Thanks to anywhere, everywhere cloud computing, global positioning is in an even better position when it comes to navigation and fleet tracking.
Whether you’re driving cross-town or trying to navigate a fleet of vehicles cross-country, cloud-based GPS makes the trek that much easier.
With directional technology in mind, here are just a few ways cloud-based GPS is helping the world drive forward:
How the Partnership Works
Considering GPS technology is quickly finding a home in everything from smartphones to automobiles, it’s no surprise global positioning and the cloud have joined forces. The cloud-based GPS partnership combines the positioning power of satellites with the computing capabilities of big data to create unparalleled global guidance.
Cloud-based GPS collects positioning information from a network of worldwide satellites and then uses cloud-based data from online databases to relay navigational information. This information includes travel time calculations between locations, traffic delays, road changes, weather trajectories, and even elevation changes.
Although the information above sounds like something that any GPS is capable of on its own, a huge benefit of cloud-based GPS is that all navigational information happens in real-time, without the need for updates.
Speaking of Benefits…
When technology works seamlessly with everyday life, the world becomes a better place. Cloud-based GPS isn’t only making the world better, but also easier to navigate.
Here are just a few benefits of cloud-based GPS:
• No Need for Updates – As mentioned before, global positioning systems equipped with the cloud don’t need updates. Because the GPS borrows data from the continuously expanding and updating cloud, manual map downloads and updates are obsolete.
• Sharing Made Easy – When it comes to communicating, the ability for GPS-enabled electronics to transmit information from one device to the next is a plus. With cloud-based GPS, users can share everything from navigational waypoints and maps to traffic delays and accidents instantaneously through the cloud. This is great for fleet driving as well as individual navigation.
• All-Encompassing Accessibility – The cloud exists on an everywhere scale, which translates to unparalleled accessibility from anywhere at any time. What this means for cloud-based GPS is all navigational features like personal settings, travel history, and customized routes are stored on the cloud regardless of the user and the device.
Security and Affordability Factors
Cost and security are major factors when it comes to adopting new technology and cloud-based GPS puts digital safety and the bottom dollar in the driver’s seat.
Because the databases behind the cloud are maintained and monitored by trained IT professionals, data is secure. Cloud servers are continuously updated with the latest firewall and anti-viral software, so any information, navigational or not, are only accessible by the user and expert cloud vendors.
In addition to security, cloud-based GPS offers affordability in the form of lower operating costs.
Because cloud servers are housed and maintained elsewhere, cloud users save on hardware costs as well as security and software upgrades. For cloud-based GPS, this means hassle-free operation without the expense of a full-time IT staff or global positioning system upgrades.
From accessibility to affordability, it’s easy to see that cloud-based GPS is quickly becoming a driving force in the world of navigational technology.
About the Author: Adam Groff is a freelance writer and creator of content. He writes on a variety of topics including home improvement and advancements in technology.
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