Minnesota City Uses GPS Trackers

earthThe people of Minnesota are known to be the adventurous outdoors type of folk, but they also have a very balanced relationship with their local eco-system. This is why local conservationists, biologists and scientists in Thief Rivers, Minnesota are enthusiastic about a new GPS tracking plan that will use collars to monitor some of the local elk populations. The live GPS monitoring collars will record the location and movements of elk to offer a unique view on how the majestic mammals migrate and travel throughout Minnesota.

ElK Population On Decline

The elk population in Minnesota was once equal to that of the human population in the state, but hunters with small genitalia wanting a elk heads in their garages basically demolished the elk population. Sadly, estimates among researchers place the elk population now to be somewhere in the neighborhood of 200 in the entire northwestern region! The human impact on elk populations has been tragic and the hope is that GPS live tracking technology can help researchers understand more about the elk while also boosting the numbers of the mammal. The project will begin with the Department of Natural Resources equipping 20 female elk with collars that will record live GPS locational data and transmit back to researchers in real-time.

The cost of the GPS monitoring program is estimated to be around $300,000.


The Department of Natural Resources explains that their are three herds in Minnesota known as the Grygla, Kittson-Central, Caribou-Vita elk herds. Although it was not specifically identified which herd or herds would be followed as part of the tracking program, it is known that the elk will be netted with the assistance of a helicopter and team from Washington. The entire process of equipping the elk with GPS monitoring devices is a very delicate one because of the dwindling population of the mammal. The Department of Natural Research understand the long history of elk in Minnesota and hope the tracking units will provide detailed information that will help the state manage habitat and boost elk population.

GPS monitoring data, which will be gathered until the year 2018, will offer a new and unique way to see how elk move throughout the state. This information will hopefully give researchers more insight on elk and provide solutions on elk conservation.

St. Albans Real-Time Tracker Records Death

earth image rpw2GPS monitoring systems are used in cities throughout the United States for a wide variety of reasons. Some people invest in GPS tracking technology to safeguard their vehicles from theft while others might use the location-based devices to make certain a teenage driver is not driving like a bat out of hell. Regardless of the application, GPS has been pretty influential in boosting safety and providing detailed reports that can be used for many unique applications. In the city of St. Albans in the state of Maine, game wardens were doing just that when they began using a GPS animal tracker to record the movements of a white-tailed deer that was also pregnant. Sadly, that doe being tracked via GPS was murdered and now St. Albans authorities are asking for help from the public to find the killer.

The doe that was equipped with a GPS animal tracker was part of a study being conducted by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to determine the severity Winter was having on white-tailed deer populations. The tracking unit was providing live updates on the activity of the doe when the GPS animal tracker sent out a mortality alert on the 9th of January, notifying biologists that the doe had been murdered by a douche bag hunter. Making the situation more unfortunate was that biologists who used the tracker to locate the deer discovered the doe was pregnant with twins which would have seen their first life late Spring.

The cause of death for the pregnant doe was from a single gunshot fired by a stupid ass hunter who couldn't tell the difference between a male or female deer. Not to mention, shooting a defenseless animal simply trying enjoy life is probably the most pathetic thing a "man" could do. So clearly the murderer was a pathetic human being.

The murder occurred in a field in proximity to Corinna Road in the city of St. Albans in Maine.

A $1000 reward is now being offered by Maine Operation Game Thief (OGT) for any information that can help lead to the arrest of the murderer. Game wardens also asked anyone with potential information or those around the area in question on the 8th of January to contact dispatch at 207-624-7076.

And to the coward who killed the pregnant doe, know that you are pure scum.

Flashback GPS Support Mac OS

FlashBackGPSI apologize ahead of time for speaking in first person this article and going on this little rant coming shortly but it is the only way I can effectively express myself. I am a Mac user who converted after every Windows computer I ever had simply pissed me off at some point. Whether it be viruses, pop-ups, Internet Explorer, a computer that takes 10 minutes to boot up or any other number of headaches caused by a Windows computing "solution", I eventually had to end my relationship with Windows. After transitioning to Mac devices their really is never any going back to Windows. Unless of course you were a business that wanted a passive tracking solution to monitor company vehicles. The reason is because GPS vehicle monitoring companies could never develop a tracker that would effectively pair itself with Mac computers. That meant those who didn't want to pay monthly fees for live GPS systems were forced to invest in a Windows computer in order to use a passive tracker. The struggle was real for these people, but now relief has come with the latest in dada logging technology with a tracker called Flashback GPS.

What Is Flashback GPS ?

Flashback GPS is a passive tracker that has changed the way people think of data logging. Naturally, the tracker has the most popular features of a passive system such as:

  1. No service fees for tracking
  2. Surface magnet for easy placement on a car
  3. Long battery-life (50 hours)
  4. Stealth design in compact housing

However, Flashback offers something else that almost every other data logging system does not and that is the ability to work with both Windows and Mac operating systems.

The Web-Based Solution

One of the biggest issues GPS developers had with passive trackers was software. When a device uses software and can have issues staying compatible with updates, especially updates made with Mac OS. That meant bugs were frequently popping up and why so many engineers simply gave up trying to create software for a passive tracker that would work with Mac OS. That was when designers working on the backend stuff for Flashback came up with a simple solution: make the software web-based!

Flashback GPS users still need to remove the car tracker from the automobile they were tracking in order to access GPS vehicle driving activity but once they do that they will connect the tracker to their Mac or Windows computer via USB port. The data will then be uploaded to a online mapping program that will read the historical tracking data and break it down into a format that is efficient and easy to understand. Tracking data will provide information such as where a driver stopped, how long they were at a stop, total mileage, top speed driven and more.

Having a car GPS tracker that works with Mac OS is no longer a pipe dream for businesses and consumers. Flashback provides the answer to this who want a data logger that functions with all computer systems while at the same time providing accurate, reliable and detailed car tracking information.

Finding The Right GPS Tracker

amazon logoAmazon is freaking awesome. The online marketplace makes it easy for shoppers to get bargains and get those items delivered to their home ridiculously fast with services such as Amazon Prime. Although their is no denying that Amazon is the dominant player when it comes to online storefronts, finding detailed reviews, descriptions and information about certain technological products can be a little confusing to some novice online shoppers. With the GPS industry continuing to grow into a multi-billion dollar market, our team has decided to provide consumers information about the top 5 selling GPS monitoring systems on Amazon!

1. SilverCloud GPS

One of the premier live GPS car tracking units on the market today, SilverCloud is perfect for businesses or consumers who want a portable tracker that can offer live updates on the location of a vehicle as fast as every 3 seconds! The tracker can be programmed to work internationally, be moved from vehicle-to-vehicle and does not require users to sign up for any long-term service contracts. The GPS is simple, accurate and affordable at $299.

2. GPS Tracking Key

One of the top-selling GPS solutions over the past decade, GPS Tracking Key has continually evolved to meet the needs of parents looking to track a teen and companies interested in employee driving activity. This GPS has no service fees and is therefore classified as a passive tracker, meaning the tracker must be removed from a automobile for data to be reviewed. Although the unit doesn't offer live tracking what it does provide is second-by-second tracking, mileage reports, speed alerts and more all for the cost of $149.

3. Sync System

Developed to pull power from a vehicle through the on-board diagnostic port, this GPS is small, affordable ($199) and easy to operate. Live updates and no monthly service contracts also make it ideal for those looking to avoid any long-term commitments to a GPS monitoring system.

4. I-Trail

Small and portable, the I-Trail is another device that does not offer live tracking and therefore is considered a passive tracker. The GPS vehicle tracking data is less detailed and user-friendly than that of the GPS Tracking Key but this system is a above average solution for those wanting to short-term car tracker at a bargain. Probably best suited for those who are a little more tech savvy and only need a tracker for say tracking a potentially cheating spouse or bad employee.

5. Spark Nano

What makes this tracker a popular buy is that the device is small and affordable ($99). Unfortunately, both the professional and customer reviews are pretty accurate when they state this device has some serious shortcomings in terms of performance. The short battery life (10 hours) is the trade off for the compact design, the online interface for viewing tracking data is nowhere near the same class as SilverCloud GPS and product evaluations by GPS experts show the performance show very spotty coverage. However, the device is marketed well and price is low, making the Spark Nano a top Amazon seller.

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