GPS is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information.

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Tablet or smart phone GPS vs “real” GPS

I've been reading a lot today about android and iphone devices being used for spatial data collection in the field and it sure seems to be that single purpose devices such as the extremely popular ...
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Why does GPS positioning require four satellites?

I have a question on the GPS positioning algorithm. In all books I've read for 3D positioning we need four satellites, and I don't understand why. We need to calculate three variables: x, y, z. We ...
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Does an earthquake affect GPS?

There are news reports saying that the Sendai earthquake a couple days ago has shifted the earth on its axis and moved the island 8 feet. Last year, there were similar reports with the earthquake in ...
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Why don't they use cell towers like GPS satellites?

If my understanding is correct, a GPS satellite produces a pretty simple signal which is basically composed of its location and its time. Given 4 of these signals, then one can uniquely solve for the ...
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How to cope with the newly discovered GPS bug? [closed]

Today the New York Times broke the news that after the Clinton Administration turned off Selective Availability in the GPS system, a bug had been introduced into the GPS satellite software itself, ...
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Is there a good GPS track analysis library?

I keep writing custom code to work with GPS tracks: GPX files and NMEA logs from my phone, dedicated GPS logger, etc. I feel like I'm reinventing the wheel and am wondering if there's some standard ...
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Why is GPS a free service?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a free service that is owned and operated by the U.S. Government and is always available. When we buy a GPS device, we don't pay a monthly fee or pay a tax for ...
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What are the major differences between GPS, GLONASS and Galileo?

What are the major differences between GPS, GLONASS, COMPASS and Galileo?
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Precision when working with spatial data in GIS

Is there a basic or introductory study that examines and compares the precision of spatial data when working with varying precison of the data input, like having 1, 2, ... decimal places? with the ...
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Is GPS more accurate on specific hours of the day?

I have heard that the GPS system is more accurate, and less accurate on some specific hours on the day. If this is true, how can I get the information on when GPS is more or less accurate at my ...
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How to create a polyline-based “heatmap” from GPS tracks?

This winter I am planning to track my downhill skiing/snowboarding using a GPS. Most of my riding will occur at the same resort. I would like to be able to create a sort of "heatmap" that shows the ...
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Location-based game using GPS

I am not sure if this forum is proper place for that kind of question but i hope to get some advice... I looking for some scenario (examples, ideas) for urban game (location-based game) with usage of ...
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How correct is the “Accuracy” value given by GPS devices?

I have a Garmin Forerunner 305 and a Google Nexus One Android phone. From the GPS on both these devices I can get a "Accuracy" value that is usually between 6-20 meters. How much can I trust this ...
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Sources of realtime spatial data

I'm trying to set up a demo that serves up live spatial data, but am having trouble finding any suitable example data sources. Ideally I'm looking for something that updates every few seconds; either ...
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What is the difference between triangulation and trilateration?

Looking around I noticed that many people exchange the terms (tringlulation and trilateration) for the same sense. What's, actually, the correct sense of Triangulation and what are the differences ...
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Lightsquared GPS controversy: Where is the analysis?

GPS World reports that Lightsquared's network of 40,000 transmitters will interfere with GPS signals. Initial technical analyses have shown that the distant, low-powered GPS signals would ...
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How can I statistically calculate the “real” road from a set of GPS tracks

I participate in a long-distance cycling club, and we started to collect GPS data routinely from our riders. My interest is to calculate "the real trajectory" for future events based on accumulated ...
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What is the maximum Theoretical accuracy of GPS?

I was talking with a potential client, and they requested that we plot some points with GPS, with a maximum (or should that be minimum?) accuracy of 2 m. This is an area with no WAAS, and I was under ...
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Mobile Data collection options

What COTS software is available to do mobile data collection, with GPS positioning. Map display not required. I'm looking across the board (platform wise). I'm already aware of... RhinoSpect ...
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Advanced android app for mapping and GPS logging

I am looking for an android app able to log GPS data like coordinates, altitude, current speed and would be nice if also the GPS accuracy/number of satellites. Many GPS apps are able to display these ...
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Post Processing GPS Data with open source software

I am using Magellan Professional Mapper CX working on ArcPad 7.1 platform. It has sub-meter accuracy after post processing. Without post processing the data collected in the field is off by 10 to 15 ...
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How to get an elevation profile for a gps track?

I'd like to get a reasonably accurate elevation profile for a track recorded with a GPS (which often has very unreliable altitude data and occasionally none at all, depending on the model.) Does ...
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GPS Tracking by SMS

I have a GPS Tracker which sends the GPRMC string of the NMEA 0183 protocol, at fixed periodicity, to a predefined number as SMS. I am looking for a software which can port these incoming SMS to a COM ...
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GPS Elephant Tracking: Utilizing A-GPS, WAAS, DGPS and Understanding HDOP, NSAT, and ZDA

*I'm using a GPS data logger (qstarz bt-q1000xt) to track the movement of zoo elephants, and I have a variety of technical questions. I've had limited success receiving answers from the vendor. You ...
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Detecting “lack of movement” on GPS device

Me and my associated are having a bit of a concept problem. We're using a GPS tracking device mounted in vehicles and later display the movements in our application. Pretty straightforward, right? ...
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Software for analyzing GPS tracklogs to extract human-readable placenames

I have a pile of GPX-formatted tracklogs for many countries where I've travelled over the years (the GPS-device has been continuously on and recording for most of the trips). I would now like to ...
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Clustering Trajectories (GPS data of (x,y) points) and Mining the data

I've got 2 questions on analyzing a GPS dataset. 1) Extracting trajectories I have a huge database of recorded GPS coordinates of the form (latitude, longitude, date-time). According to date-time ...
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Convert XY points to a line?

Someone mistakenly saved a GPS track as waypoints and then sent them along to me in a .csv file. They want a line back (shapefile). What's the simplest method to convert this to a line? Available ...
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GPS to map workflow, for non-GIS folk

What applications and workflow(s) do you use for gathering, displaying and storing GPS data, with your centralised corporate data, for people who are not GIS folk? We're in the process of ...
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Why is getting a GPS fix so slow?

I understand the basic concepts of GPS positioning system and the use of trilateration but I don't understand why it takes so much time to get a fix. On commercial GPS like TomTom it usually takes ...
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Why does GPS altitude jump sometimes?

I am currently developing a little application in Android which uses GPS. When i click a button i start to record a "track". If i walk around i save my position every second into a file. This works ...
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How do GPS/Glonass/Galileo satellite know their position?

We use satellites to calculate our position. How do satellites know their position if it is right or wrong ? I have heard that the base station records and corrects the satellite path but how do they ...
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How much sense does it make to average (lat,lon) samples in order to increase 2D accuracy of a GPS location?

Several GPS applications, like this one, or this one, acquire multiple (lat,lon) samples of a given location, assuming that the GPS unit is not moving, and then take an average of the samples in order ...
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How to find ring of coverage of GPS Satellite on WGS-84 ellipsoid?

Given the following: Time, t The set of IS-200 Ephemeris data, E, of a GPS Satellite corresponding to time t The ECEF position of the GPS satellite, P=(x,y,z), derived from the time and ephemeris, ...
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Overview of GPS tracking system technologies

Background: I've been asked by a friend to estimate the cost of setting up a GPS tracking system for a small fleet of buses, so we can do real time reporting of bus locations via a webmap. In my ...
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What Type of GIS Powers Automobile Navigation Systems

My sister-in-law was inquiring about where she can buy updated DVD's to load into her car's system. Obviously I know the dealer/OEM would love to rip her off for such data, and I knew of no ...
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Need a Benchmark GPS Trajectory data-set? Anyone?

I'm looking for a benchmark GPS data set, available for research purposes for free. I've found GeoLife GPS Trajectories dataset from Microsoft Research but I find it a little incomplete. What I need ...
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How can I find positions on my land?

I have about 2 acres of land, wooded and brushy. There was a survey and the corners have rebar. I am working on a site plan for house construction. I have two related problems: Finding a spot on ...
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How do I detect traffic incidents in a set of geospatial gps traces?

I have a large database of gps traces (long, lat, timestamp) and would like to see if I can detect when congestion occurs on roads from that data. Any idea's or pointers on good algorithms to use? ...
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How to build a geographic database of GPS logs?

On our aerial wildlife surveys we typically generate dozens of GPX files, and usually convert most of them into shapefiles for display in a GIS application. GPX files are a terrific way of keeping all ...
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How to filter wrong GPS points?

I have a database of GPS points. There aren't any tracks, only points. I need to calculate some value for every 100 meters, but sometimes GPS gave a wrong coordinates that lies far from real GPS ...
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What GPS device do I need for vehicle tracking?

I am a programmer with no connection to Geographic information, except that I work on application which uses google maps. So here is my problem. I need some device, which I will be able to set in a ...
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How do I group near points with GPS positions?

I'm an IT person so I don't know too much about projections and so on, I hope you can help me. I have made an application for Android that collects a GPS position, so I have the latitude and the ...
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Does GPS signal quality depend on the chip manufacturer? Does it depend on weather?

(Sorry if GIS is not the right place to post this question to). Recently me and my school friends had a GPS software application project to pursue at the university. A device very similar to this ...
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Is there a geodetic benchmark that is fixed with respect to plate tectonics?

I see that NGS benchmarks are used to monitor the movement of geologic plates. Is one of the benchmarks assumed to be in a fixed location, with movements of all other benchmarks measured with respect ...
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Bluetooth GPS to Smart Phone

Has anyone had any luck intergrating a GPS unit with your Smartphone? Looking to gain sub 5m accuracy. Ideally would like the phone to just use the better gps reciever when it is connected. This ...
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Example of a Dynamic Map Service that frequently changes?

A requirement of our web application is to automatically refresh a particular dynamic map service on a timer. Requirement relates to a client who has a dynamic MS that consistently gets updates ...
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real time map matching

I am working on a project which requires real time map matching. I am currently using ArcGIS but not sure whether it will work. Here is what happens with my system: the cell phones sent GPS fixes ...
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Is there open source GPS post-processing software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Post Processing GPS Data with open source software Here at the office we have a couple of 15-year-old Trimble 4700 and 4800 units but now we don't have the software to ...
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Logging GPS and Accelerometer Data - Device Suggestion?

I am looking for a device that can track my location (lat,long) and speed all day long. Perhaps, I need GPS and accelerometer data bundled together. What I want to do is to log my daily activities. I ...