Rope Innovation obtains CITC license recently. According to the new policy of Saudi Arabia custom, only 4G GPS trackers that passed CITC certificate are allowed to import. With CITC license, Rope’s customers are able to do custom clearance without any worries.

Most of our mobiles are using 4G network, according to the experts’ prediction- 5G (fifth-generation)will put into use in 2020. Standing in the GPS tracker industry, why most of our devices still remain in 2G?

The reality – if you’re not going forward, you are going backwards, particularly in scientific field, is rather distinct. According to the news, 2G network has been shut off in United States, Singapore, Taiwan China, Australia and New Zealand. What’s more, many countries are scheduled to turn off 2G network, it’s undoubted that 2G GPS tracker will be out of market in the near future.

People who holding the timing, is holding the future, the 3G era of GPS tracker, will you be the next one who seize the moment and occupy the market?

ROPE’ s R&D had realized that with the development of technology, 2G GPS tracker won’t meet customers’ need, 3G even 4G devices can catch the changing age. After one-year research, a new product M588G came out, representing ROPE’ s ready for the 3G GPS tracker age.

Other than the essential tracking functions, supporting 3G network, waterproof, combining with the tracking cloud platform better, running more smoothly, and new upgrade appearance are all bright spots of M588G.

We sincerely expect that you can walk into the 3G GPS tracker age with us, side by side.

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Rik Paul, the autos editor at The Wirecutter, testing GPS systems on the road. One big advantage a car GPS unit has over phone apps: It doesn’t need a data connection to plot a route.

The smartphone has replaced so many other devices and tools — cameras, notebooks, tape recorders — that I thought the answer was obvious when I asked Rik Paul, the autos editor at The Wirecutter, a product reviews website owned by The New York Times, if buying a GPS unit for the car made sense anymore. Boy, was I wrong.

I rely on a cellphone with Google Maps to find my way around. Why would I ever want to buy a GPS unit?

The major maps apps are excellent, with awesome traffic information. If I’m going for a short jaunt around town, I’ll always grab my phone. But for longer trips, especially, dedicated car-GPS devices have some advantages.

Like what?

One big advantage is that GPS devices don’t rely on a data connection to plot a route. They have the map data stored inside. I’ve used my phone to navigate to a rural area — say, upstate Vermont — and since the app cached the original route, it got me there just fine. But when I went to navigate out, I didn’t have a data connection. So, I was out of luck.

There are some apps that let you download the route and map information so you don’t have that problem, but you have to plan ahead, whereas a GPS you keep in your glovebox is always ready to go.

OK, but what does a good GPS unit cost? Is it worth that much to avoid dead zones?

In our car GPS guide, we picked the Garmin Drive 51 LMT-S as the best for most people, which costs about $170. There are less expensive ones, about $100. So, yeah, it’s an investment.

Still, having a GPS frees your phone for other uses, such as music or calls. And the latest GPS units are now multitasking in ways that a phone’s navigation app can’t.

While phone apps may offer better traffic information, advanced GPS units provide better onscreen directions, especially at tricky interchanges, and more precise voice directions.

For example, Garmin’s entire Drive lineup can connect to a backup camera. And there are higher-end “combo models” that integrate a dash cam. Traditionally, a dash cam is primarily for keeping a record in case of an accident, but some of these new GPS models can also provide some pretty advanced safety features, such as forward-collision warnings, lane-departure alerts, and even the ability to automatically send a text if there’s a crash.

Those are features we’ve come to expect from new cars, but up until now were difficult to find as aftermarket add-ons for older or more basic cars. These camera-based units don’t work as well as an expensive built-in system with multiple sensors, but they’re still handy features that can help combat distracted driving.

What about the color-coded roads on Google Maps that warn of delays? And the Waze app, which warns of the police and accidents ahead?

Phone apps definitely have better traffic information than GPS devices. That’s partly why I will grab my phone for around-town jaunts. The accuracy of Google Maps traffic is awesome. My wife will be checking it as I’m driving and will say, right around this bend, it turns red. And sure enough, the traffic slows way down right at that spot.

GPS devices provide traffic warnings, and a lot of them also now connect to a phone via Bluetooth for “live traffic,” but they don’t measure up to Google or Waze in that regard.

The better GPS units have better onscreen directions, especially at tricky interchanges, and they have more precise voice directions. While most navigation systems say “Turn on such-and-such street.” Garmins, for example, now say, “Turn at the traffic light” or even “at the red building.” This landmark-type voice guidance makes it easier to find your turn, especially when it’s not easy to see the street signs.

How do you test all the different GPS device models?

While we’ve compared the specs and features for more than 100 models, we’ve done three rounds of hands-on testing with about 20. Most of the nitty-gritty testing is done over weeks inside a car while we use the units for everyday driving.

At times, I have mounted three units on the windshield at once — one from each major brand — to see how they compare under the same circumstances. That’s a challenge. I now record those sessions with a GoPro camera, so I can better keep my eyes on the road.

Globe market insights

Vehicle tracking market size can be segmented on the basis of solution, service, connectivity technology, and vertical. Global fleet management market size was valued at USD 8 billion in 2015 and is anticipated to exceed USD 22 billion by 2022, growing at a CAGR of over 20% from 2016 to 2023. It offers real-time location of each vehicle in the desired fleet. In addition, it also facilitates the customers to get used to new developments and make informed and smart decisions which in turn save cost.

Global vehicle tracking market combines software with automatic vehicle location in order to collect the fleet data for a complete picture of vehicle locations. These systems mainly employ Global Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS) or Global Positioning System (GPS) technology to locate and track the vehicle. The vehicle information can be observed on electronic maps with the help of Internet or other specialized software.

Tracking provides driving behavior information such as mileage, fuel consumption and speed of the vehicles. Real time data can assist with confirmation of delivery and allow users to supervise working-time guidelines conformity. Moreover, it precisely accounts hours spent and hours worked behind the wheel and also registers the past data of the vehicle. Savings can also be done by monitoring the driven route and speed. The aforementioned factors are expected to drive the industry demand over the forecast period.

Major solutions include operation management, asset management and driver management. By service, the industry can be segregated into professional services, integration & deployment services and managed services. Connectivity technology includes satellite GNSS and cellular system.

Government, manufacturing, transportation and logistics, retail, energy and utilities and construction are the key vertical segments. Manufacturing vehicle tracking market share was the largest vertical owing to increasing focus on maintaining separate fleet of vehicles.

Fleet management systems market facilitates in reducing the risks and costs associated with vehicle management, telematics and investment. It ensures conformity to regulations by diminishing CO2 emissions. Moreover, it tracks location and examines the driver behavior. Technologies such as sensors, Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and GPS tracker are employed to monitor vehicles and fleet movement along with the fuel usage. It includes wide range of functions including operation management, driver management and asset management that helps manufacturers to efficiently operate and manage their fleets with minimum risk by providing real-time information. North America vehicle tracking market share is predicted to observe significant growth over the several upcoming years.

With mounting complexity of operations in logistics and transportation, key players are expected to limit the downtime of fleet and drivers which in turn surge the demand for robust fleet management services and solutions between constructions, mining and manufacturing sectors. Proliferating demand for operational efficiency is likely to surge the vehicle tracking market. Increasing fuel consumption, maintenance cost and accidents is anticipated to drive fleet management market size over the forecast period.

Rising demand for commercial vehicles in regions such as Latin America and Middle East and Africa (MEA) signify a potential growth opportunity. Moreover, integration of Internet of Things (IoT) technology with vehicles is expected to boost the adoption rate of tracking systems in developed regions such as Europe and North America. However, high cost involved in installation of these systems is anticipated to hamper the demand over the forecast period. Lack of consumer awareness is also likely to challenge the industry growth.

Asia Pacific vehicle tracking market size is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period. This can be primarily attributed to rising demand from countries such as Japan, India and China. These emerging markets have high potential owing to the presence of large number of commercial vehicles. Latin America and Middle East & Africa are also forecast to witness moderate growth owing to growing adoption across various nations over the forecast period.

Key players accumulating major vehicle tracking market share include Nissan, Garmin, Trimble, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Fleetmatics, IBM, Verizon Communications, Tomtom and GE Capital. Other prominent industry participants are Davantel, Pointer, Navika, Huizhou Foryou, and Gasgoo.

GPS fitness device market size is anticipated to reach USD 3 billion by 2023, growing at a CAGR of around 15% from 2016 to 2023. The surge in the demand for these devices can be attributed to the rising health awareness among consumers for heart rate monitors as well as other wearable devices. The number of these devices is likely to reach 120 million units by 2023.

The industry is estimated to experience the spur in demand owing to increasing number of corporate wellness programs. In addition, healthcare providers are likely to prescribe these devices to their patients as a part of treatment to monitor health conditions; this might positively impact the industry over the forecast period. Since these dedicated devices are more suitable for various activities such as hiking, cycling, swimming, trekking, trail running and climbing, it is expected to drive the industry demand over the forecast period.

Features offered by these devices such as ease of use, better functionality and durability accompanied by affordable prices is estimated to propel the industry growth. Increasing demand from emerging markets is anticipated to furnish potential growth avenues to GPS fitness device market. The fitness device aids in monitoring real time fitness, sleep statics, heart rate monitoring, gym training, and also tracks and monitors user’s daily activities to furnish with crucial health insights. These devices are attached to the user’s body and perform functions similar to the smart phone or a tablet.

The GPS fitness device market size can be categorized into wearable device, smart watch, handheld device and smart glass. Changing consumer preferences and increasing demand for fitness devices from diverse age groups is likely to fuel the industry demand. GPS vendors are likely to face high sustenance challenge owing to lower pricing prospects offered by the manufacturers. Entry of new industry participants might pose pricing challenges to the existing players. However, drop in prices is expected to aid in attracting wider consumer base and is likely provide huge growth avenues over the forecast period. Factors such as low battery life and ability of connecting to only one smartphone are estimated to hamper the growth of the industry.

These devices are the combination of various sensors namely motion sensors, GPS, temperature, skin resistance, heart rate, rpm and cadence and pedal force. Motion sensors are mainly use for counting the number of steps taken and are very useful for basic fitness improvisation for all runners. GPS helps in tracking speed and amount of distance covered while travelling. It is mainly used by recreational athletes and professionals. Temperature sensors aids in monitoring the metabolism rate of the body. Skin resistance sensor helps in measuring the amount of sweat excreted by the user.

In addition, heart rate sensors are utilized to measure blood pressure as well as pulse rate during the workout and are mainly useful for recreational athletes as well as professionals. RPM and cadence are useful to retrieve precise biking speed and it is likely to benefit more to dedicated cyclists and tri-athletes. Pedal force sensor is used to measure the amount of force applied while pedalling the cycle and it furnishes with accurate power output data. These factors are responsible for the growth of tis industry over the next few years.

Asia Pacific GPS fitness device market size is anticipated to witness significant growth owing to rapidly upgrading healthcare infrastructure amenities and growing health consciousness in developing nations such as China, Taiwan, Korea and India. North America, especially the U.S. wearable device market, is expected to accumulate major industry share due to high patient alertness, advance healthcare technology and encouraging reimbursement policies.

The oldest country in the world is taking new steps to keep their wandering elders in check: adding barcodes their thumbnail and toenails. It’s creepy, but potentially life saving.

A company in Iruma, a city about 40 miles from Tokyo, is rolling out a tagging system for elderly patients suffering from dementia: a transparent, one-inch sticker with a QR code. The seal is water-resistant and stays on for up to two weeks. The code has a record of the patient’s name, address, phone number, and who to contact in case they’re found disoriented. The QR code doesn’t track the elderly person’s movements, however, it just provides specific information when scanned at a police station.

One in three native Japanese citizens is over the age of 60 and Japanese outlet Yomiuri estimates as many as 3,000 elderly citizens have early symptoms of dementia. The Guardian reports that last year, more than 12,000 people with dementia were reported missing. Most were found within a few days, but more than 450 were found dead. 150 were never found.

Dystopian as it sounds, this is by no means unique to Japan. There’s a small economy of elderly tracking and tagging devices, from pocket GPS trackers to wearable soles.

While there are any numbers of privacy concerns about walking around with easily readable personal data on your thumbnail, there’s little someone can do once they’re diagnosed with dementia. In America, they’re typically placed into conservatorship, with power of attorney going to a child. It’s creepy and even heartbreaking, but if it prevents a loved one from disappearing into the night, it might be worth it.

DHL is apparently outfitting cargo containers with sensors to monitor GPS location, temperature, humidity, impact, vibration and light exposure. Cool, but with frills like this, it’s no wonder their US operation went busto.

Long idling times for vehicles, joyriding and other misuses — a 2014 J5 Broaddus study of Global Positioning System (GPS) data from trackers mounted on Columbus city vehicles found these and other inefficiencies.

Now, Oktibbeha County supervisors are hopeful a similar, in-house analysis will cut wasteful habits in its road department.

As last week’s conversation surrounding Oktibbeha County’s potential purchase of GPS implements to track its own vehicles and equipment turned to the effects of how monitoring employees’ performance will affect morale, Columbus Public Information Officer Joe Dillon said his city’s experiment with the trackers has helped officials better understand its maintenance and police departments.

Dillon said GPS trackers are utilized in many, if not all, Columbus Police Department vehicles but did not have an exact count Monday. On Tuesday, Public Works Director Casey Bush said the devices are installed on eight of his department’s vehicles.

Chief Financial Officer Milton Rawle said the city pays a total of $1,049.45 per month ($12,593.40 per year) for 55 units, including 40 assigned to the police department and 15 for Public Works.

While the two departments’ usage of the devices have helped with employee performance issues, Dillon said they are an asset simply for better general operations.

Bush, for example, pointed out a past experience when a resident complained a city work crew broke a home’s window. Officials analyzed GPS data after the report was made and determined a city crew was not positioned in that area the entire week, he said.

“The initial goal was never for employee discipline. Instead, it’s used as a way to help schedule work crews and to see how long it takes to do certain jobs in certain areas,” Dillon said. “With anything that’s not emergency work, it’s typically scheduled by certain days of the week for certain wards — a rotating schedule. We do our best to estimate, on paper, how long something will take, but the trackers are a good way to actively see how long a project takes so that in the future we can better schedule the people and equipment.

“The city runs into the same thing everyone else does: You hope and plan for a project to take a certain length of time,” he added. “There are so many unknowns that can come up that many times it takes double the amount of time you estimated.”

Eliminating inefficiencies

While some Columbus workers reported they did not like having their day-to-day actions monitored, J5 senior project manager Robyn Eastman said the data produced from GPS tracking helped Columbus eliminate inefficiencies and carve out problematic employee habits.

The 2014 study based on GPS tracking data and observations by J5 officials found numerous issues: vehicles idled for long periods, wasting gasoline; one crew drove 102 miles in a day, never leaving the city limits and never traveling more than 34 miles per hour; and long, off-site lunch breaks, among others.

“There’s a saying that character is what we do when nobody is watching. A lot of times, there’s no sense of ownership (with government-owned vehicles and equipment). We take care of our own cars and trucks because they’re ours. Some of the workers thought it was ‘Big Brother’ looking over their shoulder and hated it, but the city can save money by eliminating inefficiencies,” Eastman said. For governing bodies to successfully utilize the data produced by GPS trackers, Eastman said a point person must be identified to handle the information and convert it to usable metrics for leaders to act upon.

“It’s meaningless without somebody doing something with the data. A single person can manage a fleet, track maintenance costs and know how frequently a vehicle is out of position. It’s a lot of information, but I think it’s critical councilmen or supervisors see monthly or weekly data rollouts of their departments,” he said.

Morale vs. efficiency

Oktibbeha County supervisors pushed action on purchasing a number of the units to May after questions about how the devices will affect morale emerged.

Both District 1 Supervisor John Montgomery and District 4 Supervisor Bricklee Miller backed the purchase, saying they’ve received numerous calls from constituents who have spotted workers off-site in county vehicles during work hours. Installing the GPS units, they said last week, will allow road foremen to ensure workers stay on-site and productive.

While District 2 Supervisor Orlando Trainer did not completely rule out the idea, he said such a move could affect workers’ productivity by “implying (they’re) not doing what they should be doing.”

Representatives of Security Solutions are expected to be invited to Monday’s board of supervisors meeting to discuss its company’s quote for 25 units at a monthly $25 per-unit rate. The board has not yet indicated exactly how many devices it wishes to purchase.

Carl Smith covers Starkville and Oktibbeha County for The Dispatch. Follow him on Twitter @StarkDispatch

IT IS an age-old problem but new technology is helping to tackle the scourge of litter.

Three GPS trackers released into Brisbane Water have given a whole new meaning to the term “message in a bottle” as part of the state government’s efforts to tackle littering.

The trio of bottles — all fitted out with GPS trackers — will show just how far litter can travel in the waterway.
The bottles are fitted with GPS trackers.

Terrigal state Liberal MP Adam Crouch released two bottles at Empire Bay Wharf and one bottle at Erina Creek as part of a statewide anti-?littering campaign.

The bottles will be tracked daily by the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) over the next month with regular updates shared across social media to raise awareness about the distance litter travels.

Mr Crouch said the GPS tracking program worked hand-in-hand with the EPA’s Autumn Hey Tosser! litter prevention blitz across the state.

“The biggest issue is storm water run-off — rubbish going down the stormwater drain and into our waterways,” Mr Crouch told the Express Advocate.

“All it takes is for people to be mindful and spend the 30 seconds popping rubbish in the bin rather than drop it on the ground.

“The Hey Tosser program has been running since 2014 and has been very effective.

“I myself have dobbed people into the EPA, especially throwing cigarette butts out the car window.

“The reality is, people are becoming more aware and literally dobbing people in now.”

The EPA can issue fines of $250 for an individual or $500 for a corporation for littering from a vehicle based on public reports.

Mr Crouch said the NSW Government was halfway to meeting its target of reducing litter volume by 40 per cent by 2020.


About 25,000 tonnes of litter is tossed away in NSW each year, costing the state more than $180m to manage

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They can figure out when you leave town and see where you parked your car. They can see how many times you went to the grocery store or the health clinic.

Auto loans to Americans with poor credit have been booming, and many finance companies, credit unions and auto dealers are using technologies to track the location of borrowers’ vehicles in case they need to repossess them.

Such surveillance, lenders say, allows them to extend loans to more low- income Americans, knowing that they can easily locate the car. Lenders are also installing devices that enable them to remotely disable a car’s ignition after a borrower misses a payment.

Now, federal regulators are investigating whether these devices unfairly violate a borrower’s’ privacy.

The auto lender Credit Acceptance Corporation said this month in a securities filing that it had received a civil investigative demand from the Federal Trade Commission asking for its “policies, practices and procedures” related to so-called GPS starter interrupter devices, which are used to disable an ignition.

Industry lawyers say the action is part of a broader inquiry by the agency into tracking technologies used in the subprime auto lending market.

An agency spokesman declined to comment on the investigative demand.

“Finding out where people are located can reveal a lot about what people are doing in their lives,” said Lauren Smith, policy counsel at the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank focused on privacy issues. “Location data is very sensitive.”

If the federal agency determines that the devices are being used unfairly or deceptively, it could force companies to stop the behavior and devise procedures and monitoring to ensure that customer privacy is better protected.

The regulatory scrutiny over the GPS starter interrupter devices comes as cracks are starting to appear in the red-hot auto loan market. The percentage of auto loans that were at least 90 days delinquent increased to 3.8 percent in the fourth quarter from 3.6 percent in the third quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

In determining whether to take action, the Federal Trade Commission must first decide whether the benefit to consumers — in this case the availability of auto loans — outweighs the privacy problems.

The auto finance industry says the benefits of the devices are clear. Without them, many low-income Americans would not be able to buy cars that they need to get to work.

So far, there is no widespread evidence that lenders are misusing information they track from a vehicle’s whereabouts.

Jack Tracey, executive director of the National Automotive Finance Association, said the privacy fears were unfounded.

“This is a registered vehicle,” Mr. Tracey said. “It has a license plate, and you can see where it is traveling. You are driving something that isn’t private anywhere.”

Manufacturers of the devices note that they have clear guidelines in place to protect privacy. The GPS capabilities, they say, are intended to help lenders locate a car once a borrower goes into default, not to be used simply as a surveillance tool.

As an added protection, some manufacturers said, they built their devices so that the GPS is not activated until a borrower defaults.

But privacy experts and many borrowers who have the devices in their cars say there is great potential for abuse, particularly because the devices fall outside traditional state and federal lending laws.

Some find it unsettling that the technology gives lenders so much control over borrowers — particularly poor borrowers, who typically have no choice but to accept the device if they want a loan to buy a car.

“They don’t need to know what we are doing — when we go out to eat, when we go on vacation,” said Elias Sanchez, a forklift operator in Austin, Tex. “We want our privacy.” His auto dealer didn’t tell him that a GPS tracking device had been installed in his 2005 Ford S.U.V., he said.

A 2014 investigation by The New York Times highlighted the tracking technology. In a front-page article, the head of collections at a Louisiana credit union said he could monitor a vehicle’s whereabouts on his smartphone and once disabled a borrower’s ignition while shopping at a Walmart.

A mother in Las Vegas described in the article how she had been unable to get her feverish child to a hospital because her car had been shut off for a missed payment. Other borrowers have complained in interviews of being stranded, marooned in dangerous neighborhoods and cut off from their cars when they needed it the most. In Nevada, one woman testified to the Legislature that her car had been shut down on a freeway.

Some state lawmakers have taken note. The New Jersey Legislature is working to revise a bill, vetoed this month by Gov. Chris Christie, that would strengthen the disclosure requirements and add consumer protections to the devices. Under the bill, consumers would get written disclosures that a device had been installed in their car and at least 72 hours’ notice before the ignition was disabled.

The Federal Trade Commission has brought several regulatory actions against businesses in recent years over privacy violations.

In 2013, the agency acted against a group of rent-to-own companies and a software firm for spying on customers who rented laptop computers. The agency said the companies had used software to take screen shots of confidential and personal information, log customers’ keystrokes and take screen shots of people in their homes. The companies were prohibited from secretly collecting this data from their customers.

Automobiles, the federal agency has said, are part of the ballooning “internet of things” that is constantly transmitting potentially sensitive data across the web. The agency had been urging auto manufacturers among many other industries to come up with new safeguards for personal data.

Privacy is expected to remain a focus of the Federal Trade Commission even as several new members are due to be appointed during the Trump administration.

“Privacy issues seem to garner bipartisan support,” said Christopher Kukla, executive vice president at the Center for Responsible Lending, a research and advocacy group focused on consumer finance. “We will have to see if that is something they will be able to move forward on.”