Since the United States Department of Defense established the Global Positioning System (GPS), governments, businesses, organizations and individuals have made a wide range of uses.
For many years it has been used wisely for the first and most obvious purpose of coordinating military operations. In fact, without GPS, many modern military operations and practices would simply not be possible. It is also frequently used in search and rescue missions as well as in disaster relief.
In addition, GPS technology has proven to be a key element of many scientific research expeditions, particularly in very remote areas such as mountain ranges and north and south poles.
The other side of GPS functionality, which is sometimes forgotten, is the many uses that individual consumers can make. GPS handhelds and other GPS devices are available for sale through many regular retail channels and can be very useful for various recreational purposes. For example, having a handy GPS for camping, hiking, hunting, fishing or boating can be a great way to keep from getting lost, even if you manage to get out of the way.
Another common use of GPS technology by consumers is security. Using a GPS tracking system can be a great way to fight crimes such as theft and kidnapping.