GPS full form : GPS, represents the Global Positioning System. It is a utility U.S owned, a global navigation satellite system providing the users navigation, positioning, and timing services.
GPS is everywhere, in your smartphone, car, and watch. It helps you to reach places from one point to another.
How does GPS work?
The GPS (Global Positioning System) is a navigation system that uses satellites, algorithms, and a receiver to synchronize. The satellite system comprises of 24 satellites constellation such that it has six Earth-centered orbital planes, orbiting at 13,000 miles, each with four satellites, traveling at 8,700 mph speed.
There are three satellites producing location on the earth surface, and the fourth satellite is to validate the other three satellites information. The fourth satellite moves into the third-dimension and allows calculating the device altitude.
What is the GPS three elements?
GPS comprises of three components. They work together and are known as segments. They provide information about the location.
The GPS three segments are:
Use of GPS
GPS is a dependable and powerful tool for organizations and businesses in many industries. Pilots, surveyors, mining workers, scientists, first responders, agriculture workers, boat captains, etc are some of the people using GPS daily. They use GPS information to prepare accurate maps and surveys. They track location or position, for navigation, and take precise time measurements. GPS works in all weather conditions and at all times.
The main uses of GPS:
Some examples of GPS include:
Emergency Response: During a natural disaster or emergency, the GPS helps first responders in mapping, predicting and following weather, and to keep track of emergency personnel. In the Russia and EU, the eCall regulation depends on GLONASS technology (an alternative of GPS) and telematics to send data to emergency services if there is a vehicle crash, decreasing response time.
Entertainment: GPS is in use into games such as Pokemon and activities such as Geocaching.
Mining, construction, and off-road trucking: GPS enables increasing return on the assets, by assisting in measuring, locating equipment, and in improving asset allocation. Tracking the equipment tracking and construction vehicle off-road.
Health and fitness: The wearable technology and smartwatches track fitness activity and benchmark it alongside a similar demographic.
Transportation: A truck tracker supports fuel efficiency, supports route optimization, and driver safety. Logistics companies apply telematics to improve safety and driver productivity.
Other industries using GPS include autonomous vehicles, agriculture, mobile communications, sales and services, the military, fishing, and security.