689095Previously used by high profile government agencies and rich biollionaires, GPS tracking devices are become more accessible and making their way to small towns across America.

Pioneering this endeavor is the homey town of North Brunswick, New Jersey where officials hope to install GPS tracking systems in all of their government owned township cars.

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momo_catgirl_3Money can’t buy you love- unless you have an iPhone.

A new application has surfaced that provides you with a virtual catgirl girlfriend, named Momo.  Yes, that is right, this portable girlfriend is there for you any time of the day, waiting to love you right in your pocket.  Using new technology, creators designed Momo to express emotions depending on the time of day.  Another, feature utilizes the iPhone’s built in GPS tracking device to let Momo know when you are out and when you are home.  Just like any girlfriend- you’ll get a moodier, and suspicious Momo when you are out late into the night, and a happier, bubblier side if you spend the night in…with your phone.

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pure-michigan-bayview-mackinac-race-sailingGPS tracking devices have championed in catching criminals and finding lost children, but they have proven successful in another, unsuspecting arena – marketing. By placing GPS tracking devices on more than 200 boats racing in the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race, and airing their positions in real time on their website- Michigan.org was able to direct traffic to their website in record numbers.
With the number of viewers reaching well over 250,000 in just 3 short days, the rouse was a huge success. Over 36% of the viewers on the website were directed there becuase of the GPS race. The real time feedback gave viewers the illusion that they were going along the race with the boats. Feeling involved was fostered by being able to visually see where boats were on a map in real time. Without GPS trackers there was no way this project could be have completed.

Vice President George Zimmermann admitted, “One of our strategies for our sponsorship of the Pure Michigan Bayview Mackinac Race was to drive large numbers of potential visitors to Michigan.org, and expose them to information about the state for future vacation planning.”

With the air saturated with success, it seems that GPS trackers have found yet another niche to live in. (Via Crains Detroit)

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rhianna_02Last month, Texas joined a coalition of seventeen states that protect victims of domestic violence and interpersonal violence by using GPS electronic monitoring systems. This tracking system enables authorities to both monitor a convicted offender and to realize when he or she goes to certain locations of interests, such as a victim’s home or place of employment.

Diane Rosenfeld, who is a Harvard Law lecturer and a very important figure in the campaign to get GPS electronic monitoring used in many states, stated in an interview that the system can be a key tool in the fight against domestic violence due to its ability to establish boundaries when they are broken, and because warning could be given to the victim if need be.

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82765-imageSmart Infrastructure, a highly influential IT provider based in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia, is making a difference in the day-to-day operations of the nation’s companies and corporations with the new GPS Fleet Software developed by High-Tech Solutions. HTS is the Dubai based specialist for GPS vehicle tracking and fleet solutions. The GPS Fleet Software allows companies and corporations to pinpoint the exact position of their vehicles. It does this through a GPS black box that sends the location of the vehicle position to a head office where an operator can observe and control vehicles as they see fit. The Fleet Software also generates a logbook and data about driving times and driving behavior. This product has become particularly popular in Saudi Arabia, but it is also being used by companies in the Middle East in countries such as Quater, as well as Europe.
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otlawgpsThe New York State Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling baring police from tracking the cars of criminal suspects with GPS systems unless a warrant is first obtained from a judge. The ruling was set in motion by a case in Albany County where the state police believed a man may have been committing burglaries. The GPS device was used to place the suspects car at the scene of a shopping center burglary. However, Chief Judge John Lippman ruled that this type of GPS tracking violated the state Constitution.

In the majority opinion, Lippman wrote that “It is quite clear that this would not, and indeed, realistically could not be done without GPS and this dragnet use of of this technology at the sole discretion of law enforcement authorities to pry into the details of people’s daily lives is not consistent with the values at the core of the state Constitution’s prohibition against unreasonable searches.”

A New York State attorney who had been involved in a similar case with a man who was tracked by a GPS device praised the verdict as a strong one. William Tendy, a native of Poughkeepsie, stated that “The decision makes good sense; it’s well-reasoned.” He also said that the ruling was a good sign, as law enforcement agencies are usually believed to be slow in addressing advancements in technology that are seen as eroding citizens privacy.

Ulster County D.A. Holley Carnight, who said that GPS devices are sometimes used in law enforcement cases in the county, particularly in drug investigations, was one law enforcement official who disagreed with the Court of Appeals ruling. He believes that GPS tracking does not give enough information on drivers to be an infringement on privacy.

“It doesn’t tell you who the driver is or what he’s doing, so I don’t think the situation is as sinister as the majority seems to believe,” Carnight said.

The New York State Court of Appeals may have the state’s citizens best interests at heart, but with this ruling, law enforcement may face a major set back in fighting crime. The vehicle GPS tracking systems that law enforcement uses in both New York and other states at this moment in time are very simple and have a clear goal: to track and stop suspected criminals and in doing so, protect communities. Our pinion is that there is no “Big Brother” effect at work here with the trackers. Rather, it is just law enforcement serving and protecting, as it’s their duty to do so.

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airportcopsThe buzz of people waiting to board the plane drowns out the heavy breathing of the suspicious looking people clutching their fists hoping to release some tension in their body.  Their darting eyes screen the room for any threats as they walk through security.  They hold their breath praying that nothing goes wrong and close their eyes as they take their first step under the beams of metal. Then it comes, the beautiful, refreshing sound of absolutely nothing.  No alarms.  No flashing lights.  Plain and utterly priceless nothing.  Ignorant is everyone to the fact that another drug dealer just successfully smuggled more drugs into the country.

According to an article written in Stuff.co.nz,  an astounding 80% of drugs smuggled into New Zealand go undetected every year, as reported by the National Drug Intelligence Bureau, and changes need to be made to substantially lower that number.

Authorities are trying to respond to the surprisingly high number of successful transportation of illegal drugs into New Zealand every year by implementing a new technology.  While the exact methodology of how these devices could be used to prevent drug trafficking cannot be released, authorities have confirmed that they need to implement GPS tracking devices in order to track intercepted shipments. However, there are some obstacles to overcome before any real progress can be made.

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Grandma’s new kicks are not only stylish but they could also save her life. A new shoe embedded with a live GPS tracking chip is becoming a hit with Alzheimer patients and their families. Avoid the angst associated with a wandering family member by checking in on their real-time GPS location online, from your cell phone, or gpsshoe2even on Facebook.

“This product could not only save lives but potentially save governments billion in search and rescue operations,” said Andrew Carle, a professor at George Mason and an adviser for the project.

This GPS tracking unit is part of a significant line of assisted-living products offered for the treatment of Alzheimer’s patients, from sensor systems to pill boxes that remind patients of medication. The market for assisted-living products is growing fast and shows no sings of stagnation soon, as the market for microchip-based technology alone is estimated at $5 billion.

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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.

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