FAQ :: What is GPS Technology?

GPS, the Global Positioning System is a space-based global navigation satellite system(GNSS) created in 1973 that provides location and time information anywhere on earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible by anyone with a GPS receiver with some technical limitations, which are only removed for military users.

GPS tracking of vehicles, planes, ships

GPS proponents desire to track every vehicle, plane and ship in real time 24-7. Even if he could develop the technology to do this overnight he could not impose it on the inhabitants of earth without conditioning them to accept this insidious invasion of privacy.

Most workers in the transportation industry are used to being tracked via GPS. Virtually all commercial trucks, taxis, limousines, courier and government vehicles have GPS transponders in them. This technology is also working its way into vehicles sold to the public. The OnStar system is the most well known GPS tracking system for private vehicles. It is sold as being a safety feature.

Eventually GPS transponders will be mandatory in all private, commercial and public vehicles. Motorcycles will be required to have them and maybe even bicycles. They will also become mandatory in all planes and ships.

GPS tracking of people

Most people do not want to be tracked in real time or any time. The idea of government bureaucrats knowing one’s every move is abhorrent to most people. Yet the vast majority of people in America and the Western world are voluntarily allowing the government to track every place they go. If you own a cell phone you can be tracked 24-7 as long as you carry it with you.