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Life In An Era Of Change

2023

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Life In An Era Of Change
Life In An Era Of Change
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Judging by the reposts on the social networks of ads a la "stolen - a reward is guaranteed for information about the location" there is a willingness to pay. One question: why only after everything happened? Why not pre-take care of a good night's sleep, nerves? In the end, about the possibility of saving money. By the way, money is the first reason that has exhausted itself, referring to which people don’t even want to think about systems for detecting missing equipment. The second problem is our precious chance, on which we rely and trust.

Meanwhile, the world stepped forward. Expensive satellite tracking systems are no longer monopolists. Modern technologies make it possible to obtain data on the coordinates of an object for mere pennies. And this is not a metaphor.

An example is the X-keeper system. From May to September, I spent only 15 kopecks for daily messages sent by e-mail with the coordinates of the current location of my car! What do you get for this ridiculous money? What is it and what else can? Outside: a box made of decent dark plastic of modest size 70x50x22 mm (a box of matches 52x38x14mm). With a name on one side and brief instructions for including and phone numbers on the other. From the end - a two-position switch and arrows, indicating the top and bottom of the device. Inside: GPS-GLONASS-receiver, GSM-transmitter with two SIM-cards from different mobile operators and a pair of CR123 batteries, which should be enough for several years - 1, 500 communication sessions have been announced. Device price: 4550 rub. Since we are talking about money - the first thing worth noting is that there is no monthly fee for the service. This is one of the principles of work. The rest of the principles are even simpler. After switching on, with a frequency set by the user himself, SMS will be sent to his phone, and letters will be sent to his e-mail address, where the address of the box’s location at the time of the communication session is indicated, and there will be links to the map on the site http://x-keeper.ru/. Both of these notification channels can be used both together and separately. For example, I turned off the SMS notification, because, firstly, I did not want to feed the mobile operators. And secondly, on a large (compared to the phone) screen of a tablet or computer monitor it is much easier to watch a map and climb a site. There is a reservation. Having played enough with the settings of the device and having examined most of the options for displaying information on the site, I almost forgot about the X-keeper GPS beacon for several months in the car. At this time, the car visited not in the most tourist places of the Krasnodar Territory, and in the bear corners of the Tver region. In the south, he successfully transferred the summer heat near the windshield, under Kalyazin he was successfully determined in places with sluggish cellular communication "in one stick."

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As a result - checking the mail in the morning, you make sure that the car is where it was left in the evening, and you work quietly. (This remote monitoring feature is especially useful for those who travel a lot, leaving the car to wait for the owner at home or at the airport. A good chance to organize searches immediately after the loss of equipment, and not after returning from a long business trip. for parts it is all sold out.)

By and large, this is all about operation. That is, put it in the car - you receive messages about where it is located. You set their frequency yourself. It costs ridiculously cheap, it works like a clock.

In addition to the small subtleties of the settings from personal experience, which I will discuss below - the most interesting thing is to hide the GPS beacon in the car. This is a quest called "the great enemy of the good." The fact is that the device is sold as is. Installation centers are not supposed to be just in connection with its autonomous design, which does not need to be implanted in car wiring. On all sides, this approach is correct. And the conditions of the guarantee are not violated, and due to the lack of service developments and standardization of the installation, it is more difficult for an attacker to find the device. Plus, if you didn’t stick the sticker “protected from theft by a hidden X-keeper GPS beacon” from a big mind, the criminal has no idea that he is in the car at all. Scan "just in case" by scanners will also not give results, since the beacon all the time, except for communication sessions, is in sleep mode and does not "fonit". Communication sessions themselves take place, firstly, at a time unknown to the villains, and secondly, the duration of the broadcast is negligible. There are jammers in theory, but it is unlikely that hijackers will use them all their lives - as soon as they are turned off, the lighthouse will make itself felt. The main thing is to hide it well!

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On the one hand, the box is small and fits anywhere. On the other hand, it would be better if it does not fall into the environment of metal surfaces that could potentially constrain GPS and GSM signals. Under the dash or shelf rear window - reliable, but commonplace. Since if they look for bookmarks, then first of all it is there. Do not panic! There are still a lot of places! Spoilers, rear wings, plastic bumpers and their inner honeycombs, spaces near the headlights and brake lights, the upper volumes of the door trim are well suited … And so on. In fact, I personally checked - the signal passes from the passenger compartment, for example, from the headrest. (But we are not surprised by the work in the cabin of a GPS navigator and mobile communication devices.) In general, be creative and common sense at the same time.

Common sense will also be required in settings. Question - how much and at what time to set alerts? If you didn’t give your car to the children to be torn to pieces and do not want to control their every turn, or don’t do surveillance, then there are no sense in very frequent alerts. One or two times a day is enough. And no matter how strange it may seem - it’s better to set the time one hour later than how you can personally check the car. What is the point? The fact is that changes in the settings of the X-keeper GPS beacon, including the frequency of alerts, and even the inclusion of SOS mode (private messages with coordinates for a certain period of time), occur during communication sessions. That is, if you have one daily alert and, waking up in the morning, you receive a message that the car is somewhere in the way - you will receive the next message in a day … And you will languish in the dark. If you came to the parking lot and there is no car - in an hour you can organize a chase, start switching on SOS and meet the following messages with the location of the car fully armed and with a clear understanding of the action plan. And by the way … By the time of the potential theft, you will definitely forget not only your bookmark number, but also the password, and the SOS word, which can be sent via SMS from your phone. Tip - create a draft message in advance, and you just have to click "send".

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Since the developer proudly printed on the box and the name, and scope, and instructions. then the user's first duty is to erase or paint everything. Well, why tell the villain in advance about the subject that he accidentally stumbled into in your car? Let it be a surprise to him.

You need to be prepared for the fact that the GPS beacon, having lost the towers of the cellular network, does not send letters at the stated time. I think it would be more pleasant and calmer for the end user to receive a letter with polite text, for example, “unfortunately, your GPS-beacon No. is located outside the cellular access area and cannot inform you of its location. The next letter in the mail expect XX hours YY minutes of such and such a date. Your X-keeper Team”, than receive nothing. And guess - is there still such a company? I think that this would be a logical step in the development of the service, because in the standard mode even a joke comes in every letter. And the site’s capabilities are being improved.

True, before the site had the opportunity to build a route on a map using several waypoints, but now it has been replaced by an animated silhouette of a car moving from point to point. Controversial decision.

Depending on how the coordinates were determined - via the GSM network or GPS-GLONASS satellites, the accuracy, of course, is different. In any case, it is better to have a tip with a radius of "to the tower" than nothing at all. You just need to keep this in mind.

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