Brazilian school uniforms get RFID power
Brazilian city of Vitoria da Conquista made mandatory to wear radio frequency sensor (RFID) embedded uniforms to school students. Such uniforms send alerts to parents if their children bunk classes. In total, city officials have spent USD 670,000 to design, test and manufacture the high-tech uniform.
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The European Union (EU) funded ‘i-GOing’ project, which aims to design, develop and demonstrate a precise indoor navigation service based on Galileo and advanced ‘pseudolite’ technologies. Pseudolites are small transceivers that are used to create a local, ground-based GNSS alternative. With the help of pseudolites, users will be able to locate themselves using GPS and Galileo signals, and then continue to receive accurate location signals in a seamless transition while moving into a building equipped with pseudolites. Better than one meter accuracy will boost new indoor applications allowing users, for instance, to reach departure gates more quickly and efficiently, reducing the significant cost consequences of the notorious ‘lost passenger’.
The Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS), the technology arm of the Indian Railways, developed a GPS-based solution with help of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), which can provide exact location of trains with an accuracy of 10 metres, and latency of 2 minutes, on a real-time basis. ISRO’s INSAT-3C satellite will help in determining the location of these moving trains. The GPS devices, which will cost around INR 70,000-1,00,000 per train, would be fitted in about 100 trains, which may help avert collisions and prevent loss of lives. Indian Railways has about 77 control offices at over 6,000 stations. A pilot project has already started between Chennai and Tambaram railway stations, where about 364 suburban train services have been scheduled successfully with the GPS devices.
GPS Intelligence launches CDMA PRO fleet tracker
GPS Intelligence, a leading provider of GPS tracking systems for commercial and government applications in USA, has released the all new CDMA PRO, a GPS-based fleet tracking device that provides superior tracking capabilities for fleet tracking and mobile workforce management. Operating on the Verizon cellular network, the it provides consistent, highly accurate location data for vehicle tracking. It offers fl eet managers a cost-effective system to improve dispatching and overall fleet efficiency.
Subcontractors of two South Korean mobile carriers sold location information of 200,000 customers, reported a Korean daily. With this report, the daily observed that this theft highlighted a deep hole in the protection of location information, and is a grave infringement of the privacy of subscribers. The daily warned that misuse of LBS is on rise in the country. With more and more people embracing this technology, the potential for exploiting this service has also increased at an alarming rate.
GPS and LBS markets on the rise in India
As the recent market reports predict that the worldwide GPS market is expected to reach USD 26.67 billion by 2016 at a CAGR of 23.7 percent from 2011 to 2016. And, global market for locationbased services is set to touch EUR 300 mn in 2016. India too, holds tremendous potential in these markets and has geared up to cash it, observes Indian media. Recently, Tata DOCOMO, the unified telecom brand of Tata Teleservices Limited, launched ‘Offers Near Me’, a unique location-based advertising service for its GSM customers in Andhra Pradesh state. ‘Offers Near Me’ is a LBS that allows Tata DOCOMO GSM customers to receive exciting deals, offers and discount coupons from their favorite retailers—FMCG brands, apparel companies, malls, restaurants, cinemas, coffee shops, auto dealers, and many more.
A recent ruling on GPS tracking prompted the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to turn off about 3,000 tracking devices, according to FBI General Counsel Andrew Weissmann. The Supreme Court ruling on US v. Jones, which found that placing a GPS tracker without a warrant constituted an illegal search, has apparently caused a “sea change” in the Bureau, leading it to draft broader guidelines for both GPS device use and related questions regarding the right to privacy. Although the ruling doesn’t necessarily apply to things like cell phone location tracking or collecting information from other third parties.
Real-time surveillance bill by Mexico legislature
The Mexican legislature unanimously passed a surveillance legislation that will grant the police warrantless access to real time user location data. Under this new law police with be able to access citizen’s data in real time without their knowledge. The bill has been sent to Mexican President for final approval. Privacy and electronic communications experts have characterized the bill as being against the human rights of the individuals being monitored.
u-blox’ CellLocateTM technology
u-blox has provided their CellLocate™ hybrid GPS/cellular positioning technology to LOSTnFOUND, a Swiss based company specializing in intelligent solutions for the protection, monitoring and retrieval of people and property.