GNSS (or Global Navigation Satellite System) is a broad term that covers many different types of satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems used globally. GPS (or Global Positioning System) is the most widely known such type of GNSS, particularly in the United States, however, there are other systems such as the Russian GLONASS, the European Galileo, and the Chinese BeiDou.
GPS plays a critical role in the IoT industry by providing location data for connected devices. This data can be used for a wide variety of applications, including tracking the location of vehicles and shipping containers, monitoring the movement of wildlife, and even tracking the location of people in real time.
Originally known as “NAVSTAR” (Navigation Satellite Timing and Ranging), GPS was first developed by the US Department of Defense for military use back in the 1970s. It wasn’t until after 2000 that it became truly mainstream – following the switching-off of Selective Availability.
But there is no turning back now. And as the technology and its applications evolve and become more diverse, Airgain can help you optimize, enhance or even create your idyllic GNSS connectivity solution or design.
Asset Tracking: GPS is used to track the location of vehicles, shipping containers, and other valuable assets. This allows businesses to monitor the movement of these assets in real-time, which can help to improve the efficiency of logistics operations and reduce the risk of theft. Beyond just the location and movement of an object, NimbeLink Asset Trackers can also monitor other relevant conditions of an object such as temperature, humidity, light exposure, tilt angle, door Open/Close, Laser Distance and more.
Smart Cities: GPS is used to track the location of public transportation vehicles and to monitor the movement of people and vehicles within a city. This can be used to improve traffic flow models, reduce congestion, and make cities more livable as they become more populated.
Agriculture: GPS is used in precision agriculture to track the movement of farm equipment and to monitor crop growth. This can help farmers to optimize their operations and improve crop yields.
Health Care: GPS is used to track the location of medical equipment and to monitor the movement of patients. This can help to improve the efficiency of health care operations and to reduce the risk of errors, and assist with epidemiology through contact tracing and more.
Environmental Monitoring: GPS is used to track the movement of wildlife and to monitor the health of remote ecosystems. This can help to protect endangered species and to ensure the sustainability of natural resources.
Overall, GNSS and specifically GPS provide the accurate location information that many IoT use cases require. With the integration of GPS signal in IoT devices, organizations can improve their operations and decision making process by analyzing the data collected by their devices. This information can be used to optimize logistics, improve urban planning and city development, increase agricultural efficiency, optimize the health care industry, and protect our environment. It will also lead to the development of new technologies, services, and business models that will create additional opportunities and further increase the value of IoT across more verticals.