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Algorithms behind Global Positioning. Murray Grace Josh Collins . Agenda. Global Positioning systems Overview How GPS works Determining position Errors & Error correction Algorithms Routing Other methods of positioning Cell Phone Towers & Wi Fi Features of GPS Location Elevation

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algorithms behind global positioning

Algorithms behind Global Positioning

Murray Grace

Josh Collins

  • Global Positioning systems
    • Overview
    • How GPS works
    • Determining position
    • Errors & Error correction Algorithms
    • Routing
  • Other methods of positioning
    • Cell Phone Towers & Wi Fi
  • Features of GPS
    • Location
    • Elevation
    • Velocity
what is gps
What is GPS ?
  • GPS is a space based satellite navigation system that provides location and time information anywhere, anytime and in all weather conditions
  • First satellite navigation system Transit using 5 satellites tested by U.S. Navy
  • Timation satellite developed to place accurate clocks in space
  • Navigation System Using Timing and Ranging or Navstar – GPS program launched
  • GPS was realized by the U.S. Department of Defense and run with 24 satellites

Icons behind GPS invention

Bradford Parkinson

Ivan A. Getting

Roger L. Easton

gps segments
GPS Segments

Space segment

Control segment

A constellation of 24 Satellites that transmits signals that gives the current GPS position & time

Worldwide control stations to maintain satellite in orbit & adjust satellite clocks

User segment

GPS receivers which receive signals from satellite to calculate users position & time

how does gps works
How does GPS works?
  • Each satellite sends a unique pseudorandom noise so that they can communicate on the same channel and not interfere with one another (Form of Code Division Multiple Access)
  • Each GPS satellite transmits message that includes
    • Time the message was sent
    • Satellite position at the time of message transmission
  • A GPS device on Earth decodes ephemeris data from satellites to calculate the timestamp and location of each satellite in the GPS satellite constellation (called the almanac)
  • Range from each satellite is calculated as:
    • Range =Time delay (between message sent & message received )X Speed of light
pseudorandom noise satellites
Pseudorandom noise & Satellites
  • Pseudorandom noise is a signal similar to noise ,it lacks any definite pattern but consists of a sequence of pulse which repeats itself after a specific period
  • Modulated with data sent from Satellite
  • Each GPS satellite has a unique Pseudorandom Noise it generates to distinguish itself from other GPS satellites
  • Data received by GPS receiver is sent to the nearest base station to be decoded
determining gps position
Determining GPS Position
  • Suppose distance from satellite to our position is 11,000 miles now the position can be anywhere on the sphere


  • Adding another satellite narrows the position to the intersection

Satellite A


  • Now taking measurement from a third satellite further narrows down to just 2 points

Satellite C


Satellite B

To accurately determine the true location, we can use measurements from a fourth satellite or eliminate one of the 2 points that gives ridiculous answer(may be too far from earth)

Civilian GPS fixes under a clear view of the sky are on average accurate to about 5 meters (16 ft.) horizontally

calculating location
Calculating Location
  • The GPS device uses the distance between itself and at least 3 other satellites along with the distance between each satellite to form a triangle in space
it s a game of error correction
It’s a Game of Error Correction
  • Accurate timing is the key to measuring distance to satellites
  • Many factors, such as ionosphere effects, clock errors (unsynchronized with user device clock), multipath distortion, etc. can cause an error in the timing of the signal
  • Clock errors are handle with very accurate atomic clocks
  • Everything else is taken care of with Differential Positioning
differential positioning continued
Differential Positioning (Continued)


  • ρm is mobile user position
  • Rm is the position of the Receiver Station
  • ε m,space/m,user are the space and user segment induced pseudorangeerrors
  • cδtm is the clock offset
carrier phase based algorithm
Carrier Phase based Algorithm
  • Carrier phase measurements in GPS are well known to enable precision performance at centimeter level
  • Carrier frequency sent from satellite can vary due to Doppler shift
  • The change in this frequency can be used to determine how far away the Satellite is from the receiver
gps navigation
GPS Navigation
  • Use of computers and GPS to enable easy navigation of vehicles, precise mapping, bomb targeting, land surveying etc.

Fastest Travel Time

Shortest Distance

  • Use A* algorithm
  • (Built off of Dijkstra’s)
  • Graph weighted by average speed of road
  • Use A* algorithm
  • (Built off of Dijkstra’s)
  • Graph weighted by road distance
a algorithm
A* Algorithm
  • Graph search algorithm that solves the single-source shortest path problem for a graph by using an admissible heuristic and by taking the distance it has already traveled into account.

If the heuristich satisfiesh(x) ≤ d(x, y) + h(y) for every edge (x, y) of the graph (where d denotes the length of that edge), it is optimal.

cell phone towers wi fi
Cell Phone Towers & Wi-Fi
  • Similar to cell phone towers Wi-Fi uses ping from at least 3 routers
  • Accuracy is lesser than satellites
  • Cell phone towers can be used to calculate a relative accurate location of a mobile device such as a cell phone using the ping from at least 3 towers
  • Accuracy is lesser than satellites
  • GPS is mainly used for determining location and for routing and requires at least three satellites to do so
  • GPS is reliant on accurate timing calculations and thus error correcting
  • GPS can also calculate velocity and elevation, and use Wi-Fi or cell phone towers for locating