who have dementia will wander off. Also, remember that every 40 seconds a child will become missing or abducted in the US and More than 200,000 children were abducted by family members. If that was your family what would you do? Act before something happens and put a plan in place. Give your family members a GPS tracking device to keep in their pocket, backpack, or wear as an ankle bracelet. You may think they won’t ever need it, and hopefully, they won’t. But if they ever do need help, they will have the GPS tracking device and be safe.

Sapcorda Plans Centimeter-Scale GPS for Europe (August 15, 2017)

Germany’s Bosch and Geo++, U-blox of Switzerland, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of Sapcorda Services last Tuesday, a joint venture to provide global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning services of centimeter-level accuracy via satellite transmission, mobile cellular technology, and the Internet.

Source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/aerospace/satellites/fourway-japaneurope-joint-venture-aims-to-establish-industry-open-standard-for-precision-global-navigation-satellite-system-services

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This expedition is trying to find out if the tallest mountain in the world shrank (January 26, 2017)

This week, India’s surveyor general announced that the government is going to re-measure Mount Everest, in a bid to determine whether the world’s tallest peak shrank (or grew) following a devastating earthquake in 2015.

A team of 30 scientists will use two methods to measure the mountain. The first involves placing a GPS transistor at its summit to measure the distance from sea level; the second involves more traditional on-the-ground triangulation, whereby researchers would determine the distance to the summit based on its angle relative to two baseline points.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/26/14400226/mount-everest-height-survey-nepal-earthquake-shrink-remeasure

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Implications of BeiDou explored in US congressional report (January 25, 2017)

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued a staff report titled “China’s Alternative to GPS and Its Implications for the United States.”

The report examines the objectives behind Beijing’s decision to develop the system as an alternative to GPS, its efforts to build an industry around the system, and the effects this might have in security, economic and diplomatic terms for the U.S.

Source: http://gpsworld.com/implications-of-beidou-explored-in-us-congressional-report/

Additional info on BeiDou: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeiDou_Navigation_Satellite_System

Additional info on the different GPS systems: https://www.liveviewgps.com/blog/gps-main-competitors-galileo-beidou-glonass/

motorcycletrackers

  • In this modern age, traditional locks and security measures are simply not enough to protect
    your motorcycle. And that is why it is good to have a GPS tracker. Because when all else fails,
    you still want to be able to get your motorcycle back. To understand why traditional security is
    not enough, we need to understand why it fails, how criminals attack your motorcycle’s security,
    and what to look for in a GPS tracker. Once we understand those elements, you will know why
    every motorcycle owner should use a GPS tracker.
    Lift Off
    In times of desperation, or when you find yourself unprepared, your motorcycle has to go
    without a lock. This may be a result of the lock not being in the gear bag, an unforeseen issue
    with the lock, nothing sturdy to chain the bike too, etc. Needless to say, there will be times
    where your motorcycle is receiving less than perfect protection. Without a solid anchor point,
    motorcycle criminals won’t have touch any part of your security. Even with disk brake locks,
    criminals can still get away with your ride.
    This is because, the motorcycle can be lifted into the bed of a truck, or the back of a van. This
    attack is usually done with a team, where the bike is lifted so that it rolls on the wheel without a
    lock on the disk brake onto a ramp. However, in some cases, the team will lift the motorcycle
    unto a dolly of some kind, or even just lift it straight into their vehicle. Only a GPS tracker is
    effective in these cases. The tracker will always be there. Once it is installed, it is protecting your
    motorcycle no matter the situation. With no way to forget this means of protection, your bike
    always has a way of being found.
    Locks Aren’t Enough
    A lock is not enough to protect your bike. As we learned above, a lock on your disk brake is not
    going to do much in the way of protecting your motorcycle, but every lock has weaknesses. Of
    course, all motorcycles should use high-quality locks and even chains, but this alone is not
    enough. Even the best locks and the strongest chains can be cut with an angle grinder. Most
    can be cut in under a minute. Though this type of attack may be noisy and attract attention, an
    experienced thief knows how fast they can get away.
    Once the locks, chains, etc. come off, your motorcycle has no security. That is unless you use a
    GPS tracker. No matter how much someone wants your motorcycle, once they steal it, you will
    have a way of getting it back. Where most security focuses on keeping you from losing what you
    have, a GPS does the work of getting it back. The security offers peace of mind, and the
    resources to ensure that a criminal never truly steals your ride.
    Simple Ignition Cylinders
  • On most vintage motorcycles, and even many of the contemporary models, there is an issue
    with the simplicity of the vehicle’s ignition cylinder. Without a transponder chip in the key, and a
    transceiver in the cylinder, a motorcycle is very easy to start. There are products like tryout keys
    which will turn in many ignitions as if they were the actual key. These “skeleton keys” are very
    easy to purchase, and allow a criminal to ride away on your motorcycle.
    Even if you were to get an auto locksmith to replace your ignition cylinder, there are still ways to
    circumvent the cylinder and hot wire the bike. The steering lock is simple enough to break on
    most motorcycles, and then the thief is free to take off. It would be a better to install a GPS
    tracker on the bike, so that no matter where the criminal ends up, the police can find the
    motorcycle.
    What You Need in a Motorcycle GPS Tracker
    Firstly, you need a product that is built with motorcycle GPS tracking in mind. This means the
    product should be waterproof so that weathering during use and unforeseen storage issues do
    not leave you with a malfunctioning or broken tracker. You are also looking for a GPS tracker
    with superior receiver sensitivity, as fast Time To First Fix (TTFF) is crucial for security.
    The TTFF is the measurement of how long it takes before the GPS receiver can locate a signal
    and navigation data from a satellite. The faster the TTFF, the quicker you will know the
    calculated “position solution” (aka Fix). Once your motorcycle GPS tracker finds the “Fix” it will
    need a way of being monitored. Monitoring is left up to the individual’s needs, based on their
    perceived security risks, but it is good to have the option between real-time and periodic
    monitoring.
    Conclusion
    Using GPS technology to protect your motorcycle is really the only way to get proper peace of
    mind. With third party devices, a criminal will not think to check for this security. That means all
    of their preparation still won’t allow them to get away. As it is so hard to properly safeguard a
    motorcycle reliably and in every situation, take the necessary precautions to assure that you can
    always know where your vehicle is

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Holiday season officially starts tomorrow (Thursday 11/24) with Thanksgiving.

TTW family sends you blessings for a joyful holiday with family and friends.

God Bless you and your families through out this holiday season.

Thank you for everything we could not have done it without you!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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DoD Certifies GPS OCX Program to Congress

The Air Force next generation operational control system, known as OCX, recently breach the limit for cost over-run. Thanks to early engagement with Raytheon (OCX contractor) to resolve the program issues, the program recently received certification to continue its activities. The program capability supports military forces, civil, commercial and scientific uses. However, the future of OCX program still depends on Ratheon’s ability to deliver needed capabilities to Air Force at acceptable cost and within acceptable time.

Source: http://gpsworld.com/dod-certifies-gps-ocx-program-to-congress/

Additional info on OCX: http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/gps_ocx/

 

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Memphis Police Using GPS Tracking to Fight Domestic Violence

Memphis is in investing $900-thousand dollars in the fight against domestic violence. The funds will be used to purchase around 800 tracking devices to help the police track offenders and protect would-be or former victims. With around 18-percent of the city’s murders attributed to domestic violence, the hope is that the use of GPS tracking devices will reduce the overall number of homicides in the city.

Source: http://www.localmemphis.com/news/local-news/mpd-using-gps-tracking-for-domestic-violence-offenders

 

GPS Tracking Reveals Seagull Habits

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We’re always looking for unusual and creative use of GPS tracking devices, and happened across this.  A British study utilized GPS trackers and GPS tracking software to monitor the movement of seagulls in St. Ives resort.  What’s interesting is that the results showed that all 4 seagulls tracked had very different habits– with some flying out to sea, and others foraging for food on nearby farmland.  The tracking devices tracked the seagulls for a combined total of more than 20,000 miles.

Source:  https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2016/jul/14/gps-tags-reveal-the-secret-life-of-urban-seagulls

 

Air Force Fixes Control System for GPS III

 

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Next year, and the launch of the first of more than 30 GPS III satellites marks the beginning of GPS III.  The new satellites boast increased security and better tracking. Perhaps one of the most impressive features is “spot beaming”, a way of creating a localized area of increased power for military use.

http://nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/air-force-fixes-faltering-control-system-leap-ahead-gps-iii-16940

 

OBD GPS Tracking Device

 

 

Information on the WorldTracker OBD

Ideal for both beginners and GPS tracking pros, the WorldTracker OBD offers our most convenient GPS tracking device for added family vacation safety, and monitoring teen drivers on summer vacation and even year-round. With a limited time price of just $119*, the WorldTracker OBD is both an affordable and smart option–with professional-grade results.

Plug and Go!

The WorldTracker OBD tracking device plugs directly into the OBD port of any vehicle, making installation a snap.  Then, with TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software service the user can see the location of the vehicle at any time.

Geo Fences

Set Geo-Fences:  TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software allows users to set virtual boundaries known as geo-fences.  With the boundaries in place, the software automatically alerts programmed cell phone numbers when the vehicle (tracker) leaves the predetermined area.

Harsh Driving Alerts

With G-Force detection, the World Tracker OBD works with TrackingTheWorld software to notify users when harsh driving patterns are detected, such as sudden stops and accelerations. For teen driver monitoring, this feature adds a additional peace of mind for parents.

Access Location Information 24/7

With the WorldTracker OBD, parents can access the location, speed, and route of travel of a family vehicle at any time, utilizing TrackingTheWorld’s GPS tracking software.  For family members leaving on a trip, or teen drivers out on the town, this gives others the option to monitor their progress and report safety concerns to authorities in the event of an emergency.

For More Information

For more information on the WorldTracker OBD, and TrackingTheWorld’s full line of professional-grade GPS tracking devices, please visit: http://www.trackingtheworld.com/products.

To contact TrackingTheWorld, please call 650-692-8100 or email sales@trackingtheworld.com.

TrackingTheWorld has exclusively specialized in GPS tracking devices and GPS tracking software for more than 13-years. To learn more about TrackingTheWorld, and our unparalleled GPS tracking expertise, visit our about page at: http://www.trackingtheworld.com/about/

 

*Please note that limited time pricing offers may change or expire without notice.

 

 

 

 

As you know, we’re always scouring the Web for interesting GPS tracking news.  Here’s what we’re reporting for June 2016:

Indiana Detention Center Considering Reduction in Jail Overcrowding with GPS Trackers for Inmates

 

GPS tracking jail overcrowding

Vanderburgh County, Indiana is looking at GPS tracking options, and the transfer of some inmates to other jails to reduce over crowding in its own facilities.  Eligibility for the GPS tracking program will be determined by a judge if implemented.

Source: http://www.tristatehomepage.com/news/local-news/gps-tracking-program-aims-to-reduce-jail-overcrowding

 

GPS Tracking Reveals San Andreas Fault Activity

GPS tracking earthquakes

GPS technology has recently revealed some activity along the  San Andreas Fault in California.  The earth on each side of the fault has been found to be moving a few millimeters a year. While this movement was something scientists had predicted for some time, they had been unable to detect a particular pattern due to “noise” or interference in the feedback they were receiving.  A new GPS technology has helped eliminate the “noise” for a more clear understanding of tectonic movement, particularly the vertical movement around the San Andreas Fault.

Source: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/GPS-data-suggests-considerable-movement-along-8316050.php

 

China Moving Toward Its Own GPS Tracking 

China GPS Tracking

 

On June 12, 2016, China launched the 23rd GPS tracking satellite in the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System–China’s network of its own GPS tracking satellites. The BeiDou Satellite System has been regionally available for some time, but the Chinese government has recently been ramping up efforts toward a globally operational system similar to the global systems in place within the United States and Russia.  India and Japan are in progress on similar efforts.

Source: http://www.wired.com/2016/06/rocket-launch-brings-china-one-step-closer-gps/

 

Extended Life Battery Pack

TrackingTheWorld has released a powerful extended life battery pack for covert tracking with the firm’s Enduro Pro tracking devices. The external GPS battery pack has the capability to extend battery life from one to three weeks based on the user’s chosen reporting frequency, and the amount of time the tracker is in motion. The case is equipped with 4 recessed magnets to quickly and firmly mount on any car frame or other magnetic surface

The durable battery case contains an 8.5-amp/hr. lithium polymer rechargeable battery, and a space to insert the tracking device. The pack also includes a cable for connecting the tracker to the extended life battery and charger.

Water resistant, the undercover tracking battery case is compact, measuring just 2 X 3.6 X 4.3 inches. The device automatically conserves power by hibernating when the connected tracker senses no motion.

In addition to covert tracking applications, the battery pack may also be used for fleet tracking, asset protection, law enforcement applications, and personal use.

TrackingTheWorld, based in Burlingame, California, exclusively specializes in GPS tracking software, trackers, covert tracking, and accessories. Founded in 2003, the firm offers a wide variety of GPS tracking devices, accessories, and revenue sharing plans for GPS tracking dealers. For more information, please call 650-692-8100, email sales@trackingtheworld.com, or visit www.trackingtheworld.com.


GPS Tracking Bus Philippines

Philippines LTFRB Calls for GPS on Public Buses By April 30th

Manila officials are attempting to control excessive speeding among public transportation officials through fleet tracking.  Calling for GPS tracking devices in all provincial buses before the end of April, officials hope to utilize the GPS trackers and GPS tracking software to determine which buses are habitually speeding to improve the transportation.

Source: http://www.philstar.com/nation/2016/02/12/1552339/ltfrb-orders-bus-operators-install-gps-devices

 

gps tracking satellite

ULA Launches New GPS Satellite on February 5

The United Launch Alliance completed a successful launch of a new GPS tracking satellite on February 5, 2016.  This launch was the final of 12 new satellite launches, collectively known as the Block II-F series.  Built by Boeing, and monitored by the United States Air Force, the launch of the $131-Million GPS Satellite is intended to improve GPS tracking, including fleet tracking and covert tracking, worldwide.  30 of 50 orbiting satellites remain active, with the first launched in 1978.

Source:  http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/05/new-air-force-satellites-launched-to-improve-gps/

 

GPS Tracking Software Art

 

GPS Tracking Software Art

Here’s a new twist on the many uses for GPS tracking software.  Creative fitness enthusiast have begun creating GPS tracking art via their outdoor fitness running and biking routes. By planning an exact route, the resulting GPS software display will appear in a desired shape, likeness, or pattern.

Source: http://www.sporttechie.com/2016/02/10/the-niche-internet-trend-of-gps-art-encourages-people-to-take-their-workouts-to-new-extremes/

Photo Credit: Architect.Com