What are GPS Systems used for?

Your imagination is the only limitation to the possibilities of Global Positioning System (GPS) technologies. GPS systems are extremely versatile and can be found in almost any industry sector. They map forests, help farmers harvest their fields, and navigate airplanes on the ground or in the air. Positioning systems are integral to military applications, and for emergency crews to locate people in need of assistance. GPS technologies are often working in many areas that we do not normally consider.

Global Positioning System applications generally fall into 5 major categories:

1. Location – determining a position
2. Navigation – getting from one location to another
3. Tracking – monitoring object or personal movement
4. Mapping – creating maps of the world
5. Timing – bringing precise timing to the world

Who Uses GPS?

From mining to aviation, agriculture to marine, recreation to military, there are many applications for GPS technology. These days doctors, scientists, farmers, soldiers, pilots, hikers, delivery drivers, sailors, fishermen, dispatchers, athletes, and people from many other walks of life are using GPS systems in ways that make their work more productive, safer, and easier.

Hexagon | NovAtel® is a leading provider of precise global positioning system and augmentation technologies designed to afford its customers rapid integration and exceptional return on investment. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) apply our positioning and autonomy technologies in diversified markets, making NovAtel a prime supplier of devices from GPS ground reference receivers to worldwide satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS).

NovAtel’s family of engines and compact enclosures includes the company’s latest innovations in precise positioning. NovAtel antennas enhance positioning performance with our patented Pinwheel™ technology. All NovAtel receivers offer the ability to unlock additional functionality as system requirements evolve with field-upgradeable software. Certain receivers also feature the optional Application Programming Interface (API) for the development of specialized onboard applications.

See the range of GNSS Applications in our Technology in Action blog posts

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