Here "Visibility" is used metaphorically. Something which is physically not visible but can be monitored as if it is present in our line of sight(using technology) Example, GPS trackers fixed in vehicle can track the activities of the vehicle(speed, direction, location etc.) beyond our line of sight. Even though vehicle is not physically present in front of our eyes, we can keep track on movements.

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    Your description is a little contradictory, so it isn't really clear what you're looking for. Can you give an example?
    – fixer1234
    Mar 19, 2017 at 4:51
  • omniscience maybe? As fixer says, it’s not really possible as described. The military uses BLOS for Beyond Line of Sight but I expect this is not what you’re after.
    – Jim
    Mar 19, 2017 at 5:06
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    "Visibility" implies vision. Beyond line of sight means out of vision. GPS doesn't involve visibility in an obvious way. If you're talking about some type of remote GPS transmitter, that involves an omni-directional radio transmission. So the question still isn't clear. If you're just talking about receiving information from something that's out of direct sight, there are terms like "remote".
    – fixer1234
    Mar 19, 2017 at 7:07
  • Sorry for not being clear. I have updated question. May be "remote track" should work fine. I was looking if there any specific word which gives the same meaning as "remote track". Thanks.
    – San
    Mar 19, 2017 at 7:48
  • What about Tracking, Targeting, or Tagging? Mar 20, 2017 at 21:30

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I'm not 100% positive I have understood your question, but I'll give it a shot.

As already commented, "visibility" implies vision, sight, i.e. one of the human senses.

When speaking of GPS, one might utilize the word in a metaphorical sense, to somehow make the functionality of a GPS more intelligible to a non-tech audience, by likening it to "vision".

A wider and more suitable term, in my humble opinion, would be to speak of "perception". Its semantic boundaries are not so fixed as those of sight, hearing, or any other of our senses, so it might just as well be used to connote the reception of some kind of signals by some kind of machine, in a way that's meaningful to it.

Hence, since I take it you're looking for a noun that might be used instead of "visibility", my suggestion is:

perceptibility ( or its sibling perceivability )

M-W makes a fleeting note of the former, O.D. of the latter.

Combining either of the two words with the term "GPS" will give you several potentially interesting search hits on Google.

Here's an example that might suit your context:

Satelite perceptibility can be a problem in urban and densely forested locations due to both tall buildings and tree canopy interference with reception.

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