What is GPS?

GPS, or Global Positioning Software, was originally developed as a military tool. During the 1960s, a number of satellites were sent into orbit around the earth.

How does GPS work?

24 satellites circle the earth twice a day, sending their location down to us mere mortals. A GPS receiver like a Sat Nav, iPhone, GPS device, calculated the difference in time from when the signal was sent to when the time it was received by the device.

In 1980 the satellites, and the whole system, was made available for commercial use. Oddly enough, it wasn’t until 2000 that GPS went mainstream, and now there are few people without access to one form of GPS device or another.

I want to use GPS!

Of course you do. There are a few different ways you can use a GPS device to improve – even optimize – your life.

The most obvious option is a personal GPS system like a Garmin, TomTom or even Apple Maps. Use yours to get to where you need to go on time and along either the shortest path or in the quickest time possible.

Then there are GPS devices to quite literally track you, your belongings and your family. I love Pocket Tracker, because the devices are small enough to, yes – you guessed it, fit in your pocket.

And finally there are the big dogs. Devices and systems that can track and transform your business. From monitoring assets, to managing a fleet of drivers and cutting down business costs, they can do it all. I like GPS Track It for their comprehensive service offering.