Home > Learning Center > Application Story

Integrate GPS into Existing Network

Global Positioning System (GPS) technology is a satellite-based radio navigation system that is run by the United States Federal Government. Originally developed for the U.S. military, GPS has quickly found its way into everyday life, particularly inside automobiles. A GPS receiver can show a person’s exact position on the Earth anytime, anywhere.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG), part of the Department of Homeland Security, needed to upgrade the computers and network infrastructure on their cutter fleets. They needed a solution that could give their computers access to their GPS receivers over a Local Area Network (LAN).  Since the GPS and communication systems would be connected in environments subject to excessive interference from lightning, the USCG also required shielded connectors for surge protection.

Together, Digi’s PortServer® TS 16 Rack, a 16-port terminal server, and RealPort®, Digi’s patented serial port redirection software, were the perfect solution for the USCG. The solution easily integrated into the existing network infrastructure, enabling each GPS system to be connected to the LAN. To meet the USCG’s shielding requirements, Digi provided modified shielded connectors, now standard on all PortServer TS Rack products. The PortServer solution allowed the USCG to easily network-enable the GPS receivers, enabling them to access navigational coordinates on its ships at all times.

Featured Products:

Problem:
Integrating GPS devices into existing network infrastructure

Now you can...
Easily network-enable serial devices and provide serial surge protection for reliable data transfer.

Contact a Digi expert and get started today! CONTACT US