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Woman found in Hartley using GPS technology

 
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dmnrec
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:49 am    Post subject: Woman found in Hartley using GPS technology Reply with quote

From what I heard, more 9-1-1 systems are using GPS technology to find people:

http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/news/local/12804325.htm
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

But what I want to know is whether or not the GPS coords are displayed to the user?
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HugoBear
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The E911 technology in cell phones (newer ones, anyway) is quite varied. From what I read on the net, they either triangulate the position with towers or there is some kind of crude GPSr in the phone that works in conjunction with the tower signals. Either way, the phone acts as a position for rescue services to home in on.
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JT
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

rickrich wrote:
But what I want to know is whether or not the GPS coords are displayed to the user?


Usually this information is not displayed to the user, it is just passed on to the dispatch center using E911 or enhanced 911. Info here http://www.fcc.gov/911/enhanced/

The new phones actually have a GPS reciever in them and are able to transmit the info to the dispatch center. Pretty usefull if someone is unable to speak, etc.
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RINO SHAWN
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JT Wrote:
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The new phones actually have a GPS reciever in them and are able to transmit the info to the dispatch center. Pretty usefull if someone is unable to speak, etc.


If the phones already have the GPS recievers in them, wouldn't it be nice if they just included a display for it........Hmmmm....GPS with my cell phone..... I wouldn't feel so foolish if I had to "pretend" my GPSr was a cell phone when muggles are walking by (I actually did that once) Embarassed
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Pear Head
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

While I don't claim to be an expert, I believe that the phones have the receivers in them but are not able to output a position on their own - they require resources not built in to them. A position can be obtained using the phone and the resources provided by the cellular provider.
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eagleyes
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 03, 2005 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Bird Dog agrees with PH- he said he thought it was legislated in a few years ago that cell phones had to have gps capability or whatever-
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MNMizzou
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 1:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And as a creepy bonus if you have a Nextel phone, let's say as a company phone... in theory your company can install a piece of software that will show them where all their phones are, courtesy of GPS technology. Of course as a phone user you have no idea your boss is spying on your location. Nextels will give you a very crude GPS reading as well. It takes it forever to tell you... and it only takes one "snapshot" reading of where you are. And did I mention that annoying noise they make for the walkie talkies that was in their commercials forever? Yeah, I just LOVE my Nextel.
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eagleyes
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hmmm- this is starting to sound familiar- haven't we discussed this aspect previously?
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rickrich
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 04, 2005 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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12. How to use the external display on iDEN i730/i830 phone?

(i730/i830/i860 only) To use the external display: with AccuTracking running, close the phone flip, press the menu button (the button with the small square on it) until you see the external screen reads 'AccuTracking', then press the 'speak on/off' button.

http://www.accutracking.com/
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