Monthly Archives: December 2012

Garmin Adds Support For IOS Users

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This is a great article from TechRadar.com which I chose to share here because it shows how companies are desperate to keep up with the social media revolution.

By: Tech Radar

Original Source: Garmin Tries To Snatch IOS Users

Apple’s Maps app is still catching a lot of flack in its early stages, and that has opened the door for competitors. Both Nokia and Google have taken time out to claim their navigation products are superior to Apple’s new first-party offering. Now even Garmin is getting in on the action, as the company released a new update to several of its navigation apps on the iTunes store Tuesday.

Though Garmin charges for some of the apps’ new features, it’s not ashamed to tout new additions like Google Street View and Panorama View 3D. Garmin adds support for iOS 6, iPhone 5. The latest versions of the Garmin apps add compatibility with iOS 6 and the iPhone 5, making this a particularly timely update.

By adding that support, along with the free edition of Google Street View, Garmin is effectively hoping to capture the disappointed users turned off by Apple Maps. Additionally, the updated Garmin apps will allow users to purchase Urban Guidance in-app, which “considers public transportation options, such as subways, trams, busses and water taxis, when calculating pedestrian routes.”

That feature costs $2.99 (UK£1.85, AU$2.87).

Panorama View 3D is also available for $9.99 (UK£6, AU$9.60), and offers “true 3D elevation views obtained from NASA’s height and terrain data enable intuitive orientation and show users what lies ahead.” While Garmin is an industry leader in satnav technology, its Garmin U.S.A. app, for example, runs $39.99 (UK£24, AU$38), and that’s not even the most expensive version.

Despite how barebones the Apple Map is, it’s still free, and Apple assured its users that Maps’ will lose its bugs and inaccurate listings as more people use it. Although a report surfaced last week that Google was working on its own maps app for iOS 6, the hopes of many lost users were squashed as the company’s CEO announced Tuesday no work has been done on any such app.

While it’s not yet time to break out a compass, you might want to re-familiarize yourself with the North Star.

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Garmin Shuffles The Deck As It Promotes COO To CEO

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Garmin has a new CEO in the form of previous COO Clifton Pemble.

By: ZDNet

Original Source: Garmin Shuffles The Deck As It Promotes COO To CEO

It’s beginning to feel like a game of musical chairs at the top of the tech world today. Following up Akamai’s announcement of its new CEO, Garmin is also revealing an executive transition plan on Monday. The navigation solutions provider announced that it has named Clifton Pemble as Garmin’s next CEO and president, effective January 1, 2013.

Pemble will succeed co-founder Dr. Min Kao, who will stay on with Garmin in the role of executive chairman, where he will be charged with “providing ongoing support to the company’s strategic planning and business development processes.”

Pemble joined Garmin in 1989 as one of the company’s first software engineers. He has served as president and chief operating officer since 2007 on top of being on the board of directors since 2004.

As COO, Pemble was responsible for directing day-to-day operations of all Garmin’s subsidiaries in North America.

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Magellan eXplorist GC GPS

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This is a short video from Youtube which shows you a quick demo of the Magellan eXplorist GC GPS. Check out our user reviews for this GPS unit here: Magellan Best Handheld GPS Reviews

By: GearWebsites.com

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Memory-Map Adventurer 2800 – What’s In The Box?

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This is a short video from Youtube which shows you exactly what you’re getting when you purchase a Memory-Map Adventurer 2800 GPS System. Check out our user reviews for this GPS unit here: Memory-Map Best Handheld GPS Reviews

By: SatNavWarehouse

Original Source: Memory-Map Adventurer 2800 – What’s In The Box?

GPS For The Wandering And The Wayward

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This is a great article from ChinaDaily.com. I wanted to share this here because the part about parents tracking their children with GPS systems made me laugh. I could imagine my mum doing that to me when I was a kid.

By: China Daily

Original Source: GPS For The Wandering And The Wayward

The other day, I slipped a GPS tracking device into my wife’s car. I put another tracker in my 2-year-old’s diaper bag and sent him off to the nanny. I still had a few trackers left, so I also threw one into my parents’ vehicle while they took my son out to the park.

My spying was meant only as an experiment, but I still felt guilty.

These small gadgets work by connecting to GPS satellites and cellular networks to follow subjects and report back their locations. I could look up the trackers online, either on the Web or through a smartphone app. They could also be configured to send alerts. If my wife’s car left her office parking lot during the day or my parents’ vehicle broke the speed limit, I might get a text alert.

There are defensible uses for such devices. Some parents use trackers to make sure their children get to school and back safely. There’s the elder-care market. And don’t forget the dog: a tracker can let you know if it wanders out of your yard.

Among the companies offering devices is Amber Alert GPS, founded by a businessman who temporarily lost his 3-year-old at an amusement park. Its tracker looks a bit like a pager. Carol Colombo, the chief executive, said most customers buy the device for children between the ages of 2 and 10 – old enough to be mobile, but too young to carry a cellphone. Still, with a press of a button, your child can send a text or initiate a voice call with you, and you can also dial in to the tracker and listen to his surroundings.

I found the Amber Alert extremely simple to set up and use. The company’s Web site, which allows you to configure and monitor the tracker, is well designed and intuitive, and its iPhone and Android apps also work well. Amber Alert offers more customizable alert settings than any other child-tracking system I tested: there’s an option to receive an alert each time your child comes within 150 meters of an address on a sex-offender database.

 
The device sells for $200, and it requires a service plan, which is $14.99 a month for basic tracking features, and $24.99 a month with extras, including voice-calling and sex-offender alerts.

Securus eZoom is slightly larger than the Amber Alert and doesn’t have some of that device’s features, but it is cheaper. The eZoom sells for $99.99, and its monthly plan is $19.99. If you pay for two years at once, the price drops to $12.99 a month.

Securus also makes the eCare for seniors who need medical help. In addition to tracking, it has a button that initiates a voice call to an emergency call center. The eCare sells for $99.99, with a $29.99-a-month service plan.

 
There also is a GPS device designed for keeping track of yourself. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger, which sells for $119.99 and requires a $99-a-year contract, is meant for adventurous types who routinely wander far off the grid. If you find yourself in an emergency in a place without any cellphone connectivity, you can alert rescuers to your location. You can also send a message letting your friends know you’re fine and they can track your progress on a map. The SPOT has led to dozens of rescues.

Securus and Amber Alert services allow you to monitor multiple trackers. The chief executives of both companies argue that GPS tracking can help parents avoid acting overly protective. It’s difficult for some parents to get over the fear of letting their children wander out into the world. A GPS tracker can help parents conquer that anxiety.

Amber Alert and Securus both recommend that parents don’t hide the trackers from their children. The trackers work best if children know that they can use them to alert their parents during an emergency. Privacy becomes more important to children as they get older. “If the parents have a deal – ‘You can use my car if we put a locator on it, and if you ever get in a bind, I’ll know exactly where you are’ – most teenagers won’t mind that,” said Chris Newton, the chief executive of Securus.

Neither Amber Alert nor Securus markets its devices to people who are looking to invade other people’s privacy. Both require at least a yearlong service contract, but why sign up for a year if you only want to track your straying spouse’s whereabouts for the next few weeks?

With that customer in mind, Rocky Mountain Tracking, a GPS firm that mainly sells trackers to companies looking to monitor their fleet vehicles, recently created a monthly rental plan for its personal tracking device, called Ghost Rider. For $99.95 a month, you’ll get the device and a service plan without a contract. You can use the device however you wish as long as you obey the law.

“We probably rent out 10 to 12 devices a month, and we don’t ask any questions,” said Gary Whitney of Rocky Mountain.

“Occasionally I’ll get a person – usually it’s the wife – who feels guilty about doing it.” Then he added, “But not so guilty that they don’t go ahead and get the device.”

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CES Wireless Introduces Wi-Fi Tracking Device

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This is an article from Fleet Owner. CES introduces a new Wi-Fi Tracking Device. Apple’s customers were a little unhappy the Wi-Fi only version of the iPad Mini didn’t have GPS tracking.

By: Fleet Owner

Original Source: CES Wireless Introduces Wi-Fi Tracking Device

The release of FA-888, a GPS tracking device, gives fleets the opportunity to manage their assets over a WiFi network.

The solution, from CES Wireless, offers flexibility for fleets that do not need continuous real-time monitoring. Because of this, by utilizing WiFi networks, the FA-888 eliminates monthly fees associated with cellular networks.

According to CES, the FA-888 logs the tracking data in memory and automatically downloads the data once the device enters a home WiFi zone. It is compatible with many third-party tracking software systems, the company added.

There is no monthly fee and the system requires only a one-time purchase price.

“Going forward we see WiFi becoming a real contended in the mobile data space with companies like Google and Boingo offering consumers free WiFi and wider area deployment. Cellular networks are simply choking with traffic,” said Pat Lohan, vice president, sales & marketing.

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GPS Shipments To Reach 37 Million In 2012

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This is a great article from Communications Mobility. GPS Tracking Systems are getting more popular every year

By: Communications Mobility

Original Source: GPS Shipments To Reach 37 Million In 2012

GPS-enabled cameras shipment is expected to exceed 10 million in 2013

Tablet and camera market is expected to give a major boost to location based services and GPS IC penetration, with GPS shipments reaching 37 million in 2012, finds a new report by ABI research.

According to the report, has witnessed relatively stunted growth thus far, and the growth will be much less than expected.

Camera market is forecast to offer huge potential for LBS, with geotagging emerging as clear driver, the report revealed.

According to ABI Research report, “Location Applications for Tablets, eReaders, Digital Cameras & Handheld Gaming, there are currently over 30 GPS-enabled cameras on the market, and the shipments are expected to exceed 10 million in 2013.

It also added that there is a second wave of new applications emerging around tracking, Maps/POI, and dead-reckoning.

Wi-Fi location feature is now a standard feature in major tablets but the analysts say that it is complementary and does act as a barrier to GPS integration.

ABI Research senior analyst Patrick Connolly said when looked at the adoption of applications on tablets, it is forecast to largely mirror that of smartphones, with a focus on local search, social, enterprise, navigation, and ambient intelligence.

“Android will lead the way, as ubiquitous location becomes a necessary component,” Connolly said

The analysts claim that the launch of the Sony Vita was expected to kick-start the location-based gaming (LBG) industry, featuring Wi-Fi location as standard, and an optional GPS/modem module.

ABI Research practice director Dominique Bonte said irrespective of limited device sales, location-based gaming and community applications still have fundamental barriers concerning critical mass and where and how the device is used.

“As a result, LBG is expected to initially flourish on smartphones, with GPS forecast to remain subdued on gaming devices.” Bonte said.

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Man Uses GPS To Track Stolen iPad

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This is a great article from The Leaf Chronicle. Shows how GPS tracking devices can be used to monitor criminals.

By: The Leaf Chronicle

Original Source: Man Tracks Stolen iPad Using GPS

After his bag was stolen from a bar Tuesday, a Nashville man was able to track his stolen belongings with an iPad’s Global Positioning System to Clarksville, where Clarksville Police were able to arrest a man Wednesday afternoon suspected of stealing the bag, according to a police report.

The victim was at a Nashville bar on Tuesday night when his book bag, containing a watch, iPad and shaving kit was stolen, the report said.

Using the iPad’s internal GPS device, the man tracked his belongings to a 351 Northridge Drive residence in Clarksville, where he called the Clarksville Police Department, according to the report.

When police arrived at around 3 p.m. Wednesday, they made contact with Alastair Murray, who was wearing the victim’s watch and book bag with the iPad in it, the report said. A man inside the house confirmed that the two had been at the same Nashville bar the night before, and Murray had left with a bag he did not come with, the report said.

Murray, 28, who gave a 4013 Moore Hollow Road, Woodlawn address, was charged with property theft and held on $5,000 bail.

Clarksville Police spokesman Officer Jim Knoll said in an e-mail that the department is starting to see more people use internal tracking devices to locate lost items, but he warned that the devices are not always precise enough to work.

Man flashes loaded handgun from his car

A Clarksville man flashed a loaded handgun during a road rage incident Thursday afternoon, according to a police report.

A man and his wife told police they were driving down Ashland City Road at around 3 p.m. Thursday when a man driving another car pointed a handgun at them, the report said.

Police found the man, William Nix, on Edmondson Ferry Road, where they also found he had a loaded .22 caliber handgun in his jacket pocket, the report said. Nix did not have a valid carrying permit and was unlicensed, the report said.

The gun had seven unused rounds in it, according to the report.

Nix, 33, who gave a 244 Zachary Drive address, was charged with aggravated assault, unlawful carrying and possession of a weapon and driving without a chauffer license and released on a $10,500 bond.

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GPS Plan To Track Arsonists

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This is a great article from TheAge.com. Shows how GPS tracking devices can be used to monitor criminals.

By: The Age

Original Source: GPS plan to track arsonists

CONVICTED arsonists will be monitored using GPS tracking devices for the first time in Australia under a state government push to crack down on firebugs.

Legislation will be drafted early next year, allowing courts to order post-release monitoring for people caught deliberately lighting dangerous fires – a provision that is restricted to serious sex offenders.

This would mean that, once the system is operating, an offender released from jail would be fitted with an electronic monitoring device, alerting authorities if they get close to a designated exclusion zone, such as a forest or national park.

But despite months of planning and trials, the government admits the system won’t be ready for this fire season, because it is still attempting to appoint a company to develop the technology required to track offenders over large distances.

The government says there are about five offenders in the Victorian corrections system who could be subject to electronic monitoring in future.

But as the state prepares for another hot summer, some are questioning why the project – which was put out to tender months ago – is taking so long.

Some experts have also questioned the policy, warning that the number of arsonists who are actually caught represents a very small proportion of people who deliberately light fires.

”They may as well be playing darts in the dark,” said Paul Read, a research fellow at Monash University’s Sustainability Institute. ”It’s a very bold and brave precedent, but if they’re serious about it, they should trial it first to find how much impact the policy would have.” Figures from the Sentencing Advisory Council show that between 2005 and 2010, 140 people were sentenced for arson in Victoria, of which 56 went to jail.

In recent years, there have been several high-profile convictions, including that of former CFA volunteer Brendan James Sokaluk, who earlier this year was jailed for 17 years and nine months for deliberately starting the Churchill blaze that killed 10 people and burnt out 36,000 hectares on Black Saturday.

Mr Read said national figures suggested there are up to 18,000 fires that are deliberately lit every year. A recent study in Victoria suggested that only around 1 per cent of incidents led to a conviction.

Janet Stanley, who works with Mr Read at Monash’s Australian Bushfire Arson Prevention Initiative, said: ”You can track arsonists, but the proportion of convicted arsonists is just so minute compared to the actual problem. So while it’s got some value, it’s probably quite costly, the impact will be very low because we still don’t know who they are and where they are,” she said.

The idea to electronically monitor convicted arsonists was put by Ted Baillieu ahead of the 2010 state election, as part of a broader $5 million policy to also use GPS technology to keep track of the state’s serious sex offenders.

Corrections Victoria staff also took part in a trial last year, wearing electronic bracelets as they carried out their duties to see how the technology worked.

At present, sex offenders can be monitored, but the technology relies largely on the criminal’s proximity to a base unit to pick up a signal, meaning it is limited when the offender is out of range.

The shift to GPS technology would mean that for the first time serious sex offenders and arsonists could be tracked even when they are out of range of a unit.

But the reliability of GPS devices came under a cloud earlier this year, when The Sunday Age obtained Justice Department documents warning that the technology had ”numerous limitations” – including the risk of dropping out or providing false information about a criminal’s location.

Before the election, Mr Baillieu said the policy would allow authorities to ”track the movements of known arsonists in real time on days of high fire danger”. But last week, Corrections Minister Andrew McIntosh was unable to clarify how retrospective the policy would be, whether offenders would only be monitored during the summer, or whether high-risk suspects released on bail could also be electronically tracked. ”Further details of the policy’s implementation are still being worked through,” said the minister’s spokesman, James Talia.

Opposition corrections spokeswoman Jill Hennessy said it appeared the government had once again gone for a ”quick fix” without knowing whether it could actually reduce the risk of crime.

Liberty Victoria president Spencer Zifcak said he would be ”OK” with electronically monitoring serial reoffenders but would ”absolutely not” support the tracking of high-risk suspects released on bail.

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Bushnell Announces Partnership With Bear Grylls To Launch GPS Devices

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This is an article from TMC News which I wanted to share here becuase it’ll be interesting to see how the signature Bear Grylls Handheld GPS devices turn out.

By: TMC News

Original Source: Bushnell Announces Partnership with World-Renowned Adventurer and TV Host Bear Grylls

Bushnell Outdoor Products an industry-leader in high performance sports optics and outdoor technology for more than 60 years, has announced a partnership with outdoor adventurer and survival expert Bear Grylls. Bushnell Outdoors and Grylls have partnered to launch a series of Bear Grylls signature products in 2013 including GPS devices, optics and a new portable power product.

Bear Grylls has established himself as one of the most sought after survival experts on an international stage. He currently can be seen hosting Discovery Channel’s Emmy nominated Man Vs Wild and Born Survivor TV series.  Bear is an established author having written more than 10 books and is the No. 1 Best-Selling Author for Mud, Sweat & Tears. Off screen, Bear was one of the youngest Brits to climb Mt. Everest and has led record-breaking expeditions, from Antarctica to the Arctic, which in turn have generated more than $2.5 million for children around the world.

“The wild is unpredictable – and the best principle is to be well prepared. Simple, reliable, functional navigation equipment is therefore vital to all great adventures,” said Bear Grylls. “Working with Bushnell on a line of GPS products and outdoor sports optics has been a natural fit – and above all we’re excited to make it available to everyone.” The Bear Grylls signature product line will be introduced in the fall with the launch of personal GPS products in Oct. 2012, followed by portable power and sports optics in Jan. 2013. More information about the partnership and product previews will be available at the Bushnell booth (#10001) at the Outdoor Retailer Summer.

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