firetruckWhen the FDNY wanted to cut costs and improve efficiency for faster response, they turned to GPS tracking. The system was designed to locate some 1,300 ambulances and fire trucks so workers could better dispatch emergency responders. When GPS tracking has proved to increase efficiency and cut costs for most businesses, the FDNY are still facing astronomical consulting fees from their Hewlett Packer private consulting firm. Facing budgetary constraints that may result in the layoffs of over 1,000 firefighters

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2202854905_4752c3a086It’s not everyday that the Wyoming Highway Patrol and the NYPD get to work together, but thanks to a GPS tracking device, the two teams were able to work together to catch thieves embroiled in a major heist..

First the NYPD contact the Wyoming troopers to let them know to keep a watch out for a stolen rental car. Fortunately the rental company had installed a GPS tracking device inside of the vehicle, so the NYPD was able to determine which region the car was in, which is why they contacted the Wyoming Highway Patrol. As a result, the Wyoming Highway Patrol was able to quickly spot the car this past monday night. The suspects in the car were immediately arrested and troops managed to find $37,000 in stolen jewelry, laptop computers, iPods and digital cameras in the car.

(Via Q2 KTVQ)

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350010167772150storieslarge20100301ortiz-2-28-10-cyIn New York, Assemblyman Felix Ortiz is working hard to enact a new bill that would protect domestic violence victims by requiring any person with an order of protection issued against them to wear a GPS tracking device. The family of Erika Delia took to the steps of CIty Hall with Ortiz to express their support of such a bill.

In 2007, Erika Delia was murdered by her ex-boyfriend who she had previously had a restraining order on. And just recently a woman in Flushing was murdered by a man who she had multiple restraining orders against.

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Have you ever taken a taxi ride and suspected that the meter was going faster than it should be? You’re suspicions might have been correct if you were ever a passenger of Wasim Khalid Cheema. The Brooklyn taxi driver is said to have hacked his taxi meter in order to routinely charge his passengers double the fare. It’s estimated that his meter hack stole a total of $40k during a 6 month period.

“(Cheema) has a pattern of deceiving passengers in a manner which is clearly against the best interests of the public,” a city administrative law judge wrote in a decision against him last month. “Members of the riding public must be able to trust that taxicab drivers will … be honest.”


Taxi cab driver, Wasim Khalid Cheema

After passengers complained, investigators used the GPS tracking technology installed in all NYC taxi meters to determine that Cheema was actually charging riders the rate reserved for trips to Nassau and Westchester counties.


(Via AMNY)

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giraffe-gps-collar-001We’ve written about GPS tracking wildlife before ranging from bears, deer, wolves, and marine life. Now we can add giraffes to the list. Just like tracking other species, the British Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) hopes to better the lives of both giraffes and humans by implementing GPS tracking. The West African giraffe species is endangered and experiencing threats to their survival

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