GPS-based dispatching system for taxis

Can GPS-based dispatching system for taxis provides security for passengers and drivers?

The recent news that involve taxi drivers victimizing its women passengers had created bad reputation not only to the drivers but also to the taxi operators as well. Some taxi operators are planning to invest on high-end gadgets that will allow them to monitor the location of their units in real-time.

GPS - Global Positioning System

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information in all weather conditions, anywhere on or near the Earth where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. The system provides critical capabilities to military, civil and commercial users around the world. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible to anyone with a GPS receiver.

The GPS project was developed in 1973 to overcome the limitations of previous navigation systems, integrating ideas from several predecessors, including a number of classified engineering design studies from the 1960s. GPS was created and realized by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and was originally run with 24 satellites. It became fully operational in 1995. Bradford Parkinson, Roger L. Easton, and Ivan A. Getting are credited with inventing it. (via Wikipedia)

Using the technology of the GPS in vehicle tracking system, taxi operators can easily track the vehicles' location using the information based on the individual vehicles with a software program that collects the fleet data.Vehicle information can be viewed on electronic maps via the Internet or specialized software.

Tracking devices are classified as "passive" and "active". "Passive" devices store all the information needed and when the vehicle returns to its predetermined location, the device is removed and the data are downloaded to a computer for evaluation. "Active" devices on the other hand also store the same information and transmit the data in real-time through a cellular or satellite networks to a computer or data center for evaluation.

However, the U.S. Government controls the export of some civilian receivers for security reasons.

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