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Chapter 4 Tracking Using GPS Technology

DOI: 10.23912/9781911635383-4573

ISBN: 9781911635383

Published: Nov 2020

Component type: chapter

Published in: Tracking Tourists

Parent DOI: 10.23912/9781911635383-4277



The use of global positioning system (GPS) technology underpins many different methods of tracking. GPS tracking involves the use of a beacon that sends the location of a device to satellites to determine the precise location of the beacon. In recent years, technological improvements have meant that GPS tracking units have become exponentially smaller in size. Whereas early portable beacons such as the Magellan (launched in 1989) were 22 cm in length and around 700 grams in weight, if not larger than television screens, they can now fit into the back of watches and mobile phones (Shoval and Isaacson, 2010). This chapter will explore the development of GPS technology and its application to tourism research, when utilised with portable GPS loggers.

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Hardy, A. (2020) "Chapter 4 Tracking Using GPS Technology" In: Hardy, A. (ed) . Oxford: Goodfellow Publishers http://dx.doi.org/10.23912/9781911635383-4573


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