It might surprise you to learn that many species of animal have breathtaking migration routes. They travel over borders with many visiting places that are many hundreds or even thousands of miles away.

The animated video illustrates the migration routes for around 150 species. More than 11,000 researchers throughout the world have added their GPS tracking data to the project. The pink lines combine approximately 8,000 tracks collected over a 10-year time span. These follow the movements of the tracked animals and cover around 310 miles in one direction for 45 days minimum. Lines extend from Canada to the United States, from Africa to Europe and vice versa.

 

GPS tracking devices have been long used by scientists to find out how animals migrate across continents and oceans. They’re also employed to study how animals move within their own local regions. In the past, scientists achieved this through the use of radio transmitters or by ‘banding’ a bird’s leg. Today’s tags and trackers are far more sophisticated than those of the past. They employ GPS and satellites to track data down to the last second. Researchers use this information in a variety of ways. It can, for example, enable us to learn more about habitat fragmentation, how animals hunt and how they respond to climate change.

 

The globe uses data compiled by Argos Doppler, electronic tags that relay signals to polar-orbiting satellites and GPS. The data is publicly available on Movebank, The Max Planck Institute for Ornithology, free, online animal-tracking database.

 

The majority of the 150 species in the animation are birds. For instance, at approximately 00:57 in the animation, there’s a large migration of animals from Europe to Africa. The animals in question are white storks who prefer to spend the winter in a warm climate.

 

Migration is almost universal in the animal kingdom. They’re driven by one simple fact. Earth’s resources fluctuate. Food may be freely available in the warmer months. However, only for a short time. Migration patterns vary and are complex. GPS tracking data is finally giving us an insight into the incredible journeys animals make in order to survive. Take a look at the video above for more details.

Snowmobile rental businesses are fast-paced businesses that can do a ton of turnover in the course of a day. You might not realize just how much GPS tracking can help you improve the operation and profits of your business.

Below are just a few ways you can grow your snowmobile rental shop with the use of a GPS fleet tracking system.

Recovery of Stolen Snowmobiles

This is one of the most important benefits of GPS tracking in your line of work. When snowmobiles are out of your sight they make tempting targets for thieves of opportunity – especially when being rented by people who aren’t highly motivated to protect your property. GPS powered asset tracking allows you to track the location of your snowmobiles in real time so you can alert law enforcement authorities to the exact location of your snowmobiles and aid in their swift recovery when they are stolen.

Aid in Search and Rescue Efforts

Snowmobiling does present some risk to riders. Sudden storms, accidents, and other hazards along the way can make for intensely dangerous situations. GPS tracking allows you to pinpoint the location of snowmobiles so you can rescue riders who may be stranded, have broken down, or are in the midst of medical emergencies. When seconds can save lives, conserving hours of searching over large masses of land is certainly helpful.

Improve Customer Experience

Not only can you allow customers to use GPS to track their snowmobile adventures, but when you rent by the hour, you can be precise when billing adventurers for their time. GPS tracking systems operate in real time, effectively eliminating disputes about the amount of time spent having fun in the snow. Improving the overall customer experience means more recommendations and repeat business for you.

Ensure Customers Find Their Way Home

Another benefit of GPS tracking is that it can be used to help your customers navigate back home if they get a little bit turned around and lost along the way. While life would be better if everyone stayed on the prescribed track, the truth is that many do not. This can lead to lost people, search and rescue efforts, and a few dangerous situations alone the way. GPS tracking for your snowmobiles helps to reduce these risks.

As a snowmobile rental shop, your best efforts are spent building your business, not tracking down lost riders, assets, and more. GPS tracking for your snowmobiles can aid in that leaving you free to follow more profitable pursuits for your business.

If you own or manager a snowmobile rental shop, give us a call here at LiveViewGPS at 1-888-544-0494 to learn about the benefits of GPS tracking to safeguard your fleet of snowmobiles and safety of your riders.

Bicycles are a preferred mode of transportation in the Fresno area of California; however, due to an alarming rise in bike theft, many people who use bikes are reconsidering their transportation options. That’s because bikes are stolen on every day in the Fresno area. In fact, some bikes that are stole are disassembled in chop shops and the parts are sold.

Thanks to technology, the bike theft problem in the Fresno area could be controlled in the near future. Enthusiasts are very hopeful that bikes that are worth thousands of dollars will be outfitted with GPS tracking devices in the very near future. These tracking devices will make it easier for the police to locate and recover the bikes that are stolen.

The bike theft problem in and around Fresno has gotten so bad that some thieves aren’t even taken the entire bike. Some thieves are dismantling bikes and taking the parts so that they can sell them for cash. This is bad news for people who make efforts to protect their bikes by locking them up. A thief can take all of the parts of the bike, leaving just the axle that the lock was attached to. Thieves that really want to take an entire bike can cut the lock and walk off with the bike.

Pablo Armigo, an employee at Rubber Soul Cycle, believes that once bikes are outfitted with GPS devices, the crime rate will significantly drop. He is optimistic that the GPS tracking devices will be a huge deterrent, reducing the number of bike thefts by 60 to 80 percent.

Bike experts in the area say that the GPS tracking technology is available, it’s just a matter of getting the technology into the stores so that it can be outfitted on bikes. At the present time, it is not known exactly when GPS technology for bikes will be made available on the open market, but it is believed that developers are very close to finalizing the devices. Some experts are hopeful that bike GPS tracking devices will come out as soon as next year.

The advent of GPS tracking devices could change the outlook of bike theft in the Fresno area; an area that experiences a tremendous amount of bike theft.

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