[teaser]Over the last decade, GPS has become a very important asset to everyday lives.[/teaser] Cell phones provide free navigation applications like Apple & Google Maps and newer vehicles have built-in navigation built; however, GPS technology is used for more than just directions. Field services, engineering firms, and many other industries are using smart devices to locate their assets and many other workflows.
So, how does it work?
There are two types of technologies: GPS & A-GPS. When describing a GPS (Global Positioning System), you are talking about stand-alone devices that communicate directly with multiple satellites which orbit the earth and send signals. To calculate an accurate location, contact needs to be made with three or more satellites. Each individual satellite measures the time it takes for your signal to reach them. The information provided through Triangulation, updates your current position, giving you your location.
A-GPS (Assisted Global Positioning System) technology also uses satellites to find your current location; the difference is how it exactly finds your location. Instead of directly connecting to satellites, A-GPS networks use other resources to talk to the satellites. Most often, cellular networks are used. An A-GPS device makes an initial contact with cell towers which helps the device fixate on a satellite. This lets the user get a faster and more reliable signal, especially in situations where a stand alone GPS device might have poor reception.
How iForm users can leverage GPS technology
iFormBuilder is used around the world, we are in over 125 different countries and customers from all industries rely on GPS technology for inspections, site investigations, farming, human geography, and more.
The iFormBuilder platform is designed to collect, manage, and allocate data using iOS and Android smart devices. Using A-GPS technology, the smart device captures your current location as part of the metadata that is gathered for every record. Cellular network-enabled smart devices include a GPS chipset for power consumption and location accuracy. Most GPS chipsets support United States NAVSTAR and Russian GLONASS satellites, also known as GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System).
iFormBuilder plays well with other devices. If cellular network-enabled smart devices do not provide the kind of GPS accuracy that your field teams need, integrating with 3rd party external GPS devices is a great option. Using Bluetooth that’s built-in to the smart devices, the external GPS overrides the internal GPS chipset to provide a high accuracy GPS position. GPS is also beneficial to teams that are working in rural areas and may not have cellular network connection. [teaser]Whether you use A-GPS or GPS, data collected in iFormBuilder will give you greater insight and better project outcomes.[/teaser]
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