With GPS-guided bombs, armed drones beaming footage via satellite and spy cameras scooping up intel from the heavens, America’s military machine is growing ever more reliant on space-based technology.
But what would happen if an enemy were to target the military’s satellites, or somehow jam their signals?
The disastrous scenario is one the Pentagon knows all too well could happen, and for which it is actively preparing.
“Our force structure today is built around the assumption that we have GPS and we have satellite communications. We are very lethal when we have those things,” said Colonel Richard Zellmann, commander of the 1st Space Brigade based in Colorado.
“But when you start taking away those combat multipliers, we need to go back then to the days of the industrial-age army where you have to have three times as many people as the adversary does.”
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About 70 per cent of the Army’s major combat systems depend on signals being beamed from space, Col Zellmann said, a fact that has not slipped the attention of other countries.
“Militaries around the world have begun to understand the advantages that the US has enjoyed because of uncontested access to the space domain,” Col Zellmann recently told reporters.
Russia and China are both developing satellites capable of maneuvering through space, potentially allowing them to smash into another orbiting object. America, too, has acquired satellites that can move in orbit and inspect or monitor other space objects.
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GPS technology was first introduced about 20 years ago. Nowadays, GPS tracking software has advanced to being web-based which allows fleet managers to retrieve access through a smartphone or PC. GPS has totally evolved from being able to just find the location of an asset or vehicle. It is now an instrumental resource for construction fleets.
In the past, before GPS technology, systems like OMEGA and LORAN were used. They operated on long wave radio signals. Having to rely on long wavelengths to make it through bad weather conditions made those antiquated types of technology not nearly as effective as the new GPS technology. To give you an idea of just how many advancements and benefits have been made possible because of GPS technology, here are some ways that it has vastly improved the standard of living today:
First of all, using GPS technology to be able to get from one location to another holds many benefits. You can get rid of all the confusing maps and experience a more simplified way of getting from point A to point B. You also eliminate the possibility of getting in an accident with less need to look through a large map that has tiny print. You can also see how many miles you need to go, find alternate routes, and locate the nearest gas stations and more with GPS technology!
GPS tracking systems have many benefits as well. It can monitor assets or vehicles 24 hours a day. This means that fleet managers can rapidly find what they need from a map or a fleet list. Having the ability to view the entirety of an operation from one map can help keep management on top of what is going on any time of the day and helps make sure projects remain on schedule eliminating delays.
With GPS technology the cost of labor has been reduced. For example, when a driver starts their shift, employers are able to know exactly how many times they stopped, their exact location and when the job was actually completed. Taking a long nap or lunch and submitting inaccurate hours have been eliminated. Now employers are able to be notified when anything occurs. This greatly reduces the need to pay overtime when it is unwarranted and helps companies grow and retain profit.
Stolen assets can also be recovered faster with GPS technology. When an asset or vehicle is stolen, the technology is able to ensure that your belongings will be recovered faster than ever before. This saves businesses valuable money and time. Additionally, it can improve work site compliance. For example, at a construction site, it can help management become aware of whether their team is following a site’s restrictions or not.
These are just some of the many ways that GPS technology has greatly improved and continues to improve the quality of life today!
Though many people may not remember it, there was a time before the luxury of the Global Positioning System (GPS) made our world a very different place. There was a time when folks on the road had to purchase actual paper maps to get where they were going. That, or use the constellations if they were desperate.
It’s unfortunate because the public takes it for granted. GPS was only introduced in the last few decades yet it’s hard to imagine life without it. These days, GPS has revolutionized both civilian and military life. Everything from navigation to time keeping has been made immensely more accurate and accessible to the average person in possession of a GPS capable device.
Civil sciences have surely benefited, as well. Astronomy, cartography, and meteorology have all scene innovations on account of advances in GPS technology. Even emergency services have been able to use GPS tracking to enhance their methods of operation. Finding an individual who’s in trouble is as easy as spotting a blip on a radar.
Some may argue that we’ve lost a degree of independence thanks to the modernization of GPS technology. People on the road are less inclined to sharpen their sense of direction when they can just rely on their infallible little machine that tells them where to go. Tracking aircraft’s was never as simple either. We relied on primitive radar systems before the miracle of the ADS-B network made keeping track of aircraft much simpler. If a plane ever went down, the only indication of where it might be was provided by the on-board black box and some mathematics. The aviation industry has made strides in customer safety thanks to GPS.
So now it’s time to give some respect where it’s due. We wake up in the morning at a GPS-synchronized time, consult the weather channel for information supplied in great part by GPS technology, drive around with the aid of GPS navigation, and locate the things we want or need, such as areas or addresses, with the helping hand of a GPS. The Global Positioning System has sneakily wormed it’s way into many areas of our lives and we haven’t even noticed. It has a reputation for being one of the most underestimated and under appreciated forms of technology, but we can rest assured that as long as those satellites are flying through space, GPS technology will continue to provide us with accurate and immensely helpful information that will forever change the quality of life for all people on the planet below.
BLUETOOTH TECHNOLOGY`S INFLUENCE IN IMPROVED LIVING STANDARDS:
Bluetooth is a wireless technology that is widely used for exchanging data over short distances, or medium distances by using short-wavelength UHF radio waves. It has indefinitely raised the living standards of its users by providing wireless control communication between a mobile phone and hands free headset, and this was one of the earliest applications which became common and popular.
This invention also provides control of Bluetooth compatible car stereo system. It provides connection between tablet and speakers such as iPad and Android devices and the remotely placed loud speakers that have Bluetooth enabled. It also gives the wireless communication with PC input and output devices such as mouse, keyboard and printer. Through the Bluetooth devices one can transfer files and contact details along with much more.
Games like Nintendo`s as well as Sony`s PlayStation 3 also uses Bluetooth for their wireless controllers. These games are quiet popular among people of all ages, they tell the story of the ease and convenience that the Bluetooth technology has brought.
GPS AND THE DIFFERENT WAYS IT USES:
GPS is the Global Positioning System which is a space-based satellite navigation system. Global Positioning System provides location and time information in all weather situations, at any given time. It is present in cell phones very commonly now a day as well as in other devices for gaining such required information.
It has been used in Astronomy and both positional and clock synchronization data is used in Astrometry. An example of this is Celestial calculations. Each GPS satellite continuously broadcasts a navigation message on L1 C/A and L2 P/Y Frequencies and the rate of this transition is at 50 bits per second. Under normal circumstances, each complete message takes 750 seconds to complete. All satellites broadcast at the same frequencies and signals are encoded. These codes use code division multiple access, this allows messages from individual satellite to be distinguished from others courtesy their unique encoding’s.
These GPS devices are used for informational purposes. This information can be about different things according to the interests of each individual that makes use of the GPS technology. It is being used in Cell phones, Tables, I-pads, Play stations, computers etc
SOME OTHER TECHNOLOGIES PEOPLE USED BEFORE GPS:
Before the GPS was invented, boats and aircraft used LORAN for navigation. The very first of this navigation technology was to use sun angle at noon for latitude. It was also used to compare local sun time at noon against an accurate clock which was chronograph. This clock was set to Greenwich Time for longitude using an accurate clock. It also transmits reading in zenith angle, and an ephemeris.
This way, it was made possible to calculate ones position by observing the position of sun or stars. Navigation and location were not found out using the same technologies. In the Pre-GPS times, location identification was done by triangulation from at least 3 ground observations which were made from the position that was known. This way the location could be traced using radio collar and single RDF receiver.
SOME EVERYDAY ACTIVITIES THAT ARE DONE WITH GPS:
It is used in automated vehicles applying location and routes for cars as well as trucks to function without a human driver and/ or to tell the driver where he is headed to. Both civilian and military cartographers use GPS, disaster relief or emergency services depend upon GPS for location and time capabilities, etc.
The term “GPS,” which stands for global positioning system, is so common place today that the term is a verb. In our everyday language we are used to simply stating “I need to GPS the way to the coffee shop.” This is remarkable for a technology that simply did not exist about twenty years ago. Except for the military and complex commercial businesses and industries, GPS was beyond the reach of the common person. Now anyone with a smart phone, ipod, laptop, car, or other portable device that can contain the GPS receiver can have the capability of being able to map their way to any spot on earth or locate any item that is mated with their GPS beacon.
What some may thought was a simple spy tool is now so common, if your car does not have GPS mapping capabilities you are disappointed. It is is not only common place it is more expected than your kitchen toaster. The question today is not how many home devices can you use with GPS, the question is really how many devices in your home are already GPS compatible and you may not even know it.
If you are a heavy computer user you know that you may be frequently asked to accept or reject a request to identify your location as you use the designated application. If you are a user of Facebook you know that the whole Facebook world can identify your location to the minute and second. This can be unsettling to some people but this is still a second thought once they realize they can never be lost as long as they have a smart phone with GPS capability.
Some may be concerned with the balance between privacy issues against the ease of the new technology. GPS does afford more users “user-friendly” access to the mapping world and the days of paper maps may now be a vestige of a generation ago. However, do we really know who has the capability to monitor our location when we activate our personal GPS beacon? Many people may simply not care. They may consider this a fair trade off for the ability to track the children, pets and personal items such as their cars, boats and pieces of art.
GPS use today reminds one of the scenes from the Star Trek television shows where the captain asks his crew to track another crew on a far away planet by the communication badge, which has their own personal locator beacon. Blue tooth mating with our GPS compatible devices are now those science fiction devices realized and most people today simply cannot live without it. Some would rather cut of their arm (not really) than be a day without the capability to project voice based commands through their blue tooth to their smart devices and activate their GPS capabilities.
GPS is so common place in our every day use that basic appliances such as freezers, fridge units and oven consoles have built in GPS receivers to map directions and make your common appliances personal home work stations. Newer and smaller devices are now being marketed to place devices into luggage, briefcases, overnight delivery packages, all in an effort to maintain consistent monitoring of important items. GPS is clearly a tool that is here to stay.
GPS has gone from a cutting-edge military technology to something so commonplace it’s found in most smartphones on the market today. In fact GPS technology has become so common that it’s being used to create new twists on old social activities. As long as someone has access to GPS, whether it’s a handheld unit or a program in a phone, there are all sorts of activities one can take part in.
While GPS Mission is an actual website with pre-made scavenger hunts, the idea refers to a high tech scavenger hunt using one’s GPS. Whether one wants to be a digital-age pirate on the hunt for buried booty, or someone wants to add an element of spycraft into a hunt for clues, a GPS Mission is ready and waiting for you should you choose to accept it.
Speaking of buried treasure, geocaching is perhaps the most common form of this activity. Someone buries a single treasure, or even a series of treasures, and then relays the coordinates to those who are going to be looking for it. Instead of a buried treasure though someone could host a party in a location that’s off the beaten path, or even lead individuals in a roundabout route to a secret rendezvous. The sky, and one’s creativity is really the only limit.
If “Around the World in 80 Days” was a team sport, it would be geodashing. In a geodash event a series of random points of interest are chosen, and either a team or an individual attempts to reach the largest number of them in a given time period. If someone has a camera phone then it’s even possible to keep track of that individual’s progress via social media.
Waymarking is a way to blaze a trail through any environment to mark out all of the really interesting places someone has to see. If someone wants to find all of the best restaurants or night spots that a town has to offer, simply check the waymarkers to see who’s been through. If someone wants to get all of the best rides in an amusement park, or to find all those hidden, out-of-the-way shops that always seem to lurk downtown then it’s always good to check for waymarkers. If someone’s town doesn’t have any though, then it’s fun to get together with some friends and start exploring.
The Confluence Project
Everyone learned about the imaginary lines of latitude and longitude that circle the globe. These lines have been used for centuries as a way to find direction, and modern GPS technology also uses this same system. Confluencing is when people get together to go to the places where these lines intersect and take pictures of them. Getting together a party of people to go find where these lines intersect to have a look around might seem like a boring road trip, but it can make for an interesting, eye-opening weekend event for those who now know exactly what’s on a given spot on the globe.
A day without GPS would be much harder nowadays largely due to the fact that we have gone for so long now in using the technology. Many of us have become dependent upon it. People who have this technology would not recognize what an important role it plays in their lives until it is gone.
How Bluetooth Technology Improved the Standard of Living
In recent years, Bluetooth technology has been growing in popularity. They have almost become a standard to be adhered to. Beyond the ability to offer bulk data transfers, there has been a peripheral passing of information to smartphones and other technology with relevant data in the blink of an eye. The majority of smartphones, wireless peripherals and tablets have been offer Bluetooth in one way or another. Bluetooth gives people data transfers that help to make life much easier. Bluetooth also offers a broad range of applications. Many companies have started using the technology because it has made life easier. The main aim is to make your life better.
The Different Ways GPS is Used
GPS can be used for a wide variety of applications. Bird watching has become a popular recreational activity that utilizes GPS. Users can mark the location of birds to come back for future observations. GPS gives coordinates to users. When looking for the perfect fishing location, the nice thing about GPS is that it can help you to make specific spots where all the fish are biting. You can mark the exact spot so that it can easily be returned to again and again. Farming has also become a popular use for GPS. The tractors can be programmed on autopilot, which will allow you to fertilize, plow and harvest. This will save farmers a lot of money. GPS also has the ability to collect samples of soil and sample the results over the plotted land, which provides a greater depth of knowledge about the soil for various parts of the area. GPS can even be used on cell phones to transmit the coordinates for a location should you run into trouble like an accident. It can be life-saving.
Technologies Used Before People Used GPS
One of the most commonly known technologies that was used before GPS would be the compass. In its earliest origins, the compass came from China. It has become widely popular as a navigation device, and even today, people still use it because they believe it to be more reliable than the GPS because when the electricity goes out so will the GPS. The Ramsden Sextant was a device commonly used for navigating the high seas. British mathematical instrument makers invented it, and it gave mariners the ability to find their position more easily.
Everyday Activities Done With the GPS
Police have been using GPS systems for making maps as well as basing it on different criminal activities. It can also display crime in a specific time period, and it has been used to monitor stolen vehicle and for high speed chases where GPS can later track the vehicle for punishment. Criminals on parole might also be required to wear a GPS.
These are some of the things that GPS has done to bring the world forward. Without GPS, the world would not have moved as fear forward as it has. These are some of the many reasons that you should consider using GPS. The difference that it will make in your life is phenomenal.