Wednesday, July 14, 2010

GPS system available in Sri Lanka


Sala Geo Information Systems Pvt Ltd (Sala GIS), a subsidiary of Sala Enterprises, last week announced the launch of ‘Sala ProSat’, a novel GPS Navigation System and available to the general public.

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S. space-based radio navigation system that provides reliable positioning, navigation, and timing services to civilian users on a continuous worldwide basis. GPS provides accurate location and time information for an unlimited number of people in all weather, day and night, anywhere in the world. A GPS receiver calculates its position by precisely timing the signals sent by the GPS satellites high above the Earth.

Managing Director of Sala GIS Chinthaka Wijewickrama said, “Our main intention is to take advantage of Sri Lanka’s post-war economic boom including the projected massive development in the tourism sector. We are confident that the introduction of this GPS Navigation System will not only be of immense benefit to a very large cross section of users, but will be a national asset and greatly enhance the country’s image in the region.”

Outlining some of the advantages and benefits, Sri Lanka could achieve by using the ‘Sala ProSat’ GPS Navigation System, Wijewickrama said that it helps one find and navigate any address in Sri Lanka. It also provides turn by turn guidance for travelling to any place along a shortest or fastest route. The user will thus save fuel and time to a greater extent and thereby an overall saving of national resources.

It has over 100,000 important landmarks and points of interest such as Fuel Stations, ATMs, Banks, Hospitals, Hotels, Parks, Police Stations etc. It tells you your exact location and easily helps you find places you want to go to, without anyone’s assistance.

“We’re parallelly targeting the massive boom is expected in the tourism sector. Considering the fact that most foreign tourists already use GPS systems around the world, this will be a boon to the thousands of tourists visiting Sri Lanka. It will also give us a distinctive edge when marketing Sri Lanka as a burgeoning tourist destination after a three-decade protracted civil war”, he said.

Sala ProSat’s maps are all prepared according to Sri Lanka’s traffic law and considering the status of roads in this country. In case of any unexpected traffic congestion or obstacles on the way, the GPS System will instantly find and offer the best alternative route and thus improve traffic discipline at all times.

The tool’s ability to calculate the exact time of arrival at the stipulated destination and the distance to it is a great advantage to those who engaged in extensive travelling, such as drivers, tourists etc.

Furthermore when users need to go to multiple places on a single route, the GPS Navigation System will instantly calculate the optimal route, covering all the points to the destination. This system is able to provide useful and comprehensive trip data, such as present speed, the average speed of the overall trip, idling time, movement direction, altitude above the sea level and many more parameters.

“With the launch of this revolutionary satellite-based navigation system, I’m proud to say that Sri Lanka re-defines new boundaries and conquers new frontiers in travel navigation”, Wijewickrama concluded.

General Information about GPS: GPS has become a widely used aid to navigation worldwide, and a useful tool for map making, land surveying, commerce, scientific uses, tracking and surveillance, and hobbies such as geo cacheing and way marking. A precise time reference is used in many applications including the scientific study of earthquakes and as a time synchronization source for cellular network protocols.

GPS has become a mainstay of transportation systems worldwide, providing navigation for aviation, ground, and maritime operations. Disaster relief and emergency services depend upon GPS for location and timing capabilities in their life-saving missions.

Everyday activities such as banking, mobile phone operations and even the control of power grids, are facilitated by the accurate timing provided by GPS. Farmers, surveyors, geologists and countless others perform their work more efficiently, safely, economically, and accurately using the free and open GPS signals.


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