How Secure are the Satellites that Keep GPS Service Running in the US?

April 19, 2018 Published by
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The Global Positioning System (GPS) has gone from a Cold War era used to track the Soviet satellite, Sputnik to a navigation system for the military to what Nasa refers to as “a multi-use, space-based radio-navigation system owned by the US Government and operated by the United States Air Force to meet national defense, homeland security, civil, commercial, and scientific needs.” There are 2 levels of GPS service provided by this system. The military and other government agencies have access to the Precise Positioning Service (PPS). While the Standard Positioning Service (SPS) is available to everybody anywhere in the world.... View Article

Why the NFL’s Joe Gruden Refuses to Use GPS to Improve Player Performance

April 12, 2018 Published by

  It’s not that Gruden is completely against the technological advances of the twenty-first century, like some kind of hermit who decries any new piece of digital wizardry as the work of the devil. He just has some reservations about its place on and off the football field, and whether he’s right in his restraint is something to be debated. This past January, Gruden was announced as the new head coach of the Oakland Raiders. It’s his first coaching job with the NFL after nearly a decade away since being fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in early 2009. And... View Article

The Pros and Cons of Using GPS to Track Offenders

April 5, 2018 Published by

  GPS technology has evolved a great deal since the U.S. Department of Defence officially launched the program in 1973, and has as a result greatly expanded beyond its original purpose. Once meant only for military use, the system has grown to become an everyday tool in both personal and professional circles for anyone with a smartphone and any number of other devices. As systems improve, data becomes more accurate, and technology becomes increasingly accessible, its potential for abuse and previously unforeseen consequences grow. And one such concern has made itself more obvious than others in recent years: the better... View Article

How Nonprofit Organizations & African Countries Use GPS Tracking to Fight Elephant Poaching

March 29, 2018 Published by
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You might be wondering what elephants and elephant conservation efforts have to do with GPS and things like asset, fleet, or even teen tracking, but the fact is that because of advances in technology and the accessibility of the internet, scientists and conservationists are finding new and exciting ways to utilize GPS to aid their research and combat illegal poaching of these amazing animals. Countries such as Gabon and Kenya have started using GPS collars to track their elephant populations and the Nonprofit organization, Elephants Without Borders, based out of Botswana, uses GPS collars and GPS-enabled cameras to track populations... View Article

The Role of Teen Tracking in Combating Viral Social Media Challenges

March 15, 2018 Published by

Viral social media challenges have become especially popular among teens. Many of these trends are harmless, other than the potential embarrassment they cause in hindsight years down the road. The Ice Bucket Challenge actually ended up raising millions of dollars for ALS research. Others, such as the Mannequin Challenge or the Harlem Shake, were based in good fun. However, not all of these viral challenges are so innocent. Consider, for example, the “Tide Pod Challenge,” which began in December as a Twitter meme involving dares to eat the pods, and then a challenge that became popular on Twitter and Facebook,... View Article