Improving GPS Technology in the Skies Could Improve Safety

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Although GPS devices have made it much safer to fly the friendly skies in terms of midair collisions, there are those occasions where accidents happen. Researchers at North Carolina State University are attempting to help pilots better avoid the midair collision thanks to GPS technology and the simple blinking light. They’ve developed modifications for existing on-board GPS devices that helps pilots in a crucial way to avoid midair collisions – it allows them to respond even more quickly to an impending collision, sparing them from the crash altogether. The Problem There certainly is a lot of data a pilot hasRead More

Ontario, Canada: GPS Device to the Rescue

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It is every outdoorsman’s worst nightmare: setting off into the wilderness solo, injuring yourself along the way. There is no one around to hear your pleas for help, and to top it all off, your cellphone is dead. What do you do? You may have read stories of people who have experienced this very situation, dragging themselves to safety over the course of days or even weeks, a true test of their survival skills. There is no need for this in the age of the GPS device known as the emergency locator, as evidenced by recent news out of Ontario,Read More

Ongole Region, India: GPS Helping Scientists Understand Seismic Activity

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Earthquakes can be devastating, but with a little help from science and GPS, we can learn about them like never before while at the same time minimizing loss of life or injuries. GPS devices have helped scientists here in the US monitor plate movement, and India is the next to employ this technique. The Council of Scientific Industrial Reasearch (CSIR) and the National Geophysical Research Institute (NGRI) teamed up to install a GPS monitoring station in Ongole, an area located on a tectonic plate, in order to understand its movements. The Ongole GPS Station The GPS device, in the formRead More

Philadelphia: Appeals Court Focuses On GPS Tracking And Warrants

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The US appeals court in Philadelphia has a tough decision to make. The courthouse was packed on May 28 during arguments regarding whether or not police should first obtain a warrant prior to placing a GPS tracking device on the car of a suspected criminal, all stemming from a string of pharmacy robberies located near Philadelphia. While it is definitely an effective way to determine the activities of a criminal in order to place him or her at the scene of a crime, it seems to completely violate that person’s right to privacy. Same Issue, Different Circumstances You might recallRead More

GPS Busts Bank Robbers

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Remember the old tactics relied upon by banks in order to get their money back? It started out with dye packs which would explode and cover the crook in a semi-permanent dye, making it kind of easy to determine whodunnit. However, this is assuming the crook is seen covered in dye by police. If they have no idea where the suspect was when the bag was opened, they can’t really catch the crook, can they? A step above this is the marked bill. The idea here is that crooks will spend the cash, which is marked, alerting the bank toRead More

GPS And Your Mobile Device

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Have you ever wondered how your smartphone and tablet receives information from the satellites that make up the GPS constellations? Maybe you have some form of idea as to how it works, but wonder why in the world we need so very many satellites. After all, there are more satellites floating around in space than just those belonging to our GPS constellation. What’s more, why do we need more than one constellation? There are more than eighty satellites right at this very moment, beaming data down to base stations and GPS devices all over the world. That’s a lot ofRead More

Russia Spells Out Restrictions For GPS Base Stations

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It looks like the military stationed in Russia won’t be relying on the GPS base stations for GPS location data, once owned and operated by the US, any longer after the recent announcement from the deputy prime minister responsible for Russia’s space programs. The stations will continue to operate for other purposes other than military according to Russia’s Federal Space Agency (Roskosmos). The move is simply to keep United States-owned GPS devices from operating on Russian soil, according to the Roskosmos website, a retaliation move after denied the chance to build their own base stations here in the US forRead More

India: Smartphone He-Said-She-Said Can Be Solved With GPS

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We aren’t the only ones misplacing our phones here in the United States. It happens everywhere, and a recent story out of India highlights the importance of GPS tracking in smartphone recovery. Whether we leave them behind at the grocery store checkout or on the bench in the locker room at the gym, it can be easy to become distracted to the point you forget to grab your phone. In this case, Juhi Sanghvi left hers inside the taxi she hailed to get her from her Shathi Park apartment to Shoppers Stop to do a bit of shopping. What happenedRead More

GPS And Earthquakes

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Certain areas of the world must face an unpredictable force that cannot be prevented. It can vary from annoying to devastating, and can happen at any time. I’m talking about earthquakes, and although it might not be preventable, the loss of life associated with it can be minimized. But how is this possible? By using a GPS device, of course. Right now, the computers at the United States Geological Survey are able to locate the epicenter and determine exactly how strong the quake is thanks to seismometers, tools that record and measure how much shaking the ground does during theRead More

Another Phase Completed In Europe’s Quest For Their Own GPS

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We’ve discussed other GPS constellations here at RMT in the past, whether it be GLONASS or Beidou. It seems that Europe is moving ever closer to its goal of creating a rival GPS satellite network with the recent announcement from the European Space Agency (ESA). The ESA has announced the successful launch of Sentinel-1A back in April, a satellite that is part of the Copernicus Programme. This program seeks to give information regarding the environment, discover the impact climate change has, and as any good GPS constellation would do, protect civil security. The ESA and the European Commission (EC) areRead More