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GPS anklets

Facts for Prelims (FFP)


Source: IE

 Context: In a first for India, a prisoner in Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, accused under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, has been released on bail with a condition to wear a Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking device.

  • The GPS tracker, a small wearable device, is affixed around the ankle, providing real-time location information.
  • The device is tamper-proof, and any attempt at tampering with it sets off an alarm. It can also not be removed by the wearer or any unauthorised person without damaging it.
  • The tracker can be put on the ankle or arm of a person. Thus, there are GPS anklets and GPS bracelets.
  • While GPS trackers are a common precondition for bail in countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, and Malaysia, this is the first instance in India.


About GPS:

The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system that uses satellites, receivers, and algorithms to synchronize location, velocity, and time data. GPS can be used for air, sea, and land travel. 

 GPS works in any weather conditions, anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, with no subscription fees or setup charges. Some GPS receivers are so accurate they can establish their location within 1 centimetre. 

 GPS was designed by the U.S. military