In Thousand Oaks, California, two mountain lion kittens, a male and a female, were located in the Santa Monica Mountains. The kittens were discovered in a very well-hidden den by biologists with the National Park Service and were tagged with GPS tracking devices. Both cubs were given handles so that they could easily be distinguished via the tracking devices they were outfitted with; the female’s handle is P-46 and the male’s handle is P-47.
Officials with the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreational Area believe that a female mountain lion, who has also been fitted with a GPS tracking device and whose handle is P-19, is the mother. The reason officials believe this is because of her activity during a three-week stretch, which was tracked by her GPS device. During that three-week period, mountain lion P-19 remained in a localized area, and since finding the cubs, officials believe that she is their mother and was staying in the den to care for her newborns.
Mountain lion P-19 was fitted with a GPS tracking device in 2010, when she was only a few weeks old. Since then, officials have been tracking her activity and have learned that she has birthed other litters that were fathered by her own father, who is also fitted with a tracking device and has been given the handle P-12.
Officials are currently trying to determine who the father of the newest mountain lion cubs are. They aren’t sure if P-12 is the father of the recently discovered kittens, as he has not been spotted since March of last year. Scientists are hopeful that DNA testing will determine whether he is or is not the father. If P-12 isn’t the father, it is believed that there is a new male on the scene.
Researchers are so interested in determining who the father of these kittens is because interbreeding among these animals is becoming a serious threat among the species. As with all species of animals, interbreeding can result in deformities, which can have a significant negative impact on the future of the animals.
Officials will continue to monitor the activity of the mountain lions in the Santa Monica Mountains in hopes that they can help the species survive and thrive.
Sometimes it feels like operating a business involves an endless sea of reports. Unfortunately, all these reports without a method of reducing them down to the relevant and important information is worthless. That is something you’ll never need to worry about when it comes to fleet tracking telematics reports.
Regardless of the type of business you run or the industry in which your fleet operates, the right GPS fleet tracking reporting system can help you create reports that are not only relevant, but can also present the information in a manner that is easier for you to consume, understand, and put to use. For example, good telematics reporting systems allow you to receive reports in text and/or charts and graphs.
Why is this important?
An analytical safety manager may need detailed text-based reports about driver behavior, route times, or other information. On the other hand, someone in dispatch may need real-time graphs indicating long-distance drivers that includes pie charts of time spent sleeping vs. driving daily in order to keep all drivers safe and compliant.
Telematic charts and reports allow the dispatcher to see clearly and quickly which drivers are getting proper amounts of downtime each day without reading through a bunch of reports to discover the information while the text reports provide rich detail and supporting information.
Choosing the Right Telematics Reporting System for Your Needs
Consider the following points when choosing a telematics reporting system and find the system that best meets your needs accordingly.
- Do you need a system that sends alerts, simply reports, or one that does both?
- How detailed do your reports need to be?
- Will the data need to be integrated with your company software, GPS systems, accounting software, etc.?
- Who will be using the systems and what will they need them for? How will reports be received? Which reports do you need daily, weekly, monthly, annually, etc.?
The use of telematics in record keeping, the creation of reports, and so much is growing as more and more businesses realize how efficient the process really is. Once you understand the many ways telematics can assist you in reducing labor costs associated with record keeping, you’ll discover how much more productive your business can become.
Bring telematics into your business today and reap the rewards of more efficient operations, lower costs, and more productivity in a routine work day. The time factor is only a small part of the benefits fleet tracking telematics reports bring to the table.
Have you ever wondered when a package you ordered is going to arrive? When a loved one is flying, have you ever wished that you could keep track of the location of the plane? Did you ever want to keep track of an elderly parent or your child?
Well, thanks to GPS tracking, you can!
GPS tracking is a form of technology that utilizes both location and time to provide data points, or points of location, via satellites that orbit the earth. Formally known as a Global Positioning System, this technology can be used to track virtually anything, – vehicles, packages, mobile phones, animals, people – and so much more!
GPS tracking is an invaluable technology, and as such, the US government has developed resources that educators can use to teach their students about these systems, including how they work and how they can be used.
Types of GPS Tracking Teaching Resources
The government provides a wealth of resources for educators who are teaching their students about GPS tracking. These resources can be used to teach students who are learning about geography, geology, animal research and so many other topics.
One type of GPS educational resources provide by the government is in the form of lesson plans. These lessons offer a clear and concise objective, suggest materials to be used, indicate the size of the group that they are intended for and even provide introductory and closing questions, as well as detailed learning procedures and extended learning activities. Scientific learning standards that are met are also highlighted in each lesson.
Follow the below links for some examples teachers can use to teach GPS technology in their classrooms:
Once a lesson plan of interest is located, a teacher simply has to download that lesson and print it out. From there, she can acquire the suggested materials and use the lesson as a guide for a lesson on GPS tracking. Of course, the educator can also modify the lesson plans that are provided by the government so that they are customized to the needs and the interests of the teacher’s particular classroom and learners.
GPS tracking is an important technology that is often the topic of lessons in classrooms of all levels. The resources that the government offers makes teaching these lessons easier and ensures that they are hitting key points.