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GPS Tracker Busts Chattanooga Man


Technicality Only Speed Bump In Arrest

law enforcementRicky Davis was a burglar in the north Chattanooga area, but when local law enforcement agents used a GPS tracking system to monitor his personal vehicle and document his travels in order to build a case against him they made one critical error: getting a warrant. Yes the vehicle tracking system proved with concrete certainty Davis was near the scene of a string of burglaries that occurred, but none of that GPS tracking evidence would be admitted as evidence because probable cause was never first established to justify tracking Davis. The career criminal found a loop hole, beat the system and was free to go. Unfortunately, stupid is as stupid does.

Davis has been arrested again for his involvement in a new string of burglaries, and although he was able to negate the GPS tracking system evidence before, now a number of eye witnesses would be the key evidence in obtaining a conviction.

A Life Of Crime

In 2010, law enforcement officers witnessed Davis engaging in suspicious behavior, walking up to homes and checking doors to see if they were locked. This led the police investigators to believe that Davis was likely the individual involved in a number of local home robberies. A case was built against Davis, search warrant was acquired and police discovered a number of stolen items in the home of the burglary suspect. He was arrested for aggravated burglary.

However, this was not the first time Davis had a run in with the law. Before this particular arrest, Davis received a five-year prison sentence for a string of robberies he committed in the North Chattanooga area. He ended up only serving four years in jail and was able to beat some of the other charges he was accused of that included additional robbery charges and rape.

October 14th 2013

Davis broke into the home of Curtis Sheppard, stealing his car keys and wallet. Davis, and another black male, were then seen getting into and driving off in the Lexus owned by Sheppard, which was parked outside his residence. During those same early morning hours two other home burglaries were reported to police. Interestingly enough, when police found the stolen Lexus a few days later the vehicle housed a number of contents stolen from the homes of the other reported burglaries.

October 23rd

A woman is frightened when she hears a loud sound coming from her kitchen. When she investigates the sound she discovers someone kicked in her kitchen door and stole an iPad along with other personal items of value. The woman used a GPS tracking app to locate the stolen iPad in real-time, which led police to a parked car. That car was also reported stolen and the owner of the vehicle was a victim of burglary. The stolen vehicle also housed a number of other items that were reported missing from other local burglaries.

Davis' finger prints were all over the stolen items found in the stolen vehicle.

Police were disappointed that Davis was able to beat previous burglary charges due to a technicality from the use of a GPS tracking system, but were very optimistic that with so much evidence and testimony from eye witnesses that Davis will be back behind bars where he belongs soon enough.

GPS Monitoring Koala Bears


Tracking Systems Show Koala Numbers In Decline

koala-cub-006Australia has been one of the very few nations in the world that has kept unemployment low and the economy relatively strong in the midst of a global slowdown. The Aussie dollar continues to be strong against many other global currencies, and with vast natural resources such as gold and silver being mined this trend should only continue. Unfortunately, with a growing economy comes some unique challenges. One of those challenges Australia is facing is land management practices that are leading to a direct decline in koala populations based upon new data gathered from GPS tracking systems.

What researchers at the University of Sydney did was conduct an experiment that monitored approximately 40 koala bears in the Gunnedah region using GPS tracking devices. The GPS trackers provided real-time tracking data showing the koala bears fed on eucalypts during the evening then escaped to find shelter from the hot temperatures during the day. The problem is that trees offering a shaded protection from the brutal Australian heat waves are being cut down in mass frequency, placing koala bears at an increased risk of dehydration or death from heat related illness. The rise in temperatures combined with loss of shaded trees that offer protection is something that is of great concern to researchers who monitor koala bear activity. In fact, a heat wave that struck Australia roughly 5 years ago killed nearly 25% of the koala bears being monitored by the University! This is very alarming, especially with data showing warmer weather will likely increase due to human activity.

A researcher for the University of Sydney explained that the best thing people can do to help koala bear populations is by maintaining or increasing the areas of shaded trees that offer protection from the sun for the animals. The researcher explained that large trees provide shade and a mixture of nutrient requirements that help the beloved animal in Australia survive. Simply put, koala bears are large animals that live and take shelter in trees so if land management regulations and deforestation remove those trees the impact will be koala bear populations on the decline.

Researcher will continue to use GPS systems and other tools to monitor koala bear activity to better gauge how human interaction is impacting the animal populations. Hopefully, lawmakers and land management officials will recognize certain activity is having a negative impact on the koala bears along with other animal species resulting in more environmentally friendly legislation.

GPS Assisting In Hurricane Observation


GPS Tracking Systems Helping Hurricane Research

hurricaneThe constellation of GPS satellites orbiting miles above the Earth make our lives so much easier even though none of us ever physically see the technological marvels. GPS tracking and navigational technology is the driving force behind the innovative routing and direction programs such as Google Earth, numerous fitness applications and about a million other things. GPS technology is critical in so many components of our daily lives that many of us take for granted the detailed data provided through low level radio frequencies, but hurricane researchers are certainly not one of those groups of people.

On the eastern seaboard and in states surrounding the Gulf of Mexico the month of August is identified as the start of hurricane season. This means researchers are using every available tool to learn more about the conditions that cause tropical storms and of course once those storms evolve into hurricanes how powerful they are. How GPS tracking and navigational technology is providing assistance to hurricane researchers is by giving the investigators data such as the direction and strength of wind speeds, data calculated by GPS signals bouncing around in the tropical storms.

According to a hurricane researcher working at the NASA Langley Research Center, the new technique that uses GPS technology to gather data regarding hurricane activity is both extremely precise and cost-effective. This is because the previous method of collecting data on hurricanes involved using dropsondes into a active tropical storm or hurricane via what is known as a Hurricane Hunter aircraft. Basically, the old technique used an aircraft that released tubes filled with different meteorological devices and instruments used to calculate things such as pressure, air and water temperature and humidity in the air. Although this technique had been effective at gathering data related to hurricane strength and the conditions involved in the development of the storm, the cost of such projects limited the amount of dropsondes available and therefore left holes in the data. The more modern method of using GPS technology will not only be more affordable but fill those once empty holes with more data!

The new GPS tracking and navigational tools used to gather information about storm activity is just the first step in helping hurricane researchers better understand the twisted and beautiful mind of Mother Nature. This is because by 2016 the brains at NASA intend on launching a smaller set of satellites into space that will be used specifically to measure what are known as reflected GPS signals to provide even more accurate data about storm activity from outer space. This new GPS satellite system is known as the Cyclone Global Satellite System.

With more and more technological tools being called upon to help researchers it is only a matter of time before humanity will have a more complete understanding of the conditions that cause, grow and change hurricane activity. The data from GPS will place a significant part in this understanding which will most certainly help in providing the most detailed and concrete weather forecasts.

Source: ABC News Charlestown


Camera Devices To Monitor NBA Players


Camera Tracking Systems Could Change NBA Stats

basketballNBA fans everywhere are quite well aware of the greatness associated with a player such as Kobe Bryant and and his tendency, or lack thereof, to pass the rock. However, the statistics showed early in the season last year that the Lakers would actually win more games when Kobe would pass more and score less. Although on paper it would seem that the best option for the team would be having a distributor such as Steve Nash rack up the assists, the cold hard fact is that when Kobe racks up more assists the Lakers would rack up more wins.

Information is critical in helping sports teams understand where their strengths and weaknesses reside, something that can be extremely helpful in evaluating player performance. With the current use of GPS tracking systems and video surveillance equipment already being implemented by teams all across the league, it is no surprise to hear that the NBA plans on moving forward with a new video camera tracking solutions developed by SportVu to offer even more critical data. Data that could change the way basketball statisticians evaluate talent on the court.

According to an announcement released by the NBA this past week, all 30 of the NBA arenas will be equipped with state-of-the-art tracking cameras that will precisely determine the movements of all players, referees and ball movements on the court, recording the data at an incredible rate of a 30th per second! The camera systems will determine the distance covered by players, speed, ball movements, ball possession, steps made, dribble activity, passing, shooting, rebounding and other data that will be broken down and categorized for review. The reason this is so fascinating is because the camera tracking systems could literally be the first step in the ways that management evaluate player performance. No longer will the most basic of stats such as points, rebounds and assists be looked at, but rather detailed forms of that data such as open rebounds, rebounds gathered during a free throw, uncontested rebounds, long range rebounds etc.

With the data from the camera systems head coaches and assistant head coaches can determine if a player actively grabbed a rebound from a offensive player or if the ball fell right into their hands by pure chance (although positioning yourself in the right area to catch a rebound would not necessarily be considered chance but rather strategy). The tracking data will also offer up information such as if a player is actively passing the ball yet not actually recording an assist.

The NBA is gathering all of this tracking data from the SportVu camera systems and will be propagating the information onto their stats page. The tracking data will also be available soon to those using the NBA mobile app which is available for download to smart phone users.


GPS Company Updates Website


Tracking System Direct Revises Online Store

Southern California based GPS monitoring company Tracking System Direct has built a reputation on bringing online shoppers the most unique and sophisticated hidden cameras, surveillance devices and GPS tracker systems available on the market. Finding, testing and then offering the most advanced GPS solutions and sleuth gear to customers has been the top priority of the company ever since the online store made its debut in 2009. However, the GPS company has always made every effort to not only provide quality products backed with the best warranty and support, but also the most user-friendly shopping experience for any person or business looking at investing in security products. This is the reason the company has moved forward with an upgrade to both the online store and the shopping cart.

Tracking System Direct made its online debut featuring a content management system (CMS) developed by Joomla and a shopping cart that utilized Google Wallet. The GPS monitoring company has continued to be impressed by the flexibility and depth in navigation with Joomla and therefore simply upgraded the content management system to the most current version. That means online shoppers won't notice any visual changes to the online store because the changes are reflected on the back-end of the Tracking System Direct e-commerce website. However, the online shopping cart has been dramatically redesigned to offer the easiest checkout process available.

"After an extensive internal review combined with customer feedback we determined that our online shoppers would benefit from a user-friendly one page simple checkout process", Marketing Director Ryan Horban stated. "What we have done is replaced Google Wallet as the primary payment processing method and instead had a design team customize a checkout system that utilizes via Virtuemart. The new checkout will be easy, fast and secure, creating a positive experience we feel our customers will appreciate. Online shoppers will still have the option of using Google Wallet in addition to PayPal, or can always phone in orders to one of our sales representatives who are available 7 days a week."

With the latest version of Joomla powering the Tracking System Direct online store and new payment gateway that calls upon a more efficient virtuemart system, online customers will be guaranteed quality products, support and an overall better shopping experience.


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