A man in Florida has been busy building a very unusual vessel.
The vessel, which looks like nothing anybody has ever seen before, resembles a Ferris wheel in the ocean, and when it is viewed up-close, it is actually quite difficult to determine exactly what the vessel is.
Reza Baluchi is the man behind the so-called “ocean bubble.” Baluchi refers to his creation as a Hydro Pod, and he plans to use it to travel from Pompano Beach, Florida to Bermuda, Haiti, Cuba and Puerto Rico. The first leg of his journey is an estimated 1,033 miles long.
According to Baluchi, “Mind is power. It’s 85 percent your mind. Anything you can do.”
An expedition like this is nothing new to Baluchi, who is an endurance athlete. In the past, he has spent – and survived – weeks in Death Valley, biked across six continents and has run the perimeter of the United States.
In 2014, Baluchi attempted to “run” across the sea in a bubble that was similar to the one he recently constructed. However, despite his efforts and his desire to successfully “run” across the water, the journey was curtailed when a distress signal was sent out by the Coast Guard and he was forced to end his trip before it was completed.
Baluchi, who keeps a positive outlook on things, said that the Coast Guard burst his bubble when they sent out the distress signal on his last attempt. For this trip, he says that he is going to put up signs that say, “Please don’t burst my bubble.”
Baluchi has been working on the Hydro Pod for the past few years, trying to perfect it. Each side of the pod consists of 36 bouncy balls. He will be wearing a life jacket that is outfitted with a water filter, a GPS tracking device, as well, of course, a shark repellent.
In order to survive the voyage, Baluchi filled backpacks with endurance bars, gum that prevents seasickness, and he tied bottles of Gatorade with pantyhose to the Hydro Pod.
Baluchi’s effort is not a selfish one; his goal is to raise money for children in need and he hopes to be able to complete such a journey in every country on the planet.
Home hospice care providers work in difficult enough situations without adding traffic nightmares into the equation. GPS fleet tracking offers many benefits that can be remarkably helpful to companies that provide this service and the individuals that work in this field.
Advanced GPS fleet tracking systems can be programmed to accommodate the specialized needs of people in many different fields. Home hospice is all about providing dignity as patients approach the ends of their lives, and GPS fleet tracking can help create efficiencies when travel to and from patient homes, so that the focus can be spent on where it needs to be: the patient.
These are just a few ways GPS fleet tracking can benefit home hospice providers.
Prevents Home Hospice Providers from Getting Lost
With so many patients choosing hospice care at the end of their lives, there is an almost constant rotation of new homes to visit. In some cities, new subdivisions are created daily. Paper maps simply can’t keep up with all the changes. GPS fleet tracking software and maps use real time tracking and are constantly updated so that your home hospice providers can reach their destinations without getting lost along the way.
No one wants to get lost on the way to an important job such as this. GPS fleet tracking helps keep home hospice providers on the right path and in the right frame of mind to do a job that is emotionally taxing on the best of days.
Reduce Unnecessary Overtime
While there are some times in this industry that overtime is simply necessary, there are other times when it can be avoided.
This is especially the case when the overtime is the result of bad traffic that could be routed around or poor time management on the part of home hospice professionals. GPS fleet tracking provides real time tracking services so that trips to the post office, convenience store, or favorite restaurants aren’t made while on the clock.
For the most part, employees will eliminate these bad habits simply by knowing that they are being monitored without the need to reprimand employees for doing these things. However, adopting a policy for addressing these situations is beneficial for your business and will go even further to eliminate problematic overtime.
Patients receiving hospice care are dealing with many concerns, fears, and questions. They need to depend on their home hospice providers to be on time and in not frazzled by outside events. GPS fleet tracking can help on both counts.
Scientists from England’s University of East Anglia have discovered that storks are ditching the normal migration habits in order to binge eat their favorite junk food.
White storks usually make 100 km round trips to landfill sites in the European Union to get their junk food fix. Recently, concern for the well-being of these birds has grown. If the landfill sites that they frequent close down, the birds could suffer tremendously.
In the winter months, white storks that live in the European Union used to migrate to Africa, where they could find food sources during the cold weather months. However, given the influx of junk food at landfill sites, particularly in Portugal and Spain, the white storks have become year-round residents. The birds are able to find sustenance year-round, thanks to landfill sites, which provide a lot of food for them to eat.
White storks are just one species of migratory birds that have been found to alter their behavior as a result of changes to the environment and influences by humans. Research that was recently published in the scientific journal Movement Ecology has confirmed that the birds are becoming year-round residents near landfills, as there is always a supply of food for them to eat. However, due to a EU Landfill Directive, which requires that landfill sites close, there could be a dramatic impact on the stork population.
Dr Aldina Franco from UEA’s School of Environmental Sciences and the leader of a study that examined the influence of landfill sites on white storks migratory change, said that Portugal’s stork population has grown 10 fold over a period of 2 decades. About 14,000 white storks no winter in the country, and those numbers continue to grow.
Dr Franco and his team examined the habits of 48 storks using GPS tracking devices. The GPS tracking device that each of these birds was outfitted with would transmit the position of the birds five times a day. The devices also collected accelerometer data, which provided detailed information about the behavior of the birds, measuring the acceleration of the birds.
Currently, the research team is working on developing trackers at UEA with colleagues from the British Trust for Ornithology and the University of Lisbon.
The data that the devices collected enabled researchers to monitor the movement of the storks between nesting and feeding areas, see how many long and short distance flights they were taking, and examine their behaviors.
Should the landfill sits close, there could be a very detrimental impact on the birds.