Tracking a GPS

QGIS has the ability to connect to a GPS that uses the National Marine Electronics Association (NMEA) standard. QGIS can use a serial connection to the GPS or communicate with it through the open source software called gpsd using the QGIS GPS information panel. The location information from the GPS can be displayed on the QGIS map, and QGIS can even automatically pan the map to follow the GPS point. In this recipe, we'll use the QGIS API to process NMEA sentences and update a point on a global map. The information needed to connect to different GPS units can vary widely, so we'll use an online NMEA sentence generator to get some simulated GPS information.

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