The recent headlines regarding Cecil the Lion have been both heartbreaking and disturbing. For those who have not been following the news headlines, Cecil was a popular Lion who lived in Zimbabwe. A tourist attraction and favorite among the locals, Cecil was more than simply a lion to those in the region. Zimbabwe is a unique country with incredible wild life but having native wild animals has resulted in the area being a target for poachers looking to kill big game for no other reason to compensate for their small genitals. Sadly, Cecil the lion was hunted and murdered by an American tourist for the only reason that the American dental nerd from Minnesota named Walter Palmer wanted to kill a large exotic animal to make up for a lifetime of rejection from women who had no desire to be with such a loser. Cecil was poached by Palmer, died a slow death and is now becoming a martyr for exotic animals that are constantly hunted down and killed by cowards from all over the globe. Now the discussion has shifted to what measures can be taken moving forward to prevent the senseless killing of exotic animals from poachers, but one of the technological solutions employed in recent years might not be enough to stop poacher scum bags such as Walter Palmer.
GPS Tracking Devices
One of the tools animal activists and scientists have been using to help in the battle against poachers are GPS tracking devices. How the satellite-based monitoring technology works is by a process in which the animal is equipped with a GPS collar that records locational information of the animal. The live GPS tracking data is then transmitted to computers where researchers and conservationists can view the locational data in order to be certain that wild life, especially those that are endangered, are safe from poachers. As helpful as GPS trackers have been in locating wildlife the reality is that the technology is only providing a vehicle to observe the animal activity and is not being as helpful in preventing poachers from killing wildlife.
What the case of Cecil the lion taught the world is that even when exotic animals are under surveillance they are not necessarily safe. What all-time loser Walter Palmer and his guide did was attach an animal carcass on the back of a jeep to lure Cecil away from protected grounds. What the Minnesota jerk face then did was execute the defenseless animal as it made an attempt to eat the bait the poachers put out to lure in Cecil. They cut off the lion's head and left the body in the wild. The GPS tracking device was crucial in determining some of the facts in the case but the GPS tracker had no way of preventing the killing of Cecil.
Remembering Cecil The Lion
As Zimbabwe officials make attempts to extradite Walter Palmer in order to bring the scum bag to justice for both his illegal and immoral acts of violence towards animal life, the world is left with the reality that there are more losers like Palmer all over the globe who come to Africa for no other reason than to kill endangered and exotic animals. GPS tracking that uses satellite technology is a great resource for helping conservationists keep tabs on protected wildlife, but GPS won't stop poachers. Stricter laws, stiffer fines and stronger resources need to be utilized to stop poachers. Poachers need to fear that if they kill a wild animal in Zimbabwe or other African nations that they could very spend significant time in behind bars in a African jail. Cecil is no longer with the people of Zimbabwe but hopefully the lion's death will result in positive change long-term. And hopefully, Palmer receives more negative attention along with time behind bars.
There are a number of scenarios that could exist where a person would want to have live access to the location of a vehicle. These scenarios include companies wanting more detailed oversight of fleet vehicles operating in the field, family members concerned about the driving habits of a senior citizen or even parents worried about teen driving safety of a teenage driver who is just learning the rules of the road. Living in today's technologically connected society has resulted in easy access to things such as the Internet, social media and even locational data through the use of GPS tracking. And it is through the use of GPS tracking technology that businesses, families and consumers all over the globe are able to locate a vehicle in real-time all with just a couple touches on a mobile phone.
According to an article published on the Washington Post, since 2011 there are more mobile phones in use in the United States than there are people living in the United States! When you consider the population of the United States exceeds 300 million, it is a pretty shocking statistic to know that many mobile phones are in circulation in the United States. However, mobile phones are more than portable devices used for making calls, as the cellular devices are now commonly used for sending emails, navigating roads, interacting on social networking websites, conducting online payments, ordering products and so much more. Mobile phones are really mobile computers capable of helping consumers complete various daily tasks. Smart phone technology is also providing users the ability to locate a car from the their mobile phones all with the help of a free app called SilverCloud mobility captured.
SilverCloud Mobility Captured
When a user downloads the SilverCloud mobility captured app to their smart phone they are first presented with a screen asking for a username and pass code. Once this information is received, the user can then see where any of their vehicles are located in real-time! historical driving activity is also accessible through the online mapping program. The GPS tracking app will provide the app user with the knowledge of if a driver is speeding, not going to the locations they are supposed to be going and much more. In fact, this is the same the of technology employed by Fortune 500 businesses seeking a fleet management solution as well as police agencies conducting surveillance investigations!
Please note that in order to locate a vehicle from mobile phone the user must FIRST equip a GPS tracker on the vehicle they want to monitor. Although downloading and using a GPS tracking mobile app is free, all live GPS trackers require a monthly subscription. This monthly subscription covers the cost of data usage and usually runs around $29.95 per month. Each device would require its own service plan.
There are few things in life that are as beautiful as two souls coming together in marriage. When two people make the choice to spend the rest of their lives together, build a family and make a commitment that can literally be seen across generations it is truly amazing. However, before a couple can stand beneath a altar to say "I do", select their wedding photographer, decide upon what flavor cake they want or even plan a wedding, first must come the wedding proposal. Wedding proposals can be romantic, serious or funny, but one word not often used to describe a wedding proposal would be technological. However, technological is probably the only way to describe how a Japanese artist by the name of Yasushi Takahashi proposed to his wife. The unique technological wedding proposal not only required a lot of time but also the assistance of a GPS tracking device.
When Takahashi came up with his brilliant wedding proposal idea he knew that GPS tracking and satellite locational technology was going to play a critical role in his plan. Takahashi started his journey that would eventually lead him to travel approximately 4,500 miles on foot, bike, boat and vehicle. During this long journey Takahashi carrier alongside him a personal tracking system that would record his every move. The GPS device recorded his path from the island of Hokkaido all the way to a famous spot on Kyushu Island called Hyodo Cliff where the arduous journey would come to an end. After accessing all the GPS tracking system data the words "Marry Me" were spelled out across the mainland of Japan with an arrow going through a heart at the north end of Japan.
Takahashi clearly gets style points for his unique wedding proposal that involved the use of GPS personal tracking, but the real question is if this proposal impressed his girlfriend. Let's just hope that she is a technology guru in the same way that Takahashi is and said yes. Everyone at GPS Tracker Shop would like to send Takahashi are best wishes!
When most people think of the University of Auburn they think War Eagle. They think Tiger football and epic wins over their in-state rival Alabama University like the one that occurred in 2013 when a missed field goal by the Crimson Tide led to a go-ahead touchdown for the Auburn Tigers in one of the craziest endings a college football game has ever produced. Although sports are a large part of collegiate culture in the south it is scientific research that is creating a buzz in Auburn. This is because of a new research study that is calling upon GPS tracking to assist in monitoring a small population of black bears.
According to a research study conducted by a professor for the School of Forestry & Wildlife Sciences based at Auburn University, it is estimated that roughly 26 black bears have inhabited an area known as Little River Canyon National Reserve. The black bears are of importance to the research team because of the small numbers in population. The team is hoping that with the use of GPS satellite tracking devices they will be able to determine the movement patterns of the black bears as well as the way in which they interact with the natural habitat. The Auburn University experiment will begin with 10 of the black bears being equipped with GPS tracking collars so movements can be monitored with precision. The initial cost for this is approximately $25,000. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will be picking up the majority of the tab for the research study.
Black Bear Sighting
According to a professor at Auburn, the team has been a little shocked at the number of black bears calling the Little River region home stating the number of bears is at least 26. In fact, a local state Park Ranger who has worked in Little River Canyon for roughly 20 years stated that although he heard about black bear sightings from visitors he had never seen one himself before. In fact, the Park Ranger explained that when he and fellow rangers heard about bear sightings for the first time about 20 years ago that the rangers would sort of laugh off the sightings because they didn't believe bears inhabited the region, but now he stated visitors to the area report sightings very frequently. Now many researchers believe that the population of black bears in Little River could potentially be the most significant in the state of Alabama. With some on the conservation community believing that the overall bear population could be as high as 400, the team conducting the research project believe that number is likely considerably smaller, around the number 50. However, the information related to black bear populations, age of the bears, reproduction and more could all become more concrete when the research and data becomes analyzed and finalized.
GPS Tracker Devices
The animal GPS trackers will provide a real-time locational update on each black bear every 60 minutes. This GPS monitoring data will be accessible using an online platform where researchers can observe in detail the behavior of the bears. The GPS tracking collars will also offer a VHS transmitter that will help the researchers monitor the black bears in their dens during the periods where hibernation occurs or when the animals are simply relaxing in their dens. Another cool feature of the GPS tracking collars is that they were engineered and programmed to automatically detach from the black bears at the conclusion of the study.
By far one of the most popular features of real-time GPS tracking devices are something known as safety zones. Also referred to as geo-fences, safety zones basically refer to the creation of an online virtual boundary that will trigger an alert that is sent by either email or text message (both options can also be selected). These geo-fence safety zones are very popular in fleet tracking applications as they can alert a business owner the very second a company vehicle arrives or departs from a job site. The application is also becoming popular among concerned parents of teenagers because the geo-fence safety zones can transmit an alert when their teen arrives/leaves from school. Not to mention, the feature can notify a parent if their teen is driving in locations or places considered off limits. Setting up geo-fences is very easy and can literally be accomplished in a about 30 seconds using the SilverCloud mobility captured online software. In the above video our resident GPS tracking experts show how to create a geo-fence safety zone that will alert a user when the perimeter is breached. We encourage anyone with questions to contact us directly for more assistance or subscribe to the official GPS Tracker Shop YouTube channel to gain more information on the different features SilverCloud GPS offers as well as our other GPS vehicle management solutions.
The brains at Apple have built a reputation on pushing innovation when it comes to computing technology. The ingenious products developed over the past three decades by the Cupertino company have changed every aspect on how people create, account and connect. It's really nothing short of amazing how Apple has done so much to make people's lives easier. But this article isn't about high-fives and ass-pats for Steve Jobs. What this article is about is using an iPhone 6 to track a vehicle.
I know, I know the iPhone 6 hasn't even been released yet, but when iPhone 6 does make it's debut it will likely have all the same features as it's mobile predecessors along with many new features. That means the mobile phone will have more than enough components necessary to track a car. So let's first look at how a person tracks a car and the connection with GPS tracking. This is basically done with four steps:
Step One: GPS Tracker Is Placed Upon A Car
Step 2: GPS Tracker Records Location Of Car
Step 3: User Accesses GPS Tracker Data Using Mobile Phone
Step 4: Car Data Can Be Reviewed
Although each step is important in the process of tracking a vehicle, let's focus on the third step. See when a GPS tracker records locational data of a car such as speed driven, route selection and more that data is then sent to off-site computer servers. These servers house the GPS car tracking data and work hand-in-hand with digital software to offer a user-friendly an easily accessible way for users to digest the meticulous data. All this happens literally within a second! But the important thing is that once GPS tracking data is on those computer servers they are then available for access via remote connection. That means iPhone 6 users will be able to instantly access that GPS data and track that car.
Car Tracking With iPhone 6
Once a real-time GPS tracker is equipped on a car, anyone with an iPhone 6 can access the GPS data and track that car (iPhone 6 MUST have Internet connection). Basically, the iPhone 6 user will access the online platform either using an app or just by going to the GPS website. All that the user needs to do is input their credentials (user name & pass code) created when the GPS tracker was activated and boom! Live real-time GPS data viewable from your iPhone 6! Not only is the real-time data accessible but so too is the historical driving data!
Tracking a car is easy with an iPhone 6 or any mobile device with Internet capabilities for that matter. All it requires is a real-time GPS tracker, smart phone, Internet and suspicious mind.