GPS Systems: World of GPS Tracking


Welcome to our site about GPS Systems and GPS Tracking Devices.  Many people consider GPS tracking technology as just useful for their car.  However, mobile GPS tracking devices and mapping systems have a much wider range of uses.  GPS tracker chips are currently being built in to many commercial products.  This includes pet collars, jewelry, PDAs and clothing.  Please check back often as we explore the various uses of portable and handheld GPS system technology.

Introduction to GPS Systems

Portable and mobile GPS Tracker Systems have become so small, portable, and lightweight that they can be built into many commercial products. For example, GPS systems and GPS tracking devices can help safely and easily track your child’s location by being embedded into his shoes. If he runs off, whether he was distracted by something, merely forgot to tell you they are going to a friend’s house, or just got lost in a crowd, you’ll be able to track him and map his location. With built-in mobile GPS tracking devices and mapping chips you will know where your child is at all times.  All it takes is a cell phone, laptop, or other portable device to track him.

Built-in mobile GPS tracker chips are linked to a system of satellites which are accurate to the meter in determining the position of whatever has a mobile GPS tracking system embedded. They can be used to track kids, pets, cattle, property, and even yourself. And best of all, they are so lightweight you’ll forget its even there!  GPS software and chip technology is taking off and becoming more popular.  It is clearly not just for the car or PDA anymore. It is possible that in the future mobile GPS chips could be embedded into clothing, built-in to shoes, or a regular part of the manufacture of sports equipment like skis. For now you can stitch or fasten the small portable GPS tracking devices onto whatever you desire.  Then easily install the software as an app into your PDA.

Our coverage of GPS Systems

As this portable GPS tracker technology becomes more advanced and sophisticated, consider looking into built-in GPS tracking devices and mapping chips for you, your children, and even your pets soon!  Our site will continue to cover the latest breakthroughs in this exciting field, organized as follows:

– This Home Page will always have the latest news, advice, and information

– “Built in GPS Devices” covers advancements on consumer products with GPS tracking built-in

– “Portable GPS” explores what you need to know when choosing a portable GPS product

– “Handheld GPS” goes over the smaller portable GPS devices you can carry with you

– “GPS Social Networking” describes a cool application for GPS in meeting people and playing games

– “Heads Up Displays” goes over a newer and exciting use for GPS in windshields and helmets

– “How GPS Works” goes over the technology behind built in GPS

And of course our Blog about GPS will have more specific information and advice.

Some uses for Built-in GPS Tracking include:

GPS Tracking of Others:

There are many ways GPS tracking can be used to track others – whether people or animals.  Employers use built-in GPS tracking devices to locate their employees’ and watch their movement.  They may do this because their employees pay is determined by the amount of ground they cover.  Or it may simply be that they want to know where there fleet is at any given time.

Of course a built-in GPS trackers can also be used by parents and caregivers to track the whereabouts of a loved one.  For example they may want to know whether he or she has left a certain area, or just to know where he or she is. This is also the category we put dog and cat collars as well.  In fact, the GPS dog collar is gaining in popularity and use.  One way or another GPS systems are very commonly used for tracking others.  They can be very effective in this manner.

This type of technology can help you know where an important person or pet is located, whether you need this information for safety, social reasons, work, or some other type of productivity.  There are actually many reasons you might want this data and a wide variety of uses for the technology.  It has become so small and easy to integrate into the work space or the actual clothing (or collar) that the worker or loved one or child is wearing.

GPS Trackers for Turn-by-Turn Directions:

Built in GPS systems can also give visual or verbal turn by turn directions to where you are trying to go.  These systems use a built-in map database to track where you are and the best route you can follow to get where you are going.  These are the most recognizable and popular forms of built-in GPS trackers today.  The newest innovations to turn-by-turn directions includes added information about your trip to your destination – most notably how traffic will affect your arrival time.  Unlike GPS Tracking where you are following an external person or pet, these GPS systems are designed to give you an idea of the road ahead and tell you where you should go.  The difference of course is that you are sending yourself information with your GPS tracker as opposed to looking for information about someone else.

This may be the most common form or at least the best known form of this type of technology.  While it will continue to be perhaps the most used type of product on the consumer market, other technologies may emerge that combine it with the other forms of global positioning on this page.  You may find that you not only want turn-by-turn directions but also location services that can point out hazards around you.  Or perhaps you want to know places to eat or stop for gas.  You may want to carefully map your path afterwards.  Maybe you’ll compare your route to the route of others.

GPS Tracker Location Services:

Some built-in GPS systems are designed to simply tell you where you are at a moment in time.  They produce a map with your location on it.  In some cases they tell you coordinates.  These systems are designed for hikers, bikers, geocachers, and others who just need a point in time location.  Unlike GPS trackers, these systems do not give you a path of where you have been, how far you have gone, etc.  They merely tell you exactly where you are at that moment.  Of course this way that GPS Tracking devices work is particularly useful if you are lost or could get lost.  However, they can also be very helpful if you want to know a point to point measurement of how far you traveled, or you want to know where you are in relation to something you want to be near.

Some built-in GPS trackers are actually designed to report in to someone else.  Perhaps you want your device to deliver you news, coupons, or pertinent information based on your unique location.  You may not care so much about exactly where you are, except as far as the deals you can get, or the way to the nearest gas station, or where you can get a good sandwich.  These built-in GPS tracking systems can tell a third-party enough information to deliver you what you need.  One way or another your ability to locate something helpful or interesting can be a primary reason you are looking in to this technology.

GPS Tracking and Mapping Services:

Sometimes it’s not where you are but how you got there!  Built in GPS tracking devices can be used to map your path, or the path of employees or loved ones.  This functionality can be helpful if you are using the built-in GPS in sport, such as a hike or jog, and you want to know the distance covered.  It can also be helpful for employers who pay by the mile.  A good example is those who run snow plow operations.  Finally, GPS trackers are very popular with those tracking for safety and security.  One example is when parents who want to know where their teenager has gone.

These are the major categories when it comes to Built in GPS tracker functionality.  Your needs may include just one of the above or a combination.  That may drive the product you choose and the related expense.  The good news is that as embedded GPS systems become more popular, devices are becoming more refined and less expensive.  Now they also often offer a combination of services.

The Future of GPS Systems

Satellite-based or GPS navigation is an increasingly popular technology with consumers around the globe. For the past 2-3 years the demand for portable GPS tracking systems has fueled a surging demand for the fundamental part of the product: the GPS Chip.  These small pieces of electronics must be powerful yet small.  They areable to have a power source yet be long-lasting, and be cheap yet effective.  Whoever gets all of that right will own this market.

A recent study (from ABI Research, a well-respected industry leaders in this area) suggests that portable GPS tracking system shipments will reach one billion annually in 2013. This is one mobile gps system for every 2-3 adults in the world!  And it could turn out that that is a conservative estimate.  So many people will end up with many products in their possession with embedded GPS systems!

The shifting market for GPS systems

While the prices of the products that use these portable GPS tracking systems will obviously continue to fall.  We saw a dramatic descent just over the last 6 months when satellite navigation systems in the US were advertised at $100.  The increased volume and decreased cost of manufacturing will keep this a very profitable business.  The next generation of portable GPS tracking products might be clothing and active wear with embedded GPS chips.  We will likely see almost universal adoption by new car manufacturers.  As the technology matures, prices will fall.  They won’t fall enough to remove the huge potential for profitability for manufacturers and distributors.

As with many products that experience sudden expansion in popularity and demand, large GPS tracking system manufacturers will end up buying up smaller companies until only a handful of viable “players” remain. Then prices will drop even more as competitors fight to make their GPS tracking system sets inexpensive, small, and easy to integrate into products.  The technology behind built-in GPS is quite advanced already.  However,  there is still room to make the chips smaller, more powerful, and longer lasting.

GPS Tracking Power

The real competition in the global GPS market may end up being power and functionality and not price.  As consumers insist on products with built-in GPS, and of course expect perfect performance out of the GPS tracking and mapping related to these embedded chips, there will have to be improvements in how powerful the chips are.  Related to power will be size, in that people will also not want to know the GPS chip is there until and unless it is needed.  Therefore while they will want the product to be powerful, they will also want it to be small.

The portable GPS Market is poised for strong growth, and the consumer will eventually see the greatest benefit.  Portable GPS tracking has entered the world of other huge commodities.  This growing market will provide new opportunities or the investor and consumer.  Watch for companies that find innovative ways to power the GPS chips, shrink them without losing functionality, and make them more cheaply.  These companies will be the leaders in the GPS tracking and mapping market.

For more specific information about the products involved in the GPS Chip Market – where these gps chips end up – please see our GPS Products page.  For the latest information and advice about GPS mapping and tracking technology, stay tuned.

How to Use Your GPS System Most Effectively

Built in or embedded GPS tracking chips can serve a wide variety of functions as you’ve seen elsewhere on this website.  Instructions for using your built-in GPS device came with your product.  However, since this technology is complex and still emerging, it can be helpful to know how to maximise your use of the product for mapping or tracking.  You’ll also want to know what to do when something goes wrong.  Sometimes the truth is actually somewhere in between.  The device seems to be working but not as well as you expected, or maybe at a lower level than before.  This we offer the following pages to help you get the most out of your built-in GPS device

Handheld GPS Tracking

Handheld GPS goes over certain steps you can take to maximise your device’s performance, whether something is currently going wrong or not.  This section gives helpful hints that you may not have heard of.  It also provides steps that you may not realize will have a positive effect.  As powerful and effective as this technology is, there are ways to give it a boost and prevent problems.

How GPS Trackers Work

How GPS Works can be helpful in letting you know exactly how your device is mapping or tracking your location or the location of something or someone important.  While this page does not specifically tell you how to use the device, knowing this information can certainly help you know what is a problem and what is merely a shortcoming of the technology.  People continue to amazed at the accuracy provided by satellites so far away.

These two pages should be helpful if you want to maximise the potential of your GPS in mapping and tracking.  They may help if you are having a problem.  Unfortunately, given the incredible variety of GPS devices available and the wide variety in how they are built, we cannot offer more specific information about troubleshooting and/or increasing the power of your specific device.  We can say that using built-in GPS has never been easier.  The technology never so stable and maintenance free.

GPS Tracker use and maintenance

The bottom line when it comes to buying a product with built-in GPS is to be sure to take the time to learn to use it most effectively.  Don’t assume you will easily figure it out because this technology may be more advanced than you think.  Many people have assumed that they knew exactly how to use their built-in GPS product for tracking or mapping.  Then they find out that it had functions well beyond what they thought.  They see capabilities that they did not know about.  It is worth taking the time to get to know your device.  Read the instructions and know the capabilities beyond what you will be using it for.  Most of all know the limitations.

It is also important to know how to use your built-in GPS device from the start.  This way you can truly assess whether something is wrong – before it is too late.  In your normal usage of the product it is important to be noting any changes in functionality, even if subtle.  The first time you notice is not when something (including yourself) is lost!  In some cases it may be prudent to use the device even when you might not normal do so.  Track or map something using embedded GPS every once in a while to be sure that the technology is working well.  That way you are not just trusting that everything will be fine when needed.

GPS Systems Conclusion:

GPS Tracking devices can be very helpful is a variety of ways listed above.  This is true if you need to know your own location or path.  It is also true if you are tracking the same information about someone or something else.  Your GPS Tracker may be handheld or embedded in a larger machine or your computer.  One way or another it can provide this vital information.  Sometimes GPS tracking devices are used more for fun than work or driving.  This is the case with geocaching or planning a hike.  And as built-in systems become more precise and smaller we may see them used more and more in a variety of ways.

GPS Tracking Resources

There are many authoritative sites about GPS Systems including:

Thank you for visiting, and for your interest in this exciting GPS Tracker technology!  We hope you will let us know of the ways you use your own GPS tracking device, or your own experience with GPS Systems.