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  • Civilian applications of GPS – Timing

    In addition to longitude, latitude, and altitude, the Global Positioning System provides a critical fourth dimension - time. Each GPS satellite contains multiple atomic clocks that contribute very precise time data to the GPS signals. GPS receivers decode these signals, effectively synchronizing each receiver to the atomic clocks. This enables
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Surveying and Mapping

    The surveying and mapping community was one of the first to take advantage of GPS because it dramatically increased productivity and resulted in more accurate and reliable data. Today, GPS is a vital part of surveying and mapping activities around the world.When used by skilled professionals, GPS provides surveying and mapping data of the highest
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Space

    The Global Positioning System is revolutionizing and revitalizing the way nations operate in space, from guidance systems for crewed vehicles to the management, tracking, and control of communication satellite constellations, to monitoring the Earth from space.Benefits of using GPS include: - Navigation solutions -- providing high precision orbit
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Roads and Highways

    It is estimated that delays from congestion on highways, streets, and transit systems throughout the world result in productivity losses in the hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Other negative effects of congestion include property damage, personal injuries, increased air pollution, and inefficient fuel consumption.The availability and
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Recreation

    The Global Positioning System has eliminated many of the hazards associated with common recreational activities by providing a capability to determine a precise location. GPS receivers have also broadened the scope and enjoyment of outdoor activities by simplifying many of the traditional problems, such as staying on the "correct trail" or
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Rail

    Rail systems throughout the world use the Global Positioning System to track the movement of locomotives, rail cars, maintenance vehicles, and wayside equipment in real time. When combined with other sensors, computers, and communications systems, GPS improves rail safety, security, and operational effectiveness. The technology helps reduce
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Public Safety and Disaster Relief

    A critical component of any successful rescue operation is time. Knowing the precise location of landmarks, streets, buildings, emergency service resources, and disaster relief sites reduces that time -- and saves lives. This information is critical to disaster relief teams and public safety personnel in order to protect life and reduce property
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Marine

    The Global Positioning System has changed the way the world operates. This is especially true for marine operations, including search and rescue. GPS provides the fastest and most accurate method for mariners to navigate, measure speed, and determine location. This enables increased levels of safety and efficiency for mariners worldwide.It is
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Environment

    To sustain the Earth's environment while balancing human needs requires better decision making with more up-to-date information. Gathering accurate and timely information has been one of the greatest challenges facing both government and private organizations that must make these decisions. The Global Positioning System helps to address that need.
  • Civilian applications of GPS – Agriculture

    The development and implementation of precision agriculture or site-specific farming has been made possible by combining the Global Positioning System and Geographic Information Systems. These technologies enable the coupling of real-time data collection with accurate position information, leading to the efficient manipulation and analysis of large
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