Most politicians talk about their concern for the environment and the importance of sustaining the balance between humans and wildlife, but Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts took those sentiments to a whole new level earlier this week in Deerfield. What Governor Patrick did was participate in a new wildlife monitoring and management program designed to oversee different species of animal throughout Franklin County. That meant Governor Patrick had to get uncomfortably close to a pair of black bear cubs and their mother while wildlife officials equipped the animals with GPS tracking systems engineered to provide researchers information that will help being insight on both habitats and conditions of black bear populations throughout Massachusetts.
When Governor Patrick picked up one of the cubs he playfully placed the little furry guy in his coat. Governor Patrick then said that the cubs reminded him of little teddy bears, but he was quick to point out that the cubs would eventually grow up to be one of the roughly 4,500 large black bears in Worcester County and western portion of Massachusetts. The bear population that researchers are hoping to learn more about and protect through the use of GPS tracking devices.
An assistant director working at the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife explained to local news crews that GPS monitoring would begin toward the beginning of March. The reason that particular time frame was selected was because around that time in the season bear cubs will have developed eye sight and begin wandering away from their mother bears for brief stints. The assistant director also stated that they believe the size of black bear cub litters are increasing throughout Massachusetts but certainly in the Northampton region of the state. Wildlife experts have reported witnessing black bear cub litters with as many as three (3) per litter. Hopefully, with the help of the tracker devices and satellite guided locational technology the wildlife researchers will begin to have more concrete data about the black bear population and behaviors in the state.
Once considered the perfect tool for businessmen and people on the go with computing needs, laptop systems have become less and less popular with consumers. The decline in popularity has nothing to do with the usefulness of laptops but rather the development of tablet computing systems. Now brands such as the iPad, Google Nexus and Amazon Kindle Fire are the hot items making consumers drool. These tablets are user-friendly, light, compact and easy to travel with making them ideal solutions among consumers, and now people with any of the popular tablet systems can access real-time GPS data with the assistance of a new app available.
The most called upon real-time tracker device among businesses and consumers, SilverCloud GPS units have been improving vehicle management, driving safety and automotive security. With the web-based browser offering its users access to both past and live automotive tracking data, users of this particular tracker device can now retrieve their personal location information using any of the tablet systems on the market! All the tablet needs is an Internet connection and its ready to access the satellite imaging programs and driving activity reports online.
Those seeking real-time GPS data access from their tablet system can either access locational information by going to the online platform or downloading the latest mobile app. The web-interface works well for people in a office setting or home, but for those on the go the free download of the mobile app is the recommended portal for data access. Those using the mobile app will find that all of the features are available and easy to use through the LandAirSea control panel.
More and more people are shifting their computing from desktops and laptops to tablet systems. This new portal into accessing GPS tracking system data will provide tablet users an instant gateway into viewing their personal locational data. People interested in learning more can contact Tracking System Direct for more detailed information on features and the mobile app download now available at many of the popular app stores.
Environmental factors such as urban canyons can impact the accuracy of any GPS-enabled device. This is the reason that navigation devices and tracker devices can sometimes offer up inaccurate locational information or provide "spotty" signal reception in many large cities. What ends up happening is that the GPS monitoring device loses communication with orbiting satellites because signals can get lost bouncing and reflecting off tall buildings resulting in a significant loss in accuracy of data. However, all of that might change if, according to a Ubergizmo article, Spanish scientists have indeed developed a strategy to increase GPS accuracy.
What a team of scientists based in Spain claim is that they have created a method to improve "the determination of a vehicle's position". By doing so they have data showing increased GPS accuracy by in many cases upwards of 90%. This is accomplished by taking two existing components of GPS data processing and adding another such as a motion detection feature. By adding this supplemental sensor data it becomes easier to check GPS tracking or navigation data, keeping the integrity of the GPS signal intact.
Another great feature of this two part method of GPS data analysis is that if a motorist drove into a tunnel the data connection could stay intact even if GPS signal is lost. This is because the tracker device would instead call upon motion detection data instead of GPS data to determine position of the automobile.
Many of the components necessary to make a navigation or tracker device more accurate were already present in most older versions of GPS units. However, technology has evolved and continues to evolve to the point where most GPS-enabled programs are being used on mobile communication devices. This is why engineers are hopeful they can develop a similar device that works with smart phones. Of course the smart phone would have to be equipped with some form of motion detection hardware. With 90% of the population now using smart phones, the technology could eventually lead to self-driving motor vehicles that can accurately navigate motorists in the most efficient avenue possible.
Felix Buamgartner captivated the world when the Austrian daredevil did something no human had ever done before: jump from a capsule 24 miles above the ground and parachute safely to the earth. What Buamgartner did was so incredible and truly death-defying that it is no wonder almost 33 million people have viewed the official YouTube video of the stunt thus far. As Buamgartner was in free fall zooming toward the earth his GPS tracking equipment initially registered his max speed at 834 miles per hour. However, after reevaluation of the speed it was determined Buamgartner actually reached an incredible velocity of 843 miles per hour.
Red Bull Stratos, the team assembled to assist Buamgartner throughout the jump, provided the 843 miles per hour number last month to the National Aeronautic Association (NAA) and its overseas counterpart the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. Buamgartner and the Red Bull Stratos team understood prior to the jump that his free fall to the Earth would likely shatter records and that is why they took multiple measures to calculate and measure his maximum falling speed. In order to be precise as possible, Buamgartner was equipped with four different GPS trackers that were all tested during practice jumps to ensure accuracy. However, these practice runs would not be the same as the real jump because of the additional variables from jumping at stratosphere heights. Variables such as rapid descending speed, possible tumbling and disruption from sonic shock waves due to travel at Mach levels of speed.
After months of careful review and examination the team was able to determine that all the tracker devices performed accurately and without abnormality. Even when Buamgartner crossed the sonic barrier.
The Buamgartner jump gained news attention all over the globe and of course shattered numerous records. But the caveat is that information obtained from the jump will also be instrumental in future development of spacesuits and other safety equipment and devices used by astronauts. This is something that Buamgartner stated was a great honor.
Initally designed to keep American soldiers out of harm's way and gain intelligence, drones allowed the military to move into highly hostile territories without putting actual boots on the ground. These terrorist hunting and data gathering machines were going to keep Americans safe while getting the bad guys... well at least in theory. It was not long before U.S. drones were linked to the mass killings of civilians and school children all throughout Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. They became a hot topic of controversy over their use overseas, but that controversy is only going to get even more heated now that more and more drones are flying over American skies and monitoring U.S. citizens.
Fact: Domestic drones routinely fly in US Airspace. According to some estimates, approximately 3,000 drones now fly over national airspace all throughout the country with regularity. With information obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was able find documentation of lawsuits against the FAA from a variety agencies of law authority, universities and a vast number of government branches of military, suggesting that steps are being made to change the legal landscape on government spying. Other records also show the military is now putting a number of different drone models (Raven, Puma, Wasp) through different testing measures, reinforcing the notion that the government has every intention to conduct civilian monitoring through drones.
The one drone in particular that frightens many people concerned about government invasion of privacy is a all environment machine called the Puma that can essentially touchdown in any type of environment, including urban street or water. The Puma could land on any street in America and dispense massive amounts of force all while being controlled from a remote location. Other drones, like the ones seen flying over the skies of Virginia Beach, have sophisticated camera systems capable of monitoring a target for long durations of time gathering massive amounts of video activity.
"The laws pertaining to video, cellular and Internet activity have not been updated since the 1980s and therefore Americans are having their 4th Amendment rights violated on a daily basis by an over-reaching government determined to monitor private citizens", explained a unnamed person discussing the topic. "What we basically have is a tyranny problem disguised as a security problem and nothing appears to be changing in the near-term because politicians seem to have turned a blind eye on cell phone tracking, Internet monitoring, GPS tracking and other methods and tools used to invade the privacy and rights of law-abiding citizens."
Drones will only continue to become more sophisticated and capable of capturing more data through high-tech methods such as the Gorgon Stare, and that is why it is crucial that people push their lawmakers to draft legislation to strengthen personal privacy in a fast-growing digital era.