+kbootb Posted September 18, 2004 Share Posted September 18, 2004 Has anyone actually had cause or know definitavely (?sp) of someone who has given GPS co-ords on a 999 call. Questions that come to mind, would the operator recognise them? What format e.g. deg min.dec min or deg min sec would they use? Also would the map datum be significant? Part of the reason I ask this is that in the holidays we drove around France and Italy. Each campsite we pre-booked sent us a leaflet with a GPS co-ordinate as part of the details. SOunds brilliant. They were in deg min sec, but not a problem. However, none of the co-ordinates were better than 4 miles accurate, and the worst was 20 miles out. Tried fiddling around with the datum but couldn't really make much difference. I thought that perhaps the co-ords had been taken in deg min.decimal minutes and perhaps the proofreader or who typed them up had thought 'coords are in deg min sec' and just stuck in separaters without actual doing any maths, but this didn't seem to work either. So... if this were an emergency situation the GPS co-ords would have bee useless. However, caching co-ords from the geocaching.com website were spot on. Quote Link to comment
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