GPS innovations are playing a significant role in the way we organize our daily lives. From gadgets to vehicles, to different security systems, positioning people and objects is becoming an important feature of modern technology. Since about 1400 satellites are orbiting the Earth at this moment, it’s possible to introduce tracking into many areas of our lives. Moreover, these advancements seem to be only the beginning of further developments of tracking technologies. So, here are some ingenious GPS functions we can already rely on.
High location accuracy
We can all understand that a GPS position is determined by calculations made by the satellites above and their connections with various objects on Earth. For instance, when you use your smartphone for navigation as you drive, that device is scanned and recognized by satellites, so that it can give you data about your position and driving directions.
Scientists have recently registered the most accurate GPS position ever – the signal-in-space accuracy of 14.9 inches (38 centimeters). This quantum leap in technological advancement opens a broad range of opportunities for further improvements in using GPS for our everyday activities.
The benefits of GPS monitoring are most clear when it comes to theft prevention and tracking down stolen devices. This technology is often used to find perpetrators in the following cases:
- Car theft – Cars equipped with modern GPS systems are more likely to be found quickly after being stolen. Still, car thieves follow tech advancements, as well, so drivers need to improve their level of protection.
- Stolen shipments – E-Commerce companies can reduce their losses through increased use of shipment tracking. Many of them already do that, but they need to apply innovations and improve that service.
- Credit card authorization – Visa has developed an app that locates your smartphone and compares it to the cash machine to which your credit card is being used. If these two don’t match up, it means that you’re not using it. Hence, the transaction will be terminated.
GPS in professional sport
Billions of dollars are made in different leagues and sports events worldwide every year. Therefore, it’s no wonder that many organizations are working hard to introduce innovative tech solutions in this field.
Rugby is one of the first sports where coaches started using GPS to improve the quality of the game. This is one of the most strenuous and exhausting sports in the world, so rugby professionals and executives have decided to tap into tracking, to gain better insights into the well-being of players further improving their performance.
As a result, every player is wearing a cutting-edge GPS tracker during a rugby game. It enables their coaches to collect different data about their condition. That way, they get precious information about players’ fatigue, mental health and different responses to game plans in various regions of the match. In this case, the innovative use of GPS technology reduces the number of injuries and contributes to the overall quality of the match.
Satellite-packed GPS future
Wait until you see what Elon Musk is planning for us in years to come. According to a piece brought to us by the International Business Times, the founder of SpaceX Company has asked the US Federal Communications Commission for approval to launch more than 4,400 satellites into the orbit soon.
Elon wants to cover the entire planet with fast, satellite-enhanced Internet signal (it won’t be free, though). This ambitious plan is not only meant to provide every single inhabitant of this planet with Internet, but it will also play a significant role in advancing GPS technology. As a result, the record-breaking 14.9-inch accuracy might seem quaintly outdated in a few years’ time.
We live in the time when digital innovations are introduced at a fast pace. Now that many GPS features are available to billions of people, they can make our lives easier in many ways. This is why both ordinary people and business owners should follow these improvements in GPS technology and get the most out of its availability.