GPS in India

The acronym GPS (Global Positioning System) is rapidly becoming an integral part of of everyday lives. The one main reason of GPS becoming popularity is due to the decreasing costs of GPS receivers and this resulted general public started utilizing GPS technology more increasingly. The most common application a few years ago in this technoloty was personal navigation and is now dominated by the vehicle tracking.

The commercial uses of GPS technology has become popular with more applications across various industries are using widely

However, GPS technology has seemingly endless possibilities, Just to quote one interesting solution provided recently by Asset Telematics (a leading Indian GPS vehicle tracking solutions company) for a local government body in one of the South East Asian country is "identifying the street lights that are faulty or where at floor level minimum average illuminance is below as per the guidelines set" As part of the solution, a cluster of GPS devices attached with the light sensors are mounted in a vehicle. During the late hours (dark hours) the vehicle travels at a predefined speed on the defined roads in the city.

The data will be sent to the central server with the lat-long coordinates with the illuminance details against. At the end of the day a deviation/exception report will be generated and an email will be sent to the concerned maintenance department.

Asset Telematics have wide network in India and globally through our service centers and dealer/reseller network. Our GPS system solutions are available under the delivery model of SaaS (Software as a Service) to small and medium companies.

For more details please send an email to info@assetTL.com

GPS to be installed in rented bikes in city

NEW DELHI: Keen to keep a track on the movement of those riding rented bikes, Delhi government has mandated installation of Global Positioning System (GPS) in two wheelers hired through the newly-introduced bike-on-rent facility in the national capital.

On the lines of Goa, government recently introduced bike-on-rent scheme under which the two wheelers will be available on rent at metro stations, ISBTs and railway stations and important places across the capital.

"In order to ensure safety for those using this facility, government has decided to make the installation of GPS mandatory in rented bikes," a senior government official said.

The official said that without installation of GPS in bikes, government will not issue license to the firms, adding the applicant is also required to submit character verification certificate of self and staff working under him from Delhi Police.

"Through GPS, government can track the movement of those riding rented bikes in case anything goes wrong. At the time of hiring bike, one will be required at bike counters and thereafter, they would be given the bike on rent," official also said.

According to official, the license granted or renewed under the scheme will be valid for the period of five years from the date of grant and renewal.

"The licensees have been directed to maintain a data base of the license and proof of address of the hirer of the motor cycle for a period of one year," official added.

Official said the move aims at providing last mile connectivity to tourists and individualsin the national capital.

Isro’s desi GPS system is here

AHMEDABAD: It's time we move away from the American Global Positioning System (GPS) and make way for our own desi navigation system — the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS on our mobile phones.

Beginning Thursday, Isro will hold a major meeting in Bangalore involving location and navigation device manufacturers, mobile phone manufacturers and global information system (GIS) technology developers presenting to them the advantages of using the IRNSS technology over the current GPS technology. During the two-day meet, Isro will demonstrate how the seven IRNSS constellation satellites once operational by July next year, will be significantly more accurate than the American GPS system. The meeting will also be attended by senior scientists from Space Application Centre (SAC) Ahmedabad.

Unlike American GPS, Isro is recommending a small additional hardware in handheld devices that can receive S-Band signals from IRNSS satellites and inclusion of a code in the phone software to receive L-Band signals. "Both these L and S band signals received from seven satellite constellation of the IRNSS are being calculated by a special embedded software which reduces the errors caused by atmospheric disturbances significantly. This in turn gives a superior quality location accuracy than the American GPS system," says a senior Isro official.