Many of us are already familiar with the benefits of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) Systems. The most notable of these, of course, is their use in navigating in unfamiliar areas. While some people consider GPS technology an invasion of privacy, the overall sentiment is that the benefits of GPS systems outweigh the negatives.
GPS tracking devices can provide monitoring data on a vehicle such as total miles driven, speeds that it was driven, traveled routes, as well as its current location. The sophistication and quantity of available monitored data varies depending upon the system and the make and model of the GPS device and vehicle of installation.
This is also widely regarded as an invasion of our personal privacy. To give one example, a standard rental car contract will often stipulate that if you go over 79 miles per hour, you will have to pay extra for the wear and tear that the car suffers. The car rental company can find out if you are going too fast by receiving information from the GPS tracking devices that are attached to the vehicle. Thus, if you go over 79 miles per hour, they will know, and you will be billed.
GPS security and privacy are no comparison to knowing where their child is, so they can ensure the child’s safety. Some parents actually use these devices to keep track of their children’s activities. And if the child breaks the rules the parents will revoke their driving or socializing privileges.
Two types of GPS vehicle tracking systems can be used. A passive GPS system will record data such as location and speed to be downloaded later. A vehicle can be tracked in real-time via the Internet with a more sophisticated system. A company can improve efficiency, productivity and their profitability.
GPS cell phones allow people to track their loved ones with a much smaller investment. There are now options available for this from cell phone companies. However, the GPS data is not usually directly accessible to the user and an accurate determination of location needs assistance from the wireless network, thus the GPS data is only transmitted if a 911 call is made.
The FCC’s E-911 mandate that requires cell phone location data to be available to emergency responders has resulted in the development of GPS enabled phones. This technology is very useful and potentially life-saving, but some people are concerned about how this information will be utilized and by whom. Who might track their movements and activities or even record phone calls?
GPS security and privacy comes in to play again with cell phones. Not all people are aware that they can be tracked with their cell phones. This can also help the police conduct business, making their jobs much easier. Authorities are able to locate both criminals and victims, as well as stolen vehicles. Every year there are new and improved models of these tracking devices, with new features and updates. These tracking systems can provide safety and help to protect us and our loved ones. The information they provide also has the potential to be abused.