The Secret Lives of Pandas

The Secret Lives of Pandas

We don’t know much about pandas, and (as it turns out) all that we did know might not actually be true. For the first time, researchers have used GPS tracking devices to track the behavior of pandas. What they have recently discovered is that pandas aren’t as lazy as once thought. Mating Rituals Previously, it was believed that pandas were too lazy to mate, which is why pandas don’t reproduce in large numbers. But by attaching GPS collars to five pandas in China’s Wolong Nature Reserve, scientists have been able to view pandas like never before – without the interferenceRead 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

India Gets an Uber-Like Autorickshaw Service

India Gets an Uber-Like Autorickshaw Service

Autorickshaws may seem like novelty to the western traveler that visits India for the first time, but this mode of transportation can be compared to New York’s taxis for people living in crowded urban centers in India. It’s not uncommon to grab an autorickshaw after work to make it through India’s crowded streets to a residence, but like taxis these vehicles can often be booked during peak hours. A few companies in India have come up with a solution to this transportation problem. Companies like Autowale.in, mGaadi and Ola are now offering autorickshaw bookings through tech platforms like Whatsapp. InRead More

Fleet Tracking Can Increase Revenue by 10%

Fleet Tracking Can Increase Revenue by 10%

A new report put out by In-Car Cleverness has found that rental and credit-hire companies that install GPS for fleet tracking purposes can raise company revenue by up to 10% in most cases. This raise in revenue comes from keeping a closer eye on cars that are rented out to people for the sake of vacation rentals or to people with bad credit. Often, owners of these types of companies are the subject of fraud, but GPS tracking can put a stop to that. How it Works It’s not uncommon for people to try and steal cars from no-credit carRead More

The Problem With Tracking Parrots

A Kea parrot.

Ever since the creation of the GPS tracking device, researchers and conservationists have had one goal: to find out more about the animals that we live alongside. One animal that we don’t know that much about is the wild parrot. But there’s a problem with tracking parrots. Parrots have strong beaks that they use to rip things apart–things like GPS trackers. Until this point, scientists have been thoroughly frustrated with the number of GPS collars that parrots have ripped apart. Now, researchers have discovered that tracking wild parrots is actually possible – they just have to create strong gps trackers!Read More

Swans Tracked Using GPS Trackers

A swan.

Every year, a number of Bewick swans make the move from the UK to a breeding ground in Arctic Russia. This year, some of those swans are being tracked using GPS tracking technology, so that researchers can better understand the bird’s migratory patterns. A Population Problem In the UK, the Bewick swan is the rarest swan that can be found, but for some reason the number of Bewick swans in the UK is drastically declining. Researchers aren’t sure why this is happening, but it’s important they find out. If something is eating the swans or if the swans are justRead 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

Ways to Improve Customer Service

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If your business relies on selling a service or item to customers, you can’t afford not to have top-notch customer service tactics in place. Every business can improve customer service, too, it’s just a matter of knowing what your company is doing right, and what can be done better. If you want to improve the way that your clients are being service, but you aren’t sure how, here are some solid tips. 1. Find out what’s wrong. You may think that nothing is wrong with your company, and it can be easy to think this way if sales are decent.Read 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

Serdang, Malaysia: Considering GPS For Heavy Vehicles

Another country to consider adding the benefits of GPS to their fleets: Malaysia. In Serdang, the Transport Ministry is considering installing GPS devices in their heavy vehicles in order to crack down on bad driving habits. Datuk Ab Aziz Kaprawi, Serdang Transport Ministry’s deputy minister, said discussions are underway with the Road Safety Department. “The move (of installing GPS devices on heavy vehicles) has been implemented in China and it has brought about many positive impacts,” he said to reporters following the launch of Lafarge Drivers Safety Day at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS). The Ministry gave priorityRead More