GPS Tracking Helps In Conservation
With more and more hipsters wanting to live a more “authentic” lifestyle, teens and millennials are walking away from the shopping malls and into nature. This is a great thing but it has caused some issues for conservation groups such as the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who spend their time fighting those who could cause damage to the natural environment. Whether it be people cultivating marijuana crops on protected land, issues related to species management or maybe something as simple as people fishing without licenses, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife has a lot of work to do and unfortunately limited resources. However, technology is now helping fill in some of the gaps for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife who are calling upon GPS tracking devices for a number of different reasons.
California Department of Fish and Wildlife Vehicles
One of the most obvious benefits of using GPS live tracking technology is how it can assist in vehicle management. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife are often lacking manpower and resources. Therefore, fewer people are available to cover a lot of land. That means efficiency is a high priority. When real-time auto tracking units are equipped on California Department of Fish and Wildlife vehicles the process of documenting and managing vehicle activity becomes significantly easier. This is because live GPS systems provide up-to-date info about where a vehicle is located, speeds it is traveling, stops made and more. Safe speed alerts can also be programmed. Other benefits from a fleet oversight perspective include:
1. Theft Security
2. Unlimited Historical Access
3. Safe Zone Alerts
4. Speed Alerts
Fighting Crime With GPS Tracking
Another benefit of using GPS monitoring systems among government agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Homeland Security or California Department of Fish and Wildlife is that the technology can also be pivotal with investigative work. Whether it be illegal poaching or cultivation of illegal crops, bad things happen on public land all the time. These areas are often chosen as the setting for criminal activity because they are remote and often in regions where cellular service is not available. This means live GPS won’t work. This is where data logging systems are proving their value and helping authorities conduct successful investigations.
Data Loggers (Passive Tracking)
Passive GPS solutions record travel activity to the internal memory of the device. Information such as route travelled, speed driven and more are all recorded and stored upon the car tracker. This data can then be reviewed once the tracker is removed from the target vehicle and downloaded. Here is a real world example of how the technology is employed successfully. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife receive a top about a poacher illegally hunting mountain lions. The suspect is identified and shown to be frequenting areas where mountain lion populations are dwindling. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife acquires a warrant, puts a vehicle tracker on the car of the suspect and then removes the GPS after a month. The data shows the suspect was indeed at the location where each mountain lion shooting took place. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife have their man and can move forward with an arrest.
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife have a tremendously challenging task and the work they do is for all of us. GPS monitoring systems are helping to make that job a little easier which is fantastic for because when they do their job effectively it means they are preserving wildlife and essentially nature for everyone for generations to come.