GPS Tracking Devices To Monitor Children Under-perform

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Parents can worry and imagine the worst. The setting could be a crowded and rowdy carnival, or perhaps the local superstore. The walk home from school might induce nervous thoughts or a bit of paranoia. GPS tracking devices have been designed to alleviate some of those fears and to offer the reassurance that parents need. However, some recently evaluated tracking devices have been found to underachieve.

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GPS Tracking Devices To Monitor Children Under-perform

Deploying GPS tracking devices in a child monitoring capacity is a great application. There are some solid, reputable companies who have taken on the responsibility of introducing quality devices to market for the sole purpose of protecting children. Nothing could be more important, especially in today’s day and age. However, the key to these devices effectiveness in the field is, first and foremost, a small form-factor. Simply put, the smaller the device, the harder it is for the bad guys to find. Yet, “small” devices have some inherent flaws.

The smaller the device, the smaller the battery, which ultimately results in tracking providers having limited options. The majority of these devices are motion-activated. Meaning that when no motion is detected, they should revert to some form of “hibernation mode”. This should, in theory, conserve battery life. The issue is, despite the device being stationary, the most integral of the internal components may still need to remain active. In layman’s terms, the device does not completely shut off.

Most GPS tracking services also require a monthly data plan. Providers of child GPS tracking devices make some sacrifices to ensure that those services remain affordable for the everyday consumer. Chief among those sacrifices is how often a device communicates its location. The more frequently a device reports its location, the more data it consumes. As it consumes more data, the cost for monthly services rises. It simply is a part of the equation in providing these tracking solutions. Many of these service plans also offer the ability to engage continuous tracking of the device. If “continuous” tracking were to be used, not only would charges accrue much more rapidly, but the devices’ internal battery would be quickly exhausted.

In this case, the quality of the battery technology is of primary concern. Available battery chemistry simply has not advanced on par with, nor as small as, the advanced personal GPS tracking devices that are on the market today. At least, not in a commercially available design. This severely limits the options for service providers. Major breakthroughs could very well be right around the corner. Until then, parents who invest in these devices should understand the limitations that they are faced with. If consumers fully understand the flaws, these devices can still do the job that they were designed to do…despite not being a perfect solution.

Source: http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/03/personal-gps-locators-review/index.htm

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GPS Tracking of Insured Drivers. Potential For Pay-by-Mile Snooping.

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GPS tracking of insured drivers is nothing new to the industry. The proliferation of usage-based-insurance programs began some years ago. However, that does little to alleviate concerns that the technology could potentially be used for less than ethical purposes. Providers and government continue to dig into the privacy of everyday U.S. citizens. The possibility of data abuse leaves a dark cloud over these programs.

GPS Tracking of Insured Drivers. Potential For Pay-by-Mile Snooping.

GPS Tracking of Insured Drivers. Potential For Pay-by-Mile Snooping.

This application is nothing new to the GPS tracking industry. The monitoring of insured drivers has existed for some time now; in particular Usage-Based-Insurance. The basic premise behind these various programs is that premiums fluctuate based on driving habits, metrics, and analytics. Drivers that are a lesser insurance risk receive lower premiums, and the opposite for higher-risk drivers. On the surface, perhaps a noble program instituted by insurance providers with the best of intentions. However, times have recently changed.

In the last few years, in regard to insured driver monitoring, the GPS tracking landscape has been altered. The government has been working diligently to design a method of taxing its citizens based on miles driven, and the manner in which they drive them. Government overreaching into the private lives of its citizens is now rampant in many countries. Not only can mileage be tracked but, perhaps unknown to the individual, there exists an even greater threat that additional data can be tracked and compiled. Imagine receiving a surprise speeding ticket in the mail, or perhaps a ticket for failing to come to a complete stop at an intersection.

Whenever data is stored, there exists the possibility that the data could be mined and used for purposes other than initially intended. In this particular case, auto-insurance providers are collecting GPS tracking data on individual driving habits, and are storing that data on remote servers. The government need only appear with a subpoena or, worse yet, simply hack into the database and take what they want. It is a scary thought indeed.

GPS tracking data and services can be an extremely positive and useful technology, if utilized for legitimate purposes. However, one need not travel far to cross that invisible line in the sand. Sadly, there is simply too much money at stake for these kinds of programs to be shuttered and abandoned. Without a shadow of a doubt, there are insurance providers that offer attractive programs with absolutely no intention of misusing the data that they collect. Nonetheless, the best of intentions frequently are not enough.

Source: http://www.prisonplanet.com/auto-insurance-co-tracks-drivers-by-gps-charges-per-mile-driven.html

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Usage-based_insurance

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GPS Tracking of All Newly Sold Vehicles Possible. Decision Forthcoming on Increased Govt Spying.

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A decision should be coming shortly from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration regarding GPS-style tracking of all newly sold vehicles. On the surface, the purpose of the technology would be to enable “smart” cars to communicate in the event of an imminent collision. However, as a result, a persons movements would be tracked whenever they were in their vehicle. The implications of this program are just another example of potential government spying, and are scary indeed.

GPS Tracking of All Newly Sold Vehicles Possible. Decision Forthcoming on Increased Govt Spying.

GPS Tracking of All Newly Sold Vehicles Possible. Decision Forthcoming on Increased Govt Spying.

Under the guise of “accident prevention” and “highway safety”, the federal government is considering a smart car program that would allow the GPS tracking of all newly sold vehicles. The idea is to require all newly manufactured autos to be sold with vehicle-to-vehicle communications, or V2V for short. In the event of possible collision, a warning could be communicated between vehicles, thereby alerting the drivers to take evasive maneuvers. On the surface, a noble thought process. But, what lies beneath the surface?

By exploiting the GPS tracking portion of the technology, the federal government can then tax drivers by monitoring their miles driven. Driving habits can also be monitored, driving violations recorded, and tickets can suddenly be mailed to unsuspecting citizens. To make matters worse, the cost of the “smart car” technology will simply be added to the sticker price of all new vehicles. Meaning, ordinary Americans will be paying out of their own pocket to have their civil rights violated. Not to mention the threat of hacking into the entire communications grid, which has the potential for disastrous consequences.

EasyTracGPS is a GPS tracking provider and, as such, we understand the many possible benefits of the technology…if deployed responsibly. But, to even consider using the technology in the commercial markets for nefarious purposes is beyond comprehension. And, to propose this program under the guise of accident prevention and highway safety is, at best, an insult. One doesn’t have to be a genius to understand the myriad ways a program such as this could be abused. If the federal government wants to make our roads a safer place, then figure out another way. There simply is too much potential downside to this option. Our eyes are out for any updates, and we will be sure to post on any developments.

Source: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/feds-require-cars-talk-avoid-crashes/print?id=21385048

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