If you made a list of the things that you use which have GPS then you try to imagine your life without them, then you would see how GPS has changed the world. So many gadgets today use GPS and they have made our lives a lot easier. Let us first name some of these gadgets.
Gadgets that use GPS
– Mobile Phones
– Satellite Navigators
– Car trackers
These are just 5, but there are many more. Let us use these and see how GPS has changed our world today.
How we use GPS
A long time ago before GPS was being used everywhere, we had to stop and ask for directions whenever we are lost. Today we can use GPS-enabled devices to pinpoint our exact location and then find a route to follow to get to our destination. Even taxi drivers who are new in a city are able to use GPS to enter the address of a destination and the GPS will direct them using a satellite navigator. GPS can be used to pinpoint the exact location of buses, trains and airplanes so that passengers can know where they are and how long it will take before they get to their destination. GPS has really changed the way we travel in the world.
Do you ever wonder how our mobile phones are able to communicate? Well GPS is partly what helps them do that. The GPS system within your smartphone, is able to send a signal to a satellite which detect where exactly it is and then directs it to the nearest tower that will transmit its signal to your correspondent. This also helps when you cross a border and your phone switches to roaming because it is able to detect the location of the phone and tell you are out of the country. Also when you are online and you search for something say shoes, GPS will tell the search engine which region you are in so that you can get search results from places near you. You could want to know the nearest movie cinema to you, and using GPS the search engine is able to locate you and the nearest cinema.
Our safety is much more improved. It is much easier to track a stolen car, mobile phone or laptop using GPS. The gadgets send signals that can pinpoint the exact location of a stolen item making it easy to find. The military and police can also use GPS to track down criminals
Using drones that are guided by GPS, it has become much easier of recent to conduct rescue operations. The drones are guided by GPS systems and some can even track down distress signals being sent by people lost in mountains, forests and the like.
The Negative Impact Of GPS
With all good things, there is a negative side, some criminals also use GPS to commit crimes. They are able to track homeowners movements and know exactly where they are so they can break into the house when they are sure there is no one and get out before they return.
Despite the negative side, GPS has created more positive change for the world and continues to do so.