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How GPS Technology Has Changed Transportation

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!

Bluetooth and GPS Technology

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.

How Many Home Electronics You Can Use With GPS

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.