Garmin Sat Nav Global Positioning Systems

It is highly likely that you have glimpsed one of the many Garmin commercials that have been highly visible near the Holiday Season. A typical version of one commercial shows a man who has become lost while doing Christmas shopping. As he drives around in his car searching for the way home he sees a number of familiar Christmas characters hitchhiking along the same streets. The driver ends up giving rides to the assorted group of characters while an unseen background chorus sings that cute Garmin jingle. See what can be avoided when you have a Garmin Sat Nav; who knows what kinds of characters may be waiting for the next unsuspecting driver.

It is highly likely that you have glimpsed one of the many Garmin commercials that have been highly visible near the Holiday Season. A typical version of one commercial shows a man who has become lost while doing Christmas shopping. As he drives around in his car searching for the way home he sees a number of familiar Christmas characters hitchhiking along the same streets. The driver ends up giving rides to the assorted group of characters while an unseen background chorus sings that cute Garmin jingle. See what can be avoided when you have a Garmin Sat Nav; who knows what kinds of characters may be waiting for the next unsuspecting driver.

The point hits home for us though, and it is easy to see that Garmin Sat Nav devices are the most popular navigation devices on the market today. They come in many assortments and styles and can be a very practical and smart looking addition to your car. A Garmin Sat Nav device can be a boon when trying to find your way around the city or place you arent familiar with.

The history of Garmin Sat Nav started in 1989 with a handful of employees who thought vertical integration was very important. Vertical integration means they design, market, build their products themselves. By 2007, the workforce at Garmin topped over 7,000 and continues to grow to this day.

Why Garmin Sat Nav? Garmin has always kept the customer in mind when designing their Garmin Sat Nav devices. Garmin Sat Nav devices boast easy-to-use menus and practical features. The devices themselves look very attractive and can be mounted just about any where on your dashboard within easy reach.

Why is it unique to use Garmin range of GPS? The features of the Garmin Sat Nav devices make them unique. There are split screen views, traffic alerts, touch screen navigation and even models that offer lane changing suggestions. They even have text to speech options which tell you when to turn.

There is no easier way to get directions and driving information than by using your Garmin Sat Nav. With an electronic navigator in your car you can settle back and let the Garmin Sat Nav map the course to any location you have in mind. The text to speech application has quickly become one of the publics favorite features. A Garmin Sat Nav is portable, powerful and adaptable. They are now used by pilots, boat captains and hikers who want to be sure of finding their way through unfamiliar terrain.

Many people wonder what the future of Garmin Sat Nav devices may still hold. The models made for cars have already become top sellers but there are many other applications that can make use of these navigational aids. One of the areas that is just starting to make use of this type of software is the market involving mobile hand held phones and computers. The sales of cell phones and other personal hand held devices are booming and Garmin is already poised to make their mark in this area.

Garmin will certainly cut deeply into the cell phone GPS market thanks to the reliable and efficient technology it employs. Today Garmin navigation devices are the clear cut winner in the consumer market because of the superiority to other brands. When you need to know which way to go you can count on a Garmin Sat Nav to give you the right answer.

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GPS Fish Finders

For the avid fisherman, a fish finder is a wonderful tool for you to take with you on your expeditions out on the ocean. The fish finder that you choose can greatly increase your odds of finding and catching all the fish that you want when you are fishing for sport or even as a commercial fisherman.

For the avid fisherman, a fish finder is a wonderful tool for you to take with you on your expeditions out on the ocean. The fish finder that you choose can greatly increase your odds of finding and catching all the fish that you want when you are fishing for sport or even as a commercial fisherman.

Finding where the fish are is the most important part of having success on your fishing trip. While some fishermen just use their instinct and search the sea for the best place to fish, others prefer to use a fish finder. Originally the technology was designed to allow the military to find submarines on the bottom of the ocean floor. Now the same technology can provide a fisherman with all the information that they need to find where the fish are located.

This technology uses sonar to “read” the area that exists between your boat and the ocean floor, as well as any objects or obstacles in between. Most of the time, these “obstacles” are actually fish. The fish finders of today are much more sophisticated than they were originally for military use. In fact, today’s modern fish finder will display the information in map format so that you can tell exactly where the fish are located in proximity to the ocean floor.

Fish finders are a great tool for commercial fishermen to use when their livelihood depends on the amount of fish that are caught. They are also a great tool for a sportsmen who wants to increase his odds of finding fish. It is simply an aid that you can use to help you produce the best results on all of your fishing trips. They are also a great tool to have if you take others out fishing on your boat. You can bring your guests to the very place the fish are swimming and ensure that everyone has a good time on the fishing trip.

As advances continue, fish finders will only get better. Technology continually improves, which means the fish finders themselves will also improve. Eventually, it’s expected that fish finders will be pretty much “foolproof.” It can be expensive to buy a fish finder if you choose a model with all the bells and whistles. Eventually, though, just about every fisherman, professional or amateur, will have this on their boats. One of the most popular is a handheld model that you can take with you wherever you go, so that you can use it even on someone else’s boat, not just your own.

There are a lot of different types of fish finders on the market, and lots of brands. It’s easy to choose the model that best meets your needs. If you fish occasionally and just for fun, you don’t need a terribly expensive model. If you fish for a living, though, you’re going to want to invest in a much more expensive model that’s going to get you good results so that your paycheck, too, is much improved over what it might be otherwise. Rest assured, though, that what you pay will come back to you many fold in profits. There are a lot of models on the market, so choose the one that’s best for you based upon your needs.

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Is GPS Tracking Only For CSI Sleuths?

Came across a pretty interesting and useful service/smart phone app the other day while I was perusing the usual semi-useless plethora of “Angry Birds” and other time-wasters most people waste their smart phone time with.

It’s called See It Ship and it’s simple in execution but masterful in scope.

Here’s a few facts you might think about to get an idea of why I call this ap “masterful”

There will soon be a mobile device for every prson on the planet … 2015 or so by current projections.

Most of those mobiles come with GPS tracking built in, or available as an add on.  Thus most delivery vehicles already are equipped (or can be very easily) equipped with GPS tracking … even bicycle messengers and foot del;ivery persons.

See It Ship
GPS for Brand-Building Instead of CSI

Most customers/clients who are waiting for deliveries have more thna apassing interest in knowing where their inbound shipments are and when they are likley to arrive.

Most shippers have way more than a passive interest in where their outbound shipments are.  Especially because they aren’t going to get paid until the shipment is delivered in many cases.

Most companies mouth words about “customer care” and “client communication”, but truth be told, dealing with call after call about “where’s my stuff” is a big pain in the nether regions and produces absolutely no direct revenue.

Most CEO’s and other small business owners “say” they want to “build their brand”, and frankly it’s hard to make any argument against establishing one’s company as an industry leader.

Bottom line is, one deleivery truck and one supplier often look suspsicously like another … any wonder UPS has spent a fortune on being recognized around the world as “Brown”?  I mean what does “Brown” have t do with shipping?  Not much exceot that people in Indiaand China know what it means, as well as in the USA.

Most managers who have invested in GPS tracking seem to have been watching far too many CSI shows.  It seems to many that the only thing GPS is good for is catching errant drivers doing somehting wrong.  Now don’t gte me wrong, this needs to be done … but …

What if there was a good use for GPS that:

  • Made you clients feel nformed and special
  • Gave everyone in the shipping hain insight with nothing more thna an iPhone
  • Showed off the timely performance of your best drivers.
  • Reducved overhead and continulay distractions fo you customert service staff
  • Helped build your brand as aleader in your paticlular field
  • And was already deplyed across most of the world as was essentially free to use (wihtin the US, anweay)
World you want to know more about a system like that?
Well now you already do.  Just go to See It Ship and learn more

About the Magellan Roadmate GPS

Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. He did so under the Spanish crown in the 16th century. Since that time, the name Magellan has stood for navigation far and wide. Is it any wonder that there is a firm for global tracking services, therefore, named Magellan? Is it any wonder that the Magellan Roadmate series includes prime features for easy navigation and easy use?

Ferdinand Magellan was the first explorer to circumnavigate the globe. He did so under the Spanish crown in the 16th century. Since that time, the name Magellan has stood for navigation far and wide. Is it any wonder that there is a firm for global tracking services, therefore, named Magellan? Is it any wonder that the Magellan Roadmate series includes prime features for easy navigation and easy use?

The Magellan Roadmate series consists of several models of handheld GPS devices for the North American continent including the United States. Each one has ease of use through their interactive displays that are so simple to understand, you really don’t even need to read the directions! The common features include six million points of interest (POI). With these points, you can click on the icon and the GPS will give you directions, including which exit to take, as well as other helpful information about the locations. POIs include gas stations, hotels, ATMs that are searchable by category, name, and city or nearest to your position.

Other features are listed below. The home icon lets you select any location as your home base. QuickSpell is a Magellan Roadmate GPS system feature that checks your spelling as you type, and can quickly search addresses and POIs. SayWhere is a text-to-voice feature that can provide street names and step by step directions to get you to your next location. SmartDetour and Auto re-route are two of the best features to help you avoid heavy traffic, construction, or road closures. The Magellan Roadmate helps you navigate around these frustrating situations, and will re-evaluate your route to keep you on track, even as you turn off the original route. Auto NightView is a great feature that automatically adjusts the LCD screen brightness and color for optimal viewing in low light settings. All Roadmate GPS systems have address books available so that you can save repeat information for future trips. This way, you avoid having to repeatedly search for the same POI.

There are a number of other great features that aren’t common to all models. As an example, the Roadmate 1430 has a useful tow truck icon to indicate your exact location so that tow trucks can get to you quickly and easily in case of an emergency. The 1430, 1400, and 1200 models also feature 2D and 3D views for enhanced route visualization. Every Magellan Roadmate comes standard with detailed and accurate maps for every country in North America, plus Hawaii and Puerto Rico, and pinpoints your location precisely to within 3 meters in real time. Each unit has rechargeable batteries that last for up to three hours before the next recharge. The Magellan Roadmate GPS creates customizable travel routes, and some models can hold as many as twenty locations at one time!

Users love the flexibility and grand detail received in using these sleek little compact GPSs, especially since you can take them anywhere! You can also attach it to your windshield or dash with accessories that comes with. There is a volume adjustment so you can hear around noisy situations, and the level will come back down when it becomes quieter. Additional maps are available for download for the UK and European countries, as well. For everyday life, excursions into traffic or your own little epic adventure, the Magellan Roadmate GPS is a fantastic buy!

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How Many Times Will This Go ON? Years and Years and the Story is the Same

I’ve been working in the area of fleet management with GPS racking for more than 12 years now.  I wonder, with a “shaking my head” kind of wonder, how long it will take before business and government leadership realizes how utterly remiss they are if they are not supervising their vehicles and workers using GPS tracking?

I will more than pay for itself … what’s the REAL reason you are scared to know what your employees are up to?

Hamilton fires 29 city road workers who allegedly ran personal errands when they should have been patching potholes

Fresh asphalt is applied to a pothole.

When a small army of road crews left the city’s public works yard, the “hot box” of fresh asphalt in each municipal truck was full and the workers had a list of potholes needing repair.

At the end of the day, the asphalt was gone and workers confirmed their roads had been fixed.

Sixteen of those city work crews, however, were secretly followed by private investigators armed with video cameras and access to GPS tracking devices on the trucks one day in October.

The result of the covert surveillance was unveiled by the city Monday: Almost all those monitored were fired —29 unionized employees, with another two suspended without pay — accused of drawing a day’s pay for, in some cases, just minutes of actual work.

The workers are accused of spending the day in coffee shops, bars, at their homes and running personal errands.

(emphasis added:  I can assure you, from direct, personal experience, this happens ALL the time in both commercial operations and municipal work forces.  It is happening RIGHT NOW in your city, unless you are already monitoring for it.)

They weren’t patching roads, they would go and do personal things

“They weren’t patching roads, they would go and do personal things,” said Lloyd Ferguson, chairman of the public works committee.

“To do less than an hour’s work for a full-day’s pay is unconscionable. That’s why we had to deal with it so swiftly and so severely.”

He called it the largest purge of municipal employees in Hamilton’s history.

What happened to the asphalt is still under investigation.

A city worker told the National Post some employees dumped it into sewers or ravines, while others sold it to private paving companies doing driveway patching.

A Hamilton resident told the Post a door-to-door salesman from a paving firm bragged in the summer he would patch their driveway using genuine fresh asphalt, “the same stuff used by the city.”

Chris Murray, Hamilton’s city manager, said the case started through internal monitoring of productivity that flagged a problem. The city then retroactively checked records on GPS tracking devices installed on most of its work vehicles.

The GPS data showed some trucks had not travelled to the areas some workers had been sent to and for which employees had signed off at the end of the shift as having attended.

Outside investigators were called in, leading to the covert surveillance and further investigation.

“What our evidence reveals is that not only was that work not done, but they weren’t even working,” said Mr. Murray. “What they said happened and what in fact happened were two different things.”

Each of the 31 employees under suspicion was interviewed individually. Only two spoke truthfully about their activities, said Mr. Ferguson.

While the workers who came clean each received a 30-day suspension without pay, the remaining 29 were fired for neglect of duty, theft of time and breach of trust.

That almost all workers who were followed — randomly selected by investigators — were found to be breaching city expectations is concerning, said Mr. Ferguson, who is also an elected city councilor.

“It does beg the question and, believe me, members of council will be asking these questions of how rampant it is,” he said.

….

“I would suspect that this is not unique to Hamilton.”

Chris Murray, Hamilton’s city manager

Mr. Murray?  I can assure you it is not unique to Hamilton at all.  Thanks for standing up, recogniz9ing an issue, and taking a responsible approach to rectifying the rape of Hamilton taxpayers.  If only more city management would take their role that seriously.

Another Sad Story Chapter — From Boston, Who Once Had This problem Solved

Back in 2007/2008 the city of Boston found they had a tremendous problem with “rouge snowplows”.  Both city-owned vehicles and vehicles hired for plowing from independent contractors were:

  1. Not where they were scheduled to be
  2. Not where drivers said they were when queried on the radio.
  3. Not plowing city roads and property when they were charging the city for the time.
  4. Or, (a biggie), “working” on the lcock for the city while they were off plowing private drives and parking lots for “under the table” cash.

Wirh a great deal of reluctance  the leadership of the city decided to actually hold their employees accountable by requiring all snow plowing vehicles to be equipped with and tracked by GPS fleet tracking software.

A valiant step in the right direction … one which not only saved the city money, but resulted in much better snow plowing service to the citizens (who, of course, are ACTUALLY the bosses of the city).

Sadly it seems though that some, either ignorant, corrupt or else just plain uncaring leadership who arbitrarily decided that some city plows didn’t need to be tracked.

No GPS in stolen plow

GPS Tracking saves money for ALL fleetsGPS tracking devices — Boston’s first line of defense 
against double-dipping snow-plow drivers — were never installed in trucks owned by the city parks department despite a 2008 tech upgrade that put the abuse-busting trackers in hundreds of public works vehicles, officials admitted yesterday.

The lack of trackers in parks department trucks came to light after the Herald asked why there was no GPS device in a plow stolen Thursday night from Franklin Park in Dorchester and found early yesterday in Mattapan.

“The parks department has felt there was no pressing need for that,” office spokeswoman Jacqueline Goddard said. “However, we’re looking at it now.” (My emphasis)

Watchdogs say it doesn’t make sense to put trackers in some city-owned trucks and leave others to roam free.

“Any time you have an opportunity to remove any tempt­ation, it’s a great thing for the taxpayers to have that utilized,” said Matt Cahill, 
executive director of the Boston Finance Commission. “We’ve got the software, we’ve made the capital investment into the hardware.”

Cahill said without GPS, the only thing keeping parks-department plow drivers from slipping away to a side gig is “a very involved manager.” …

And that line alone may be the saddest example of management “Missing the Point” of using GPS tracking.

Managers should indeed be involved.  But they should be involved with actual management, not running around chasing after unruly drivers like a hapless substitute teacher who has lost control of an unruly reform school class.

One guy apparently is devoted to “counting trucks” … only when one seems to be missing, of course.  I guess in the summer he counts lawn mowers and string trimmers.

That isn’t “management” folks.  It is, instead, a senseless waste of both the manager’s talent and the taxpayer’s dollar.

Can we do a bit better in 2013, Folks?  Maybe?  Please?

How Many Times Have I heard This Sad Story?

For many years I work in procurement for the US government,.  Specifically I was involved for along time writing specifications, Requests For Proposals  RFP’s)and evaluating contracts for GPS Fleet Tracking equipment.

I saw a lot of “good deals” for the government, a lot of not so “good deals” and a few pieces of absolute crap.

You know what made the difference between the good and the bad?

The way the RFP’s were written.  hand down the single most significant factor in getting a workable, useful system lies way back in the selection process where you define the need.

“Tacking On” tasks to existing contracts which never were about current needs?  It is not only illegal in many instances, but it is the most sure-fire path to getting one of those undesirable “crap” systems.

Do it right, people.  The system you get can not be any better than the system you ask for.

And it’s also the taxpayers money, if you hadn’t thought about that.

City changes course after skipping GPS bids

First try was linked to existing contract.

By ANDREW DENNEY

Supreme Court 1The city is continuing to accept bids from companies to develop a GPS bus-tracking system — something its law department says should have been done in the first place before asking one software company to take on the project without requesting other proposals.

"They are trying to clean this up and do this right," said Rose Wibbenmeyer, an assistant city counselor.

In May, the city promised that GPS tracking for Columbia Transit would debut with the launch of the student-centric FastCAT bus route in August, serving downtown and campus. The plan was to have the GPS service ready first for FastCAT and later for all Columbia Transit buses, allowing riders to track buses’ whereabouts from a smartphone or computer.

To develop the service, city officials — without seeking proposals from other vendors — looked to RouteMatch Software, an Atlanta-based company that since 2006 maintained a scheduling program for Columbia Transit’s paratransit vehicles. But RouteMatch was unable to develop a working GPS program for FastCAT, and the city dropped the vendor. The city since has developed its own GPS program until it hires a new vendor.

Wibbenmeyer said officials should have instead issued a request for formal proposals, which is required for city purchases totaling more than $15,000. The city expects the overall GPS project to cost as much as $400,000, with federal transportation funds covering 80 percent of that.

Deputy City Manager Tony St. Romaine said the city had intended to grant the work to RouteMatch as a change order to the city’s existing contract. He said that because of the short timeline to have GPS ready, and because RouteMatch’s work for paratransit had been successful, the city wanted to see whether that program could be expanded to provide the GPS service.

"At the time, it certainly made sense to do what we did," St. Romaine said. "But in retrospect, it probably wasn’t a good decision."

He said the city did not generate any documents for the proposed change order before the deal fell through…. rest of the article on How Not To Contract GPOS Fleet Tracking Systems

Marine GPS

For boaters and other people who navigate some water areas, the Marine GPS systems have been the most helpful tool nowadays. Marine GPS navigation is useful in many different purposes, especially for people who need to locate directions and right positioning of a certain location when boating or fishing.

For boaters and other people who navigate some water areas, the Marine GPS systems have been the most helpful tool nowadays. Marine GPS navigation is useful in many different purposes, especially for people who need to locate directions and right positioning of a certain location when boating or fishing.

Marine GPS-History:

While it wasnt that long ago that boaters or mariners consulted star charts and latitude/longitude numbers to figure out their way back to land, Marine GPS navigation changed the need for the inaccurate tracking system that some could not figure out. GPS or global positioning systems came into vogue after the launch of satellites that could send a signal of latitude and longitude locations to figure exactly where anything was back on Earth. This principal has been used in fishing sonars and marine GPS systems, that use anywhere from 12 to 24 satellites to figure out positioning.

Why Using Marine GPS Navigation Systems?

The Marine GPS has been useful for every individual as they can easily navigate the place where they are heading whether they are driving, flying, boating, or just walking. More than that, GPS is used for safety purposes, especially during stormy seasons or when you got lost somewhere and you need to locate directions or alternate routes. The marine GPS devices can receive signals of tides and storms that might harm the boat or marine vessel.

Marine GPS-Future

The maritime technology and the boating and fishing industries have benefited a lot from the marine GPS systems. The devices are easy to use and carry wherever you want to and use it for whatever reason you want to. There are some marine GPS that can do a lot of functions for your different needs and lots of the available devices can store as much destinations as needed in its memory. Manufacturers are still developing new improvements to suffice the needs of every one regarding the right global positioning.

Marine GPS-Choosing and Buying One

There are many things to consider when choosing the right Marine GPS device. You should determine the reason why you would need one. Research for it carefully and check all the other functions available in the device which can be helpful for you in other ways aside from marine navigation. Consider also the necessary accessories and add-ons that you might need when you use the Marine GPS. There are affordable devices that you can buy for simple fishing or navigation purposes, but if you are planning for a more extensive navigation, choose the expensive one with more functionality.

For all water navigation, the Marine GPS navigation systems have met the requirements in providing essential functions. Now that a device is easy to access and the GPS feature is available in almost every cell phones and laptops, there is no need for you to worry of directions and safety while on sail.

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