Using GPS Tracking Device will enhance your basic navigational skills

Декабрь 29th, 2015 by homesecuirtycameras and tagged , , ,

Most GPS receiver cases have a loop on the back to hold the case on a belt. If you’re wearing shorts or tights and don’t have a belt, waist packs for carrying a radio or a cassette/CD player are an option. These packs can accommodate larger GPS receivers. They’re not very noticeable when you’re working out because they’re designed not to bounce much. Small fanny packs and waist packs that carry water bottles also carry a GPS receiver. If the GPS receiver is small, try carrying it in your front pants pocket. I’ve carried a GPS while running and cross-country skiing in trail-running shorts and tights with zipper pockets. Although satellite reception is sometimes lost while under heavy tree cover, the GPS receiver records track data as long as I have a mostly clear view of the sky.

Using GPS will greatly enhance your understanding of the map-and-compass technique, but it’s wise to hone basic navigational skills before or in conjunction with use of a GPS tracking device. When out in the field, you will develop your own style of GPS use. You may want to plot a course ahead of time, upload it to your GPS, and follow that. You may want to upload only key points of your journey such as crucial trail intersections, waterfalls, high points, or shelter locations. You may want to carry the GPS along without uploaded data and navigate without the aid of pre-plotted track points or waypoints. Or you may just want to have the GPS to turn on once or twice a day to check your position against a map.

The Timex Speed + Distance system is a cigarette pack-size GPS magnetic tracker that straps on your arm and transmits data to a special wristwatch. You can look at your watch and see how far you’ve gone and how fast you’re going. Timex updated the system in 2003, adding more components and calling it Bodylink. In addition to the GPS receiver and watch, the Bodylink includes a heart-rate monitor (the GPS receiver, watch, and heart-rate monitor ) and a data recorder that collects data from both the GPS receiver and the heart-rate monitor. You can connect the data recorder to your personal computer to upload your workout data and analyze it with the included software.

Even with vehicle GPS tracking device technology becoming better every day, it is still a good idea to have backup navigation. Having a paper map, a simple compass,and knowledge of manual navigation is a good, safe practice of prudent navigators! Remember, GPS is a complement to navigation and should not be the only navigational tool you use.

The main disadvantage to carrying your GPS receiver on or below your waist is that it’s not the best place for satellite reception. There’s a good chance that you’ll lose the signal in areas with reduced satellite coverage. If you use a hydration pack or a lightweight backpack, you can get your GPS higher for better satellite reception by mounting the case either on one of the front shoulder straps or putting the GPS receiver in the upper, top pocket of your backpack. (It isn’t as accessible in the backpack pocket but should get good satellite reception.

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GPS tracking solutions —— basic knowledge about GPS system

Декабрь 28th, 2015 by homesecuirtycameras and tagged , , ,

Today, GPS (  GPS for vehicle ) is causing a renaissance of the navigation, surveying and mapping professions and may, within only a few years, completely replace conventional methods of transportation navigation and land surveying. The uses and implications of the GPS system are yet to be fully realized, and new applications are being found at an ever-increasing rate. There are three parts to the GPS system: the satellite segment, the user segment, and the control segment.

Control segment

This part keeps the whole system running smoothly. Satellites need to be kept in their proper orbits and their signal transmissions kept up-to-date. The Air Force operates a series of five ground stations around the globe, typically at exotic tropical locations: Hawaii, Ascension Island, Diego Garcia, Kwajalein, and the decidedly nontropical master station in Colorado Springs. You’ll probably never think about the control segment, but without it, the entire system would quickly fall into disrepair.

Satellite segment

Satellites are the heart of the Global Positioning System. They broadcast the signals your receiver uses to determine your position. At least 24 satellites are in operation at all times, each orbiting the earth every 12 hours (or 11 hours and 58 minutes, if you want to be precise). Their orbits are designed so that, theoretically, at least 6 and as many as 12 satellites are above the horizon virtually all the time, regardless of where you are. “Theoretically” is the key word here—the satellite signals don’t travel through mountains, buildings, people, or heavy tree cover, so unless you’re on a flat plain or body of water, some signals probably will be blocked. Since your receiver must lock onto at least four satellites to accurately determine its position, you may have to move around to get better reception. (By the way, it’s a little-known fact that all GPS satellites perform a second duty: Each includes an X-ray detector that lets the U.S. government monitor nuclear explosions anywhere in the world.)

User segment

Your handheld receiver makes up the user segment. There’s a lot of power inside that little package. Not only does it contain a sensitive receiver capable of detecting signals less than a quadrillionth the power of a light bulb, it also includes a powerful computer that converts the raw data into such useful information as your position and speed. A GPS magnetic tracker doesn’t include any kind of transmitter, meaning it is a passive positioning system—you can determine your own position, but there’s no way for anyone else to use it to track you.

However, accuracy can be improved by combining the electronic tracker with a Differential GPS (or DGPS) receiver, which can operate from several possible sources to help reduce some of the sources of errors described above. Differential GPS works by placing a GPS receiver (called a reference station) at a known location. Since the reference station knows its exact location, it can detennine the errors in the satellite signals. It does this by measuring the ranges to each satellite using the signals received and comparing these measured ranges to the actual ranges calculated from its known position. The difference between the measured and calculated range.

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