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

The Downside to Self-Driving Cars

Alden Jewell

The thought of a car that doesn’t require a driver is kind of a neat one (especially if you are a science fiction fan!), but there might be a downside to the new cars. A recently published article in The Guardian points to the fact that the mere technology for self-driving cars is enough to put a lot of people out of work. Here’s a further explanation. What Next? Driving is a difficult process that requires all of our concentration, motor skills, and reflexes. Most of us have to be completely concentrated on the road in order to drive safely.Read More

Is Employee Monitoring with GPS Technology Legal?

GPS tracking and navigation devices have become a part of everyday life in the U.S. and many other parts of the developed world. We have GPS on our phones and in our cars as little helpful tools that get us where we need to go, or even keep our loved ones safe. However, the very feature that makes this technology so helpful is also what makes it so potentially creepy. It is quite unnerving to think that someone might be tracking your every movement, especially without your consent. We’ve reported on big, landmark cases that called into question under whatRead More

Employer Uses GPS Tracking to Investigate Woman on Sick Leave

Automobile GPS tracking offers a wide range of uses to make your life better. By installing a small device in your vehicle, you can protect your car from theft, make sure loved ones are safe while they travel, and keep an eye on teen drivers, all from the comfort of your home. Unfortunately, GPS tracking devices also have the potential to invade privacy when used inappropriately or without the knowledge or consent of the car owner. Anthea Orchard, a British woman who worked for an emergency call center, recently experienced one of these unethical uses of GPS tracking when herRead More

Jersey City Mayor Announced GPS Tracking For City Vehicles

We’ve reported a number of different ways GPS tracking is used to save employers money. Well, it shouldn’t be a surprise that government agencies would want the same benefits. The mayor of Jersey City recently announced that city vehicles will soon be tracked with GPS technology in order to reduce fuel costs and eliminate personal use of vehicles by employees.   “With this program we are creating mechanisms for accountability,” said Mayor Steve Fulop in a statement. “Any employee who takes a city vehicle outside of city bounds or uses it for a purpose other than city business, we willRead More

GPS Devices to Protect Water Supply

GPS devices have been installed on many vehicles for a variety of reasons, but a recent order in India has added them to a whole new class of machinery. Operators of well drilling machinery will soon be required to outfit their equipment with the devices in order to track where in the district they are being used. Drilling for Water As in many parts of the world, the Gurgaon district of India fights an unending battle to keep its residents supplied with adequate water. Part of their efforts to protect their water supply involve restrictions as to who may operateRead More

U.S.P.S. To Track Mail Carriers With GPS Technology

We all know how annoying it is when mail doesn’t arrive when expected. Sending items through the postal service is notoriously slow. In fact, in the modern age of faxing and email, the postal service is often referred to as “snail mail” due to its relatively slow pace. Despite technology booming, the USPS hasn’t made much improvement in getting ground service mail to its destination any faster. Faster shipping services are available as a means to combat the snail mail. We can pay extra to have our mail shipped via jet, so it gets to us within 24 hours. ThereRead More

Freedom from GPS Fleet Tracking

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The introduction or discussion of GPS fleet tracking has been met with varying responses from employers and employees. As specific industries and government-funded departments have decided to implement this new technology, opinions ranging from causes to freedoms to taxpayers’ money continue to abound—and to clash. Some people, simply by personality, negatively react to the idea of accountability and control inherent within the establishment of GPS fleet tracking; however, the new technology seems to be spreading and attracting more supporters. Could a shift in thinking possibly help those in opposition see such changes as bringing more freedom instead of less?  Read More

Is It Legal To Monitor Employees With GPS Tracking Devices?

Dishonest Liar

Here at RMT, we’ve reported many stories about employers using GPS tracking technology. Some use the tracking devices to make sure their services are delivered as efficiently as possible. Other employers use the technology to ensure their employees are accurately reporting their working hours. In general, it is legal for employers to track company-owned vehicles. However, due to the privacy concerns introduced by GPS tracking and the newness of the technology, it is important that employers seek legal counsel before implementing GPS tracking policies.   Privacy laws vary from state to state. It is essential to contact a local legalRead More

Which Type of Location Methods Best for Enterprise Applications?

With so many location-based services and apps, each with a unique set of content and features to offer businesses today, how do you choose one best suited for your business? If you look closely at your needs in the areas of accuracy, privacy, latency requirements, and authentication, you can more easily narrow down the field.   Handset-based vs. Network-based There are a couple of ways your mobile device can pinpoint your location, and you must understand them to make your decision. The first is network-based, where your wireless carrier uses various towers and hotspots to triangulate your location. Handset-based technologiesRead More