Starting with Windows 7, the Windows Sensor and Location platform has become a key element of the most recent generations of this widely used operating system. It enables both the computer itself and the different applications that it uses to adapt to their current environment. Using location sensors (such as GPS receivers), the computing hardware can determine exactly where it is situated, enabling it to provide access to relevant content and functionality.The schematic provides a GPS dongle that can be attached to such a device (running on the Windows operating system) so various location-based services can be implemented (Fig. 1). It shows how a USB bridge chip like FTDI Chip’s FT230XQ USB-to-UART can be connected to a GPS receiver to create a USB-based GPS sensor. Here, it is for a GP-2106 small form-factor GPS module with a built-in antenna.
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