One of the major hits to the world of private navigational devices is the increase in the number of mobile devices that provide GPS technology. Some people can enjoy the benefits of the available apps that are provided by the GPS-Handy Orten as well as the GPS technology installed that a number of people who use smartphones find it a bit impractical to have a separate device for strictly navigating GPS.
This, in some way, influenced the decision of GPS device producers to install a number of functionalities into a number of these devices, just to make sure that they go beyond the major feature of receiving coordinates for satellite and providing directions to its users. The extra features include; multimedia player capacities, FM transmitters, Bluetooth, internet connectivity. Tracking of mobile phones was introduced without much fanfare in mainland Great Britain in 2003. At the moment it functions on Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile, as well as O2 standard GSM networks and that also includes Pay As You Go Phones, but other mobile networks such as Virgin and 3 will follow suit, alongside support for 3G networks. Interestingly no additional hardware is needed and it will function on any standard mobile device – even older models – as long as you have the requisite permission on the person you intend to track. You do not have to make use of the internet, although a number of tracking services need you to sign up and view the location maps on the internet.
The functionality that works behind this tracking service is interestingly simple. All mobile devices function by being connected to the closest phone mast to maintain good reception. Sometimes, you will be able to hear these signals as funny clicking/chirruping sounds when you keep the cellphone close to a radio/speaker. The function of mobile tracking is to measure the traveling distance of the signal from the phone to the phone mast. It is similar to measuring the time it takes to hear a clap of thunder after a flash of lightning, to calculate the distance of a storm, except that it is more sophisticated as it makes use of more than a mast to triangulate the position. The major disadvantage is the phone has to be turned on, thus, it cannot function on a misplaced phone whose battery is dead.
Tracking GSM mobile phones costs less, but is not as accurate as GPS satellite tracking which has been made use of for many years in car Sat Navigators and by the road haulage industry. However, GPS will not show you the street you are on like the GPS.
Without including the basic features, a thin line makes it possible to divide the functionalities between a personal GPS navigator and GPS telephones. As a result, they both set the trends for the future of the GPS, but the way the buyers respond to these technological advancements will be the major determinant that will be the major GPS technology in the foreseeable future.
If you are a parent then having GPS mobile phones is an amazing asset when we consider their safety and your peace of mind. GPS technologies are important devices that need to be used in our daily life.