Heavy Machinery: Buy or Rent?

If you are buying your own heavy machinery, installing a GPS tracking device will more than pay off.

There comes a time in some business owner’s lives when the choice to buy heavy machinery or rent various items has to be made. This type of machinery is anything but cheap, and buying can make sense in a lot of cases. On the flipside, renting machinery can also make sense depending on your situation. If you’re currently trying to make this tough decision, here are some of the things you’ll want to consider prior to making that choice. Your Budget: Top Consideration It makes sense to look at your current budget in order to figure out whether or notRead More

SFO to Use GPS Tracking to Collect Fees

SFO to Use GPS Tracking to Collect Fees

Airports collect fees from limousine and taxi companies that pick up and drop off on their premises, but up until this point airports like SFO had no way of tracking rides from services like Uber and Lyft. San Francisco International Airport has recently created a GPS tracking platform that will do just that – allow the airport to track and collect fees from services like Uber and Lyft. Further, SFO will be selling this same technology to other airports in the near future. Here’s what it’s all about. Easy Way to Collect Fees When a new form of transportation showsRead More

A New GPS Helmet for Bikes Could Save Lives

A New GPS Helmet for Bikes Could Save Lives

Trying to ride a motorcycle while also trying to navigate city streets is tricky. If you look down at any kind of navigation map, you risk crashing your bike. If you don’t know where you’re going, a navigation map can really help. Is there a fine balance between the two? A group of Russian engineers have invented a helmet that displays GPS maps on the visor. The helmet is called LiveMap, and it’s the only one of its kind. How LiveMap Works Imagine a hologram of sorts on the front part of your helmet visor that you can only seeRead More

50 Shades Debut Inspires Increase in GPS Tracker Sales

50 Shades of Grey book.

50 Shades of Grey: you either love it or hate it, whether you read the book or not. Some chose to skip the movie altogether based on their disappointment with the series, while others counted down the days to its release. No matter if you liked it or not, there’s no question this movie topped the charts all over the world. In fact, according to worldwide box office figures, the movie did better overseas than it did here. The majority of the $350 million the movie grossed has the highest percentage of those sales coming from international locations. It isRead More

Tesla to Sell Cars in New Jersey Without Dealerships

A Tesla Charging Station - Rocky Mountain Tracking Blog

Nearly a year ago, the state of New Jersey banned Tesla from selling its cars direct to the public. Today, Governor Chris Christie reversed that ban by signing a bill into law that allows the car company to sell directly to the public without the help or interference of any car dealerships. This is a major step forward for Tesla, since New Jersey is one of the states with the highest luxury car sales. The company has been banned from selling directly to the public in a number of other states including Texas, Michigan, Virginia, and Arizona. Tesla’s CEO ElonRead More

The E-Bike to Shame All Other E-Bikes

Vanmoof Electric Bike - Rocky Mountain Tracking Blog

Electric bikes–no, not scooters–really haven’t been all that appealing. Consumers find them to be a bit hideous, truth be told. Not only do they sport a hefty price tag, they are usually visually unappealing, way too heavy to be practical, and often need to spend too much time in the repair shop (as with many new technologies). Enter the Vanmoof 10 Electrified, an e-bike created in the Netherlands, where they know their bikes! Not only is it affordable (compare its price tag of $2,998 to that of another model, the Stealth Bomber, at $11,000), it isn’t ridiculously heavy (weighs inRead More

University of Miami Football Latest to Employ GPS Technology

The University of Miami sign.

When you are picked up by a college football team, you’re expected to work hard to perform better than you did during the last game or practice. They strive for excellence, and you work your hardest to provide it. But certain aspects of your performance are tough to measure. Sure, you can measure muscles and weigh yourself, tracking just how much stronger you are than the last time you worked out, but on the field, it’s tough to measure a variety of stats that could help you see just where you need improvement. Many teams around the world–football, soccer, andRead More

Atmospheric Froth and GPS

The sky. It's big, and blue.

Atmospheric froth is the name that scientists have given to irregularities in the ionosphere (the part of the atmosphere that separates Earth and space), and it’s a major point of interest for NASA and for researchers at the University of New Brunswick. Why is froth gaining so much attention? Simply put, those irregularities are causing problems with radio signals from GPS satellites and with aircraft. How GPS Happens We tend to take GPS for granted regularly. We use GPS on our phones, in our cars, and to track items of all kinds. In order for all of these things toRead More

These Cities Have the Most Stolen Cars

A Porsche with stolen wheels on blocks.

Have you ever wondered how your city fares when it comes to auto theft rates? Forbes recently totaled the number of thefts in some of the biggest cities in the US, and here are the ones that have the highest car theft rates. Yeah, you may want to look into a car tracker if you live in any one of these spots! 1. San Francisco, CA: San Fran is definitely up there with some of the highest car theft rates per year at 23,000. 2. Fresno, CA: At the last census report, Fresno residents experienced around 8,000 car thefts annually.Read More

Wyoming: Tracking Mule Deer During Migration

A mule deer.

In an effort to track mule deer in Wyoming to better understand migratory habits, wildlife biologists at the University of Wyoming are affixing GPS tracking devices to deer captured by helicopter. The goal is to learn more about their health and the path they travel during what is known as the Red Desert-to-Hoback migration, the longest known land migration in the lower 48 states. The journey, taken by the deer twice each year, spans 150 miles. The scientists hope that data gathered during the GPS project will help conservationists better understand the needs of the deer in regards to protectingRead More