If you happen to have stumbled upon on a GPS lately, you might be wondering on what are its other uses aside from being a navigational system tool for cars which helps driver to reach a certain destination.
Basically, GPS stands for Global Positioning System. There are actually two basic services that a GPS could provide – Standard Positioning System (SPS) and Precise Positioning System (PPS).
There are actually several uses of a GPS such as guiding a driver to reach a certain destination or finding a soil most suitable for farmers.
A GPS unit is a device which determines the exact location of the user (it is also where the GPS unit is located). Usually, GPS devices provide the longitude and latitude to represent the coordinates of the location of the device itself.
There are actually several things that a GPS device should have in minimum and they are the following. It should be able to store waypoints, it should also have a long battery life to support long travels, it must also be water-proof, and lastly it should also have a 12-channel receiver system.
The GPS receiver is the device that you commonly see in cars. GPS receivers send signals to satellites and the satellite then sends back an accurate date and time to the receiver so that the GPS device would have a basis of comparison. This process takes place usually at the speed of light.
GPS tracking is a term used for pinpointing the exact location of a GPS device. Usually, specialized software is needed to perform this task.
Aside from being a driving aid, GPS devices can also be used to track patients with certain ailments such as Alzheimer's. This is helpful in case that the patient gets lost accidentally.