early_show_logo_jun08Today, with all the new advances in technology, anyone can be a spy, or can be spied on, all without anyone even noticing. There are tiny cameras and microphones that can be worn on your body, that even if someone knew that you were recording them, they wouldn’t have a clue of what you’re using to do it. CBS News Correspondent Daniel Sieberg of “The Early Show” tested this body worn spy technology, covertly hiding a camcorder watch, tie, and DVR pen on himself and daring the anchor to locate the devices.

Sieberg also described how people can protect themselves when they’re not at home. Some of these options include covert hidden cameras that can double as home surveillance systems. Among those are the Tissue Box Wireless Camera and Clock Camera Hidden Camera. These two devices look like standard fixtures on a night table or bedroom but are actually wireless. And you don’t have to go back to the original camera to gather the footage. There are options available that let you view all footage online from any computer with Internet for added peace of mind no matter where you are in the world.

Aside from the cameras that can do the spying, are the camera finders to help you locate the hidden cameras that could be watching you. For example, the Hidden Camera Detector automatically finds any cameras that are around you, and even catches the signal that the camera might be sending out. Lastly, Sieberg mentioned GPS tracking to unleash you inner security agent. As an ongoing series to monitor the spies that could be spying on your, CBS offers Early Show viewers the ultimate in both surveillance counter surveillance options.

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dog-gps A rare breed of birds called the Black Grouse, which is amongst the most rapidly declining breeds in the U.K. is now being tracked by dogs wearing GPS collars. The way Wildlife Rangers like Ally Macaskill use the dogs, is that they attach a GPS collar to the dogs which then track the birds. The canines location is then transmitted the the handset of the rangers (and can also be saved to view on the computer later to see which land has already been covered). When the dogs finally sniff out one of the birds, and see where they are, they stop on the spot and don’t move. They do this to show that they are “on spot”, which tells the ranger to come catch up and to identify the species of the bird.

“I’ve been very impressed with these GPS collars, which I saw used during trips to Scandinavia… They indicate whether the dogs are on the move or on point. When they get on point the collars mean I can get there quickly, with more chance of seeing what the dogs have found.” Said Mr. Macaskill

Right now, Mr. Macaskill estimates there are about 25 male grouse on the Perthshire’s Schiehallion estate that they are monitoring and trying to help them from going extinct.

(Via BBC)

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carwindow.jpgAccording to the Denver Post, because of GPS tracking devices and other anti-theft deterrent technologies, there has been a major decrease in the number of stolen vehicles reported nationally. People are becoming smarter when it comes to protecting their cars and police are using the new technologies available to them to help catch criminals in the act. From car owners using glass-etching paste to burn their VIN permanently onto every window, to cops driving cars with computerized license-plate readers that can sweep an entire grocery-store parking lot for stolen vehicles in a matter of seconds, new technology is helping bring auto theft rates drastically down.

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This week, the Today Show showcased “over the top” gadgets for Halloween and ways to keep your kids safe while they’re out trick-or-treating. Showcasing the BrickHouse Child Locator, they explained how the devices helps you locate your child even when in costume or a group of kids.

 

They also showed a GPS tracking device for your older kids that are out on their own. This second tracker is the Spark Nano Real-Time GPS Tracking Device. The great thing about this one is that the battery lasts on it for 5 days on a single charge and it can be tracked from anywhere through the Internet. This is different from the BrickHouse Child Locator since it uses GPS to locate your kids instead of RFID, which is more used for directional guidance.  Whatever age your kids are, make sure that they are safe this Halloween.

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golden-eagle-gps A golden eagle that was trapped in a coyote trap will soon return to the wild. After being saved  and nursed back to health at the University of Minnesota’s Raptor Center, the golden eagle is finally healthy and ready to be released. The researchers also attached a small GPS tracking device to the back of the eagle to track where he flies and better understand where the golden eagles migrate.

(Via minnesota.publicradio.org)

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gavelSince the advent of GPS tracking, many debates over its legality have come into play. Is GPS tracking a violation of the Fourth Amendment, that protects citizens against unreasonable searches and seizures? Does GPS tracking exceed a citizen’s reasonable expectation of privacy? As more court cases rely on GPS tracking evidence as part of the investigation, these questions of legality become more and more relevant. Courts continually set precedents that determine GPS tracking legality to build a comprehensive ruling on the subject. In short, is GPS legal? Lawmakers say, yes, as long as certain protocol is followed.

Note: GPS tracking is subject to State law. Please consult your local State laws before using a GPS tracker.

When is OK to track a vehicle using a covert GPS tracker?

  • As long as the car you’re tracking is visible to the public
  • As long as you could obtain the same location information by physically trailing the car
  • As long as you put the GPS in the car while outside of the curtilage of a person’s property

When is it NOT OK to track a vehicle using a covert GPS tracker?

  • When you have to physically hardwire the GPS into the vehicle
  • When you have to break into the car, or open the car to install the tracker
  • Where there is a reasonable expectation of privacy. i.e., inside of a garage or home

The Case Study: Using GPS Tracking Information as Evidence
Let’s start off this explanation of GPS’ legality with a case study. Michael A. Sveum of Wisconsin was convicted of stalking Jamie Johnson in 1996 and was promptly sent to jail. He stalked Ms. Johnson the entire time he was in jail with the help of his sister, and he continued to stalk her when he was released from jail. When Ms. Johnson reported this to the police, police went to his home, walked up his driveway, and placed a GPS tracker on the outside of his car. After following him for some time, the police retrieved the GPS tracker, and found out that Sveum was indeed stalking Ms. Johnson. Armed with the tracking information, police were able to obtain a search warrant and they eventually gathered enough evidence to re-convict Sveum. Sveum immediately appealed the ruling, stating that the police didn’t have the right to place a GPS tracking on his car to begin with because it directly violated the Fourt Amendment.

What the Court of Appeals concluded was that with this case, there was no direct violation of the Fourth Amendment. The police were completely within their own jurisdiction when they trailed the GPS tracker on the car because the car was visible to the general public. This decision was based on two previous cases: U.S. v. Knotts and U.S. v. Karo. What Knotts concluded was that GPS tracking does not violate the Fourth Amendment if the GPS is put on a car in public view. What Karo concluded was that it is legal to track a car and obtain information that could be obtained by manually trailing the car. It makes no difference whether it’s a GPS device tracking the car in these types of places or the police themselves.

Remember, it’s very important to check local and State laws before using a covert GPS tracker to gather location information since these laws vary by state.

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The John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory has come up with an incredible new technology that lets  cameras identify and track gunshots. The way the gunshot digital imaging system works is that it picks up the unique sound of a gunshot, and immediately aims all the cameras in the area at the spot of the incident, and at strategic locations such as intersections, local hangout spots. The sound activated camera systems also takes pictures of all the people in the surrounding areas to help looks for suspects, witnesses, and getaway cars. The system will then alert the police and forward them the photos.

This technology will surpass the limits of video surveillance by automatically moving to the spot of the incident and recording the moments before and after a violent act.  The system can also seek out explosions and detonations and help the police find the perpetrators much more efficiently and in an automated way.

“This is a great example of a technology that can be added to a law enforcer’s toolbox to deter crime and protect valuable assets,” says Teresa Colella, technology manager in the APL Office of Technology Transfer. “This agreement ensures that communities will benefit from this technology.”

(Via John Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory)

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attfamilymap1When we think of airports in the U.S., we think of intense security checks and measures that no regular person would be able to bypass. Well this blind trust was proven wrong earlier this week when Dakota Davis, a young 14-year-old with Asperger Syndrome, was able to use his mother’s credit card to purchase an airline ticket, board the plane, and fly there, without proper identification.

But thankfully, police were able to locate Dakota before any real damage was done thanks to the GPS tracking capabilities of his cell phone. With help from AT&T, police were able to triangulate Dakota’s position in Chicago using the signal from his cell phone. AT&T used the GPS service called the “AT&T Family Map” to track Dakota all the way to the Chicago O’Hare Airport. The company also found text messages between the 14-year-old and a female girlfriend in the area. Dakota was never able to see his friend as he was caught at the baggage claim in the airport and sent on the next flight home free of charge.

(Via KOIN Local 6)

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locatorGTX Corp and BrickHouse Security Team To Protect the 2,000 Children Reported Missing Daily With GPS Solutions

New iPhone utility App – Code Mobile – from GTX Corp, together with the BrickHouse Child Locator, use the most advanced GPS PLS proximity alert technology to provide protection for children locally and nationally.

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — GTX Corp (OTC Bulletin Board: GTXO), a leader in 2-way GPS Personal Location Services (PLS), has partnered with BrickHouse Security to offer products that can assist in the recovery of the 2,000 children reported missing every day. GTX Corp and BrickHouse will be working together to solve safety problems through product development, co-branding and joint marketing of innovative geo-specific and proximity-alerting solutions.

To help keep these children safe locally in busy malls, parks, and even in their own back yard, GTX Corp, through its Code Amber(R) subsidiary has formed a distribution relationship with BrickHouse Security to market the company’s Child Locator, as well as to jointly develop new safety and protection programs. The Child Locator, recently featured in a global media campaign by Duracell batteries, uses GPS technology to monitor the location of wandering children up to 600 feet away using an onscreen display and alert system.

The Child Locator is now available on the Code Amber web site and promoted on the Code Amber News Ticker that is viewed by millions. GTX Corp has expanded its subscriber base for geo-proximate real time information about reported missing children, through placement of its News Ticker on the BHS website and with a new mobile App; Code Mobile< – now available on iPhone, Blackberry and Android platforms.

The Code Amber (R) News Service and the Child Locator have already aided in the recovery of numerous children. “My favorite story is one in which CANS helped recover a child missing from his Arizona home who was later located in a car in a California parking lot of Walgreen’s, a long-standing partner who posted the alert at their stores. Thanks to the cross-state notification, the child was safely returned to his family,” said Bryant Harper, president of Code Amber.

Todd Morris, BrickHouse Security founder and CEO, adds his own story of a happy recovery: Said Mr. Morris, “I recently received a call from a relieved father who brought his child to a major theme park. His child had climbed a structure and moved out of sight and range of his calls. Using the Child Locator he was able to quickly find his child to the relief of the family.” He adds, “Now that we’re working with GTX Corp I’m comforted to know that we can reach further to recover children when they’re separated over longer distances, and I’m sure that many parents will be, too.”

Mr. Bertagna offered, “We are excited about the relationship, since Todd and I met close to a year ago we have been exploring the different opportunities for us to work together. Identifying a company with complementary products and a parallel mission marks the beginning of a profitable and purposeful relationship. I know that together we can help change the headlines from – child found missing, to – missing child found.”

About GTX Corp
GTX Corp (GTXO.OB) develops and integrates 2-way GPS people finding technologies which seamlessly integrate with consumer products and enterprise applications. Utilizing the latest in miniaturized tracking and cellular location technology, the company offers a GPS location platform that enables subscribers to track in real time the whereabouts of people, pets, or high valued assets through its customizable transceiver module, wireless connectivity gateway, middleware, and viewing portal.

Committed to being the “better people finder” GTX Corp owns and operates LOCiMOBILE, Inc.(www.locimobile.com) which develops applications that transforms smart phones into real time 2-way GPS personal location transceiver, letting friends, co-workers and loved ones know where you are, and Code Amber News Service (www.codeamber.com), a leading US and Canadian syndicator of online Amber Alerts which is dedicated to the recovery of missing persons.

Founded in 2002 and based in Los Angeles, California, the company has evolved from its early beginnings of putting a micro GPS device in a shoe – the patented smart-shoe (www.gpsshoe.com) – and continues to pave the way with innovative geo-specific and proximity alerting applications that help you know where someone or something is at the touch of a button. The company believes in a strong intellectual property strategy and to date has an extensive portfolio of patents, patents pending, registered trademarks, copyrights, and URLs.

About BrickHouse Security
BrickHouse Security provides safety and security products to consumers, businesses of all sizes including roughly half of the Fortune 500, and more than 500 local and national government agencies such as the NYPD, LA County Sheriffs, and the FBI. To help its customers protect what they care most about, the company offers a range of leading-edge safety, protection, GPS tracking and counter-surveillance products. BrickHouse Security’s industry-leading experts seek to be the go-to source for all of its audiences’ needs by providing timely information through the company’s informative blogs and content, and by identifying, developing, and selling quality products that represent the best and the latest in safety and security. The company is headquartered in New York City and serves a diverse US and international client base.

For more information regarding GTX Corp, please contact:
Ross Silver
Investor Relations
(213) 489.3019 ext 646
ir@gtxcorp.com

Matthew Chisum
Public Relations (Media Contact Only)
(310) 789-2461
matthew@prolificpr.com

For more information regarding BHS, please contact:
Jason Lazarus
Director of Marketing
BrickHouse Security
646-253-9131
jlazarus@brickhousesecurity.com

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landfillTracking family members, vehicles, and assets makes sense because hey, they’re valuable. But tracking trash? MIT researchers say, yes. Announced on Tuesday, MIT plans to electronically track 3,000 pieces of common garbage over the next three months using GPS cellular technology. The tagged trash, all potentially recyclable, will be monitored from the time it’s thrown out in an attempt to find out exactly where it’s going: in the landfill or in the recycle bin. By showing people that recyclable trash is still ending up in the landfill, MIT researchers hope to promote a lifestyle change nationwide.

“Trash Track aims to make the removal chain more transparent. We hope that the project will promote behavioral change and encourage people to make more sustainable decisions about what they consume and how it affects the world around them.”

The project was inspired by New York City’s Green Initiative goal to divert 100% of the city’s recyclables from landfills to recycle centers. By creating “trash transparency,” MIT researchers hope to change people’s  recycling habits  by using this high tech GPS tracking technology.

(Via Backpacker.com)

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