The NFL Gets RFID In Addition to GPS

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The NFL recently announced that players this year will have small RFID sensors in shoulder pads this season. Each player will sport two hidden sensors that track every move made on the field. The sensors will pick up on locations, information pertaining to player activity level, and other details that every NFL fan wants to know. Tracking Every Move Over the past few years, various television channels have attempted to track player moves, so people watching from home could see what players are doing at every moment. In addition, a number of NFL teams have already implemented GPS technology to keep better tabs on player movement.Read More

GPS Accessorized and Decked Out

Just when you thought GPS tracking couldn’t get any better, companies across the country come up with more and more ways to improve and impress. From multilingual capabilities to wallet-sized power banks, the technology continues to increase our abilities and take us further down the road of life. Yes! Yes! Yes! Or maybe you prefer Si! Si! Si! Or how about Oui! Oui! Oui! The HD-VOICE from Supertooth is a speaker phone capable of voicing in twelve different languages. The device is small enough to clip onto a visor but big enough to announce incoming calls as well as makeRead More

Going Out with GPS

Relationships have always been complex and exciting. In fact, the complexities play a major role in creating the excitement. So in this GPS-directed age, do the GPS dating options bring more complexity and excitement or less? The answer to that probably depends on your perspective. But here are a few general observations about going out with GPS technology that might help you confine the complexities to the realm of the relationship and avoid those that are related to this relatively new technological approach to relationships. Increased Immediacy Using the now-established mode of online relationship sites often means entering a getting-to-know-youRead More

Technology Advancements in GPS Units

With the discovery of new technology comes the need for advancements in the devices that use that technology. What kind of devices could these advancements lead to? One device could possibly be a GPS unit with some features that are better in routing, updating media, and sense capabilities. First, technological advancements in a GPS unit could include better routing. When traveling, the need to find a specific destination is vital, especially when timing is exceptionally important. With better search options, reaching destinations could be done in half the time. Also, roads could be more easily maneuvered if better routing andRead More

Australian Study Notes Limitations Of Wildlife GPS Tracking

We’ve reported dozens of stories about wildlife GPS tracking at RMT. GPS technology has really opened up a lot of doors for wildlife observation opportunities. Instead of looking for animal tracks and feces, and/or observing the animals physically, researchers can attach a GPS collar to any creature, from turtles to bears and even birds and monitor their movements remotely. A team of researchers in Australia have combed through various wildlife studies using GPS devices and determined different ways in which the design or technology is limited. The team recognizes how valuable GPS technology is to biologists and other wildlife researchers.Read More

The GPS Innovation Alliance: Keep Us Moving Forward

GPS technology: this ever-evolving, expanding, enterprising utility has come to nearly define the lifestyle of the modern American. Where would we be without our mobile apps, our geo-caching devices, our biometric sensors for the fitness enthusiast? Does anyone even know how to read a map anymore?   Joking aside, the various means and methods of GPS technology usage today is vast and growing even still. From aviation assistance to agricultural field planning, construction management to marine anti-collision measurement tools, military application to the best, quickest, most gasoline-effective route to Grandma’s house, GPS is able and willing to lead the way.Read More

Additional Measuring Instrumentation Improves GPS Function

Many users of smartphones may be able to identify with the inconvenience of Wifi’s and GPS navigation’s quick drain on their device’s battery. Technology companies are working on that in the form of two new positioning chip prototypes (one that includes flash) that will  require surprisingly low amounts of power (as little as 10 mW total).   GPS in Positioning Chips Receives a Little Extra Help The difference is in the prototypes’ access to different measuring instrumentation to help calculate more accurate coordinates. Current rival chips still rely primarily only on GPS, as well as other similar systems like Russia’sRead More

A Smarter GPS Device

Have you ever had your GPS device get confused about your location? A new, smarter GPS system could make that frustration a thing of the past. Researchers in Spain have developed a new, lower cost system that can pinpoint its position better than traditional GPS devices.   Traditional GPS A conventional GPS unit can pinpoint a vehicle’s location within about 15 meters, provided the vehicle is in an open area with nothing to obstruct satellite visibility. If, on the other hand, a GPS-equipped vehicle ventures into the cluttered city streets, its position can only be determined within about 50 metersRead More

A Day in the Life of a Global Positioning Systems Engineer


A pioneer in the early days of GPS technology development passed away in February 2013. Peter Marshall Fitzgerald was an electrical engineer who received his PhD at Stanford University and was instrumental in the design and growth of global positioning system implementation and equipment. He worked with Ford Motor Co. on aerodynamics and GPS projects. His expertise developed with Ford enabled him to co-found and act as president of Stanford Telecommunications Inc.   Growth Within Stanford Telecommunications Inc. Fitzgerald’s association with Stanford Telecommunications Inc. has produced many global positioning systems designs for the United States government, its primary target market.Read More

The Beginning of the GPS System


Do you depend on your GPS device daily? Some of us couldn’t live without it. When it was first invented, however, people thought it was a bit futuristic of a concept. Even the Air Force had doubts about going ahead with the project in the beginning. Here’s a little history behind the Global Positioning System: who invented it, why it was created, and how we use it today.   Where It Began GPS was created by US Air Force Colonel Bradford Parkinson when he was approached by the Air Force to help come up with fresh ideas to breathe lifeRead More