A handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver can be an extremely useful piece of navigation gear when paddling through unfamiliar areas or when traveling alone. By communicating with a series of 24 different satellites that are constantly orbiting the earth, these cell phone-sized devices can pinpoint your location on the globe (via latitude, longitude, and altitude) to within several meters. A nifty trick for sure, but what good does that information do for you when you’re out on open water? Won’t a map and compass provide more useful info about landmarks, courses, and your destination?
On their own, GPS coordinates are nothing more than a bunch of numbers. But consider the power of using those numbers in partnership with a map and compass. You’ll be able to pinpoint your location on the map, plot a course that translates into the real world with your compass, and track your progress with the GPS and the map. Even better, you can enter the coordinates of your destination into the receiver for turn-by-turn directions (although this wouldn’t substitute for a good map, especially in those instances where the shortest, most accessible route between two points is not a straight line). Ferdinand Magellan would be so jealous.
These days, many GPS receiver manufacturers are taking this concept to the next level by incorporating mapping software, digital compasses, waypoint features, and a host of other navigation tools right into the units themselves. So I guess this means that, for the technologically inclined paddler, there’s no need to carry the outdated map and compass combo anymore, right?
Geo Track offers high quality and high efficiency products to all of our customers. GeoTrack's GPS tracking systems have assisted companies across North America by providing them with real time overall vehicle supervision and maintenance, fleet status, solutions to problem drivers and customer's satisfaction.
Our tracking systems can be used on a wide range of vehicles from a small to large fleet by enabling you to manage your valuable assets at any time, any where in the world. Before making any commitment, we recommend that you try our demo units on your fleet, and judge the system for yourself.