The world of GPS or Global Positioning Systems has grown a lot in recent years: Where this system of satellite-relayed data was originally the purview of the military, today it's used in all kinds of fields and all kinds of professions. A lot of the basic key terms for GPS refer to the ways that GPS is used across different industries. Knowing these general terms will help businesses be more informed about the potential of GPS solutions and just might inspire a manager to make a "breakthrough" in how a company benefits from the many uses of GPS.
The use of GPS for navigation is one of the most vibrant consumer-oriented applications on the market. Navigational GPS sells to nearly anyone with a vehicle. But GPS navigation tools can be equally valuable to a business, such as a courier service or delivery department, that goes out on the road frequently.
GPS tracking is also very valuable for businesses with a fleet or with multiple vehicles or mobile assets of nearly any kind. GPS embedded technology can "report" on the whereabouts of a tracked vehicle or item.
GPS for farms
Another big use of GPS is in agriculture. Farmers use GPS for crop management and other tasks, bringing one of the oldest professions into line with the technological advances of this century.
Another big term in GPS systems is portability. While many models of the past were bulky and built into machinery, with today's light weight portable GPS devices, users can interact with the satellites while sitting at a restaurant table.
Geospatial map development
Since the advent of GPS and electronic devices, paper mapping has been migrating onto the Internet. This change is not without complexity in some fields.
Though some use the term for any GPS software that is useful to device users, this term also applies to a specific kind of program that helps users migrate GPS map data and do other tricky jobs.