What is Geospatial T echnology?
Geospatial Technology, commonly known as geomatics, refers to technology used for
visualization, measurement, and analysis of features or phenomena that occur on the earth. This
terminology has become common in the United States, and is synonymous with Spatial
Information Technology. Geospatial technology includes three different technologies that are all
related to mapping features on the surface of the earth. These three technology systems are GPS
(global positioning systems), GIS (geographical information systems), and RS (remote sensing).
GPS stands for the Global Positioning System. It refers to a system of satellites and receivers that
allow people and devices to pinpoint their precise location on the earth. The heart of the system
relies on 24 satellites that orbit the earth twice per day. Devices that are equipped with GPS
equipment receive transmissions from at least a few of the satellites and are able to discern very
precise positioning data.
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