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[News] Everything You Need To Know About GPS Tracking!

2018-04-09 11:37:29
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Hey , Mi Fans!

Friends, in past,  GPS was only the thing which we used to put on dash board and now it's a feature in our Smart Phone! Isn't it awesome? But still, do we know enough about GPS? Or the only thing we know about it is  how to find routes on maps and how it's useful to book ola and uber? There's so much more about GPS and GPS Tracking , it can be used for much more than just steering you towards your selected destination. Don't worry, by the end of this thread, you'll know enough about it. So without wasting time, let's get started!

What Is GPS:
  • GPS stands for Global Positioning System. It’s a space-based navigation system owned by the United States government and operated by the U.S. Air Force. The U.S. Department of Defense first created the system in the 1970s using 24 satellites, but it didn’t become fully operational until the 1990s.
  • Despite being a project operated by the American military, the Global Positioning System is free for anyone to use. All you need is a GPS receiver, a direct line of sight to at least four satellites, and to be somewhere on (or near) the planet Earth.
  • While GPS is open to everyone, the U.S. can deny access to certain people or organizations. As a result, Russia developed a different system. GLONASS is currently the only alternative option that spans the entire globe and offers comparable precision. China, the European Union, and India are each working on their own solutions.

How GPS Works?
  • The system relies on satellites and does not transmit data of any kind.That means no internet connection is required, which is why GPS navigation is still reliable in rural areas.
  • Each satellite broadcasts a signal that includes a pseudo-random code and the time of transmission. A receiver determines the location of at least four satellites and its distance from each of those satellites. With this information, the receiver can display where it is

  • Global Positioning System tracking is a method of working out exactly where something is. A GPS tracking system, for example, may be placed in a vehicle, on a cell phone, or on special GPS devices, which can either be a fixed or portable unit.
  • GPS works by providing information on exact location. It can also track the movement of a vehicle or person. So, for example, a GPS tracking system can be used by a company to monitor the route and progress of a delivery truck, and by parents to check on the location of their child, or even to monitor high-valued assets in transit.

  • A GPS tracking system uses the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) network. This network incorporates a range of satellites that use microwave signals that are transmitted to GPS devices to give information on location, vehicle speed, time and direction. So, a GPS tracking system can potentially give both real-time and historic navigation data on any kind of journey.

GPS Isn’t Just for Determining Location!
You’ve already heard of in-car GPS navigation. Whether you have a dedicated GPS unit, have one built into your dashboard, or use an app on your phone, you’re relying on the same technology. But let’s take a step back. You don’t have to rely on GPS only when behind the wheel of a car. There are plenty of other use cases you make not be aware of.

  • Being able to pinpoint your location can be just as important, if not moreso, when going on a hike. Not having to rely on an internet or cellular connection can be your saving grace if you venture somewhere outside the range of both.

  • Portable GPS units or specific smartphone apps will show you where you are on a map, though it may still be up to you to know what to do with that information.

Tracking Other People Or Animals(Pets):
  • GPS is a great way to keep up with family members. They can help you find a lost child or show you when your spouse will get back with takeout.

  • Did your pet escape from the backyard fence? GPS can help you find where they went.

Finding Lost Objects:
  • If you leave something behind on a road trip, you can mark the last known position on a GPS app. Or if you misplace your phone, GPS will help you find it from a computer.

  • You can use GPS technology to track a stolen vehicle. For this to work, you have to plan things out in advance and install a tracker in your vehicle before a thief makes off with it. Think of it as a preventative measure, like installing a tracking app on your phone.

Having Fun:
Rather have fun? You and a few friends can get together to play location-based games. Pokémon Go and other augmented reality games rely on GPS to determine where you are. Prefer regular reality? You may want to try out geocaching, where people hide treasure for others to find using GPS.

Expanding Your Hobbies:
  • Save the exact location of the photographs you take. Track the route you take when jogging or riding your bike. With this information, you can track where you’ve been and motivate yourself to explore someplace new.

  • This can bring some much-needed variety into your morning jog, or encourage you to pull the bike out of the garage more often than you otherwise would. There’s something cool about looking at a map of the little corners of the world you’ve made your own.

Key Uses Of GPS You Might Don't know:
  • Even if you actively choose not to use GPS, you probably still are. Ever get cash from an ATM? Do you actively follow the stock market? Presumably you stop at traffic lights.
  • All of these technologies rely on GPS to synchronize time. Those satellites circling the globe offer a great way to make sure everything is synchronized when every fraction of a second counts.

So, That was all about GPS Tracking and It's useful. I hope you may have come across some information which you did not know before. Now you know how much GPS more than just for route tracking. Don't forget friends to comment in the comment section below , you can comment on anything - about this thread or your views on GPS and it's uses or if you have any question about it. I'll try my best to provide satisfactory answer. See you soon guys with one more informative topic. Till then, take care!

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Master Bunny

meetgour | from Redmi Y1


Well Explained!!
2018-04-09 13:29:25


Hari Sankar G | from Redmi Note 4


Well explained!
2018-04-09 22:42:48

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Sam_crazy Author | from Redmi Note 4


Well Explained!!

Thank you brothers :)
2018-04-09 22:53:16

Rookie Bunny

1795800587 | from Redmi Note 3


Can i find another phone, my friend's phone is stolen
2018-04-10 03:19:31

Grandmaster Bunny

iamlalitjangid | from Redmi Note 5 Pro


Nice explained. thanks for sharing
2018-04-10 06:47:08


Sam_crazy Author | from Redmi Note 4


Can i find another phone, my friend's phone is stolen

you can find the location if the gps and internet is on in that phone.
2018-04-10 06:48:23

Grandmaster Bunny

piyush1976 | from Redmi Note 4


very informative
2018-04-10 07:44:37
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Semi Pro Bunny

Vinod.Tikmani | from Redmi Note 4


Thank You Sir Very Intresting Subject and Very Useful Information about.
I've read one Thread over MIUI Global Forum V2.0.2, today explained different thing as follows :
3. Turning off location tracking:

Apps collect location information to improve the experience of the app or to sell you things. While this may be helpful in certain situations, you don't need location services enabled all the time. Also, check your privacy settings on social media. If this information is shared, you're essentially broadcasting to your "Friends" and possibly the entire internet where you are, information cybercriminals could find useful. You can get the Location settings under Settings >> Additional settings >> Privacy >> Location
Link I share here for Your Persue
So, Your Subject and sub section described in aforesaid link both are same or different. Please Sir Guide on this matter and Obliged.
2018-04-10 09:42:34

Wizard Bunny

Sampath madurai | from Redmi Note 4


Nice Thanks for your information
2018-04-10 09:44:43

Semi Pro Bunny

Vinod.Tikmani | from Redmi Note 4


One thing more Sir, I always getting informed that Close GPS, it will cost you more data charges, why I'm getting this type of messages on Security App, will Please explain Sir, Why these messages I'm encouraging?
2018-04-10 09:55:27
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