Ongole Region, India: GPS Helping Scientists Understand Seismic Activity

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Earthquakes can be devastating, but with a little help from science and GPS, we can learn about them like never before while at the same time minimizing loss of life or injuries. GPS devices have helped scientists here in the US monitor plate movement, and India is the next to employ this technique. The Council of Scientific Industrial Reasearch (CSIR) and the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) teamed up to install a GPS monitoring station in Ongole, an area located on a tectonic plate, in order to understand its movements. The Ongole GPS Station The GPS device, in the formRead More

KidZania Plants 100 Trees in Malaysia Using GPS Technology

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How could GPS technology help people plant trees? Well, the GPS isn’t actually used while planting the trees, but rather, the team has linked the trees with GPS, so they can be monitored as they mature. 2013 is the second year KidZania hosted the 100-tree-planting project, but it’s the first year GPS monitoring is being used. KidZania is an indoor educational and entertainment theme park in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Last year, KidZania planted 100 trees in a community park in Taman Tun Dr Ismail. This year, the 100 trees were planted in Taman Rimba Kiara, Taman Tun Dr Ismail. PhotographsRead More

Australia: 16 Sex Offenders Tracked With GPS Devices

Australia’s state government is approaching the monitoring of sexual offenders in a different way: by introducing GPS tracking devices worn around the ankle. The goal is to keep a closer eye on these criminals when they are released back into the community, and is made possible by new laws put into place which allow the use of GPS devices to track those people classified under the Dangerous Sex Offender Act. The system will track these offenders 24 hours each day. They began using the system in May, and they’re hoping it is successful. Corrective Services Minister Joe Francis said thatRead More

GPS Tracking: Public Safety vs Citizen Privacy

GPS technology was no doubt instrumental in catching international terrorists following the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It certainly has proven convenient in users’ lives in everything from online shopping to mobile banking or finding directions to places while en route to looking up fun destinations while travelling. The ability to do such things with the help of GPS is amazing, but, after the recent release of activities that the NSA and other government programs use the same GPS monitoring for, some individuals are beginning to question whether the rights to privacy that United States citizens gave upRead More

Warranting Suspicion

The news media buzzes over the actions and allegations of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and the ongoing fear that “Big Brother” is watching us. Or at least watching us a little too closely for most people, even law abiding citizens, to swallow. A recent Massachusetts Supreme Court decision gave citizens (at least in Massachusetts) a larger list of boundaries for GPS tracking by the government. How the Government Uses GPS Tracking GPS tracking can be used by people for all kinds of purposes, from finding your stolen car to mapping out your route to the mall. The problem withRead More

Bill Passed to Discourage Sex Offenders from Removing GPS Trackers

It’s not uncommon for criminals released from prison to violate their terms of parole by skipping out on meetings with their law enforcement officer or cutting off their GPS tracked ankle bracelet. Some have been known to go so far as to simply drain the battery on their monitoring device. Apparently, the trend has become alarmingly frequent–particularly in California where a cited statistic of over four thousand criminals were found to have cut off their monitoring anklet. In response, California legislature has passed the SB57 bill, which will significantly stiffen the punishment specifically for sex offenders for violation of paroleRead More

UK Justice Secretary: GPS Monitoring of Criminals to ‘Turn the Tide of Crime’

Watch out, UK criminals. The Justice Secretary isn’t messing around. Chris Grayling detailed the ‘targeted rehabilitation’ program when an inmate is released from prison, relying on GPS tracking of tens of thousands of short-sentence prisoners for a 12-month period or more. He says this will ‘turn the tide of crime,’ as well as various other measures he discussed regarding moving criminals away from a life of crime. Another measure: mandatory drug testing for drug offenders, robbers, and burglars. If cannabis is detected, they can be brought immediately back to jail. As it stands now, only Class A drugs are includedRead More

Derbyshire Police Urgently Seek GPS Tracking

After the news of success in using newly implemented GPS tracking units to monitor criminals came in from another shire, Derbyshire commissioner Alan Charles actively sought the overhaul of his own district’s current tagging system. Bedfordshire paved the way by tracking criminals previously involved in over 450 crimes and, after the impetus of GPS monitoring to stay out of trouble, saw a dramatic reduction in the number of future crimes. Concerned about the number of potential crimes in his area, the Derbyshire crime commissioner is requesting GPS monitors as well, instead of the proximity tags currently in use. What isRead More

The Legal Future of GPS Tracking: There’s No Escaping It

As GPS technology develops and its uses become more numerous and diverse, those who own mobile devices capable of being electronically monitored or GPS tracking equipment will be increasingly affected by it on a daily basis. One arena in which the use of GPS tracking has exploded in recent years is in the courts and in dealing with the law. The use of GPS technology to find and follow criminals is no longer new. Suspects and convicted high risk offenders released from prison are fitted with ankle bracelets, their whereabouts monitored to ensure they’re nowhere near off-limits zones. More recently,Read More

Orange County, FL: Temporary GPS Monitoring Plan For Bonded Suspects In Place

Although the GPS monitoring and house arrest programs in Orange County have been suspended, judges will still have a temporary option for those suspects who are released prior to trial but still need monitoring. The county will rely on GPS tracking ankle bracelets in order to monitor those suspects of certain violent crimes, such as aggravated battery, while out on bail 24 hours a day, according to Orange County Public Safety Director Linda Weinberg. Those committing certain violent crimes such as murder would not be eligible for the program. The county’s GPS tracking program was suspended on April 2, andRead More