The PGA Golf Tournament held by Travel Championship was fully prepared for health emergencies thanks to a new GPS tracking system.
Between June 16th and June 22nd, players and attendees of the PGA Golf Tournament in Cromwell, Connecticut had medical help at their fingertips. The annual tournament that is organized by Travelers Championship used technology to help provide on-the-site healthcare by giving all of their workers GPS trackers and combining it with an advanced dispatching service.
Being on a golf course for just one day has its own set of risks, but is especially risky during tournaments that go over several days. The golfers and fans are out in the heat for hours at a time, with very little breaks from it. They risk heat exhaustion, diabetic problems, lacerations, cuts or scrapes, ball strikes, slips and falls, and respiratory problems. These and other medical situations require fast care and are sometimes life or death situations.
The problem is that usually they are out on a course that is hard for medical staff to get to. Now with GPS tracking, the person in need of medical care lets the nearest employee know and they are able to quickly contact the dispatch team.
Dispatch uses the GPS tracking technology to find the qualified medical staff that is nearest that hole and able to give them what they need. Many of them are riding around on bikes, golf carts or segways, allowing them to get through the course quickly.
Dispatch views a computer screen with a live map that shows where all of their employees are. Every employee has a GPS tracking system on their person in order to facilitate the process. In some cases, dispatch lets an employee on a golf cart know so they can pick up the injured player and bring them to the medical tent. In other cases, they just need a bandaid or a bottle of water for heat problems.
Medical services are provided by staff of St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center, which is nearby. In just a few minutes, they can be to a golfer’s side who is having a serious emergency, or tournament staff can provide what they need.
Every person on the medical mobile team is equipped with a high-tech GPS radio. Management of the tournament told reporters that the system is updated every 10 seconds, which helps them provide medical care to their players and visitors in a matter of minutes.
For the convenience of the players, there are 25 people on the medical team, as well as an eight-bed treatment facility on-site. This facility is there for those who have medical emergencies out on the golf course, as well as for walk-ins who need a quick remedy.
A man whose home was burglarized helps lead to arrest thanks to personal GPS tracking of his valuables.
It is not uncommon to hear news stories that involve using global positioning systems (GPS) tracking devices for catching criminals, whether it is a pharmacy nabbing a pill snatcher, local sheriff catching a stolen trailer thief, or a clever realtor tracking down stolen house for sale signs. Now, a resident of Arizona proves GPS tracking devices can be used on smaller items to help lead to an arrest should it get stolen.
Allen Crosby of Phoenix, Arizona was recently burglarized. The would-be thief made off with more than $10,000 worth of valuables, including electronics and jewelry, from his home.
Luckily for him, he thought ahead by protecting his valuables with a micro personal GPS tracking unit. These are tiny, hardly noticeable to those not looking for it, and can track the location of the item it was placed on.
Like many other GPS devices, the micro chip is activated and tracked with a mobile phone app. The tracker the Yavapai County Sheriff department used to locate the subject was hidden inside a stolen camera. Using satellite images, the police department and Crosby watched the suspect’s vehicle pull up into his driveway in Chino Valley, remove the bags and put them in his house, and even what room they were hid in.
Crosby activated the app on his phone while the police were at the suspect’s house. The homeowner let the police in to begin searching for the stolen items. The GPS unit began making a beeping sound, alerting the police to its exact location. They followed the beep to the stolen jewelry and electronics.
“I was on the phone talking to the detectives there are the same time. So, every time the button was pushed to make the sound, I would hear it through the phone.” Said Crosby.
Thanks to Crosby’s decision to track some of his more important valuables and the police following the location, an arrest was made only 24 hours after the burglary. They arrested the homeowner’s son, 37-year-old James Yunis. He is a convicted felon who previously served time for drug charges.
Even though some of his wife’s jewelry was not recovered and likely already taken to a pawn shop, Crosby is thankful he didn’t shy away from technology, but embraced its abilities.
“I’m an older person and I like to say sometimes that technology is almost like the root of all evil lately, but in this case, it definitely is not.” He told reporters.
After his arrest, Yunis brought to and booked at the Camp Verde Detention Center. His charges are theft control of stolen property with a bail set for $10,000. Due to a joint investigation involving Yunis and the Phoenix Police Department, he might be facing additional charges.
If this teaches the general public anything, it is that GPS tracking devices can be used to track just about anything. To safeguard your valuables, consider adding a micro device to your suitcase or briefcase when traveling, the collar of your pet, on your car, and all valuables in your home, including jewelry, watches, electronics, cell phones, and cameras.
Summer is the perfect time for enjoying the great outdoors and warm weather by going on a long hike or biking trip. However, it can also be dangerous if you are not prepared. One of the best tools to bring with you on your trip is a GPS tracking device, as it helps you find out where you are and where you are going, has a 911 emergency call button, and provides a wide range of features for safety.
Benefits of Using GPS Trackers
While mapping and navigation is definitely a big bonus to having a GPS tracking device with you during outdoor excursions, it isn’t the only way you benefit from this technology. GPS tracking devices are very durable, which means they can withstand your hiking, biking, or camping trip. They are also often waterproof, so are great for any type of weather conditions.
A good quality GPS system has a battery life of at least15 hours or more, but always bring extra batteries. The coverage of the newest tracking devices are excellent, no longer limited to only a cell phone’s coverage. They also have extra features like a barometer, altimeter, and features for geocaching.
Of course there is also the advanced mapping features that help you figure out your location in case you get lost or need to get emergency help. Take for example this lost Mt. Hood hiker that was lost, but then found after posting his GPS coordinates on Facebook.
GPS Trackers Specifically for Hiking and Biking
With so many different GPS tracking devices available, it can be difficult knowing which one to choose. The best way to go about it is looking for trackers specifically tailored to outdoor adventure, as they are excellent for hiking and other outdoor activities. These trackers usually have special features, a longer battery life, and an emergency feature that calls 911 if you get into a dangerous situation and your cell phone isn’t working.
Features to Look For
For hiking and bicycle riding, find a GPS tracking device that is durable and works in all types of weather conditions. Be sure it is waterproof so it doesn’t stop working if it starts to rain or snow while you are out. It also should be portable and battery operated. While it should be rechargeable, you’ll want an extra-long battery life and more mapping capacity for longer hikes.
It should also have a feature that records your route. This isn’t just helpful to know where you traveled, but it helps you get back the same way. Take your time when choosing the GPS tracking device to be sure it has all the features you need for convenience and safety.
Additional Safety Tips
Aside from improving your safety with a good tracking device, there are some other things to keep in mind during your hiking and biking trips. Make sure you always have enough water in your pack for staying hydrated as springs are not always available. Let someone know where you are going and when, and hike with others when it is in an option. Carry along a paper map and compass just in case your GPS device runs out of battery or stops working.
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