Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Where's Tim?

The ever-popular "Where in the world is Carmen San-Diego?" has evolved into "Where's Tim?" No need to use mysterious clues and intelligence. His GPS tracking device does the work for you!

If you are on the "Where's Tim" main page, you will see a place to enter a date to "Get History" on the lower left. After you enter a date and hit "Go" you get an option below the date to "View History in Google Earth". This will load his track for a given date.

Track Tim Hibbard with Google Maps.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

GPS Tracking of Child Sex Offenders

A program to monitor sex offenders will be effective starting September 1st in Iowa. The abduction and killing Jetseta Gage, a 10-year-old girl, last year prompted the Legislature to pass a law requiring closer monitoring of child sex offenders. Lawmakers provided $2.4 million for the adoption of a new system.

Lawmakers were enragede after they learned the man suspected in Gage's murder was a registered sex offender. The new system is the result. The device will record a sex offender's location and alert the program's staff when offenders enter a forbidden area or violate their curfew.

With GPS monitoring, authorities will know if a violator gets too close to schools, day care centers or playgrounds. Local law enforcement officers or parole agents will respond to suspected violations, Sherzan said.

"This will allow us to track them down 24-7 in real time," Sherzan said. "We will notify the appropriate individuals when we believe there's a violation."

Sherzan said the plan is to place all child sex offenders on the GPS monitoring system. Iowa has more than 6,000 registered sex offenders.

As far as I'm aware New York State has no plan (and probably none in the future). Too bad it has more than triple the number of sex offenders as Iowa - a whopping 20,969.

Story Source: FoxNews

Number of sex offenders: Project SafeKids

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Garmin Fishfinder 340C (Dual Frequency)

Figured I'd include this product for all you fishing fanatics. It is the summer after all. Although not new, this isn't one of Garmin's highly publicized products. The unit measures 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.1 inches and comes equipped with a 256-color TFT display, over 15 user-interface languages and an ultra-dim backlight mode of nighttime viewing. What does it do? Basically, it charts the location of fish in the water (true to it's name). It even has alarms for fish size, shallow water, deep water and low battery.

For maximum saltwater performance, the Fishfinder 340C is configured with a dual frequency (50kHz/45-degrees, 200kHz/10-degrees) plastic transom mount transducer, for depth readings of up to 1,500 feet, and an attached 30-foot cable.

Need help with your fishing skills? This is the gadget for you, right after you shell out the $449.99 to pay for the damn thing.

Oh and, for all you winners out there who are going to ask "how does this relate to GPS tracking"?

Well, you are tracking the fish aren't you?

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Stolen Van Retrieved

I was waiting for a story like this. Ofcourse, no paper in the US would concern themselves with similiar stories - they're too focused on scaring the crap out of us. Anyways, the story comes from Australian IT news.

Basically, a courier who had his van stolen has been able to retrieve the vehicle after police tracked it using its GPS location system. The courier reported that his van which contained $62,000 worth of computer and electrical equipment had been stolen while he was inside a business.

Police used the van's tracking system to lead them to the perpetrators house. All is well, the courier got his van and equipment back while the 46-year-old crook gets a nice visit to the slammer.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

A Staple in GPS Technology

As GPS systems increase in popularity obvious consequences occur. For one, the increase in features and technological advancements. Another, the hallmark of a popular technology is the decrease in price. This new GPS tracker, the Mini GPS Sendum, is representative of both increased features and decreased price. On first glance, it might look like an inordinate amount of money. However, if this were to come out say two years ago, you can bet it would be close to double the price. It is small - about 3 inches long - the size of a pager. With an internal antenna and rechargeable battery power it requires no external connections, making it easy to conceal and operate.
Based on the "GPS One" Assisted GPS (AGPS) technology, the pt200gps has a receiver sensitivity up to 20 dB higher than conventional GPS based devices. This higher location performance, combined with the ability to fall back to a network determined fix, supports position information from locations not previously viable: inside shipping containers, vehicles, trailers, warehouses, and buildings. Implementations include monitoring people on the move in a large city, not previously possible due to "urban canyons", or shipments throughout the supply chain.
Now, back to what you really want to know. This little piece of work is priced at about $800, with a minimum order of 5. Ouch!