Cyber Threats Prompt Return of Radio for Ship Navigation

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Aug 7 (Reuters) - The risk of cyber attacks targeting ships' satellite navigation is pushing nations to delve back through history and develop back-up systems with roots in World War Two radio technology. Ships use GPS (Global Positioning System) and other similar devices that rely on sending and receiving satellite signals, which many experts … [Read more...]

US Announces Selective Availability For GPS Devices

(April Fools Alert) - At a joint press conference today at Schriever Air Force Base, the United States Coast Guard announced a new feature to the GPS system they will start rolling out as early as January of 2018. The “new” feature announced is referred to as “Selective Availability” and promises to improve GPS accuracy by "a factor of negative 200%" according to a press … [Read more...]

South Korea Revives GPS Backup Project After Blaming North for Jamming

By Jack Kim and Jonathan Saul SEOUL/LONDON, May 2 (Reuters) - South Korea has revived a project to build a backup ship navigation system that would be difficult to hack after a recent wave of GPS signal jamming attacks it blamed on North Korea disrupted fishing vessel operations, officials say. Global Positioning System (GPS) and other electronic navigation aids are … [Read more...]

Europe Calls Time on Ship Navigation Scheme Despite Risks at Sea

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, Feb 9 (Reuters) - A British-led initiative to create a back-up to satellite navigation systems for ships has been pulled after failing to garner interest from other European countries, despite its proponents pointing to the growing risk of disasters at sea. Vessels increasingly rely on devices that employ satellite signals to find a location or … [Read more...]

Europe Grapples With Threat Of Ships Sailing Blind

By Jonathan Saul LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) - Europe has yet to fully wake up to the danger of maritime disasters caused by signal jamming and blackouts of satellite navigation devices, say the proponents of a back up system on trial in British and Dutch ports. Ships increasingly rely on systems that employ satellite signals to find a location or keep exact time including … [Read more...]