It’s been three days since the map system was updated. Here is a video capture of the new system, and what you see when a vehicle is driving down the street.
Programmers are working to resolve any remaining issues the we have seen from the map system update. Once the kinks have been worked out – you can expect some great new features and system functionality. Stay tuned for more information…
For the upcoming 2014/2015 NFL season, the players will each be wearing something new. It’s not a new jersey or helmet, but a sensor similar to a personal GPS tracking devicethat is underneath their shoulder pads. The motion-tracking RFID tag is going to track each player’s motion, activity, and up-to-date statistics about their performance and agility throughout the game.
The tracking devices utilize global positioning software (GPS) in order to track information like their acceleration, position, and what kind of distance they are covering on the field. All of this information is going to be available in real-time where not just coaches and players get the information, but so do fans.
Zebra Technologies has developed the software and database being used for the NFL season. It’s goal is to give everyone a more inside look into the game and the players. The GPS tracking technology will be used in practice, training, scouting, and during games. It will help coaches find new players for following seasons, and during this season, fans can follow along with their favorite players to get a truly unique experience.
This isn’t the first time the NFL has used GPS tracking technology, but the systems by Zebra Technologies is more advanced so far. Prior to this, tracking was used only during practice so that the coaches could keep up with their player’s and determine if they were showing signs of injury and needed medical attention. It also helped them decide on plays for future games. Now, it is being brought to a whole new level.
So what exactly can fans see? The vice president of the NFL, Vishal Shah, told USA Today Sports that they will see different touchpoints occurring throughout the NFL. He added:
“Certainly, the most comprehensive and impactful might be to the fans themselves. But it’s going to touch areas of our league and give us a deeper understanding of our game.”
There are sensors built inside the tracking device that pick up various information. For instance, if a player is working hard, showing signs of injury by slowing down, or traveling a long distance across the field, it is all tracked.
Coaches are finding a myriad of benefits to using the tracking devices, including knowing which of their players work best in what situations. It allows them to choose the right plays based on each player’s strengths and weaknesses. They can also evaluate past games, analyze the data, and figure out what went wrong or where it could be improved.
Moving forward for this season, fans will be able to access the player’s data in the cloud, where they check in online during a game and get the information in real-time.
It should prove to be an exciting 2014/2014 NFL Season with new technology in the game.
TheMay 18, 1980 Mount St. Helens eruption, the most significant geological event in U.S. history, took the life of USGS scientist David A. Johnston, who was monitoring the volcano, along with 56 other people. Today, we have the technology to save those lives while still monitoring and learning from volcanoes in moments of activity as well as inactivity in the form of GPS tracking technology.
Monitoring Movement on the Ground
LiveScience.com reports that the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory tracks movement at active volcano sites throughout the state with more than 60 GPS sensors. They are very much like the sensors most people have in their auto navigation systems, only more sensitive. Having equipment “on the ground” means that fewer people must be close by to actually monitor or watch the volcano. The equipment does it for them allowing people to remain a safer distant away from areas of imminent danger in the event of an eruption.
Measuring Volcanic Plumes in the Air
Another way GPS tracking helps monitor volcanoes is in predicting the size, scope, and movement of ash clouds and volcanic plumes. This saves lives in more ways than are obvious at first. It helps direct air traffic around and away from the ash and helps warn people, particularly those prone to respiratory problems, about ash before it becomes problematic.
How does GPS help? According toGeophysical Research Letters, they are able to do this by using GPS signal strength data, scientists can uncover the general direction and size of ash clouds and gas plumes even when visibility through satellites is spotty and without going through the expense of re-tasking satellites in the hopes of getting “eyes” on the situation.
This method also overcomes the limitations of using satellite imagery such as the fact that images don’t show up on satellite when it’s cloudy or during the night. At this point, USGS geophysicist, Michael Lisowski, in a Scientific American interview, says, “More research is needed to determine how dense a plume must be to cause a drop in signal strength.”
GPS alone isn’t the only technological advance that makes the study and monitor of volcanoes and eruptions a safe proposition. Unmanned drones can boldly go places far too dangerous for mere mortals to tread. These drones can collect date about toxins, sulfur dioxide, and even take videos (video and infrared) of areas people simply cannot gain access to. Satellite imagery, despite certain limitations, can be used to measure topographical changes and visibly monitor volcanoes from incredibly safe distances.
Early detection and warning when volcanoes erupt does save lives. It is believed that the warnings of Mr. Johnston are the primary reason that deaths following Mt. Saint Helen’s 1980 eruption numbered fewer than 100 rather than in the thousands. Today we have the technology to save even more lives while still gaining valuable date and measurements. GPS is one of the tools that’s making a difference and helping to save lives.