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!
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.
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.
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?
With Christmas right around the corner everyone is doing what they can to save a little money. The surveillance experts at Tracking System Direct understand that times are tough for people and that is why the online GPS company has partnered up with one of the largest providers of digital coupons in Southern California, Temecula Coupon. With this partnership those visiting Temcula Coupon can access a free digital coupon to receive free activation on any of the popular SilverClound brand of real-time GPS monitoring solutions!
"We have always looked at different avenues and unique ways to connect with a new audience and by working together with a company that focuses on supporting locally based businesses we think this new endeavor will be mutually successful for us and Temecula Coupon", said the Vice President of Marketing for Tracking System Direct. The online coupon will be active throughout 2014 and available for use only at the Tracking System Direct online store. Activation costs for the SilverCloud standard and SilverCloud Sync has a retail value of $29.95.
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Over the past few years no subject has been under more debate and scrutiny among 4th Amendment advocates, police agencies and lawyers than the use of GPS tracking system technology and how it relates to vehicle monitoring. This is because the use of GPS trackers among government and police agencies to conduct personal surveillance has been heavily criticized for infringing on the privacy rights of citizens. However, people should understand that an individual's right to privacy is entirely based on if that individual would have what is defined as a reasonable expectation to that privacy. This is essentially what is looked at when GPS tracker systems are placed upon a person's automobile.
Clearly, there are certain forums people understand they cannot expect privacy. Such as the case if a person sends out a message using Twitter or posts something on their Facebook wall (assuming they don't have privacy settings). When information is exposed in a public forum privacy simply cannot be expected. However, this same principle applies to people participating in everyday actions such as driving down the street. People who drive down the street can't cover up their license plates because when people become part of the public their information also becomes public. If a person doesn't want their vehicle seen by the public they have every right to keep it hidden in their garage. Basically, if a person is in public they shouldn't have an expectation of privacy.
Although the laws regarding the use of GPS vehicle tracking devices continue to change in different states, in many cases a person or government agency can place a GPS tracker on a person'a automobile if that automobile is in a public location. The street, the store or essentially any location outside of a person's private property could be classified as public. This means a police officer could affix a real-time GPS tracking system underneath a person's vehicle while they are inside a store shopping and then monitor the driving activity of that vehicle for days or weeks! Police authorities who go through the proper legal channels and acquire a warrant could also be granted the ability to place a GPS tracker inside the cab of a person's vehicle or hard-wire the tracker system.
There have been a number of cases reaching high courts involving police use of GPS tracking systems to monitor vehicles and people suspected of engaging in illegal activity. Of course, each case has had different results based on procedure and state laws so it is difficult to set a concrete standard, but regardless the authorities do have some ability to utilize search warrants as a method of using GPS trackers on vehicles.
What people should know is that they should not expect privacy while conducting affairs in public, and that police will always have some authority to use GPS tracking systems if they can establish some justifiable cause why. Therefore, people engaging in illegal conduct and activity should be aware that at any given time they could be under surveillance.