The Difference Between GPS & GNSS
One of the vital pieces to the inertial sense navigation system is GPS, or what we know it across the world as GNSS. The difference is very basic. GPS or GNSS, just as a quick explainer, is a position that we receive on the earth that’s coming from a satellite. So we send basically a message up to this satellite, and the satellite comes back down and tells us where we are. These satellites revolve around the earth. This satellite is specific to the US or to the Americas, is called GPS. That’s why we use the term GPS when we, in casual conversation. GNSS is a little bit more broad because over here you have Europe. Europe has their own constellations of satellites that are revolving. Then also Australia has their own constellations and satellites that are revolving around the earth. China also has satellites that are revolving around the earth. These satellites are the same thing, they provide a position. This entire network put together between GPS constellations, Beidou, Galileo, Glonass, all of these constellations make up what we call GNSS. GPS is a term very specific to the US market. Global positioning system, that’s as we know it. The network as a whole, all the constellations put together into one is called GNSS, global navigation satellite system. So no matter which market you’re in, our sensor is going to ping those satellites and it’s going to be able to tell you exactly where you are, no matter where in the world that location may be. It is a global network of satellites that are working in harmony to give you a position, in relative to the earth. If you have any questions about which constellations we support, which ones will work with our sensors, which ones are compatible, what signals can we receive, if you have any questions, click the link below, give me a call, hop on the website and chat, let’s talk about it.