How the GPS Tracker has Evolved Over the Years
GPS technology development began in 1973 with the intent to replace several other navigation systems the U.S. government had used in the past that didn’t live up to expectations. Many classified engineering studies went into the technology, which was created and implemented by the U.S. Department of Defense. The original GPS system ran on 24 satellites and became fully operational in 2004.
GPS Signals Weren’t Available to Civilians At First
At first, only the military could access the top quality GPS signals. This technology was used for a variety of military operations, such as tracking potential threats, guiding missiles and locating soldiers on the ground. Civilians only had access to signals that were intentionally downgraded. At this time, civilian GPS devices were extremely expensive and very inaccurate.
But in 1996 President Bill Clinton ordered such selective availability practices that limited accurate GPS signals to the military to be discontinued as of May 1, 2000. This new order made civilian GPS technology more accurate.
GPS Technology Began to Be Used During Conflicts
GPS technology had already come a long way, but there were still many other advancements that would take place. GPS devices were first used by the military in a war-time scenario during the Gulf War in 1990 and 1991.
At this time, GPS technology for civilians was still not very accurate, but that changed when Vice President Al Gore introduced plans to upgrade civilian signals in 1996.
GPS Trackers were Placed in Cell Phones
By this time, GPS was widely renowned as life-changing technology. While GPS devices were still very expensive, more and more Americans were realizing their value and many began to purchase them to use in their cars.
In 1998, GPS technology was honored with an induction into the Space Foundation Space Technology Hall of Fame. By 2004, a GPS tracker could be placed in cell phones, which was made even more accurate when a more modern GPS satellite began transmitting a second civilian signal in 2005.
The Sky’s the Limit When it Comes to GPS
Advancements in GPS technology continue to take place. GPS devices are cheaper, more accurate and more dependable now than they have ever been. New GPS satellites continue to be launched every year, further enhancing the performance of these devices we’ve come to rely on in our everyday lives.
Today GPS have become a extensive part of a most people’s lives, and this will only continue to grow not only within an individual but also within different sectors.