The History of Vehicle Tracker

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The History of Vehicle Tracker

Change is the only constant. Not simply a philosophical phrase, this idiom holds a lot of weight in today’s times. Evolution has been an important part of who we are and what we have achieved. But one should also keep in mind that today, evolution is not regarded just from ape to man, it's our machines and technologies as well that have experienced a seismic transformation and evolution. 

This evolution also demands our attention. Comprehending technology can be tough, especially when it keeps developing so rapidly. Take into example past few decades. Who would have thought that one can get food delivered at their doorstep, can shop and make payments with just a click or can locate your car using GPS tracker with a phone? But eventually, as time progresses, we get used to concurrent changes and have eventually accepted this evolution as a part of our daily life.


What many people might find hard to believe is that the evolution in technology which we are witnessing now is not really rapid. It did not happen overnight. This evolution took a long time. The development eventually got better and it keeps getting better every single day. For instance, the GPS tracker which is so common today isn’t today's technology.

The Beginning


The initial purpose of the GPS Vehicle tracker was to serve in intelligence and military applications. The first design was developed at the peak of the cold war during the 1960s. It was the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik that inspired the concept of the global positioning system (GPS). 

It was finally in 1978 when the first experimental Block-I GPS satellite was launched in the space by the Rockwell International. They consisted of a network of satellites which would orbit the planet at a fixed point. Once getting in position, they were able to reflect and hence send signals down to anyone on Earth with a tracking device. 

Following the successful execution, 10 more satellites were launched within a span of just 10 years to further reinforce the concept of GPS. This took place in 1985. Even though the 10 launches were perfectly accomplished and the satellites were working, they were not enough to receive adequate data to complete the GPS network for the entire planet. 

It took another 9 years to finally finish the network with the final 24 satellites launched in space on 17 January 1994. And finally, GPS was ready to be used after a lot of hard work and development spanning more than 2 decades. 

An Asset to Public

As already mentioned above, the initial use of tracker was limited to serve the purpose of the armed forces only. In fact, there was very little knowledge among the public about the functioning and utility of GPS trackers.

It was not until in 1996 when President Bill Clinton realized that the GPS technology can be equally useful for the common public. He then issued policy guidance to relevant authorities to develop systems with which the general public can utilise and benefit from GPS. Technologies such as fleet management that we so commonly use today, were the result of that policy.

Additional updates were made in the GPS technology and devices were further developed. And a decade later, in 2006, the final GPS was sent to orbit the earth, thus completing the GPS network to be at its best when used for the public benefit. 

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