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It’s in your phone, in your car, and on the airplane. It tells you where you are, where other people are, and how to get from where you are now to where you want to go. It’s the Global Positioning System, or GPS – a space-based global navigation satellite system. It is capable of providing time and location information to a receiver – a cell phone, for example – anywhere on (or near) the Earth from specialized satellites orbiting this planet.

Since the 1940s, various branches of the United States military had been trying to develop a superior navigation system. GPS as we know it now grew out of a synthesis of different military projects. It was made available for civilian use in the early 1980s, and is still owned an operated by the US Department of Defense. GPS is a dual-use technology, in that it has both military and civilian applications. Emergency services, navigators, cartographers, surveyors, and seismologists employ GPS; GPS aids in tracking vehicles, making maps and measuring plate tectonics.

So how does GPS work? At this very moment there are 30 operational satellites orbiting the Earth, each continually transmitting signals – signals that propagate at the speed of light. Each signal contains the time of transmission and the location of the satellite in orbit. A receiver intercepts these signals and uses them to determine its location and time. Other satellite navigation systems are in development around the world. Our ability to find, track and measure can only improve.

Now that you know how GPS works, let’s talk about how it works for you, our customer. We have 24 hour tracking capabilities which helps us deploy which delivery vehicle is closest to your location. This saves on time which ultimately saves on cost, thereby allowing us to pass those savings on to you. Our drivers also utilize the GPS technology to ensure they take the most efficient route both to your pick-up and delivery destinations, ensuring you’ll never have a delay in your delivery because they were lost.