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Checking Speed and Distance with Your GPS

written by: Claudine Baugh•edited by: Linda Richter•updated: 8/18/2011

Time tracking is the process of retrieving positional data of an object and the time it takes to move from one location to another. It also involves the speed and distance that object travels. Read further to learn more about time tracking with GPS to better understand how it works and its purposes.

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    GPS - Global Positioning System

    The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a sophisticated satellite network originally developed for military purposes as part of a defense program. Now this technology is available for civilian use and as such has transformed and compacted its function in more attractive and diverse ways to appeal to various consumers. With advancements in the technological world of personal gadgetry, the use and demand of GPS has become significantly high.

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    What is Time Tracking?

    GPS time tracking is the process of GPS tracking that is associated with detecting the time of movement of objects or vehicles. It provides information about the exact position (with altitude, longitude, and latitude data), the speed during travel and distance traveled of a moving object. Stay with us as we explore further how time tracking is obtained with a GPS system.

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    How Does It Work?

    GPS Locator Designated satellites are used to create a wireless network to support GPS technology and its operation. Through this process, tracking the time of a moving object is done through providing a description on that object's position and consistent movement. To enable the operation of GPS time tracking, a self-contained locator device is installed unto a moving object, e.g. a car; and through this device the car’s movement can be monitored. The locator device collects and transmits GPS data via the GPS system’s wireless network.

    Users can view the GPS information through a geographical representation or electronic text message over the Internet from any location. Updates are usually every five minutes or so to give accurate progressional data. This programmed feature can be altered to suit your specific needs.

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    Uses of GPS Time Trackers?

    GPS time tracking equipment is highly popular among consumers in the fleet management, ambulatory and law enforcement industries. It is important for executives in the fleet management industry to monitor the whereabouts of their vehicles while they are inGPS Screen Display  the hands of employees or leasers/renters. They can see where they are traveling, the time it takes to travel certain distances and the speed they are traveling.

    Ambulance staff can effectively find their callers quickly during emergency situations. From the time the call was placed to the time of rescue medical officials can effectively manage their patient’s condition.

    Law enforcement officers can use GPS time trackers during a stakeout to monitor a target’s overall movement. They can keep track of their own people while they go on dangerous missions, as well as many other police-related tasks.

    GPS time trackers are also widely received by parents who want to keep track of their children, employers who want to keep track of their employees and equipments, as well as firefighters, hikers, bikers, divers, guides and other explorers who want to be monitored while they go on risky assignments from the fear of possibly getting incapacitated, trapped or lost.

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    Tracking to the End...

    GPS time trackers work in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, right around the clock. GPS tracking devices use wireless data services and GPS software; some of these are GPRS, Mobitex and Analog, which were designed to meet individual requirements. These requirements are conditional upon price, coverage, capability and so on. These services need to be activated on your GPS devices - GPS locator, PC and/or mobile phone in order for GPS time tracking to work.

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    References

    Image Credits - Screenshots courtesy of Amazon.com