Denver, CO (PRWEB) November 15, 2004
The popular programming magazine, Dr. DobbÂs Journal (http://www.ddj.com), will be featuring an article about how to write GPS applications suitable for business in its January 2005 issue. The article is written by Jon Person, the senior developer of ÂGPS.NET Global Positioning SDK,Â (http://www.gpsdeveloper.com) a reusable library used write GPS applications. The article focuses on requirements which GPS applications must meet in order to be trustworthy in a business environment. Jon also presents a technique used for determining precision requirements and maximizing business intelligence in varying field situations.
ÂGPS applications which do not monitor precision are not suitable for business.Â says Jon. ÂThis is the most overlooked problem with GPS application development today, and the reason behind this article. The truth is, GPS devices with WAAS and other correction technologies can still be off by as much as two American football fields (~300 meters) simply due to poor satellite geometry. The article teaches developers some simple yet important formulas which they can use to get control over this problem and make consistent, intelligent business decisions.Â The article puts these formulas into action using real-world scenarios of car navigation and golfing software.
The article reveals some of GPS.NETÂs formerly-hidden data processing engine to demonstrate how NMEA sentences are handled. ÂIÂm happy to share the source code because itÂs the best way to get developers excited about GPS and get them learning hands-on about best practices from the beginning,Â comments Jon. ÂBy the end of the article, you'll know how to approach real-world business situations involving GPS and write applications that keep your customers safe and well-informed.Â
When asked what advice he would give which is not covered in the article, Jon answers with advice about GPS component vendors: ÂThere are companies selling GPS components without mentioning a single word about precision, which drives me crazy. Ignoring precision can put customers into dangerous situations, it dilutes business intelligence, and it ultimately weakens an emerging software industry. To market a GPS component internationally as Âquality softwareÂ while at the same time placing customers at risk is a serious problem. Fortunately, the solution is simple: get smart about precision and enforce it in your applications. Choose a GPS component which addresses precision issues. Get a statement from the component developer explaining how they address the safety of your customers, how they handle precision issues, and how they meet your applicationÂs precision demands. If you donÂt get a straight, timely answer, consider another product.Â
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