A CDE Definition
(NAVigation via Signals of OPportunity) A navigation system that uses multiple sources of radio signals for triangulation of the user's location. It can use GPS signals; however, if not available, Wi-Fi hotspots along with cellular, TV, FM radio and air traffic control signals may also be used. See GPS.
(1) (General Print Server) An IBM mainframe feature that lets TN3270 clients access LPD/LPR printers via the SNA/VTAM network. See TN3270 and VTAM.
(2) (Global Positioning System) A satellite-based radio navigation system run by the U.S. Department of Defense, officially known as NAVSTAR GPS (see also GLONASS, Galileo and Beidou). Created for the military, the GPS system is not only used by consumers, but in numerous industries, including agriculture, oil, gas, mining and construction.
For consumers, it means no more asking directions when GPS receivers are built into vehicles (see in-dash navigation) or into mobile units that can be taken anywhere (see portable GPS, CarPlay and Android Auto).
Three or Four Satellite Signals Required
The GPS system was designed so that signals from at least four satellites would be on the horizon at all times, sufficient for the GPS receiver to compute the current latitude, longitude and elevation anywhere on earth to within a range of 15 to 70 feet (see latitude). If signals from only three satellites are received, the location can be derived, but not elevation. If less than three, the system cannot compute its current location unless it is tied to the speed of the vehicle (see in-dash navigation).
The Satellite System
In six different orbits approximately 12,500 miles above the earth, the system's 24 medium-earth orbit (MEO) satellites circle the earth every 12 hours. They constantly transmit their current time based on atomic clocks and current location on two frequencies in the L-band labeled L1 (1575.2 MHz) and L2 (1227.6 MHz). Most receivers pick up L1, while more advanced receivers pick up both signals for greater accuracy by determining and removing ionospheric delays.
A GPS receiver calculates the distance to the satellites by comparing the times the transmitted signals were sent with the times received. By knowing the precise locations of the satellites at any given moment, the receiver uses trilateration, the navigation technique of ship captains for centuries, to pinpoint its own location. See triangulation.
First launched in 1978, GPS satellites have been replaced several times with newer models. There are also numerous government and commercial monitoring networks around the world that use earth-based reference stations to improve accuracy. For example, in agriculture, such systems enable farm equipment to automatically plant ultra-precise rows of crops within inches (see GPS augmentation system). See social navigation, vehicle tracking, reality view, GPS augmentation system, mobile positioning, LORAN, MEO, GNSS, Galileo and geocaching.
An Early Car Navigation System
GPS in the Woods
Navigation App in a Laptop
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