GPS tracking technology

Sapcorda Plans Centimeter-Scale GPS for Europe (August 15, 2017)

Germany’s Bosch and Geo++, U-blox of Switzerland, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Electric announced the establishment of Sapcorda Services last Tuesday, a joint venture to provide global navigation satellite system (GNSS) positioning services of centimeter-level accuracy via satellite transmission, mobile cellular technology, and the Internet.

Source: http://spectrum.ieee.org/cars-that-think/aerospace/satellites/fourway-japaneurope-joint-venture-aims-to-establish-industry-open-standard-for-precision-global-navigation-satellite-system-services

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This expedition is trying to find out if the tallest mountain in the world shrank (January 26, 2017)

This week, India’s surveyor general announced that the government is going to re-measure Mount Everest, in a bid to determine whether the world’s tallest peak shrank (or grew) following a devastating earthquake in 2015.

A team of 30 scientists will use two methods to measure the mountain. The first involves placing a GPS transistor at its summit to measure the distance from sea level; the second involves more traditional on-the-ground triangulation, whereby researchers would determine the distance to the summit based on its angle relative to two baseline points.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2017/1/26/14400226/mount-everest-height-survey-nepal-earthquake-shrink-remeasure

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Implications of BeiDou explored in US congressional report (January 25, 2017)

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission has issued a staff report titled “China’s Alternative to GPS and Its Implications for the United States.”

The report examines the objectives behind Beijing’s decision to develop the system as an alternative to GPS, its efforts to build an industry around the system, and the effects this might have in security, economic and diplomatic terms for the U.S.

Source: http://gpsworld.com/implications-of-beidou-explored-in-us-congressional-report/

Additional info on BeiDou: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BeiDou_Navigation_Satellite_System

Additional info on the different GPS systems: https://www.liveviewgps.com/blog/gps-main-competitors-galileo-beidou-glonass/

 

GPS software HVAC

The HVAC industry has been growing by leaps and bounds, but not without its challenges. Running an HVAC company requires dedication and commitment, along with training and expertise. The owners of such companies much wear many hats and perform many tasks, from keeping track of the trucks on the road to fielding calls from happy (and unhappy) customers.

That is why so many HVAC company owners have been installing GPS tracking systems and seeing the benefits firsthand.

One of the biggest benefits of GPS tracking software for the HVAC industry is the ability to manage an entire fleet and an entire workforce from afar -without having to go out on jobs or become a micromanager. The ability to manage a workforce and vehicle fleet remotely frees the owners and managers up for more important tasks and allows them to serve the customer better.

In fact, GPS tracking software can actually improve customer service, so it may be able to help with disgruntled customers. If a truck is late getting to a job, the owner can tell exactly where it is and reassure the customer that help is on the way.

In addition to all these benefits, GPS tracking software can help in another important way. Theft is always a problem for owners of HVAC equipment – all that expensive equipment and valuable materials are tempting targets for thieves, especially when the trucks are parked and unattended.

Installing GPS tracking technology in each truck makes it easier for the police to track a stolen vehicle and recover the expensive tools and materials. This benefit alone could more than pay for the cost of installing the tracking technology and software.

With so many benefits, it is easy to see why so many HVAC company owners are upgrading their fleets with GPS tracking technology and software. From improved security and better time management to superior customer service and reporting capabilities, GPS software provides a number of valuable benefits to the HVAC industry.

 

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Scientists may soon be using GPS tracking technology to monitor and track hurricanes, according to a recent report published in Radio Journal.   By utilizing a GPS tracking receiver in hurricane hunter aircrafts to measure disruptions in the sea and then comparing the data to that which is received from GPS tracking satellites, scientists can determine the strength of a storm, including wind speeds accurate within 11 mph.  Using GPS tracking systems to track hurricanes may also be more cost effective than dropsondes, tubes containing scientific measuring devices dropped from planes directly into hurricanes, which cost more than $700 dollars each.  However, GPS tracking for hurricanes is only effective for hurricanes at sea, not those which have already made landfall, and is somewhat less accurate than current methods.

 

Here are our favorite GPS tracking news stories for Friday, June 7, 2013:

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GPS Inventor Says Self-Driving Cars to Come

Brad Parkinson, former United States Air Force colonel credited with the invention of GPS, says that the future of GPS tracking technology is self-driving cars.  Due to the advancement of GPS tracking technology, Parkinson said self driving cars could be just a few years away–especially since companies like Google are already testing them.  Parkinson is now a professor at Stanford.

Source:  http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/07/tech/self-driving-cars-inventor-gps/

 

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GPS Technology for Tsunami Warning Systems

The BBC recently reported that GPS tracking technology may soon be used to increase early warning time in the event of tsunamis caused by earthquakes.  According to the report, GPS will be used to measure even the slightest changes in the geography of the coastlines in countries most likely to be affected by tsunamis to provide faster warnings than current tsunami warning systems which use seismic activity data.

Source:  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22572096

 

 

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NASA Working On GPS for Navigating Space

Popular Science reports that NASA is developing an “intergalactic” GPS system aimed at facilitating space travel anywhere in the universe.  Navigation for space travel currently relies on radio signals sent from Earth, but those signals weaken with distance.  The GPS project is designed to rely on light beams produced by neutron stars known as pulsars which spin rapidly and emit steady beams of light.

Source:  http://www.popsci.com/science/article/2013-06/nasa-working-intergalactic-gps

According to the Detroit Free Press, GPS tracking technology for tracking airplanes, could soon be available if government funding and the approval of the FAA  come through.

With a concept easily comparable to fleet tracking, GPS tracking systems for aircraft would allow pilots to fly directly to their destinations rather than using the current practice of indirect routes which are dependent upon the ability to communicate with ground stations.

GPS tracking systems will also allow pilots to see their own locations as well as the locations of other planes in the area.  Precision GPS technology will allow planes to fly closer together.  In addition, it is anticipated that GPS tracking installed on aircrafts will result in fuel conservation due to the fact that pilots will have the technology necessary to glide directly on to the runway while idling, rather than using the current procedure of stair step descents which consume considerable amounts of fuel.

GPS tracking for aircraft may be delayed due to lack of funding and the FAA approval process.  Some fear that a prolonged delay would negatively affect the United States’ lead role in high tech aviation development around the world.

Source:  http://www.freep.com/article/20110705/NEWS07/107050337/GPS-system-aims-make-flying-easier