What is a GPS?

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a constellation of 27 Earth-orbiting satellites. The U.S. military developed and implemented this satellite network as a military navigation system, but soon opened it up to everybody else.

Each of these 3,000- to 4,000-pound solar-powered satellites circles the globe at about 12,000 miles (19,300 km), making two complete rotations every day. The orbits are arranged so that at anytime, anywhere on Earth, there are at least four satellites "visible" in the sky. A GPS receiver locates four or more of these satellites, figures out the distance to each, and uses this information to deduce its own location.

They require an unobstructed view of the sky, so they are used only outdoors and their performance is sometimes affected within forested areas or near tall buildings. GPS operations depend on a very accurate time reference, which is provided by atomic clocks at the U.S. Naval Observatory.

Each GPS satellite transmits data that indicates its location and the current time. All GPS satellites synchronize operations so that these repeating signals are transmitted at the same instant. The distance to the GPS satellites can be determined by estimating the amount of time it takes for their signals to reach the receiver.

Why are GPS Navigation Devices important?

  • Offered on the world leader Garmin devices as well as GPS enabled smart phones that support Windows Mobile and Symbian Operating Systems.
  • Includes maps of Lebanon and/or GCC, Europe, North America.
  • POIs cover restaurants, hotels, banks, shops, resorts and building names.
  • POI phone numbers available on device
  • Touch screen display
  • Voice- guided directions in several languages.
  • Emergency locator
  • 2D and 3D map view
  • Provides tools such as currency converter, calculator, world clock, MP3 player and picture viewer.
  • Helps save, and provides tips to save, fuel.
  • Built- in Bluetooth wireless technology for safety and ease.
  • Post- Purchase: Free and easy access to map and POI updates