GPS Device That Works Indoors

New Technology Could Change Rescue Work

GPS trackers are small devices that receive satellite signals from space resulting in highly accurate positional data for their users. This locational data can be used for numerous applications related to personal safety from teen driving management to vehicle fleet management. It is also the reason why so many police departments, fire departments, ambulance companies and other first responders all choose to equip automobiles with GPS tracking devices. With all of the positive things GPS systems offer the technology itself still has some limitations. These limitations include signals from orbiting satellites being unable to go through concrete and different forms of metal. However, that may all change if the claims from a company called Cambridge Consultants are true about development of a product that can determine locational data of a person or asset indoors, and this is something that could be critical to saving lives in rescue situations.

GPS tracking devices have been evolving and advancing ever since consumer grade versions of the units hit the market. Unfortunately, being able to determine with accuracy the position of an object or person indoors has been a hurdle GPS simply has struggled to clear. Looking to develop a solution capable of providing emergency personnel the ability to locate any person or asset located indoors, Cambridge Consultants has allegedly now accomplished that goal with a product that uses sensors and internal algorithms when GPS is no longer effective. Using power-efficient circuitry and affordable sensors, the tracking device would be able to transmit with accuracy it’s location inside almost any building or infrastructure. The new GPS tracker was also manufactured to be small enough in size for a person to wear on their belt or inside of a pocket/purse. When asked about how the new GPS tracker could enhance safety, a rep for Cambridge Consultants explained how the tracking device could be utilized to help locate fire crews in smoke-filled homes or buildings. Abandon buildings and house fires can put firefighters in harm’s way, but even in conditions where smoke and confusion are prevalent the GPS device could provide the locational data necessary to save lives. Personal tracking devices that call upon various sources to determine positional data have been used in the past, but most of these trackers are using radio frequency, weak GPS signals or some form of Wi-Fi technology. However, with more smart phones being manufactured and GPS tracking technology advancing, many components have substantially dropped in cost. That means components such as pressure sensors, magnetometers, gyroscopes, cellular data modules and other items can now be combined with existing technologies to create a cost-effective tracking solution capable of monitoring a person or object inside of a building. Most importantly, this form of real-time GPS tracking will be financially feasible for small businesses and families once it debuts on the consumer market. No timetable has been set when Cambridge Consultants will launch the new GPS tracker, but their is no doubt if the GPS personal tracker indeed is capable of meeting manufacturer claims that it will be a valuable tool. Hopefully, a tool that can boost safety and save lives.

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