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GPS Will Soon be Long-Gone

The world of technology never stops changing. Today we are going to take a moment to acknowledge a new development that is currently taking place in the geospatial world. The Virtual Positioning System (VPS).

Virtual positioning systems are an emerging technology that have the potential to revolutionize the way we navigate the world. While GPS (Global Positioning System) has long been the go-to technology for location tracking and navigation, virtual positioning systems offer a number of advantages that make them a promising alternative. In this blog post, we will explore what virtual positioning systems are, how they work, and why they may eventually replace GPS as the dominant technology for positioning and navigation.

So, what are virtual positioning systems? At their most basic, virtual positioning systems are a type of technology that allows users to determine their location and orientation in virtual or augmented reality environments. Unlike GPS, which uses satellite signals to triangulate a user’s location on the Earth’s surface, virtual positioning systems use other forms of data to determine a user’s position and orientation within a virtual space. This data can include visual markers, pre-mapped 3D environments, and other types of data that can be used to track a user’s movement and orientation.

One of the main advantages of virtual positioning systems is their accuracy. Because they rely on data that is captured and processed in real-time, virtual positioning systems can provide much more precise and accurate location tracking than GPS. This is especially important in virtual and augmented reality environments, where even small errors in positioning can have a significant impact on the user experience.

Another advantage of virtual positioning systems is their versatility. Because they rely on data that is captured and processed in real-time, virtual positioning systems can be used in a wide range of environments and situations. This includes indoor environments, where GPS signals may be weak or unavailable, as well as outdoor environments where GPS signals may be disrupted by physical obstructions or other factors. In contrast, GPS is limited to outdoor use and can be disrupted by factors such as tall buildings or dense foliage.

One potential application of virtual positioning systems is in the field of transportation. In the future, it may be possible to use virtual positioning systems to track the movement of vehicles in real-time, allowing for more efficient routing and less traffic congestion. Virtual positioning systems could also be used to assist with the operation of self-driving vehicles, helping them to navigate complex environments and avoid obstacles.

Another potential application of virtual positioning systems is in the field of gaming. In virtual reality games, accurate positioning is critical for delivering a realistic and immersive experience. Virtual positioning systems could be used to track the movements of players in real-time, allowing for more realistic and responsive gameplay.

Overall, virtual positioning systems have the potential to revolutionize the way we navigate and interact with the world. While GPS has served us well for many years, virtual positioning systems offer a number of advantages that make them a promising alternative for positioning and navigation in a wide range of environments and situations. As the technology continues to develop, it is likely that we will see virtual positioning systems become increasingly prevalent in a variety of applications.

About the Author

KUMBIRAI MATINGO

Kumbirai is a freelance GIS Analyst and GIS Developer with innovative skills and interests in spatial epidemiology, Web-based GIS applications for sustainability, Space technology, Exploration, and Inclusive and Digital Land Information Systems all towards the attainment and achievement of the Global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.

He is also a true believer of the power of location and geospatial intelligence to CHANGE THE WORLD in making it better for us ALL.

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