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Tracking Systems Assist Minnesota Transit Authority

TechnologyThe prevalence of technology in today’s world makes our lives more convenient and certainly more productive than any generation before us.  The marvel of our age is the way that technology is being implemented not just in science laboratories or in space but right within the boundaries of the average person’s day-to-day life.

Everything from cell phones to GPS systems makes our lives more comfortable.  We interact with technology in some of the most mundane things of life.  One example of this fact is the recent improvisations of the Minnesota Valley Transit Authority to implement GPS tracking systems on their buses to provide patrons with more information concerning the availability of bus stops and also to provide real time data that would allow patrons to predict the bus schedule to an amazing degree of accuracy.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Thursday that the Minnesota Transit authority recently launched the RouteShout program.  Using GPS tracking technology, the program is cost-free and provides users with information concerning the location of the nearest bus stop as well as a schedule of the buses for the next two hours.  The program delivers the data to the users smart phone or cell phone.  The Transit Authority hopes to be able to provide up-to-the minute information within a short period of time.  Currently, the program is only able to provide approximate schedules for each bus.  The program also includes a website which allows users to receive the same kind of information from their laptop computer or from the comforts of their own home.

GPS tracking systems function by mounting a GPS tracker to the object to be tracked.  In this case, a bus is being tracked.  The GPS tracker is tracked by satellites, and at any point, the satellite can pinpoint the tracker and information concerning its exact whereabouts is available through the satellite.  GPS tracking system users can access this information from satellites using browser-based software on their personal computers.

In addition to providing directional and location information, the system is also able to deliver detailed photographic data concerning the location of the GPS tracker.  Technology is invading our lives and in many instances, it is bringing with it innovation and convenience which benefits its user.  Creativity and continuing technological advancements will continue to provide us with even greater possibilities.

by Greg Bartlett

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