All You Need to Consider to Build the Next Best GPS

Anyone who has a smartphone — which is just about everyone — is probably familiar with global positioning satellite (GPS) technology. At least, in terms of appropriating the same direction finding and mapping functionality. The truth is that these applications can’t even come close to the utility of a true standalone unit, which is still in demand for those who go cross-country.

From a jamming simulator to connectivity, here’s a guide for all the necessary components that go into building a great stand-alone unit.


Standalone units differ from their app equivalents in a sense that they require connection to at least four satellites in a geo-synchronous orbit around the Earth. To do that, you need to have a powerful, potent, and dependable antenna that can receive the signals and could ensure a stable connection. This is perhaps one of the central necessities in building a standalone unit for sale.


Map with pinned locationsAnother critical component in any effective standalone unit is an effective, comprehensive map pack of areas you want your unit to operate in.

Even if your antenna is enough to maintain a connection, it’s still important to have a map for the positioning to work against so it can accurately place you in the world. Fortunately, there are many providers of some of the most accurate maps ever made. This allows you to sell for the specific areas you have maps for.


Next, you would want to test your standalone unit in different working conditions. The best way to do this is to immerse yourself in the situations themselves.

Unfortunately, these conditions aren’t easy to come by, and it is highly impractical to have if you have to go out anyway. Fortunately, there are software options like a jamming simulator that allows you to simulate different conditions without needing to immerse yourself.


You would want to find casing that is durable and strong. While standalone units come in many different shapes and sizes, from the compact and handheld to the large and requiring installation, the one thing they all have in common is resistance to weather conditions and even rugged environments. This is an absolute necessity as no one will want to get a unit that they can’t trust to last in dire and rough situations.


Finally, you would want a strong and dependable power supply to provide juice for your unit. Consider that standalone units are meant to operate in isolation for long periods of time, so you want to be sure that your unit can go the distance. A few days is more than sufficient. If it can run longer, then more’s the better. Often, people will look to the lasting nature of your unit to determine the viability and utility of your standalone unit for their needs.

Building the next best global positioning satellite unit can be a lucrative investment. The key is to ensure that the end product is durable, dependable, and lasting. Bring together all these “ingredients” and you can be sure you’ll get a unit that will sell well.