Thursday, November 20, 2008

Are you being tracked?


Twice in a row, I heard about GPS tracking today. First with the movie "Wild Hogs" when they threw away their GPS equipped phones for an adventure filled bike ride across America. Then, the second in the movie "DaVinci Code", where Professor Langdon was bugged by a GPS tracking dot by the French Agents to track his movement.

GPS tracking or better known as Global Positioning System is becoming a common technology nowadays. It used to be available only for military use but now civilians too can take advantage of its usefulness. If you have a GPS receiver, triangulating your position anywhere in the world, using around 24-32 mid altitude satellites around the globe, can be available within seconds. The only places where it can have a harder time locating you would be if you are driving through a tunnel, or even when you are driving in between high rise buildings. The signals gets choppy.

With the GPS tracking being available in the market (its a common feature now of the 3G mobile phones), depending on how you use it, it can be good or it can be bad. Good for finding location, or tracking down your cargo. But if you use it to spy on your spouse or employee...somehow it can breed distrust.

Technology should be used to make our lives better...always depending on how we make use of technology.

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