For a number of years, Grant Opperman’s small delivery company D.W. Morgan was struggling to compete with the leaders in their industry.

Industry giants like FedEx and UPS were able to use tracking technology to find packages within mere minutes of arrival, while Opperman’s tiny 90-man firm’s main tracking tool was the memories of its 30 drivers, who were required to call their boss when their shipment arrived. When drivers committed simple human errors such as forgetting to call Opperman and their managers, it put D.W. Morgan behind and left them at the mercy of their clients, to the point that the company sometimes could not even tell clients where their packages were located.boxes

As Opperman made the decision for D.W. Morgan to go towards international expansion, he realized his company could not survive in a tougher market with a good tracking system. Although Opperman could not afford the top-notch systems that top competitors like UPS had, he took the step of buying the cheapest iPhone ($200) for each driver, paid $300 for a developer’s license from Apple, and had one of his in-house tech specialists build a custom application using the iPhone’s GPS system.

With the new system, D.W. Morgan’s clients can now track shipments online in real time. The custom application shows the precise location of each truck on a Google map, drivers ask package recipients to sign their iPhone screens, and signatures are immediately uploaded to the company Web site.

“Even the big guys don’t get it that fast,” says Opperman proudly.

Thanks to the custom application and other visionary ideas, D.W. Morgan is becoming a more efficient company. Opperman estimates that he invested $21,000 to update his companies tracking technology, but has used that investment to save an estimated $96,000 a year, for a profit of $75,000 dollars. The estimate of $96,000 by Opperman is based on the number of hours his drivers spent filing, receiving signature documentation, and making mutual data entries. This system is allowing D.W. Morgan to expand to the Czech Republic and Thailand by the end of this year.

By taking advantage of today’s growing GPS Tracking technology and companies and corporations ability to use it to better themselves, Grant Opperman has made D.W. Morgan into a more powerful and influential company. Here at BrickHouse Security, we offer GPS solutions for companies that are in a similar place to D.W. Morgan which will allow them to compete with the big boys. GPS Trackers like the Spark Nano and LiveWire NavGenius Gps Tracker & Navigation System allow companies to have real-time observation over their mobile assets and constant updates through mapping. With a simple upgrade, companies can level the playing field.

(Via CNN Money)

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whittaker-201x3001“I remember one social worker telling me, ‘A heart is a very special thing to get for a transplant. You are homeless. You can’t get one,’” Whittaker said. “That was a real kick in the teeth.”

The same Marine Corps Veteran that is currently traveling 5,000 miles cross country in a wheelchair to raise awareness for homeless veterans in America, is finally catching a break.

Rain, snow, sleet, or shine, David Whittaker can be seen traveling the highways across America. When the American Legion Post 57 on U.S. Highway 41 in Lake City heard about Whittaker’s struggles, they offered him a hot meal and a place for him to charge his wheelchair battery and GPS Tracking device’s battery.

Commander Larry Krull says that upon hearing about Whittaker’s journey, “It was a surprise to me. He’s got to have some drive to do this. I admire him for it. We’re behind him 100 percent.”

Whittaker hopes that spreading the word about his struggle will raise awareness for the increasing problem of homeless veterans on the streets of America and prompt the others to take action to help solve this problem.

Track Whittaker’s progress here with login: brickhouse2 and password: abcdefg

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CSI Miami Detective Horatio Cane uses Lightning GPS’ Spark Nano GPS Tracker to locate the criminal and solve the case. Another riveting episode of CSI Miami utilizing technology as a tool for increased security and surveillance. Detective Horatio Cane uses this GPS Tracker as a tool for mobile security, that aids him in solving the case. GPS Tracking has been utilized on the show before as a means for tracking suspects and increasing detective security. CSI spies take GPS Tracking technology to the next level to help them solve crimes.

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csi-miami-logo1The newest and smallest GPS Tracker available, The Spark Nano GPS Tracker, is featured on CSI Miami this month. CSI Miami Detective Horatio Cane uses Lightning GPS’ Spark Nano GPS Tracker to locate the criminal and solve the case. Another riveting episode of CSI Miami utilizing technology as a tool for increased security and surveillance. Detective Horatio Cane uses this GPS Tracker as a tool for mobile security, helping him solve the case. GPS Tracking has been utilized on the show before as a means for tracking suspects and increasing detective security. CSI spies take GPS Tracking technology to the next level to help them solve crimes. View the video here.

Spark Nano GPS Tracker Featured on CSI Miami




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One more counterfeiter in a ring in Bermeton, Washington was caught on video surveillance by a cell phone by one of her co-conspirators. The woman is shown pulling a fake $20 from a printer. Police have accused these suspects with targeting Girl Scout troops and allegedly conning them out of more than $1,000.

The scheme revolved around buying girl scout cookies to launder the money. To ad insult to injury, the “real-looking” money was reportedly made with a printer bought from a local ToysRUs. One of the girl scout leaders realized the money was fake when she tried to get change at a bank. Now troop leaders are told to not accept 20s unless they have a counterfeiting pen that turns yellow to detect real money. The girl scout leaders have said they will use this experience as a teaching tool about safety and security. They stated they are going to teach the girls about fraud and security and even go as far as to give out fraud badges. This may sound like a far cry from friendship badge, but does show the importance of being vigilant especially when it comes to children, who are most vulnerable.

There are many ways to protect your child and teach them about dangerous situations and suspicious people. Many girl scouts take the door to door approach to selling their cookies. Many parents choose to keep track of their children’s location with a GPS Tracker or similar device.

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Kidnappers are motivated by large sums of money. The thought process being, why even bother taking the risk if the target isn’t worth the trouble. Due to SEC disclosure laws, finding out which executives make the most money is now easier than ever before. Your business, or your family may be at risk. Here are four tips on how to improve security.

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