GPS (Global Position Satellite) Systems have been in commercial use for a little over a decade now, as a result of a presidential decree by Bill Clinton of the USA to fully open up the entire network for civilian use. Having been developed and put into operation by the Department of Defense of the United States for navigational purposes over a period of 30 years (starting in the early 1980s), GPS was initially meant for the US military to track its forces the world over.
The system consists of 24 satellites that are in geosynchronous orbit around the Earth (meaning that they never move away from the spot above the planet that they are occupying). The triangulation of a minimum of 4 satellite signals (with 3 for positioning purposes, and the 4th being used as a mean of tracking time to ensure that data is interpreted correctly by the receiver) results in accuracy down to within 10 metres of the actual location.
Military use of the GPS system is still far more accurate than that of civilian use, naturally, as they can access more satellites than civilian receivers at any given point in time (civilian receivers are restricted to 4 satellites). Nowadays, there are many GPS receivers manufactured by different brands. Amongst these include Garmin, TomTom, PAPAGO! and the brand we’ll be looking at, gogopal.
Just Who Are gogopal?
gogopal, together with other brand names such as Garmin, manufacture and market GPS receivers that use LED or LCD screen to display map routes, locations and other data to drivers and passengers so that, hopefully, they’ll never get lost. These locations services are of course derived from being able to receive GPS signals.
The company itself, gogopal, is the result of collaboration between Pioneer Concepts Pvt Ltd and MapIT, to create a GPS solutions provider for ordinary consumers. Pioneer Concepts take care of the hardware and user interface with the maps and their content being supplied by MapIT.
The software itself is co-developed with Hyundai MnSoft, which also helps develop map content and tracking software for telemetry and data storage purposes. This leads to a smoother GPS navigation experience as it allows more accuracy and prediction as to where you are heading.
Currently, Lazada Malaysia sells the gogopal 3D Maps with a 4.3 inch touchscreen.