GPS TRACKING SYSTEM
GPS TRACKING SYSTEM: REVOLUTIONIZING THE WAY YOU TRAVEL AND TRACK
Today, not only space crafts but airlines, shipping companies, trucking firms, courier companies, car rental services and drivers everywhere use GPS to track vehicles, people, follow the best and nearest route to get them from point A to B in the shortest possible time.
So, to explain the technology in simpler terms, Global Positioning System is a network of circumnavigating satellites that send accurate details of their position in space back to earth.
These signals are received by you through Google maps or receiver which lets you follow and track certain locations.
How did it begin?
What started out as a military operation by United States Army to aid the global intelligence, in efforts to combat the Cold War, GPS or Global Positioning System has come a long way from its inception.
The very first GPS was developed in the mid-1960s by the U.S Navy and was used to navigate oceans more preciously.
As the world moves forward with a huge amount of research and development in the field of technology, GPS now is freely available to anyone with a GPS receiver in place, and smartphone applications are one its biggest beneficiaries.
Google Maps lets users on Android and iOS share their real-time location with friends, family, and colleagues. All one needs to do is tap the blue dot marking where you are and choose ‘share location’ and select the person’s name with whom you want to share your precise location.
You can also find ‘until you turn it off’ setting, in which case Google will go as far to email you reminders that you switched it on.
Also, with the huge success of Whatsapp, the messaging app is now also used as a GPS device to let your friends and family get your precise location.
Accuracy and Use of GPS
The present days GPS receivers are extremely precise, owing to their parallel and multi-channel design. The receivers are quick to lock onto the satellites when first turned on and maintain their tracking lock in dense tree-cover as well as urban regions with tall buildings.
Yes, certain atmospheric elements and external error sources can affect the accuracy of the receivers, but most of them are typically accurate within 50-100 meters, even in a bad weather condition. And more than land, the accuracy is even better on the water.
The most common use and application for GPS is satellite navigation in ships, aircrafts and vehicles. It allows anyone with a receiver and web connectivity to pinpoint their speed and position on land, air or sea, with incredible precision.
GPS sensors can be placed on objects to track them. This is useful for fleet vehicle management, scientific experimentation and even finding missing persons. In sports, the horse racing industry uses GPS sensors to deliver real-time data during races.
The information can be streamed to viewers to deliver play-by-play commentary and track the race without having to be in attendance.
Real-time information available in this technology assists many organizations including the entertainment industry, law enforcement, government entities and consumers.
In terms of governmental usage, attaching sensors to planes, missiles, and even military personnel can help plan proper means for situation resolution and proper attack positioning in wartime situations.
The GPS tracking systems are also an effective tool to help prevent car theft, locate vehicles if a rescue is needed in case of an accident, track fuel consumption, vehicle speed, and mileage.
GPS tracking systems today are equipped with a button that can be used by the driver in case of an emergency. The owner will be notified and support will be dispatched to the location of the vehicle. Some vehicle tracking systems generate a signal if airbags are deployed.
A GPS tracking system provides peace of mind for both individual vehicle owners and the car rental fleets that have vehicles on the road.
It can be said that GPS has revolutionized global navigation since it became available to the common public. Before this evolution, the navigation systems were comparatively localized and did not offer anything like the same degrees of accuracy, flexibility and coverage.
But, as of now when everything can be done just with the click of your smartphone, GPS will aide people for a long way to come.