GPS Tracking System Technology Is One Countries’ Solution
Guyana, a tiny South American country that most Americans know little about, is plagued by a serious problem that we can all relate to: absurdly high gasoline prices. While we Americans complain about prices when they near $3 per gallon, Guyanese people deal with gas prices that can approach US$5 per gallon! Two factors make this fact absolutely astounding: Guyana is located right next to Venezuela, where gas can go for as little as 12 cents per gallon, and out of control smuggling and theft are the primary reasons for these extreme gas costs. Obviously, this illegal activity broke the back of the already floundering economy of Guyana, and left the government struggling to find a workable solution.
And so, the country of Guyana has turned to GPS tracking to attempt to solve this enormous economic problem. In early 2010, Guyana passed legislation that requires GPS trackers to be placed in every registered gas delivery vehicle in the country. These vehicles are then monitored by government agencies. This allows the government to easily track when and where gasoline transports are at all times, and can track if tanker trucks stop at a time or place not on the delivery route. The GPS devices also report if the gas tank on tanker trucks is opened unexpectedly. This feature is extremely important in Guyana, because some thieves in the country are so bold that they even steal gas from a tanker truck stopped at a traffic light!
The economic impact of Guyana’s GPS tracking initiative is projected to be massive by both increasing the gas that reaches its proper destination, and by deterring would-be gas thieves and smugglers. If a vehicle is found to be carrying gasoline, police officers can quickly check government records to see if it the vehicle is a government registered gasoline carrier on its delivery route, or if the driver is smuggling stolen gasoline. Legitimate gas deliverers are, of course, allowed to finish their deliveries, but smugglers are quickly arrested and the fuel can be taken to where it belongs. Some government officials expect this initiative to generate billions of dollars for Guyana in a variety of ways, as well as severely hurt gasoline smuggling rings throughout South America and the Caribbean.
Guyana’s anti-smuggling initiative again proves that GPS tracking can be a powerful weapon in the war on theft that should be seriously considered by any person or company who regularly transports valuable goods.