The global positioning system, commonly known as GPS, is a navigation system based on the military’s navigation system. The system uses signals transmitted by orbiting satellites to point out the device’s location and record any particular device movement.

On its own, GPS has limited features, but once combined with different technology, such as maps, it can be a very useful tool. What once was designed for military use has now been adopted commercially, with a wider range of features and capabilities. 

Below we have highlighted the importance of GPS, and the scenarios wherein it may be useful.  

  1. Accurate Navigation

The most common use of the GPS is navigation. When combined with technology from maps, it becomes a powerful tool used by vehicles and boats. GPS can accurately locate your device and compares this with map coordinates to determine the travel length and distance in real-time.

Whether you want to go on a restaurant to eat your favorite dish, or go shopping and buy a new pair of pants, or even locate a home furniture store, everything will be easily tracked on a GPS.

  1. Low Cost

Satellites used for the GPS are looked after by the military, making the system technically free but you may have to pay for a device or software to use it. However, apps like Google Maps, which use GPS technology, are free. 

  1. Real-Time Traffic and Weather Updates

The great thing about GPS is that it is all happening in real-time. This means that you will be notified when there’s a hold up in traffic or an accident in a specific area, or if the weather changes drastically. This will not only help you shorten your commute but also take proper precautions. 

  1. Easy to Use

Using a GPS for navigation is particularly easy and does not require a lot of skill, especially when compared to traditional navigational methods, such as studying a map. You simply have to pin in the location you are traveling to, and the device takes care of the rest for greater efficiency.

  1. Expert Monitoring of Locations

Employers can use a GPS to track their vehicles and drivers to make sure that goods or services are being delivered, or to check if employees are following the correct routes without wasting time or fuel. With GPS, companies can improve their customer service and always ensure that employees are following regulations. 

GPS and Golf

Although not specifically made for golfing, this is a new niche where GPS can be applied. Some golf carts now have a GPS installed in them, but if yours doesn’t, you can simply attach your phone using phone mount for bikes or any vehicles.. These are sold commercially, but you can also have them made from wooden-style furniture to go with your vehicle’s interior. 

Your phone can be a useful golf companion, as a GPS can present a graphic image of the course, allowing you to zoom in on your location to know your distance from the green. A GPS can also track the path of your golf ball.

Managers can also use a GPS to track all the carts on the golfing courses at any point in time. This allows the roving marshalls to focus on the groups that are falling behind the accepted pace of the play.             

A GPS is a proof of how far technology has come in recent years. You can navigate your way hands-free, by simply mounting your device on your vehicle. The integration of a GPS with golf is an asset player can now use during tee time as well.   

 

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