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Fear of thieves? GPS is at your service!

New Delhi, Sat, 12 Jul 2008 Shivani Gupta

Are you afraid of crowded places just because of the fear of the stealing of your electronic gadgets, which you carry with you everywhere you go? Are you not able to enjoy a sound sleep at night for fear of robbery of your automobile? Well, here is a high-tech, safe, sound and economical method to get rid of all these problems.

GPS (Global Position System) is there at your service to revolutionise the technology driven world. Developed by US department of defence, it is one of the most popular technologies used in mobile phones, transportation, air-navigation, mapping, land transportation, emergency service and various other recreational activities.

The automatic vehicle locating device, attached in the motor vehicle updates vehicle's location, time, speed, and also send alert massages to the driver. In case of air navigation, it enhances flight safety by directing the pilot to the exact airport for landing irrespective of the bad weather like fog.

It is also used for activities like fishing, hiking and for storing coordinates of different places that help in returning back to the same place without any difficulty.

Established in the year 1978, GPS consists of 29 earth orbiting satellites that transmit radio signals that a GPS unit receives and determines its own position coordinates with latitudes and longitudes. The system calculates the position information and speed in real time with utmost accuracy by following the trilateration and triangulation methods.

GPS has the potential of intruding into our daily life and alter it completely. It is one among the valuable technological innovations that are now being used for a variety of purposes, be it civilian or military.

Within the next couple of years, GLONASS and GALILEO (by Russia and European Union) will further make the use of the technology cheaper & easier for civilian and also end the monopoly of US. The technology covers a vast area and once its applications become popular, it will play a major role in common man's life in the coming years.

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