New GPS Tracking Technology Trends

The GPS technology has long ago made its way into the mainstream use – we use it on everyday basis to find directions, our gadgets and even our vehicles. Advanced as it already is, the GPS tracking technology is still going through improvements, so here are some of the latest news in the field.

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Fleet-Tracking Software

Fleet-tracking software is basically your virtual ride-along. It is used to monitor vehicles, as well as drivers on the road; without it, you’d have to hire a manager to perform these tasks. This software works with your GPS hardware to track other related vehicles in real-time, via satellites. The latest fleet-tracking pieces of software can locate the vehicles, set up routes, give directions, but also monitor each of the vehicle’s conditions, such as fuel consumption and mileage, keeping things in check, while lowering operating costs. Features for tracking aggressive maneuvers, driving patterns and vehicle speeds are also included, for maximum safety.

In order to choose the perfect fleet-tracking piece of software for you, focus on your needs. Consider features such as alert systems, good signal, mobile access, customer support, fuel cards integration, navigation options, etc.

New Ways of Processing GPS Data

The majority of contemporary GPS tracking systems are able to pinpoint an object’s location down to the meter, which is pretty neat. However, the researchers at the University of California, Riverside, have perhaps found a way to enhance this accuracy down to a couple of centimeters! Precision technologies, aviation, naval navigation systems, as well as autonomous vehicles are most likely to benefit here – the goal is max precision. Additionally, with improved GPS technology, users will be able to access accuracy down to the centimeter level, by using their mobile phones and other types of wearable technologies.

Essentially, the Differential GPS (DGPS) technology has been able to enhance the technology’s precision down to a meter, by means of a network of fixed ground-based reference stations. However, this simply isn’t precise enough, when it comes to things such as autonomous vehicles, precision farming and the like.

Apparently, these requirements can be achieved by combining GPS measurements with IMU (inertial measurement unit) data, through INS (inertial navigation system). The GPS will provide accurate data, while the IMU will make sure that the high sample rates and high bandwidth are provided.

ETS

The ETS is a cloud-based platform that provides the user with real-time GPS/GSM tracking. Hosted in the cloud (Microsoft Azure), the main benefit of the ETS is being able to handle a theoretically unlimited number of clients, tracking units and users. The fact that this technology is cloud-based means that there simply is no need for expensive and complicated infrastructure setups, especially when offering new products. A GPS tracking device that’s equipped with this technology is constantly monitored and has all the necessary security measures installed, such as backup routines and co-location.

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NASA’s Fireman Tracking System

Being in a fire can be extremely disorienting; no one knows this better than the firefighters. In fact, many heroes have lost their lives owing to the fact that they weren’t able to find their way out of a burning building. Experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California are onto something when it comes to firemen’s safety. Successfully demonstrated this August, the POINTER technology is likely to become a regular piece of equipment of every firefighter out there!

These are the latest trends in GPS technologies. A common thing with regards to each one of the presented is outlined in the fact that they can all be used as a physical safety feature, in addition to a variety of their other uses.