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Oregon Schools Look To Boost Security

bus-fleetAfter the horrific tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school, districts all across the nation have been evaluating their security protocols in order to enhance student safety as much as possible. Coeur d'Alene schools located in Oregon understood first hand that more could be done to elevate security and that is why they made the decision to call upon a wide variety of security devices to boost safety.

One of the first security measures Coeur d'Alene schools implemented was a controlled entry system. What this entry system provides is an avenue for front office personnel to both hear and see visitors before they are allowed to enter school grounds. The entry system uses sophisticated video monitoring technology that not only gives office personnel a way to communicate with visitors but it also provides a detailed recorded history of anyone who comes to that school.

Additional layers of security Coeur d'Alene schools have implemented have been the use of video camera devices sprawled across each campus to record activity, as well as GPS tracking system units that will monitor the driving activity of each school bus responsible for transporting students to and from school campuses. All of these additional layers of security certainly provide depth in terms of student safety, but as soon as the topic reaches the dicey topic of arming teachers with handguns is when some people are saying enough is enough.

Arming Teachers

One of the most controversial issues in regards to school security across the nation and as well at Coeur d'Alene schools is the issue of arming teachers. The proponents who back the move to arm teachers with handguns include the National Rifle Association (NRA) because they believe the only way to stop an armed intruder is by fighting fire with fire. Unfortunately, the amount of time it takes police to arrive on scene or a campus officer to respond to a armed intruder might be too much time to prevent disaster. However, with teachers trained and armed for such a situation the response could occur much more swiftly, and that is something critical when it comes to saving lives.

Naturally, there is heavy opposition to any plan that would enable teachers to carry firearms. The strongest voices exclaim that schools should not be designed in the same way that prisons or fortresses are, but rather as positive learning institutions. Although most agree that having an on-site police officer is a positive thing, arming each teacher could create unforeseen situations. Situations such as if a student takes the firearm away from the teacher or the teacher themselves uses the firearm maliciously.

Is the use of entry system technology, video monitoring equipment and GPS vehicle tracking systems in schools enough security measures needed or do you believe that teachers should be provided with firearms?

Realtor Uses GPS Tracking To Locate Missing Signs

Homes-For-SaleWhen it comes to selling properties, realtors realize the importance of exposure. This is why realtors will take advantage of any possible opportunity to catch the eye of a potential buyer and also the reason why it is now commonplace for realtors to use signs for self exposure and exposure of properties. Unfortunately, these signs used for marketing can also be targets for thieves, as one realtor located in Brighton, Colorado found out the hard way. However, after the sign theft became more prevalent the fast-thinking realtor decided to use GPS tracking to bust the person stealing the signs.

Greg Portlock wasn't a typical real estate agent putting up "Home For Sale" signs in his local Brighton area. In fact, he was a simply a man who was fed up his signs would be stolen every time he would put them out. This got Portlock wondering if it were bored teenagers, his competition or who knows what stealing his signs. Regardless, he had enough of the theft and was going to find out so the first thing he did was try and use a spy camera to video tape the thief in action.

The video from the hidden camera was successful in showing a vehicle pass by one of the realtor's signs with the sign disappearing shortly afterward, but the video feed wasn't providing any concrete evidence on who the thief was or how they could be tracked down. This is when Portlock decided to call upon a GPS tracking system, hiding the GPS tracker in one of his signs. What was great about this tracking system was that it offered real-time locational information that could be accessed from a mobile phone and would actually send out an alert if the sign was moved. It didn't take long for the tracking system to send out that alert notifying Portlock via text message that the sign was moved.

After receiving the GPS tracking alert via text message, Portlock accessed the online mapping program on his cellular phone and was able to view the location the GPS tracking system traced of the stolen sign. What happened next was something Portlock could have never imagined. This is because the culprit who was stealing the signs was in fact a competing realtor in the area.

GPS tracking system data showed the signs located in the garage of another realtor and it didn't take long for police to identify that the signs were indeed stolen property and that the accuracy of the GPS tracker was spot on. Portlock estimates well over one hundred of his signs were stolen over the course of a few months and believes the competing realtor was the one responsible for all the sign thefts.

The case is still pending and there has been no word on what charges or if any charges have been filed against the sign thief. The name of the sign thief has also not been released at this time.

What type of penalty should the person who stole the signs receive for his behavior?


FlashBack GPS Tracking Device


The Next Generation In GPS Data Logger Technology


Tracking System Direct spends countless hours every year to test and evaluate the latest GPS monitoring devices for automotive and personal tracking security. Whether it be GPS devices from the annual CES show in Las Vegas or a manufacturer located halfway around the globe, if the product is affordable, user-friendly and truly revolutionary then our GPS tracking system experts want to learn more. One product that our GPS experts have been beta testing is a passive solution known as the FlashBack GPS, and Tracking System Direct could not be more proud to announce that the tracker will be making its debut in the early part of 2014!

FlashBack GPS Tracking: More Than A Passive GPS Device

Measuring in at 2.0" x 2.0" x 1.0", the FlashBack GPS device is small, lightweight and perfect for surveillance. Designed with an internal magnetic mount for easy outside placement on any target automobile, all a user needs to do is put the FlashBack GPS tracker on a vehicle or asset and let it record any and all movements. When the user wants to view the recorded historical data all they need to do is remove the GPS tracking system from the vehicle or asset and connect it to a computer for download. The FlashBack tracking system will record 60 hours worth of movement (tracker will stay in sleep mode when not moving to save battery power) and track data every single second. What really makes this data logger stand above other passive trackers on the market is the FlashBack GPS' ability to work with both PC and Mac operating systems!

"For nearly 5 years our loyal customers have expressed their desire to introduce a GPS data logger that can work with both PC and Mac operating systems, and we could not be happier that in the early portion of 2014 we will be able to meet that demand", exclaimed the Vice President of Sales for Tracking System Direct. "We anticipate the FlashBack GPS will revolutionize the passive tracking market, making all other data loggers essentially obsolete."

Additional features of the FlashBack GPS tracker include detailed driving reports that will break down driving activity by mileage, a waterproof casing, easy rechargeable lith-ion battery and more.

GPS Tracking Devices Could Provide Data For Tax

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If there is one thing that people like to discuss it's the price of gasoline. This is because everyone drives and everyone knows what it's like to sit in front of a pump and watch the dollars go up and up and up as they fill their motor vehicle with fuel. Of course, most people don't think much about how the price of gas gets to the number that it gets at. They probably assume it's all based on supply and demand, along with other factors related to the global economy. Naturally, with the United States being a net importer of fuel, gas prices here are certainly related to stability of world markets and efficiency in oil producing countries. However, gas is also taxed by the state in a number of different ways to provide funding for new roads and the maintenance of others. This raises the cost of fuel and the cost can be significant depending on the state the consumer is located in.

VMT taxes are a way that some states are looking to even the playing field when it comes to gasoline taxes because this new form of tax would charge people by the actual total of miles driven. It would also replace the current model of tax in place. How VMT taxes would be assessed would be through the use of locational based technologies that use GPS tracking devices to calculate mileage driven. The GPS tracking system would be equipped on the vehicle of the driver and the GPS device would determine every location that driver has been. Daily driving reports that break down mileage would be used to show exactly how much wear and tear that motorist contributed to public roads. This would make it easier to determine the amount that driver should pay for road maintenance. The goal of the VMT tax would be to make those who drive more pay more for road maintenance.

GPS Tracking: A Privacy Issue

Most stories in the news associated with GPS vehicle tracking tend to be those that focus on privacy rights being infringed upon. Naturally, privacy has became a topic making more and more headlines with stories about the NSA surveillance, domestic drones and more. This is the one problem that VMT taxes will certainly encounter if they are to be applied across the board to every state because the taxes would need to be assessed by mileage driven, which will need to be accounted for using GPS tracking systems. The challenge would be having the majority of people agreeing that having the government monitoring their every move with GPS tracking would be a positive thing.

GPS tracking technology is constantly evolving and making life better for businesses concerned with fleet management and consumers in need of automotive security solutions. The technology is accurate, affordable and reliable, making it the perfect mechanism to be used for taxation. The only problem is that mechanism also provides a wealth of personal data related to driving activity and that will be the hurdle VMT taxes will need to jump.

Would you allow the government to place a GPS tracker on your vehicle if it resulted in lower gas prices?