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The Way We Track

Posted by Lilith on Jul 25, 2018 5:34:31 PM
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Technology goes on increasing the amount of data that people create. This creates a diverse range of possibilities both for work and life. Nowadays, tracking technology makes up part of our everyday life. To get a better idea of modern tracking systems, just keep on reading below.

 

The Developments of the Field of Tracking

What’s a tracking system? This is a system that can be used to observe people or objects on the move. Tracking systems observe and supply a timely-ordered sequence of location data that’s being further processed.

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Let’s take, e.g., vehicle tracking systems. They’ve undergone an enormous transformation over the last few years. In fact, there’s a massive development in the field.

Real-time has turned into the new normal. E.g., if you take a look at the retail industry, you’ll see that retail and fulfillment are blurring. This new situation requires a new approach to inventory management, for example. The latter should nowadays be more intuitive and accessible so to be able to accommodate a new model of retail.


In our modern world of Big Data, more and more advanced insights are expected to emerge. Big Data is a general advancement in technology, which is making operations for the majority of companies drastically different.


There’s increased demand for more information from the part of companies. Nowadays, companies develop and present their products based on data. Data helps companies offer more flexible and deliver customizable solutions that can fit almost any customer need.

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How We Track People and Things Today

Now, let’s focus on today’s cool tracking systems that account for major changes in our lives:

 

GPS (Global Positioning System)

GPS has global coverage. It’s the most widely used tracking technology. Global Positioning System is a satellite technology owned by the US government. It’s operated by the Air Force but now serves as a commercial part of people’s everyday lives.

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Well, GPS can help you in a wide variety of situations like locating lost pets, planning road trips, and many more. GPS has evolved a lot. It’s changed from guiding submarines to optimizing delivery truck drivers and is further developing.

Since smartphones’ reach is expanding, GPS data becomes more comprehensive. The system will eventually spread its influence on virtually every industry. As a result, the demand for, e.g., targeted advertising will immensely increase.


In fact, GPS is a constellation of 27 Earth-orbiting satellites: 24 in operation and 3 more in case there’s a failure. GPS is an ideal solution for outdoor positioning, meaning it can help with surveying, farming, transportation, or military purposes. By the way, the system was originally designed for the military use.


One of the most vivid changes brought about GPS is found in the transportation industry. Particularly, when the real-time GPS tracking systems became widely used, the industry got much more improved. As a result, today, people can enjoy improved fleet efficiency, high theft prevention, reduced hazards, real-time tracking, and more streamlined fleet operations.

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Tracking technology provides people with innovative solutions to live a more comfortable and convenient life each and every day. Today, you can obtain backpacks that use GPS to offer features like Missing Item Reminder and Real-Time Tracking, which you can find with Lumzag.

Thanks to these features, you’ll always get notified in case you’ve forgotten to put something important in your backpack. So, special sensors will keep tracking your belongings. Besides, you can always see the exact location of your backpack no matter where it is. So, you can never get stressed when leaving it behind or even when it’s stolen.

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Fog Computing

Fog computing is a new technology based on the Internet of things (IoT) and the data coming from IoT devices. It aims to develop services that have increased functionality and infrastructure that’s more sustainable.

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The main advantage of fog computing is that it can enable data systems to understand when certain changes or services need to be applied at specific locations. The most striking thing is that such technology can allow for using data to aggregate information for applications and services.


Fog computing aims to eliminate everyday annoyances and dangers. Though the technology is still in the early stages of its development, more data gadgets and features will be offered to people in their wallets and phones, etc. to improve both work and life.


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Tracking for Livestock Welfare

People are increasingly becoming more concerned with the quality of the food they eat. Australian ranchers have invented a GPS system that can track animals better  and allow them to roam free over extensive grasslands without having to hire more workforce. It’s designed to alert human handlers in case animals show signs of becoming sick or stuck.

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GIS (Geographic Information Systems)

GIS is amazing for large-scale location-tracking systems. Thanks to this technology, it’s possible to capture and store geographic information better than ever before. GISs are capable of capturing, keeping data, analyzing, as well as reporting geographic information.

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RFID (Radio Frequency Identification)

RFID can be described as small, battery-less microchips. They can be attached to consumer goods, animals, vehicles, as well as other objects that need to be tracked. RFID tags transmit data if prompted by a reader.

Then, these tags send the information through a predetermined radio frequency. Afterwards, a central database receives this information. RFID tags can replace the traditional UPC barcodes that’re used for tracking trade items in stores.

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WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network)

WLAN is a network of devices that get connected through radio frequency, such as 802.11b. These devices transmit data over radio waves and provide a network with a range of 70 - 300 feet (21.3 to 91.4 meters).

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Child Tracking Systems

A child tracking system is a GPS tracker designed to help you keep an eye on your child’s whereabouts. There’re child trackers that also have a built-in panic button that children can press when caught in an emergency situation. So, you’ll get notified and or receive an alert.

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Some child tracking devices allow for two-way calling and geofencing. Also, you can set up customizable notification alerts, taking into account location, speed, and low battery.

 

Eye Tracking Technology

Simply said, eye tracking is the measurement of eye activity. Eye tracking technology has undergone amazing changes over the years. What the technology does is to collect eye tracking data with the help of either a remote or head-mounted “eye tracker,” which is connected to a computer.

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There exist various non-intrusive eye trackers. Generally, all of them come with a light source and a camera. The former, which is usually infrared, is directed towards the eye. The latter is used to track the reflection of the light source along with visible ocular features like the pupil.

The gathered information is used to estimate the eye rotation and ultimately the gaze direction. Besides, the technology also detects blink frequency and pupil diameter changes.

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Weapon Tracking Technology

Nowadays, you can come across weapon tracking technology featuring a new electronic notification system that goes into motion before an officer fires a shot. This new technology could provide an indisputable evidence of, e.g., any officer involved in shooting.

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By the way, blockchain technology is expected to change the nature of gun control for the better. It can be used to track the sale and ownership of firearms in a decentralized way by eliminating any concern over public data records of gun ownership. What’s more important, gun control solutions based on blockchain can be used for background checks.

Tracking technology has revolutionized our work and life. It’s entirely changed the way people think of everyday items they use like backpacks. With technology evolving and developing with rapid advances, more is yet to come!

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