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NEW GPS WATCH TO FEATURE A PANIC BUTTON

A new sports training watch made by women for women is set to be released by Bia in the spring of 2013. Designed and developed by professional athletes, an open-water swimmer and a triathlete, this watch meets the specific training needs of women that have yet to be addressed by other companies. Swimmers, runners, and cyclists alike can now train better and in style with Bia’s GPS-enabled sports watch.

 

The Need

Women are rising to the top in the world of sports, and every arena has seen an increase in the number of women participating in large events, includingrunning, swimming, and biking. In fact, statistics show that women make up about 40 percent of marathon participants and about 60 percent of half-marathon participants. And Triathlon America reports that women represent the fastest growing population in triathlons. To this point, training watches for this demographic have been large, heavy, and difficult to use. Bia hopes to change that—and not just for women.

 

The Design

Bia’s training watch sports an interchangeable and easily adjustable band that comes in an array of colors, both solid and print. The band is made of neoprene, a soft, flexible material often found in arm and leg elastic braces. The face is not only smaller and thinner, but it also angles in for an easier read without have to change the arm’s position. The watch works in all weather conditions, including rainy runs and cold swimming events.

 

The Features

Like most sports watches, the Bia watch features stopwatch capability along with session time information, heart rate monitor, and calorie counter; the user can even customize and track walk/run intervals. Combined with the GPS Go Stick, also made by Bia, the watch provides immediate transfer of data to an online training log without the need for a satellite signal. The watch itself uses a simple battery that is made to last up to 18 months, while the GPS unit has a rechargeable battery that gives the wearer 17 hours of active training. However, the most crucial feature is the alert button for those training sessions that may take the athlete out of a populated area. The button is integrated to sound an audible alarm while at the same time sending location data to police as well as a contact person of choice.

 

Bia takes its name from the Greek goddess of force, the sister of Nike. It hopes to encourage women to become more active by combining the versatility of GPS monitoring with training tools made to fit the female form and keep her safe.

Author: Hillary Mayfield

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps tracking needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

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GPS MONITORING TO KEEP TABS ON FOOD TRUCKS

Chicago is changing the rules when it comes to food trucks. It seems that the new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, likes to get his lunch fresh from a mobile source, or at least believes that his fellow citizens should be able to do so. The Windy City has long had a ban on cookingfood in trucks, but is now prepared to approve a change in that policy. Mobile food vendors will soon be allowed to cook food inside their vehicles, tempting passersby with the smell of Chicago-style hot dogs and onions on the grill.

 

There will, of course, be the inevitable restrictions on exactly how, when, and where these vendors can operate, and one of the most controversial of those restrictions concerns GPS monitoring. According to the current version of the new policy, food trucks are going to be required to keep their distance from restaurants—a distance of 200 feet, to be exact. The way the city plans to enforce that restriction is by having each truck install a GPS trackerthat will report its location and verify that it’s not within smelling distance of a competing dining establishment.

 

There are other stipulations as well; city officials might institute certain hours during which trucks can’t cook food, and there is some question whether they will be allowed to park on vacant lots to do business. But the “restraining order”-type distance restriction, enforced with GPS monitoring, is the one getting the most scrutiny. Some folks are concerned that the 20-foot margin of error that the planned units have will get some vendors in trouble even though they are actually parked far enough away from the nearest restaurant.

 

The restrictions attached to the policy change are fairly strict, and the mandatory use of GPS trackers strongly suggests that law enforcement plans to be serious about making sure food trucks don’t stray into off-limits areas. But if that is the case, shouldn’t the GPS units used be more reliable? After all, we now have the ability to pinpoint a tracker within three feet, recently reduced from ten. Of course, those more accurate trackers cost quite a bit more—a serious consideration for a mobile food vendor that has just won the right to cook on board his truck.

Author: Mark Rummel

Source: www.rmtracking.com

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GPS TRACKING COLLAR ENCOURAGES DOG OWNERS TO START WALKING

When was the last time you took your dog for a nice long walk in the park? Many pudgy pooches reflect the bad habits of their owners: too much time on the couch and too little time pounding the pavement. Exercise is essential for both people and their pets, and thanks to GPS tracking, you now have even better motivation to get up and move.

 

Becky Stern of Adafruit Learning System recently created a DIY GPS dog collar that not only shows you how far you’ve walked with Fido, but also how much progress you’ve made toward a pre-defined goal. Think of it as a smart pedometer. And because it’s GPS-based, you can also use it as a GPS tracking device to find your dog if he becomes lost.

 

The collar requires 2 breakout boards, an OLED graphic display, AAA batteries, a wire ribbon, and a little bit of techie know-how. Follow the step-by-step instructions on a short YouTube video, and you and your dog will be in business. Although the wiring may be a little complicated and the project requires a tiny bit of coding know-how, the video does a great job of demonstrating and explaining each part of the process.

 

The beauty of using a GPS tracking breakout board as part of the project is that it opens the collar up to a wide variety of uses. You can document where your explorations take you, monitor how far you’ve walked, watch the progress bar to see how far you still need to go to meet your goal, and track your dog down if he escapes or gets lost.

 

Although this particular version is a little hefty and may be overwhelming for very small dogs, it does open up possibilities for creating other GPS-enabled doggie devices, perhaps more specifically tailored to the needs of various types of dog owners and their canine companions.

 

GPS tracking devices have been used to monitor dogs and protect them from theft or loss for quite some time, but this may be the first time such a device has also been used to help dog owners monitor how long they’ve been exercising. And even if you don’t feel like going out for a walk after a long day at work, that little progress bar may be enough to guilt you into grabbing the leash and heading out the door. And that’s good news for both human and doggie waistlines.

Author: Lynetta Bowen

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps tracking needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

BANNING: Hospital takes step to prevent infant abductions

Babies born at San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital will be extra secure, thanks to a new, state-of-the-art infant monitoring system that safeguards against infant abduction.

The “Safe Place” infant security system, from RF Technologies, is the latest security measure San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital has taken to prevent a “Code Pink,” or infant abduction. This new system uses soft bands placed on the baby’s ankle right after birth to track the baby’s movements.

The new system was installed Thursday, July 26, and is an upgrade from San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital’s previous infant security system. The “Safe Place” system has more alarm sensors around the Maternity Ward, particularly near doors, and greater tracking capabilities. Any time a baby is taken near an exit, the doors lock automatically and an alarm is sounded, alerting nurses to a possible infant abduction.

“This is one more step in protecting our kids from a Code Pink,” said Janis Jacobson, Registered Nurse.

According to RF Technologies, the “Safe Place” system uses “smart sense” technology, with an intuitive sensory band that uses a small transmitter to detect changes in the infant’s movement, cut or removed bands, and movement of the infant throughout the Maternity Ward.

The device was developed by nurses, and uses a flexible cloth band that won’t harm the baby’s sensitive skin, replacing the plastic bands used by the old system. In addition, the system allows for several types of alarms and notifications, and can be easily adjusted to meet the needs of San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital’s popular Maternity Ward.

“These are great features for the future,” said Dan Mares, director of engineering.

This new system “gives us one more sense of security,” Jacobson said, noting that the OB Department has taken several measures to increase security, including specific uniforms and identification badges.

“It gives people peace of mind, that there’s a safe hospital here in town,” Jacobson said. “We have all these safeguards to keep their babies protected.”

Earlier this year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Associates participated in a Code Pink drill. With cooperation from Banning Police Department, several staff members practiced how to respond to a potential infant abduction.

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital’s safety measures have given new mothers more peace of mind than ever.

Valerie Ramirez, who gave birth to her son, David, on July 24, was happy to have her son wear the Safe Place monitor.

“I had my first baby here,” Ramirez said. “I wish my first baby had had this monitor.”

Ramirez said she would recommend San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital to mothers-to-be, because of the sense of security San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital offers.

“It’s comforting,” knowing that so many security measures are in place, she said. “It’s a relief.”

San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Ave. in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit sgmh.org.

Author: SAN GORGONIO MEMORIAL HOSPITAL

Source: www.pe.com

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BANK ROBBER ARRESTED 30 MINUTES AFTER TAKING $7K IN BAIT MONEY

Bank robbing isn’t what it used to be. It’s been quite a while since the gangsters of the 1920s could go on bank robbing sprees. With cameras, police guards, and other security measures taken over the years, it seems nearly impossible to get away with a bank robbery. Still, desperate thieves cannot seem to resist the piles of cash stored in these buildings. Unfortunately for them, and fortunately for the banks and citizens trusting their money is safe, GPS tracking technology has made bank robbery even more unsuccessful. With GPS tracking devices getting smaller and more affordable every year, they are becoming very effective theft recovery systems. By placing these devices on valuable property, like say, a stack of $20 bills being shoved into a bag at gunpoint, police can locate and return said property, often catching the thief red-handed.

 

Earlier this month, a 29-year-old man made off with more than $7 thousand after a bank robbery in Aurora, Illinois. Unbeknownst to him, a tiny GPS tracking device was hidden between the bills hastily shoved into his gray plastic bag. Miguel A. Ramirez is the primary suspect in the bank robbery, which took place around 9:15 a.m. at a PNC Bank branch, located at 77 S. Broadway. According to witnesses, Ramirez handed the teller a withdrawal slip which read, “all the money,” and pulled, what turned out to be, a BB gun out of his waistband. The teller was unable to read the slip, forcing Ramirez to whisper, “Give me all your money.” The teller proceeded to place the $7,026 from the register into the plastic bag. Ramirez allegedly grabbed the money, stuffed the gun back into his waistband, and fled the scene.

 

Police were alerted right away, and followed the signal emanating from the GPS tracking device to a BP gas station pump at 6501 U.S. Highway 34 in Oswego. By 9:35 a.m., police spotted Ramirez, who they recognized from the bank’s surveillance tapes, inside the BP store. An officer located the money bag inside an empty Ford Bronco, parked at the gas station. According to police, Ramirez turned quickly and appeared to start a conversation on his cell phone when he saw that police had arrived. He was arrested and is currently awaiting trail.

Author: Marisa O’Connor

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps tracking needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

3 FIRED FROM BURGER KING AFTER GPS DATA REVEALS BRANCH RESPONSIBLE FOR DISGUSTING VIRAL PHOTO

Fast food chains are not known for the highest quality food or employees. Patrons know there’s a slight risk of a hormonal teenager spitting in their onion rings. We’ve all heard horror stories of food poisoning, or worse, known of fast food employees who admit to such unsanitary behavior. We hope, however, that management can ensure that the food we pay for is hygienic and edible when it reaches our mouth. Health and safety codes are in place for a reason. E. Coli and other bacteria can cause serious illness and even death. When a viral photo made its way across the Internet earlier this month, of a Burger King employee standing in lettuce bins, people were less than amused and made sure that the employees were held accountable.

 

The half-witted employees posted the incriminating photo on the infamous 4Chan.com, a site known for disturbing content, with a caption that read, “This is the lettuce you eat at Burger King.” Apparently the employees either thought the forum would find the image amusing, or they were simply unaware that GPS location data is embedded and easily accessible on most photos posted online. This author’s guess would be the latter, considering the antagonistic tone of the posters caption. The GPS location data was quickly accessed by the tech-savvy readers at 4Chan.com, and traced the genius employees to a Burger King branch in Mayfield Heights, Ohio.

 

The readers at 4Chan.com rallied enough people to call and complain to the branch manager to get three employees fired from the chain. Burger King Corp. reported that it is “taking the issue very seriously” and stressed that there is zero tolerance for employees that violate the strict health codes for handling food. “The franchise has taken swift action to investigate this matter and has terminated the three employees involved in the incident,” a representative from Burger King Corp. said in a statement released to the Daily News. It seems that more and more often, GPS location data is used to hold criminals, and other unsavory characters, accountable for their actions.

Author: Marisa O’Connor

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps tracking needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

ENDURANCE SWIMMER TRACKED WITH GPS FAILS TO FINISH

Penny Palfrey set out on an impressive journey: a solo, cage-free, 107-mile swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys. The 49-year-old endurance swimmer made it three quarters of the way to her destination, before calling it quits just 28 miles from her destination. Although her swim was unassisted, Palfrey was monitored by a team of navigators and medical staff, as well as a GPS tracking device. Her team kept fans in the know with frequent twitter updates, proving location information from the GPS tracking device, along with general updates about the swim. If she had finished, Palfrey would have been the only female to successfully swim across the ocean without assistance or a shark cage.

 

The Australian endurance swimmer was going strong well past the half-way point. Her team reported ideal swimming conditions. Not to say that it was easy by any means. By that point, she had already endured painful jellyfish stings, and spotted a few hammerhead sharks along the way. Conditions remained positive up until the last official report around 10 p.m. Saturday night, which placed Palfrey 79 miles from her Cuban starting point. Apparently, the swimmer ran into some difficult currents, because two hours later, the GPS tracking device revealed little progress made. Shortly after that point, she decided to cut the swim short. Her team announced the defeat via Twitter, and tweeted, “Penny Palfrey had to be pulled out of the water … due to a strong southeast current that made it impossible for her to continue her swim. Penny is presently on her escort boat being taken care of by her crew.”

 

“She is fine,” confirmed Andrea Woodburn, one of Palfrey’s team members, on a telephone call from Key West. This particular swim has been attempted several times by the bravest and best endurance swimmers around the world. In 1997, another Australian swimmer, Susie Maroney completed the swim at the age of 22, but she used a shark cage. More recently, an American swimmer, Diana Nyad, made two unsuccessful cageless crossings. The first time her swim was cut short because of an asthma attack, and the second time was due to Portuguese man o’war stings.

Author: Marisa O’Connor

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps monitoring needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

TRACKING THAT FITS THE AVERAGE FAMILY BUDGET

A new product from Garmin makes it possible for you to affordably track anything with feet, wheels, or wings. Granted, you can track most smartphones at home, but sometimes your teenaged adventurers can “forget” to keep their phones on them, particularly if they know you are watching. Also, there are some trackable subjects that can’t carry phones (pets, for instance). The Garmin GTU 10 is small enough to attach to nearly anything, and sends back regular updates to the person back at home base. While this GPS equipment, like many others, experiences signal failure when surrounded by tall buildings, it has a few very useful features that makes it ideal for most families with a need for tracking ability.

The most popular and reliable feature of the Garmin GTU 10 is its geofencing application. On a map, the user can stake out a perimeter, then program the GPS equipment to send an alert by email or text message if it crosses the border. This is great, not only for keeping a tracked item, pet, or person inside a certain area, but also for finding out when someone enters the area—a spouse driving to work or a teen biking to school, for example. Since this feature is usually not hampered by “urban canyons” and saves battery life when compared to a periodic update system, it is powerful and quite reliable.

The standard real-time tracking that we expect in GPS equipment like this is available as well, although it works on a periodic update basis. You can set it to report location twice every minute, but the battery will only last up to 24 hours. If you only want updates every fifteen minutes, on the other hand, you might get four weeks of use before recharging the battery.

The size of the Garmin GTU 10 is another important point. It is only one by three inches in size, and less than an inch thick. It’s light enough for a jogger to forget about it, and small enough to live in a backpack without taking up valuable textbook area. The first year of service is free with the unit’s purchase, but after that the service costs about 50 dollars annually.

Author: Mark Rummel

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps monitoring needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.

FIND FISH IN NC USING YOUR MOBILE DEVICE

Fishing is a past time enjoyed by men and women of all ages. Some enjoy the relaxation while waiting for the big one to bite, while others love the thrill of reeling it in. All fishermen can likely recall a time they came up empty handed, spending an entire frustrating day on the water without a single bite. In North Carolina, the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is trying to give anglers all the help they can with an online map of the GPS locations of around 550 fish attractor spots all over the state.

 

Fishermen can simply log on to the Commission’s website, access the fish attractor map, and download the related GPS coordinates, which can be found in the “Where to Fish” section of the site. Access this map with your smartphone, tablet, or other mobile device on the Commission’s new mobile website, http://www.ncwildlife.org/mobile.aspx. Just click on the Fish Attractors icon found on the Maps tab to begin hunting for the best spots to land the next big one. The map lists the locations of fish attractors in 50 public points, lakes, and reservoirs all across the state. The maps and associated files are updated by Commission staff each time a new fish attractor is added.

 

What, exactly, is a fish attractor? The idea is to provide a bit of underwater structure to areas with little to no naturally occuring vegetation. It looks something like a sea urchin with it’s protruding PVC pipes, approximately 5 feet in diameter. They are placed in clusters and give the fish somewhere safe to hang out. Besides providing some shade and cover for the fish, algae also grows in a few days time on the surface of the attractor, which draws in the algae-eating minnows, which in turn draws in larger fish.

 

The Commission’s Division of Inland Fisheries has been placing these fish attractors for years now, and continues to add more, to provide an improved habitat for area fish. Many of the fish attractors are easy to spot as they are marked with bright orange and white buoys. Others, however, are more elusive and cannot be found without having the GPS coordinates. Give yourself an edge the next time you are fishing in NC and check out the GPS coordinate map the NC Wildlife Resources Commission is offering. It could change a day of relaxation waiting around a slack line to a day of excitement, reeling in catch after catch.

Author:  Khristen Foss

Source: www.rmtracking.com

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GPS HELPS TRACK BUS ARRIVALS

Buses with GPS are making traveling more efficient for everyone. There are many cities that rely heavily on public transportation because of high population. In these cities, tight schedules are common, so efficiency is key.

 

Most people, without a doubt, prefer to use their own car. Owning a car has many advantages, especially in the area of comfort, like having air conditioning, more space, and perhaps even security while driving. Sometimes, because of budget constraints or depending on the city, owning a car is not the best option. Even so, when you are on a tight schedule, traveling by anything other than your own car can be exasperating.

 

One of the disadvantages of taking the bus is waiting. Sometimes the bus takes time to arrive – and In today’s world, time is gold; there’s never time to lose. In some cities, buses with GPS are making life easier for passengers. Students of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock can now save some time by knowing exactly when the trolley is coming, thanks to GPS. How? Easy: by downloading a free app by Ride Systems for iPhone or Android. Text can be used for other phones, too.

 

This is how it works: every trolley has its own ID, students text the ID of the trolley they’re waiting for, and voila, they get the time of arrival to their stop. This is possible thanks to theGPS tracking device that is keeping tabs on every bus. Now it is easy to know where a bus is and how long it will take to get to the next stop. There’s no more guessing or hoping the trolley is near. With this technology, students can manage their time better.

 

Without a doubt, soon this method of tracking will spread to other cities. Maybe in the near future this technology will be a part of everyday life, especially with the popularity of smartphones. GPS tracking technology continues to help all of us live lives in a more efficient way.

Author:  Jose Arroyo

Source: www.rmtracking.com

Your one stop for gps monitoring needs, contact an experienced GPS Monitoring Specialist to assist you with any GPS situtation.