Researchers have successfully tracked the movements of wild parrots in New Zealand using GPS telemetry, according to an article The Auk, published by the American Ornithologists’ Union.

The Purpose of the Study

The goal was to understand now the Kea, officially known as Nestor notabilis, behave, what migratory routes they use and when they interact with humans. Researchers were able to tell what they ate and when, and how they spent their time.

Prior to the use of GPS tracking technology, scientists found it very difficult to track parrots because they are naturally curious and refuse to follow completely standard routes.

Tough Birds, Tough Beaks

The study followed 14 birds, specially chosen based on their high intelligence and lack of fear. These impressive birds also had tough beaks. The GPS tracking device used on each bird had to encased in material that was strong enough to handle its pecking.

Prior to this, scientists had tried collars with the GPS units attached. The birds were able to peck them off in every case.

Each unit used in the study had a strong shell made of polymer that was soft enough not to irritate the bird–that is, more so than they already were by having the units strapped on in the first place. The units were put on harnesses, which were buckled onto each bird in a spot between its wings. This location was chosen because it didn’t interfere with flying.

Angry Birds

Four of the birds were tough enough to cause damage to the harness. Two made a clean getaway and have never been found. Researchers discovered two others who successfully got out of their harnesses and out of the study.

The remaining birds, their attitudes unrecorded, made it through the study with harness and devices intact.

The Benefits of GPS Telemetry

GPS tracking devices have a wide range of uses, not just in tracking elusive birds. They are routinely used with cattle and sheep on ranches. Some pet owners are using them to find out what their dogs and cats do all day long when their people are at work.

Harness attachments like the one on the parrots have been used to track the activity of pigs, Tasmanian Devils and the Greylag Goose.

They are effective not just with animals. Companies that have truck fleets rely on the data provided by an advanced GPS tracking device on each vehicle.

GPS tracking technology has revolutionized the ability to find out where animals and vehicles are, providing a wealth of information for researchers and businesses.

The hard work of managing a successful plumbing business is about to get much easier. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about getting GPS for your plumbing fleet, now is the time to move on over to the greener side. The benefits of GPS fleet tracking for your business are simply too good to pass up, beginning with these.

Happier Customers

No one has to tell you how impatient plumbing customers can be. Whether it’s frozen pipes, toilet cracks, or leaks spread throughout the house when plumbing emergencies occur, homeowners want relief right away.

The ability to provide spot-on estimates when it comes to arrival times provides instant peace of mind to customers and the ability to track the driver’s location as he approaches the home saves your dispatchers the chore of answering endless calls asking “Is he coming sometime this century?”

GPS fleet tracking allows you to provide accurate timetables while also providing you with the ability to let customers track your trucks as they are on the way. It’s a great way to make them happy and keep them satisfied with your service.

Lower Labor Costs for Your Business

An unintended consequence for many plumbing companies is that using GPS fleet tracking services reduces the number of hours drivers spend on the road. This allows them to finish their workdays faster and saves you a pretty penny on overtime payments when jobs run over due to long driving distances, circuitous routes, or time stuck in traffic. Over the course of a year, those savings can really add up.

Reduction in Fuel Costs

Fuel costs are no laughing matter to the average plumbing company. Depending on how many vehicles you have on the road, you understand the value of saving pennies on fuel whenever possible. GPS tracking allows you to work around slow and stalled traffic while still finding fuel saving routes to take from one job to the next saving your business time and money – everyone wins!

Improve Dispatching Ease

Dispatchers have a tough job most of the time. It’s not only a balance between which jobs are the biggest priority, but also knowing where all your trucks are at a given time and which ones are actually closer in time and distance to the next emergency on the list.

It takes time to sort out all the detail and make the decision for mere mortals. Something GPS tracking systems can do with only a few clicks of the mouse. This frees up personnel to take care of other important business on behalf of your plumbing company while ensuring your drivers and customers are still being properly taken care of.

With so many wonderful benefits and reasons to bring GPS fleet tracking into your plumbing business, the big question on everyone’s mind is “what’s stopping you?” Now is the perfect time to bring your business into the modern era and incorporate GPS fleet tracking and other new technologies designed to improve efficiency and help your plumbing company serve your community even better.

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Homeland Security wants to find out where immigrants go after crossing the Mexico-United States border, and will do so by tracking them with GPS tracking devices.

The Homeland Security Department in the United States decided to choose people who were caught attempting to cross the border from Mexico into the U.S. after being released from their custody. They informed them that they would not force them back into Mexico, but in exchange for their release, would need to wear GPS tracking ankle bracelets and report back to them regularly.

The border being tracked is between Mexico and the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. It began in September when there was a meeting between a group of immigrant advocates and the Homeland Security Department. The advocates informed the government agency that approximately 70 percent of immigrants who travel as families failed to report to immigration after they were released at the border.

Due to the high rate of no-sows, the Obama Administration tried opening up a temporary family jail in New Mexico at the Border Patrol’s training school. They want to help families, especially mothers who have young children with them, to avoid the poor and dangerous conditions of typical jails. They are hoping to house families who have been caught illegally crossing the border into the U.S. At the same time, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), was looking for other ways to track them, instead of forcing them into jails.

This is how they got the idea to use GPS tracking devices. The pilot program, being nicknamed RGV 250, began on December 1st. They are tracking the head of household for each family that is caught trying to cross the border, instead of asking the family to remain in jail. They will track them to be sure they return to the immigration office as requested. About 250 people are going to be tracked with this program. If the immigrants report to the ICE office on the date requested, their GPS device will then be removed.

This is currently a pilot program to see how it all works and how effective it is. If they notice a significant increase in immigrants that voluntarily go to the ICE office and report to them, they may expand the program. According to Jennifer Elzea, a spokeswoman for ICE, each immigrant family is carefully screened to decide if they should be released or detained. They want to be sure they are not releasing anyone who might be a threat to other citizens. Those who are deemed safe to be released will have the tracking device.

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