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Tracking With GPS to Protect

By Greg Bartlett

GPS tracking technology has become a mainstay in monitoring vehicles, assets, and people.  It makes use of one or more of the thirty-some satellites that are floating in space.  Satellites transmit information, and that information is received by the owners of tracking devices.  Tracking devices, such as teen tracking devices, transmit information that can be accessed by anyone with access to a web-enabled device such as a computer or a mobile phone.  Tracking devices are used to locate cars, assets-like cargo, and people-such as children, elderly parents, and teenagers.  In fact, teen tracking devices are quickly becoming a very popular way to ensure children’s safety.

Teen Drivers & GPS Tracking

Teen Drivers & GPS Tracking

Teenagers, much to their dismay, are inexperienced drivers.  Their reflexes are not as precise and immediate as their parents’ or older counterparts’ reflexes are.  Sadly, there is proof of this as car accidents are the number one killer of young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty every year.  It is reported that nearly 6,000 teenagers are killed every year in car accidents.  Whether they are the drivers or passengers, teenagers fall prey to accidents.  They are easily distracted by phones, texting, radio, and other passengers.  Teenagers who have caused accidents admit to being easily distracted, and teenagers hurt in accidents admit that, in many cases, the driver was not as focused as he should have been.

As the number of teen-related accidents and deaths rises, so does the desire of parents, friends, law enforcement officers, and insurance companies to stop these needless deaths.  One company, AIG, is taking this to the next level.  They recently launched a pilot program that allows policyholders to purchase teen tracking devices and install them into their cars to track young drivers.  These GPS trackers allow parents to track their children’s whereabouts on any web-enabled device.  The information that is received includes the location of the car, the car’s speed, the car’s route of travel, and any stops the car may have made along the way.

Teenagers, as you can imagine, are not crazy about being “tailed” like this, but it is definitely for their own good and for the good of the other drivers on the road.  Protection like this will make the roads safer, and it will keep the teenage driver in your house far more alert and defensive.   Teen tracking devices are an extremely effective way to utilize GPS technology in today’s society.

Smart Phones and Apps Trump GPS Tracking Devices – Or NOT

by James Neely, freelance writer

Smart and sexy new apps have taken over in importance for Smart Phone owners.  The trendy, fad-oriented features are what sell cell phones now, not safety and other more practical features.

The problem with this is that one of the most important things that a smart phone can provide for its owner is the GPS enabled feature that allows the unit to be tracked in case of an emergency.  It’s not as good as a GPS Tracking device, but it is better than nothing.

GPS & Smart Phones

GPS & Smart Phones

Don’t misunderstand; some of these new applications offer a very compelling draw to the end user.  For example, health and fitness apps are being downloaded and installed in greater numbers.  These allow the user to track important information that can help them.

In fact, health and fitness apps are growing at phenomenal rates for the iPhone and Android smart phones.

Here’s why this is such a good thing:

Aids in Behavior Modification

Everyone needs motivation to help make necessary lifestyle changes that will move them towards a healthier body.  It also aids in how they feel.  Not just about feeling good about being healthy, but also feeling good about themselves.  If you are trying to lose weight, or exercise more (or both) any small help that you can get from an App on your smart phone is valuable.  Often these apps are just a few dollars, but the help they provide is worth a lot more.

You can find apps that help you monitor your exercise, yoga, and even help you plan menus of healthy foods for mealtime.

Supplies Valuable Health Information

From apps that track your blood sugar, to those that monitor your blood pressure readings the information stored and used helps you keep closer watch on important indicators of your health.

Makes People More Aware of Personal Health Issues

Being reminded daily of these health points keeps them in the fore-front of your mind.  From that, healthy choices can be made in other areas such as exercise and eating properly.  If you have high blood pressure, you can better monitor the things that affect it such as stress and lack of proper exercise.

We have access to more things than ever to help us in health related parts of our life, and it does not take a great effort to use these tools.  That is just one of the ways that technology and smart phones are changing our lives.  Those who take advantage of them are reaping the benefits in their health and lifestyle choices.

Track to Protect

GPS technology has become a mainstay in tracking vehicles, assets, and people.  It makes use of one or more of the thirty-some satellites that are floating in space.  Satellites transmit information, and that information is received by the owners of tracking devices.  Tracking devices, such as teen tracking devices, transmit information that can be accessed by anyone with access to a web-enabled device such as a computer or a mobile phone.  Tracking devices are used to locate cars, assets-like cargo, and people-such as children, elderly parents, and teenagers.  In fact, teen tracking devices are quickly becoming a very popular way to ensure children’s safety.

Teen Drivers & GPS Tracking

Teen Drivers & GPS Tracking

Teenagers, much to their dismay, are inexperienced drivers.  Their reflexes are not as precise and immediate as their parents’ or older counterparts’ reflexes are.  Sadly, there is proof of this as car accidents are the number one killer of young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty every year.  It is reported that nearly 6,000 teenagers are killed every year in car accidents.  Whether they are the drivers or passengers, teenagers fall prey to accidents.  They are easily distracted by phones, texting, radio, and other passengers.  Teenagers who have caused accidents admit to being easily distracted, and teenagers hurt in accidents admit that, in many cases, the driver was not as focused as he should have been.

As the number of teen-related accidents and deaths rises, so does the desire of parents, friends, law enforcement officers, and insurance companies to stop these needless deaths.  One company, AIG, is taking this to the next level.  They recently launched a pilot program that allows policyholders to purchase teen tracking devices and install them into their cars to track young drivers.  These GPS trackers allow parents to track their children’s whereabouts on any web-enabled device.  The information that is received includes the location of the car, the car’s speed, the car’s route of travel, and any stops the car may have made along the way.  Teenagers, as you can imagine, are not crazy about being “tailed” like this, but it is definitely for their own good and for the good of the other drivers on the road.  Protection like this will make the roads safer, and it will keep the teenage driver in your house far more alert and defensive.   Teen tracking devices are an extremely effective way to utilize GPS technology in today’s society.

Helping the Elderly with GPS Tracking

Monitoring Seniors with Memory-Retention Problems

It has long been known that senior citizens are high-risk drivers. Many of the elderly that are sometimes involved in car accidents suffer from mental incapacities such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, causing delays in motor skills that may lead to danger on the roadways. Sometimes it can be quite apparent that a senior has one of these conditions, and sometimes it is not.

Elderly Drivers & GPS

Elderly Drivers & GPS

Wouldn’t it be of great value to know if a senior citizen in your family was capable of still operating their own motor vehicle safely and independently? Wouldn’t you want the assurance that your parent, family member or friend was of sound mind to be on the road alone?

Today you can have that assurance with GPS tracking systems that are not only efficient, but cost-effective as well. GPS trackers are easy to use and can be affixed to a vehicle with or without the knowledge of the senior. After attaching or installing a vehicle tracking device to the automobile, the concerned person can remotely access the GPS tracking data. The GPS monitoring information will then allow the concerned person to uncover where the senior is going, how fast or slow they are going and other pertinent information about their driving habits.

With the kind of knowledge a concerned family member, parent or friend can receive from the GPS tracking system; absolute confidence can be felt whether or not it is time to take away the keys from grandma or grandpa.

Almost all of the seniors interviewed about having their keys taken away stated they were upset about the loss of independence. However, they also stated that they felt that it was probably time for them to hang the keys up. All of us will likely reach that point sometime in our lives.

Affordable and dependable GPS tracking devices have provided the solution for many people and families dealing with the issue of senior drivers. Nothing is more important than protecting our seniors and general public; however, it can be difficult to know with complete certainty when the time has come to retrieve the car keys. GPS tracking devices can provide that certainty.

Ryan Horban is a guest author who specializes in writing about GPS technology and monitoring devices for Tracking System Direct.

Is GPS the New Face of Surgery?

By Harriette Halepis

Source acquired via ABC News, April 16, 2010 – Neurosurgeons in Townsville, Australia, have a new piece of technology that allows for less-invasive brain and spinal surgery. The GPS-like tracking device guides surgeons to the exact location of a brain tumour or spinal injury with the help of an infra-red light. Not only does this new technology make it easier for a surgeon to find a brain tumour, but it also makes mistakes far less likely.

GPS & Medical Advances

GPS & Medical Advances

Since the GPS-like device that Townsville neurosurgeons are using provides a detailed map to a tumour or spinal injury, surgeons are able to judge the best route to take. This largely eliminates the need for a surgeon to use a highly invasive route to reach an injury. In addition to using this new technology on brain and spinal patients, surgeons hope to use the device for paediatric surgery as well.

Presently, paediatric surgeons must clamp a child’s brain in order to perform surgery. With the help of GPS technology, these surgeons will be able to find a direct route to a child’s brain, which will eliminate the need for clamping. This is a major breakthrough within the field of paediatric surgery, and it’s one that many parents and children have been waiting for.

While similar instruments have been used in surgical settings before, this is the first instrument of this type to provide a clear map to a surgical area. Using GPS-inspired technology, surgeons are able to pinpoint and map the exact location of a tumour or other injury. Prior to GPS technology, surgeons had to rely upon experience in order to reach a tumour in a non-evasive manner.

There is a great deal of potential when it comes to combining GPS technology and surgical instruments. GPS technology can be used to guide a number of different surgical tasks ranging from plastic surgery to eye surgery. As more and more GPS manufacturers explore the various uses of GPS technology, many more GPS-inspired devices are bound to surface.

Checking Up On Your Spouse with GPS Tracking

By Greg Bartlett

In some marriages, concern over spousal fidelity can be a serious issue.  A husband could wonder whether his wife really is spending all day shopping, or a wife could be suspicious that her husband’s business trips aren’t all for business.  Husbands and wives may suspect infidelity without ever being able to prove or disprove it unless they hire a private investigator, which can often be more expensive than they can afford.  So the husbands and wives are just left to sit, wonder, and lose trust in their spouses even if no cheating is actually taking place.

GPS Tracking & Spouses

GPS Tracking & Spouses

In today’s electronic age, tracking potentially cheating spouses is easier than ever and possible for anyone to do with relatively little expense, especially in comparison to hiring a private investigator.  All it takes is a little curiosity and a GPS tracking device.  Since GPS tracking units are typically small and can be easily hidden, a suspicious spouse can place it inside the vehicle of the spouse who might be cheating.  Then the GPS device will confirm or dismiss the suspicions.

So, if a husband is wondering where his wife is all day while he’s at work, the GPS tracking device will inform him about where she’s been, what stops she’s made, and how much time is spent at each stop.  If she regularly visits a private house in a secluded neighborhood, the husband’s suspicions just might be confirmed.  If, on the other hand, she really is just driving to shops and maybe taking a long time window shopping or choosing between products, the husband can dismiss his worries and trust his wife again.

For the wife who wonders about her husband while he travels, a GPS tracking device in his car can be set up to give alerts when the vehicle reaches particular destinations.  She’ll be able to know, for instance, when he gets to his hotel or reaches the conference center.  If he takes side trips to visit a mistress, the wife will be alerted to the infidelity immediately.

Suspicion of adultery can destroy a marriage, so for many people, if the suspicion arises, the only way to save the marriage may be to find out the truth.  A GPS tracking device can’t save the marriage on its own, but it can give answers by tracking the location and whereabouts of a spouse.  And since there is always a possibility that the suspicions are false, tracking a potentially cheating spouse could save a marriage.

GPS and Autism

By Harriette Halepis

Whether or not tracking a child using a GPS tracker is a violation of human rights is debatable. But, what happens when the child being tracked is autistic and has a history of wandering away? Two cases of this type recently made headline news across the globe.

GPS Tracking & Autism

GPS Tracking & Autism

One autistic eleven year old girl in Florida spent a number of nights in an alligator-infested swamp after wandering away from home. Another fifteen year old boy walked away from his home in Alberta, Canada, in the middle of the winter wearing nothing but a t-shirt and shorts. In both instances, the parents of these children are now investing in GPS trackers.

In fact, the Autism Society of Edmonton, Canada, has started to hand out GPS tracking devices to parents of autistic children. GPS trackers seem to be one way to prevent autistic children from getting in harm’s way while wandering away from home. While many human rights activists see this type of tracking as a violation of privacy, parents of autistic children often feel as though they have no choice.

While keeping tabs on most children is difficult, trying to follow the movements of a child who has autism is nearly impossible. Many of these children wander away from home during evening hours, and some simply wander away from public places never to be seen again. A GPS tracking bracelet could give the parents of autistic children peace of mind, while allowing their children a larger amount of freedom.

Even though a GPS tracking bracelet is a valid solution to keeping an eye on a child who wanders, there are some things that parents should be aware of before purchasing a GPS tracking device. Certain manufacturers sell personal information to other companies, and some GPS networks are not secure. Any parent considering the purchase of a GPS tracker for an autistic child should make sure to purchase this type of device from a reputable retailer.

Otherwise, preventing autistic children from dangerously wandering away from home is a great way to allow a child the freedom of movement without worrying about a child’s safety. Tracking an autistic child is not a violation of human rights; it’s merely a way to save a human life. GPS tracking devices can be worn as necklaces, bracelets, anklets, or placed inside of a pocket.

Car Insurance Companies Offering Discounts for Tracking Privileges

By DONNA SANTI / guest columnist

Would you consent to a vehicle tracking system that is monitored by your insurance company, if it would lower your rates?

Hundreds of thousands of clients currently signed up for AAA and Progressive auto insurance might soon have the choice. The two companies are among the first to launch unique on-board driving data collection programs. Little boxes, about the size of a box of stick matches, plug into the vehicle’s electrical and diagnostic centers and they record vehicle speed, time of day, brakes applications and the number of miles logged. Representatives think the program will create safer drivers and therefore lower premiums.

GPS Tracking & Insurance Premiums

GPS Tracking & Insurance Premiums

Drivers will be able to access their data on the insurance website by logging in with a personalized code.

Customers can save 10 percent on their insurance just for using the devices; more if their statistics are better by comparison with other drivers under similar circumstances and conditions. For instance, the insurance rate drops if the vehicle is driven fewer than 12,000 miles a year; the national average.

However, there is a bit of controversy dissuading some drivers, and it deals with privacy. The boxes, at programmed intervals, send the data wirelessly to the insurance company’s headquarters. In essence, the driver’s habits can be monitored daily – perhaps hourly – and scrutinized by specialists who attempt to translate real-world happenings into dollars and decimal points.

AAA debuts its vehicle tracking program, called uDrive, this month in the state of Nevada, through a series of open houses. Progressive’s program is called MyRate and it is active already with 100,000 customers in 19 states.

The boxes are not GPS tracking devices, which means the insurance companies do not know, and keep no record, of where the individual clients are traveling. That fact is good, or bad, depending on where someone stands on the issue of personal freedom, versus safety and cost savings.

Some people don’t like private enterprise, or the government, from interfering in or observing what is their personal business, such as by vehicle tracking. As long as an individual is not doing something illegal or potentially harmful to others, they don’t want a computer chip recording where they go, (by logging their GPS tracking coordinates), how long they stay, and then by making a few assumptions, determine what they are doing there.

“How do we know what other kinds of data those little boxes are gathering and who else has access to it,” reacted one insurance client approached about the project. “Who is to prevent lawmakers two years down the line from making this kind of vehicle tracking mandatory? Ten percent savings is not worth it. It’s about control.”

On the other side of the issue are those people that firmly believe “knowledge is power.” The more data GPS tracking and other mobile electronic gadgets can gather; the better understanding we have of human and mechanical tendencies. We can change the wrong to good; fix inefficiencies, improve safety, save lives and save money.

“This is really where the future of auto insurance seems to be headed,” commented a AAA representative operating in Nevada.

The auto insurance companies noted here are not yet offering tracking systems with GPS location service, although they have been proven to promote safe driving habits. Business people, law enforcement, concerned parents and other consumers rely on GPS tracking to tell them what the driver of their vehicle won’t or can’t. Countless fleet management supervisors use GPS tracking systems to monitor their company vehicles and the employees who are entrusted with their care.

A passive GPS tracking system, also known as a GPS data logger, gathers much more data than a small box transmitter. Most significant is that they will record everywhere the vehicle has traveled. This type of information would be invaluable to auto insurance companies because they would then be able to break down their data and examine trends by region.

Many insurance companies today offer discounts to drivers who have purchased and installed their own vehicle tracking systems, because they know they help people drive more safely. Real-time GPS tracking systems help vehicle owners or police authorities recover vehicles that have been stolen. That equates to lower liability and lower insurance rates.

Certainly, insurance companies would love to have access to the data collected by clients’ GPS tracking devices. Would drivers comply if the enticement is a significant insurance discount? Or would it be going too far in surrendering our privacy?

- Donna Santi is a creative writer for LandAirSea Systems, a Woodstock, IL-based manufacturer and distributor of expertly-engineered GPS tracking systems, software and accessories. For information about LandAirSea, visit www.landairsea.com. To contact the writer, email donna.santi@landairsea.com

Grandma Puts Boy Alone on Plane to Russia

Would a GPS Tracking Unit Have Made This Action Acceptable?

By DONNA SANTI / guest columnist

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-          Donna Santi is a creative writer for LandAirSea Systems, a Woodstock, IL-based manufacturer and distributor of expertly-engineered GPS tracking systems, software and accessories. For information about LandAirSea, visit www.landairsea.com. To contact the writer, email donna.santi@landairsea.com

At what age and maturity level is a child ready to travel alone on a commercial airplane?

GPS & Current Events

GPS & Current Events

That debate has been rustling around water coolers and coffee klatches worldwide since the Associated Press story emerged that a Tennessee woman placed her grandson on a plane, alone, to Russia.

The grandmother, Nancy Hansen from Shelbyville, Tenn. defended herself, saying the child was not frightened and that a flight attendant on the trip had been informed of the boy’s status and was assigned to take care of him. The flight between the U.S. and Russia takes about 12 hours.  He arrived in the foreign land physically fit, but psychologists feel he might have lasting emotional scars from the experience.

The boy, 7 years old, was adopted by Hansen’s daughter from the Russian Education and Science Ministry. The grandmother said, shortly after arriving stateside, the boy turned violent and agitated at his new mother. Exasperated, the mother made arrangements to have him returned. The young boy was being sent back to the ministry where his American family assumed he would be accepted and cared for.  A man in Russia was being paid $200 to deliver the boy from the airport to his former home.

Critics are sharply criticizing the family, dumbfounded how a human adult could reject an adoptee, and return him to his “supplier” damaged, with apparently no more feeling than if he had been a stale loaf of bread.

But would it have made a difference if the boy were wearing or carrying a GPS tracking device, specifically-designed for personal use? Personal tracking systems, based on vehicle tracking technology are plentiful today in the consumer market, and quite sophisticated. Some users say personal GPS tracking systems give them an added level of assurance that they, or their loved one, will not become hopelessly lost. Common applications are for aged parents or others with dementia, autistic individuals and even able-bodied children of all ages as a protection against abduction.

A 12-hour plane trip is an excessive amount of time to leave a young child with complete strangers. Plus the child is said, by his grandmother, to be violent and prone to outbursts. With that in mind, is it a good idea to stick him in an uncomfortable, confined space like an airplane?

On the other hand, the majority of GPS systems boast worldwide coverage because GPS tracking coordinates are obtained from satellites in space. In theory, the GPS tracking system, placed in a pocket, clipped on a belt or worn as a wristwatch, would inform Mom and Grandma on the ground where their young charge is in “real time.” Some GPS tracking models even have panic or alert buttons.

Would that be an acceptable safeguard or excuse for their actions?

There are a lot of “what if” questions being raised regarding this current events issue and GPS tracking is one of those factors. Personal GPS tracking systems are a great security product, but under what circumstances can it substitute for a caregiver’s physical presence and love?

Source: Associated Press

How to Track Your Cell Phone

By Harriette Halepis

There are a few different iPhone apps that effectively track a user’s iPhone to a specific location. For those who have an iPhone, these apps are both handy and innovative. The only problem is that many people do not have iPhones. Still, this doesn’t mean that you can’t track your cell phone using GPS tracking technology.

Tracking Cell Phones

Tracking Cell Phones

How can you tracking your cell phone using GPS tracking technology?

  • Purchase a small GPS tracking chip.
  • Purchase corresponding software (this may come with the chip you purchase).
  • Attach the chip to the back of any cell phone.
  • Load GPS tracking software onto your home or office computer.
  • Get ready to track any cell phone at any time.

Tracking your cell phone is not only a great way to find a lost phone, but it’s also an excellent way to keep tabs on other phones. Say, for example, that you want to track your child’s phone. With the help of GPS tracking technology, installing a mini-chip on your child’s phone is as easy as borrowing the phone for a few moments while your child is not paying attention. Within minutes, you’ll be able to track the whereabouts of your child’s phone (and your child) at all times.

Since children of most ages are seemingly glue to cell phones, making sure that your child is safe is as simple as attaching a GPS tracker to your child’s phone. You’ll be able to monitor your child from the comfort of your home, but you’ll also be able to find out what your child is up to while you are at work. This type of tracking can keep your child out of harm’s way, while allowing you to find out what your child is doing while you are away.

With the invention of GPS technology, certain concepts (such as tracking a cell phone) are now real possibilities. Purchasing an iPhone that has an added GPS tracking app is an easy way to track your phone, but if you don’t want to spend a fortune on an iPhone there are many GPS tracking devices available. The next time that you misplace your phone, think about installing a GPS tracker – you’ll never have to spend countless hours looking for your phone ever again.