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The GPS System Is Improving, GPS in the Law, and Medical GPS. Oh My!

Posted on the 07 February 2013 by Easytracgps @EasyTracGPS

As a GPS tracking provider, we’re privileged in that we’re exposed to most all of the latest and greatest ideas, as well as being daily witnesses to some of  the endless possibilities for GPS technology and related applications.

EasyTracGPS’ specialty is in tracking things…be it a car, a person, a package, a pet, what have you. We also specialize in providing our clients with information regarding how their vehicles operate…location, efficiency, fuel economy, cost to operate their entire fleet, etc.  However, GPS tracking and vehicle telematics barely scratches the surface of the capabilities of GPS technology. There are 32 satellites orbiting the earth at this very second, simultaneously managing tasks as critical as special operations missions and as mundane as “finding fish” for the recreational angler. What follows is a tiny bit of what we’ve seen in only the past day or so, and a bit of a riff on each. :)

Essentially, the initial design of the GPS system fulfilled all of the goals that were set. However, due to advancements and new demands, it was decided that GPS would need to be modernized. GPS III calls for improvements in both the ground control segment and the satellites themselves.

The current GPS system operates on frequencies that are subject to various potential sources of atmospheric and geographic interference, signal jamming, etc. Signal interference can impact accuracy as well as overall reliability of the system. Has your
GPS device ever given you incorrect directions or shown your position to be wholly inaccurate??

The purpose of GPS III is to affect signal enhancements targeted at potential sources of interference. Lockheed has quadrupled the number of civilians signals from 1 to 4, they have boosted signal power to address interference & jamming, and they have improved timing and accuracy by as much as 300%. So, what does this mean to you and I?

Lockheed Martin Completes Major GPS III Flight Software Milestone

Lockheed Martin Completes Major GPS III Flight Software Milestone "GPS III - Lockheed Martin", courtesy: www.lockheedmartin.com

All of your GPS-based devices will become supercharged! Your navigation devices will give better directions, GPS apps on tablets and smartphones can expect broad enhancements, military communications & codes will receive security upgrades, and more. The GPS III constellation will also be operable alongside, and sometimes in conjunction with, other similar systems like Galileo, Compass, IRNSS, and Japan’s
QZSS.  Keep your eyes open for developments in GPS III technology!

Boston Doctors Use ‘Medical GPS’ To Help In Heart Surgeries

Dr. GPS is also flexing her muscle by assisting in cardiac medicine! Doctors at Mass General Hospital in Boston have made a groundbreaking procedure a reality by being the first to use GPS as a tool in treating Atrial Fibrillation sufferers.

Boston Doctors Use ‘Medical GPS’ To Help In Heart Surgeries

Boston Doctors Use ‘Medical GPS’ To Help In Heart Surgeries, courtesy: www.city-data.com

Similar to how GPS guides us from destination to destination, it is being used as a catheter “guide” in the procedure, as well as a tool in minimizing risk due to x-ray radiation exposure. It was simply a matter of time before we saw GPS-based medical applications, and it seems the time is now. Medicine, especially delicate cardiac procedures, requires the steadiest of hands and with hardly any margin-for-error at all. Utilizing the precision of GPS technology to mitigate otherwise risky procedures really is a win-win, and is certainly the very definition of a “no-brainer”.

and last, but of course not least…

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects appeal in GPS planting

GPS tracking continues to galvanize both sides of the legal aisle. Law enforcement has seen an increase in the deployment of GPS tracking devices as acceptable tools in undercover investigations, and the accused continue to argue civil rights violations as a result. The most recent example is James Brereton’s “unreasonable search and seizure” appeal rejection made by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects appeal in GPS planting

Wisconsin Supreme Court rejects appeal in GPS planting, courtesy: madisonfedsoc.wordpress.com

In the fall of 2007, Brereton was stopped by police in Walworth County, Wisconsin under suspicion of, at the time, being involved in a number of recent robberies.  His vehicle was subsequently impounded and, while the vehicle was in police possession, a warrant was obtained to place a tracking device on the car. Brereton’s attorneys filed a motion to suppress the evidence in the case but, in a 6-1 decision, the Wisconsin Supreme Court voted to deny the appeal, holding that police “acted reasonably in executing the warrant”. This is only the latest example of very similar appeals being filed in cases where GPS tracking is involved. Criminals Beware!!

GPS is ubiquitous and is finding its way into more of the “hot-button” issues that face each of us every day. The landscape is changing, and it’s obvious that GPS will play an integral role in ushering in a new age of technology in our society and culture. The evolution has already started, so Hold On Tight!

Are you a fan of GPS technology? We are too!

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