14. Navigation, Tracking and Safety Systems

  1. Madhavendra Richharia1 and
  2. Leslie David Westbrook2

Published Online: 7 JUN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch14

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology

How to Cite

Richharia, M. and Westbrook, L. D. (2010) Navigation, Tracking and Safety Systems, in Satellite Systems for Personal Applications: Concepts and Technology, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470665619.ch14

Author Information

  1. 1

    Knowledge Space Ltd, UK

  2. 2

    QinetiQ Ltd, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 JUN 2010
  2. Published Print: 23 JUL 2010

Book Series:

  1. Wiley Series on Wireless Communications and Mobile Computing

Book Series Editors:

  1. Dr Xuemin (Sherman) Shen BSc, MSc, PhD3 and
  2. Dr Yi Pan BEng, MEng, PhD4

Series Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Waterloo, Canada

  2. 4

    Georgia State University, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470714287

Online ISBN: 9780470665619



  • continuous tracking;
  • global navigation satellite system (GNSS);
  • regional navigation systems;
  • safety systems;
  • satellite-based augmentation systems


This chapter addresses the application of the concepts introduced in satellite navigation techniques. It describes prominent global navigation systems, emphasizing the global positioning system (GPS) because of its wide acceptance and appeal in the consumer mainstream. The chapter explains the Chinese system Beidou and Compass (planned), and GAGAN, a system planned by India. Next, it introduces two satellite-based augmentation systems (SBASs). Distress and safety communication was one of the earliest humanitarian contributions of satellite systems. Two distinguished global systems responsible for saving thousands of lives around the world—the COSPAS-SARSAT system and the Inmarsat system are described. The concluding section of the chapter presents a case study of a fleet management system—a well-established application of a hybrid navigation—communication system architecture.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

safety systems; satellite navigation