US Fleet Tracking Brings a New Perspective to GPS by Looking at the History of GPS
OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 8, 2014) - GPS Tracking is "not so new?" It is often said that implementing GPS tracking will revolutionize your business, but the fear of technology or that an overhanging “old school” mentality is what holds people back. If businesses are to move past this stage of thinking they must go back to the basics and take a journey to understanding what exactly GPS tracking is.
A little history lesson: What is a GPS anyway? Well, first of all, GPS is the acronym for Global Positioning System. GPS, first developed in the 70s and fully operational for everyone in the middle 90s, was designed originally for the Department of Defense. GPS now uses 28 satellites that orbit the earth and assist in answering five basic questions come rain or shine, simultaneously we might add (Library of congress, 2011):
"Where am I?"
"Where am I going?"
"Where are you?"
"What's the best way to get there?
"When will I get there?"
According the Library of Congress, the uses of GPS are so diverse and include:
Minnesota scientists use GPS tracking to study movements and feeding habits of deer.
Surveyors used GPS tracking to measure how the buildings shifted after the bombing in Oklahoma City. GPS Tracking helps to settle property disputes between landowners.
Marine archaeologists use GPS tracking to guide research vessels hunting for shipwrecks. GPS tracking data has revealed that Mt. Everest is getting taller!
To think that the same technology that charts the growth of Mt. Everest can communicate to business dispatchers the answers to all five questions about your fleet, is pretty incredible.
To utilize GPS tracking, a GPS tracker is installed onto a vehicle, and from there data is collected and relayed to a server, the information is processed then relayed to said business live.
From earth, to space, and back to earth, GPS is able to keep track of the operations that make a business so effective. Created for the military by some of the world’s best masterminds, any business can have, in their corner, one of the best inventions ever created by man.
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