Do you believe in fitness tracking with Galileo?

Wearable tech and fitness trackers are very popular. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), adults should get at least 150 minutes per week of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes per week of high-intensity aerobic exercise – or a combination of both. Additionally, adults should do moderate to high-intensity strength training at least two days per week. If you use your fitness tracker to help motivate you to meet the above criteria, there’s a good chance you’ll reap the health benefits that come with regular exercise.

Wearable technology has greatly evolved. Each year, fitness trackers get more sophisticated features to help people achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle. A major benefit of such high-tech features in fitness trackers is the ability to help you create and stick to your fitness routine. They support you in developing healthy habits by managing your fitness activities, which allows you to live a healthier lifestyle. In order to do so, they offer you interesting features such as

  • Smartphone integration
  • Coaching

Additionally, you can use it to improve your sleep by collecting sleep-related information such as movement, biometrics and your schedule.

But do you know if your tracker is using Galileo?

A new study demonstrates the potential of data from wearable devices that measure heart rate to improve surveillance of infectious diseases. The combination of GPS & GLONASS or GPS & GALILEO has established itself as the standard for many outdoor GPS devices, bicycle GPS devices and wearables. Positioning with the help of two GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) has its advantages. The availability of two systems means that there are more satellites to choose from. This can affect the time until the first position is determined and the positioning accuracy.

There are currently 26 Galileo satellites in orbit that can be used to determine positions around the globe. 24 satellites are required for worldwide coverage. In 2020, Galileo satellites will follow again, also to have them in reserve in the event of a failure. But even now, Galileo delivers a better location experience on the smartphone. Thus, Galileo significantly extends coverage with satellites for worldwide navigation. Depending on the location, there are usually between 10 and up to 20 satellites above a smartphone in space. This variety enables a quick calculation of position.

Galileo adds another technical advantage to the density of satellites. The European positioning system sends an additional signal on a different frequency along with the standard signal. Especially in areas where satellite signal does not reach smartphones directly, when it is blocked or diverted by mountains or high houses, this dual-frequency method should allow better accuracy than before.

Are you curious about whether your smartphone is using Galileo? Check it out here!

* YouGov Profiles GB population. Survey rotation 22/07/2018. Sample size of 3,645 (people who say they track their fitness and diet using fitness apps).

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