Dr. Bradford Parkinson, who is thought of as the Father of GPS, is set to win the 2016 Marconi Prize.
Today, the global positioning system (GPS) is something nearly everyone uses on a regular basis, but it wasn’t always the case. During its original developments, the system was denied funding due to lack of probable use. Nearly 50 years later, Dr. Bradford Parkinson, who is largely responsible for its creation and success, is winning the prolific Marconi Prize for this very technology.
Parkinson, currently a professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford, is going to receive the honor. The Marconi Prize is a prestigious award given out to the best and brightest in communication and information science. It is given annually, along with $100,000 of prize money. It is only given to those who create technology that helps humanity, which the GPS tracking and navigation system undoubtedly does.
The development of GPS began back in 1972, when Parkinson was a colonel in the Air Force. He belonged to a USAF program called 621B, where satellites were going to be used for a new global navigation system. Parkinson has previously represented the idea to the government, but they denied funding. It wasn’t until this project for the Air Force that it became a reality. There were still budget issues, but Parkinson didn’t back down and instead proceeded with his sketches, which he still has to this day.
Eventually, Parkinson got the green light in December 1973, which resulted in the very first GPS satellite being released a few years later. There are now 30 GPS satellites that circle the planet, all thanks to Parkinson’s attributions to science and his refusal to give up.
He had previously had a career for the U.S. Naval Academy when he studied navigation, in addition to having a Master of Science at MIT. He was also in charge of teaching astronauts about satellite operations. After developing the GPS, he continued to work in the same field of work, eventually teaching at Stanford. He has shown his passion for teaching some of the brightest individuals in the field:
“It wasn’t just my colleagues in Aero/Astro who were very skilled, but the young men and women I taught were the absolute cream of the universities of the United States. The best and the brightest. I’m still amazed at the things we accomplished. It was just awesome.”
Though the technology has helped with GPS tracking, mapping and navigational purposes, he still sometimes jokes that he wishes people could still read a map the old-fashioned way. Nevertheless, he will receive the prestigious 2016 Marconi Prize, a great honor to anyone in the field of communications.
GPS fleet tracking offers many potential benefits to concrete contractors – perhaps a few you may not know about. If you’re looking for ways to improve your bottom line, consider these benefits of GPS fleet tracking as a great start for your concrete business.
Improves Record Keeping
If you’re like many concrete contractors one of the biggest pains in your day is chasing down drivers for documents, like signed invoices. GPS fleet tracking is customizable to a large degree so that drivers can collect signatures and instantly send them to you via tablet device so there is no more chasing involved.
Increases Work Speed
You can use the GPS fleet tracking tool to help route your drivers to the next job more efficiently. That saves time to and between jobs. Additionally, you can establish geographic boundaries that let you know immediately when drivers stray from their designated routes to take care of personal business on company time. This will help avoid wasted time between jobs greatly improving efficiency among your employees.
Helps You Deal with Emergencies More Effectively
When concrete emergencies, truck breakdowns, etc. arise, you can quickly and easily located each truck and its current location in order to determine which truck can provide the fastest response. Knowing where your trucks and drivers are at all times allows you to manage your team more effectively and eliminates the need to second guess all the time or call every member of the team to find out where they are.
Allows You to Stay on Top of Weather and Traffic
In the world of cement and concrete rain can do a great deal of damage. Without weather tracking it could end up leaving you to waste time and resources pouring concrete that will need to be replaced. Weather tracking, though, allows you to see weather systems on the radar so you know when projects may need to be postponed.
Traffic notifications help route drivers around significant traffic delays, crashes, and even things like trees in the road so they can arrive to their destinations on time – every time.
Improves Driver Safety
One of the biggest benefits GPS fleet tracking brings to the table involves driver safety. Concrete and cement trucks are big and bulky and can be dangerous when accidents occur. GPS fleet tracking can be set up to notify you by text message or email when drivers exceed a certain speed, drive erratically, or drive aggressively. This improves overall driver safety and decreases the risks of accidents.
GPS tracking offers a wealth of benefits related to operational costs, reducing overtime, and increasing efficiency all around. The only question left to ask is why aren’t you using it in your cement or concrete contracting company yet?
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Spring has sprung, and with the warmer weather and longer days comes the start of the busy season for farmers in Iowa. They will spend the days of spring applying herbicides and nitrogen fertilizer to their land, as well as cultivating, before planting their crops.
For one Iowa farmer named Robb, the application of fertilizer to his land differs from some other farmers; he uses GPS tracking technology to apply his fertilizer.
Why does he do this? Because it helps him follow the same path where he applied the fertilizer when he heads out into his fields with his planter. This tactic allows him apply less fertilizer to the land, which allows for greater cost control.
Farming can be expensive, and given tight budgets, it’s vital for farmers to strategically sow their land. In addition to using GPS tracking technology for farming to apply fertilizer to his land, Robb also sprays his own fields. He purchased a spray broom for his tractor, which is also helping him save money on fertilizer. Many farmers hire companies to spray their land, which means that they have to not only pay for the herbicides that are used, but they also have to pay for the services that these spray companies provide.
Robb sprays his fields right before planting his crops. This allows him to kill off any weeds and cover any crops that are already growing. The result is a clean field to plant in that allows both corn and soybean plants to grow without having to compete with the weeds. By using these techniques, Robb is able to have more success with his crops while also saving money.
The use of GPS tracking technology for agriculture, as well as the other approaches that Robb is taking for planning and planting his crops this year is a first. So far, it seems as if the efforts will be successful and will allow Robb and his family to enjoy a more successful planting season, with increased crops and reduced spending.
Other farmers in Iowa, and around the country, would benefit from following Robb’s lead and taking advantage of GPS tracking technology and the other tactics that he is using. Robb’s efforts can easily be replicated and have the potential to increase the farming industry throughout Iowa, on a whole.
Generations ago, applying fertilizer was done with blood, sweat, and tears, and a good old-fashioned shovel. Then, with the advent of large farm equipments, tractors were used to expedite the process. Today, with the advancements in technology, farmers can be even more efficient and save money by using GPS tracking for their farming tasks.