Welcome to GPSDirect NMEA Sensor Driver for Windows 7.
A driver that maps any COM-based NMEA-compatible GPS hardware to a Windows 7 Sensor.
Windows 7 introduces the Sensor API which provides an abstraction to use many sensors, and the Location API which provides a way for applications to know the location of the user. However most GPS devices come with a bluetooth or a usb interface without a Windows 7 sensor driver.
Here is a user-level driver (UMDF) that can read a COM port that contains GPS NMEA data and map it to a Windows 7 GPS Sensor for your Windows 7 applications to be gps-sensor-aware. The driver also provides ILocation* information for Location-Aware applications. Using this driver enables all Windows 7 aware applications to get GPS information without directly accessing the GPS hardware.
In case you do not own actual GPS hardware, the driver can still be tested in "Simulation" mode.