from 1996 ...
GPS Software for Police & Emergency Services
GPSS is being used in a wide spread of Police and Emergency Services applications,
all of which involve GPS satellite based tracking of vehicles
or other objects.
- Remote Tracking - the requirement
for a Control Room to know where its vehicles are, minute by minute,
to task resources. This requires automatic communication between
cars and base. This communication could be based upon the existing
voice radio - with a GPS unit in each car that 'bleeps' the car
position at the end of each voice transmission, or dedicated facilities
such as those mentioned on the leaflet 'Remote Vehicle Tracking
- In-vehicle Tracking - to provide
navigation and communication facilities in the vehicle, similar
to those developed for future consumer in-car systems. A computer
in the car, linked to its own GPS and data communications, provide
the crew with a greater degree of autonomy. In addition to the
obvious navigation aids it becomes feasible to co-ordinate multi-vehicle
operations at a local level. e.g. rendezvous or co-ordinated chase.
- Covert Tracking - where the vehicle
doesn't know it is being tracked. This includes a wide range of
solutions which include hidden GPS pods or miniature transmitters
that can be located using radio direction finding. Products developed
to track wildlife as small as birds can be used to locate and
follow any object - including clothing - on which the small transmitter
is hidden. See the leaflet, 'Direction Finding with GPSS'.
Software is now normally the weak link stopping a computer
based solution being implemented quickly, within budget, and put
into successful operation. The rapidly decreasing size and cost
of PC and GPS satellite receiver products puts greater weight
on the need for suitable 'off the shelf' software. GPSS, the Global
Positioning System Software, meets that need. GPSS is designed
for a future mass market, and already has a wide range of application.
It can therefore provide advanced, comprehensive facilities, immediately,
at little cost.