Personal Tracking

Watch out for Falling Coconuts — with GPS

May 27, 2014By
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Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia, is looking to reduce any potential deaths from falling coconuts, reports ABC News. The Douglas shire council is mapping the GPS locations of its coconut trees, to reduce the danger. Mayor Julia Leu says more than 4,000 mature coconut palms have been identified in Port Douglas. “All local governments that have coconut palms in their area... read more

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Geoforce Releases Tiny Industrial GPS Tracking Device

May 27, 2014By

Geoforce, Inc., an international provider of asset management solutions for the oil and gas industry, has announced the widespread commercial availability of the GT0, a tiny industrial GPS asset-tracking device. The device is designed to track and remotely monitor assets too challenging for other GPS devices, the company said. “Geoforce is constantly trying to gauge what our customers will need... read more

Travel Oracle App Aimed at Business Traveler Safety

May 19, 2014By

HX Global’s new Travel Oracle mobile app provides an instant lifeline for business travelers and expatriate employees as well as access to critical information and support, before and during their travels, the company said.  Key features include an instantly accessible Mayday call, automated personal tracking, online storage of all travel documents, instant news reports of unrest pushed to impacted travelers,... read more

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Public Safety Organizations Support FCC Rule to Help Find Wireless 911 Callers

May 19, 2014By

Many of the nation’s leading public safety and public health organizations submitted comments this week in support of a proposed Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rule to help emergency responders more quickly and accurately find 911 callers using wireless phones from indoor locations.  More than 300 individuals and organizations filed during the initial comment period with the overwhelming majority supporting the... read more

SPOT Satellite Devices Mark 3,000 Rescues

May 8, 2014By
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SPOT LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Globalstar, Inc., says its SPOT products have been used to initiate 3,000 rescues around the world since the technology’s launch in 2007. With more than 200,000 SPOT units in service, that averages to one rescue a day. SPOT delivers affordable and reliable satellite-based connectivity and real-time GPS tracking, completely independent of cellular coverage.... read more

Tracker for Children, Pets Integrates u-blox GNSS, Cellular Technologies

May 1, 2014By
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Swedish WTS (Wonder Technology Solutions) has launched Trax, a personal tracking device for children and pets. Based on a u-blox GNSS receiver module with integrated antenna and cellular module, the tiny tracker can be located anywhere, anytime via a free Android or iPhone mobile phone app. In addition to real time tracking, Trax provides flexible geofence alerts, and can monitor... read more

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CSR, OriginGPS Accelerate Adoption of Wearables with Tiny GNSS Modules

April 25, 2014By
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CSR plc and OriginGPS have announced a series of high- performance GNSS modules using CSR’s SiRFstarIV and SiRFstarV product lines. The new modules are 70% smaller than current solutions and deliver a 30% reduction in Time To First Fix (TTFF), making them ideal for health and fitness trackers, sports watches, medical devices, wearable action cameras, and digital still cameras. All... read more

Facebook Offers Nearby Friends Feature

April 17, 2014By
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Facebook has started rolling out a feature called Nearby Friends. Users can turn on the feature to help them discover which friends are nearby or on the go. When notified that a friend is nearby, the user can then get in touch or meet up. “For example, when you’re headed to the movies, Nearby Friends will let you know if... read more