Global Positioning System, shortly known as GPS, is the system that enables you to know the location of a person or a thing. It consists of minuscule chip which is attached to the object to be tracked. This chip will give out signals which are tracked by the satellite which sends data to the earth giving the exact location of the object. GPS tracking has come to be accepted on a global scale. It has got a number of uses worldwide.
GPS tracking has got a variety of uses in the enforcement of law and order. Perhaps it must be the police departments across the world that is the greatest beneficiaries of this technological marvel. There are some countries whose road transport department insists GPS installation on registered vehicles.
Brazil is one such country where it asked the citizens in August 2009 to install the GPS tracking device in every new car that is purchased. The intention was to prevent theft of cars. With the tracking mechanism in place, the location of stolen cars will cease to be a matter of an uphill task for law enforcers. The move was supported by the insurance providers too. Remember, Brazil is a country with a high rate of automobile theft, at around a rate of 5% every year.
GPS tracking system is put to great use in the field of sports. Almost all the new models of mobile phones are incorporated with GP- tracking device, thus providing the users with the option of transforming the phones to GPS device. GPS trackers are put to use in orienteering championships so that the sport enthusiasts can get a live update of the race. The device is of great use in outdoor sports such as gliding, jogging and so on. The users can make use of the data in the tracker to compute and update the various performance parameters.