Twenty years ago having GPS meant purchasing a complicated and expensive handheld device, or sticking something to the dashboard of your car. Standard GPS practice also included keeping your location private.
Today, it would be surprising to find a smartphone that doesn’t track your every move. A majority of the most popular apps rely on GPS positioning to allow you to catch rides, find food, and make your day to day easier. Those apps are only getting better with time—here are the latest and greatest.
1. Family Locator GPS
For many parents, equipping children with cell phones is the best way to make sure they can reach you anytime they need to. In an emergency, GPS can help locate a child, and that is exactly what this app is designed to do.
Family Locator will notify you when your child arrives safely at their destination and keep you informed of where they are. Older children might find it annoying, but in many cases, it’s the best solution available if you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your kids can find you, and you can find them.
Scout is a GPS-based app that lets you quickly and easily survey fun activities and events in your area. It can also keep friends and family informed of your ETA if you are planning to meet them. Scout was recently updated to be more battery-friendly, something more GPS apps should consider, and features voice commands.
You might not be familiar with this navigation app, but Sygic is catapulting itself to the forefront of the GPS navigation market by incorporating a feature you’ve probably already heard about. That feature is augmented reality.
In new versions of the road-following app, you no longer have to view a superimposed map to make sense of where to go. Instead, your path is projected onto an image of the road ahead, lowering any chance that you might overshoot an exit or miss a turn.
4. Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium
While there are certainly plenty of ways to use GPS in your personal life, businesses are finding more ways to use GPS too.
The Pittsburgh Zoo is using GPS to enrich the experience of a visit to the zoo for smartphone users. Similar to your average map app, you can view your location in the zoo by opening the app. New games and interactive experiences are unlocked as you approach different exhibits.
App users will have the ability to learn more about their favorite zoo inhabitants, and even get involved with programs helping promote healthy ecosystems in the wild, through the use of the app. It’s early yet, but zoo officials report that initial reactions to the app are positive.
5. Dataforma Mobile CRM
The Dataforma app caters specifically to professionals in the construction industry, allowing them to connect to Dataforma’s project management system quickly through any iOS or Android device.
Industry professionals can easily keep track of work performed in the field and update field tickets throughout any construction process. Even more helpful, the app will instantly give field employees directions to any job site, taking some of the guesswork out of meeting up with a new client.
Location, Location, Location
In 1714, John Harrison won the famous “Longitude Prize” by devising a method for sailors to find their location at sea. Three centuries later, his discoveries continue to deliver remarkable results.
The location is critical to the business of navigation, communication, and even commerce. Next time you look down at your smartphone and ask for directions, be grateful—it took us a long time to get this good.
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