06cellphone_600Law enforcement’s use of sophisticated cellular tracking techniques to observe suspects before arrest and to build cases against them in criminal cases is building all across the country, and is raising major concern over civil liberties and privacy rights. Existing law is outdated and does not give set guidelines on the use of cellular tracking techniques. Federal wiretap laws are behind the times in passing laws on the use of data to find a person’s location, and guidelines cannot be passed when local laws differ in separate regions of the U.S.
For more than a decade, law enforcement had the technology to match an antenna tower with a cellphone signal so that a cellphone’s location could be tracked to within a radius of 200 yards in urban areas and 20 miles in urban ones. Now, cellular technology is sophisticated enough that its GPS systems can mark a user’s position to within a few dozen yards. Law enforcement can track suspects in real time by having phone companies send signals to a phone that is turned on.

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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.

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

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yhst-81126207287951_2053_67187808Many people liked the human quality that comes with hiring private investigators for covert vehicle tracking. However, the average price of a surveillance job is around $50 per hour. And many times, tracking vehicles are a lot of sitting and waiting.

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xin_54040207093151554427The Queen of England faced a covert spy detection disaster when her chauffeur gave undercover reporters a tour of her fleet. The royal chauffeur Brian Sirjusingh was bribed with $1,500 by the reporters who posed as middle eastern businessmen.  They were allowed to enter the palace grounds without being checked for weapons or bombs. They also learned the code names of the queen’s cars and security weaknesses of some of the royal coaches. They even learned about the queen’s weekend plans. A good deal of information for anyone who may want to harm her royal highness.

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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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The Transport of London (TfL) has announced testing of the Intelligent Speed Adaption system that will monitor the speed of cars from outer space using GPS tracking.  When the system detects a speeding car, it will slow down that car until it is under the limit. This system will make speed camera vehicle tracking obsolete.

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evesdropping_cellphones_080314_mnThe amount of information stored on a cellphone is staggering. Things like your whereabouts, call times, text message logs, not to mention names and phone numbers can all be accessed from your cellphone. Cellphone Spy Technology allows you to read deleted text messages. Cutting edge software can innocuously turn any smart phone into a GPS Tracker. The fast paced field of consumer surveillance technology may be too fast for tech-hungry spies. As with all technology, spy-gear often overtakes its users, leaving behind a myriad of ethical questions in its wake. The Brickhouse Security specialists are here offer three ways to employ cellphone surveillance that won’t weigh on your conscience.

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KKTV 11 News set hidden cameras to capture what kids do when confronted by a stranger home alone. With summer approaching quickly, and kids not under school supervision, do your kids know how to be safe? If a stranger was knocking on the door, would they run and hide or let the stranger in?

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