Fleet management and tracking
Using the common cellular phone network, GPS is now widely used in tracking the location of all kinds of vehicle. The automatic vehicle tracking system is a combination of GPS and Geographical Information System (GIS) that enables users both at personal as well as corporate level in tracking vehicle. The tracking devices attached in motor vehicle automatically update about location, speed, distance etc. Hence, time-by-time notification helps in fixing schedules thereby offering better fleet management.
With the help of GPS system, tractors can be programmed for autopilot for plowing, fertilizing, harvesting, etc. thereby saving a lot of money.
GPS is also used to calculate yield variation in a particular area by dividing the whole area into different zones and later plotting them in a map for better understanding. This study helps in improving the future yield by taking adequate measures.
GPS mapping software is also used in collecting soil samples over a vast area and the sample results can be plotted on the maps. This provides a better knowledge about the soil of various parts of the area and allows assessing proper soil treatment according to need.
Thus, farmers are now using GPS data in determining the fertilizer and pesticide needs, improving crop yield etc.
GPS enable cell phones can transmit the co-ordinates of a particular location that allows the service provider to reach the end destination without taking help of anyone. GPS software can easily point out which emergency vehicle is closest to the accident saving precious times of ones’ life. In this way it is useful in emergency services like medical and fire safety.
Auto Sales & Rentals
Car rental companies are now installing GPS tracking system on each and every vehicle of their fleet to determine the location, speed and mileage of the vehicle. For this the rental company charges more if one crosses a predefined area under the agreement. Auto loans providers also equip the vehicle with GPS tracking system for the buyers having a poor credit history and recollect it in case of loan default.
Law enforcement & police
Police in some of the developed country are now using GPS system for making maps based on different criminal activities. Several online GIS allow individuals to create maps of the location displaying various crimes occurred within a particular time period.
The system also assists to locate any stolen motor vehicle equipped with GPS unit anywhere in the world. Traffic police can also use this in monitoring the high speed of any vehicle and later trace for punishment. Besides, it can also be used for tracking suspected criminals who are released on parole.
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Kids and Pets Tracking: GPS transmitters are also used to keep track your kids and pets by attaching a GPS unit with them.