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IB Diploma ITGS Portfolio: Global Positioning System (GPS) Peripheral Use of the System a. Introduction of the Subject Nowadays, the word "maps" are becoming less popular and has evolved into the word "GPS". Simply, the Global Positioning System is a system of satellites and receiving devices used to compute positions on Earth. The information can be used in a three-way communication for use as positioning system. After much evolution of the GPS technology, it is very useful in tracking down an individual- not only humans, but also animals. A tiny modem, attached to their collar, sends out a text message to a mobile phone, PDA, or other two-way wireless device, whenever a pet leaves any predetermined boundaries. Not only is the owner notified, but the receiver gives directions, and even maps, with certain supported mobile phones, for finding the wandering pet. Many mobile phones, PCs or PDAs already have real-time tracking software readily installed in them, making it accessible and easy to operate. ...read more.


Cheaper devices have only basic features required for pet tracking whilst others have several complementary features. Consider several types of GPS tracking devices, from those that allow you to program safety zones, waterproof and weatherproof models if you live in temperate zones, and advanced features such as heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature to see if your pet is truly 100% safe inside and out. c. The Impact of the Issue In the use of this technology, the user needs to subscribe to a GSM network provider which issues SMS-enabled SIM card and a mobile phone or a GSM modem that can send SMS message to the GPS service provider. The GPS device or collar also needs to be purchased and installed to the user's mobile phone before the GPS can be activated. The government plays a role in which they need to make these necessary advancements available for public use. ...read more.


Solutions to Problems Arising from the Issue The government and individual GSM Provider companies are responsible in expanding and detailing the range of the GSM coverage in the country. Without this, the GPS tracking system will not be very efficient due to limitations of the street directories. There are various ways of accessing the information that your GPS receives. These include via home phone, Internet, and software installed on your computer. Phone access is not recommended and installed software limits your access to information. Internet access to your GPS data is the recommended way to go. You just log on, enter your password and your pet is located. Yes, animal snatchers will sometimes remove collars, but a surprising number will not. Combined with other technology like micro-chipping and registration, pet-tracking GPS device will go a long way to ensure that lost pets will be located. GPS tracking devices will not substitute common sense and vigilance in watching over your pets, but rather help reduce the chances of your pet running off by accident. This technology only helps us ease emotional burdens of losing our beloved pets. (1000 words) e. ...read more.

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