The Role Of GPS In Disaster Relief And Public Safety Services
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The Role Of GPS In Disaster Relief And Public Safety Services

Gov CIO Outlook | Thursday, June 23, 2022

GPS has become an essential component of modern emergency response systems, assisting stranded motorists and directing emergency vehicles.

FREMONT, CA: Knowing where to look for landmarks, streets, buildings, emergency services, and disaster relief places saves time and lives. Disaster relief teams and public safety workers require this information. The Global Positioning System (GPS) makes it easier for technology to meet these demands.

GPS has played a critical role in recovery operations in the aftermath of worldwide calamities. For example, search and rescue teams used remote sensing technology, GPS, and geographic information system (GIS), to construct maps of the disaster site for rescue and humanitarian operations.

Wildfire management is another vital aspect of disaster aid. Aircraft use GPS and infrared scanners to locate fire borders and "hot spots." Fire maps are delivered to a portable field computer in minutes. Firefighters who have this information have a better chance of winning.

In earthquake-prone locations like the Pacific Rim, GPS is becoming increasingly important in assisting scientists in predicting earthquakes. For example, scientists may analyze how strain builds up slowly over time using the precise position information provided by GPS to describe and, in the future, perhaps predict earthquakes.

Meteorologists who track storms and forecast floods rely on GPS as well. They can determine the amount of water vapor in the atmosphere by examining GPS data transfers across the atmosphere.

As the international industry positioning standard for emergency and other specialty vehicle fleets, GPS has offered managers a quantum leap forward in the inefficient functioning of their emergency response teams. The capacity to effectively identify and view the location of police, fire, and rescue vehicles or boats and how their site links to a whole network of transportation systems in a geographic area has resulted in an entirely new method of doing business. Furthermore, the position information provided by GPS, along with automation, minimizes the time it takes for emergency services to be dispatched.

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The inclusion of GPS in mobile phones provides daily users with the capability to locate themselves in an emergency. Today's widespread use of GPS tracking systems in passenger automobiles is a step closer to a comprehensive safety net. In addition, many terrestrial and maritime vehicles now come with self-driving collision sensors and GPS. This data allows for a request for assistance even when the occupants cannot do so.

The improvement of GPS will make disaster relief and public safety services much easier. Globally, the inclusion of new civil signals will improve accuracy and dependability. GPS modernization means more lives are saved, and victims of worldwide disasters recover faster.

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