GPS Monitoring Still an Expensive Option for Law Enforcement

GPS monitoring, according to reports from relieved law enforcement departments, is a reliable way to keep tabs on ex-convicts with a minimum of effort by officers. All the results seem promising—past offenders are less likely to violate their parole terms when they know it will instantly alert the police, and officers can conduct more important business instead of constantly checking to make sure offenders stay where they are supposed to. Many of these good reports, however, overlook one very simple but very large fact, a fact that is causing at least one county some headaches and tough questions. That factRead More

Budget Concerns Could Kill Crash Avoidance Research

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The US Department of Transportation (DOT) is working on a pilot program to help make the roads safer for drivers. The program would use GPS technology already in many vehicles to talk to surrounding vehicles on the road to help prevent accidents “The receiving vehicle is able to determine if there is an imminent crash threat,” said the director of DOT’s Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), Shelley Row. “The two communicating vehicle systems can then activate warning systems to the drivers for things that the driver may not otherwise be able to detect.”     Using a Wi-Fi-like radio transmitter/receiver along withRead More

Lockheed: GPS Satellite Program Still On Schedule


Lockheed Martin Corp, the company contracted to build new GPS navigational satellites, recently assured the US Air Force Space Command office that everything was “on schedule, on target” according to the department’s head. Air Force General William Shelton also dispelled rumors that the program’s cost had risen 18 percent, as initially laid out in a recent congressional report. Shelton said of the GPS III satellite program, “There is no question in my mind that the program is going extremely well.” He says the budget is “not even close” to a level that would force the Pentagon to notify Congress dictatedRead More

GPS Helps Businesses Make the Most Out of Their Budget


With gas prices on the rise, many businesses are struggling to stretch their dollars. The industries most affected by high fuel costs will need to get creative if they hope to stay afloat during these uncertain economic times. Among other tactics, many businesses are turning to GPS tracking technology to help make the most out of expensive fossil fuels. By monitoring vehicle movement, managers can better see where employees can make changes to save the company money. FedEx, with its impressive budget, was early to integrate GPS tracking technology. Presumably, part of the reasoning was potential fuel cost savings, butRead More

Debating Priorities: Space Exploration vs. Food Programs


The website of a Connecticut newspaper uploaded an opinion piece early in December that raises questions about recent U.S. Mars exploration projects as they relate to the other portions of the national budget—specifically, efforts to provide food for hungry children. While the facts that the writer of this piece supplies are sketchy and poorly supported, the main point is a valid one: space exploration is not simply a flight of fantasy funded by tax dollars; it leads to real-life improvements that benefit the entire country. A purely practical, on-the-ground to investing national money will lead to short-term solutions for problemsRead More