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Truckers GPS Systems - Who Else Needs One?
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Truckers GPS Systems  -  who Else Needs One?

So we have truckers GPS systems designed for that particular niche or group. What other groups are helped by GPS technology? To name some that come to mind:

  • Hikers
  • Military
  • Aviation
  • Space Agencies
  • Marine
  • Surveyors
  • Railroads
  • Road&Highway
  • Medical
  • Agriculture

Like the internet, GPS is a crucial element of the global information infrastructure. Lets take a look at a few of the groups specializing GPS technology. GPS personal Units come with base maps already installed. The user can upload other detailed maps and charts into their GPS and switch to different map sets as they see fit.

Hikers can save the track of a walk on their hand held GPS unit and down load the tracks and way point into their computer to create maps or save as a route in the GPS unit. I have the topographic maps for my entire State as well as maritime charts uploaded into a GPS unit I use. It also has detailed road and highway Base Maps that came preinstalled from the factory.

Agriculture is an interesting group that has utilized GPS technology from the farmer to the implement manufacturer. Markers on planters are a thing of the past. Drip-tape and variable rate irrigation use satellite imagery software to adjust the volume and rate of irrigation and manage crop planning. GPS technology is in use from the precision farming family agricultural unit all the way up to the really big farms. With GPS technology being used for farm planning, field mapping, soil sampling, tractor guidance, crop scouting and variable rate irrigation.

Railway Systems in several countries are starting to use Positive Train Control (PTC) systems. PTC systems use real time location data with command systems to control the movement of trains. A PTC system can reroute traffic, control speed and operate switches, optimizing and increasing track capacity. The United States has mandated PTC by 2015. PTC uses the Nationwide Differential Global Positioning System. This system is so accurate it can tell if a train changed tracks after going through a switch.

Non PTC Rail systems use GPS for dispatching and passenger commute information. Commuter trains equipped with GPS shown location for each train broadcast to internet site so commuters can know when to expect the train. GPS allows the automation of track inspection systems that are more efficient than human repair crews.

Using GPS one surveyor can do in one day what an entire crew using traditional methods can do in a week. GPS surveying is not limited to line of sight between reference points. The remote GPS station can be carried in a backpack or mounted on the roof of a car. With a GPS radio link, real-time centimeter accuracy can be achieved.

Most groups are using truckers GPS systems technology to one degree or another. Some have combined GPS and other technologies into active systems. The ranges are from basic time and tracking systems to automated planning and control systems. From truckers GPS systems tracking and forecasting the movement of freight (time-definite delivery) to the Rail Roads Positive Train Control system that offers automation and safety.

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