We manage more than 500 homes in the Kansas City Metro, and there is no way we can remember where each house is located. We add new homes to our inventory on a regular basis and have to go to these new addresses. It is incredibly important that we can drive to all of these locations efficiently. We use a variety of GPS devices to find our way to each location. (Be sure to let us know with a comment how you use GPS to help you do your job!)
We are proud to support local companies, and many of our staff have Garmin GPS devices. Garmin is headquartered in Kansas City and their corporate offices are located near I-35 and 151st Street in Olathe, Kansas. As with most technology, it is important to update the map data on Garmin devices to account for changes in roads (especially new business developments.) Recently, Garmin came out with voice activated GPS devices that make it safer and easier to plug in the address you are trying to get to. (Click here to see a range of Garmin devices at Amazon.)
Google Maps on SmartPhones
We also use smartphones that give us access to Google Maps. Google Maps can use the GPS receiver and WiFi radio to triangulate the current position of the smartphone and display it in real-time. You can plug in the address you are going to and then choose “Use Current Position” as the starting point for driving directions that get updated as you drive!
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a space-based global navigation satellite system (GNSS) that provides location and time information in all weather, anywhere on or near the Earth, where there is an unobstructed line of sight to four or more GPS satellites. It is maintained by the United States government and is freely accessible by anyone with a GPS receiver with some technical limitations which are only removed for military users. (More from Wikipedia here)