Thursday, April 19, 2012

Need To Add GPS To Your Computer?

Technology seems to advance at a rate faster than we can keep up with it.  It seems like just yesterday that computers/laptops started to come with built-in wireless cards, allowing you to be connected to the internet at home or work.  Next was Bluetooth, allowing you to sync multiple Bluetooth devices.  Then along came broadband cards, allowing you to be connected to the internet anywhere.  More recently, they have started to come with the option of having GPS installed, allowing you to fully utilize mapping software while on the go.

Being able to have GPS built into your MDT (mobile data terminal) is a great option for first responders, as it decreases the number of technological tools users need to utilize in a response.  But, what do you do if you have older MDT's or Panasonic Toughbooks that didn't come equipped with GPS?  You can add it on!  By utilizing a Garmin USB GPS Receiver and Garmin MapSource Software, you can add GPS to any laptop running Windows XP (or newer) that is connected to the broadband.

The Garmin USB GPS units are an OEM, high-sensitivity GPS sensor for use in automotive, fleet vehicle, and electronics applications that require a small, highly accurate GPS receiver.  This high-sensitivity, puck-like receiver is 2.4" in diameter and weighs just a few ounces, making it an ideal solution for applications where space is at a premium such as in first responder vehicles.

The features of the Garmin USB GPS include:

  • Automatically tracks multiple satellites for fast, accurate positioning
  • Position errors of less than three meters
  • Compact and rugged design
  • 10-day battery life
  • Waterproof design

This option eliminates the need to replacing your MDTs/Toughbooks for ones with a GPS.

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