GPS Technology & Its Many Uses15 Jan 2011
Today, many people use GPS tracking systems for a variety of purposes, GPS tracking is a fairly new technology that was virtually unheard of 5 years ago.
What is a GPS tracking System?
GPS stands for (Global Positioning System). It is a satellite navigation system that broadcast location information (latitude and longitude, speed, heading, altitude, etc) across the planet. The GPS system uses more than 24 global positioning satellites that are orbiting the earth.
How does it work?
The satellites are positioned in each of six orbital planes. The GPS is the world’s only working satellite-based navigational system. Each satellite moves in the orbit of the planet. It transmits radio signals, which are involved in determining identifying the location, direction, and speed of vehicles equipped with GPS receivers. These radio signals contain the satellite’s position and time of transmission of the satellite. The GPS receiver evaluates its position by the reading of the signals. This is calculated by using the data of the positions of the transmitting satellites and the signal’s travel time. After installing the vehicle with a GPS tracking system, a tracking unit is integrated with a GPS. The signal from the navigation system helps a driver to find a location. Now, it is able to locate the precise position of the vehicle. GPS tracking systems can display information in real-time also. There is a map displayed that will show the current location of the object. The location of the object can be recorded at regular time intervals.
The two types of GPS systems used by individual vehicle owners and in GPS Fleet Management Passive Car Tracking System.
The passive car tracking system is a category of vehicle tracking system. It provides such information as: mileage, speeds used by the driver, travel plans, and maps. By using computer download or in some cases wifi, you can transfer data. It takes place when the vehicle returns to its point of origin. Users can analyze the data in order to view the report.
Active Car Tracking System: The active car system is a sort of GPS tracking system provides real-time data transfer. It basically uses internet-based for reporting. Reports can be sent to an email or by fax that will specify the exact location of the car in real-time. This category of car tracking system can even provide alerts on a user’s email, cell phone, or fax, to send real-time updates on the car’s location. The satellite provides the data to the vendor’s website automatically.
GPS vehicle tracking is very valuable to a company or any organization. This is used particularly when vehicles and drivers in any organization can be more effectively managed.
Today, we see GPS tracking systems evolving to include a communication module to improve communication between the back office and its drivers. New released tracking models allow for integration with GPS navigation devices, like the Garmin Nuvi.
GPS tracking systems can be an effective tool to help prevent car theft, locate a vehicle if a rescue is needed such as a vehicle accident, and track fuel consumption, vehicle speed, and mileage. GPS tracking systems can be equipped with a button that can be used by user 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 a company that have vehicles on the road.