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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speedingticket11In Los Angeles, California parents are attempting to use their son’s GPS navigation system to beat a speeding ticket. Los Angeles Police however, believe that the radars don’t lie.

Shaun Malone was given a speeding ticket after police radars found him going 72 mph in a 45 mph zone. The parents of the teen decided to fight the ticket using information retrieved from the GPS device installed in their son’s vehicle. The GPS showed Malone was traveling at a speed of 45mph during the time in which the cops stopped him. Sgt. Ken Savano of the Petaluma Police traffic division stated “We think he sped up to 62.5 m.p.h., then saw the police car and slowed down.”

The discussion as to whether or not the young man was speeding comes down to the reliability of radar vs GPS. The police are standing by their technology, stating that the information given by the GPS systems could have been altered by other cars and road signs. The parents are taking a similar stance and claiming that the radar could have tracked another vehicle’s speed rather than their sons. Malone’s father supports the GPS system because he has “seen too many times how teens are killing themselves all over this country [by] being irresponsible behind the wheel.” He is eager to prove his son is not one of those teens.

(Via The Christian Science Monitor)

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57590766Football star, Michael Strahan and ex-wife of actor Eddie Murphy, Nicole Murphy are said to be engaged. The news of the two possibly tying the knot is shocking to some as they were both recently in the news when Strahan purchased and tracked Murphy with a covert GPS system under suspicions of infidelity.

The GPS system was installed after Strahan had heard that, his then girlfriend, Murphy was cheating on him with Universal Records exec Demetrius Spencer. The GPS system allowed Strahan to track Murphy’s whereabouts and let him have an inside look at her day to day life. Murphy, who grew suspicious when Strahan new her every move, got the car checked out and discovered the hidden GPS and had it removed.

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bear2Because of the increased development throughout the state of Florida, the black bear’s habitats have been dwindling in size. As a result, black bears are traveling less, and becoming more isolated.  This isolation results in unhealthy inbreeding. Researchers have turned to GPS to help out the bears. According to Dr. John Cox, head of the South-Central Florida Bear Project, bears need to travel to and from different-bear habitats in order to stay healthy.

“This population of bears is actually losing genetic diversity,” Cox said. “You see that loss of healthy genes in the population over time….That is a sign of isolation.”

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marijuana2Police discovered over 10,000 marijuana plants in both Idaho and Oregon with the help of GPS tracking.

Detectives in Ada and Canyon County noticed that there were huge amounts of plastic pipes and water emitters being purchased in cash from local distributors. Suspecting production of an illegal substance, investigators planted GPS trackers on the goods and followed the suspects to their marijuana grow operations where they uncovered 6,000 marijuana plants.

Using similar tactics, police were also able to locate another 4,000 marijuana plants in a remote region of Oregon, apparently connected to this particular grow operation. Authorities arrested three men and charged them in connection to serious marijuana grows in both Idaho and Oregon. Police value the marijuana at millions of dollars.

(Via ABC6 Boise)

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Mothers who send their children to school on the school bus system are often concerned with the safety of their child. Well parents in the Pike County School system can breathe even easier than most. Park County School have partnered up with Sprint Nextel and Telenav Track to install GPS cell phones on all of the county school buses.

Tom Hicks of the PCS transportation department stated “Over the past few years, buses have been hijacked in other places. this system helps protect our buses.”

According to Hicks, Sprint provided the equipment and it was all installed right before school started. Through this system county officials have the ability to see the exact mileage of the buses as well as their exact location and speeds.

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towtrucksSomeone snuck into a Fort Lauderdale towing company’s parking lot in the dead of night. Someone believed they could be reckless, and that they were above the law when they stole two tow trucks. Someone believed that they would never get caught. What these someone’s didn’t understand was that GPS tracking could and would put an end to their hair-brained schemes.

Fort Lauderdale police arrested two men on Saturday for the theft of the tow trucks. Both were equipped with GPS tracking devices, which had been used to track all movement of the tow trucks during the time they were stolen. A number of stolen items, including car rims, were found in the suspects collection of goods. Police did not immediately identify the men.

Jason Parrett, owner of the Fort Lauderdale repossession truck company First Response Towing and Recovery, said the GPS tracking units were crucial in finding the missing wreckers.

“Without it we wouldn’t have found the trucks,” said Parrett, who has all three trucks in his fleet hooked up with GPS technology.

Parrett said that he was alerted by an employee early Saturday that the trucks were missing and reacted to the situation by pulling up their locations on his wife’s BlackBerry, which is linked to their GPS units to give the company maximum oversight.

After GPS maps showed Ford F-450’s in Oakland Park and the Lauderdale Manors section of the city, Parrett’s drivers were able to find one F-450 abandoned in Oakland Park. When the other was located on Northwest 13th Avenue, the driver observed a man taking the wrecker. The truck was followed by the driver and eventually abandoned when the culprit realized he was being followed.

The GPS system’s activity report was so efficient that it basically did all the police’s work for them, showing where the trucks had been, places where they had been parked for extended periods and how fast they had been driven.This information was used to arrest the culprits on the 1700 block of Northwest 13th Avenue, a location listed in the report.

“The detailed activity reports in these are disgustingly accurate,” Parrett said of the system, which cost him $300 to install and $20 a month for airtime for each of his three trucks.

(Via Miami Herald)

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