What’s New: An interesting take by timing experts Richard Hoptroff and Steve Suarez.
Why It’s Important: It is always good for folks in the PNT community to remember that most of the world “doesn’t get it” when it comes to the dangers of over-relying on GNSS, or taking inadequate protection measures.
What Else to Know:
- We really like the opening “GNSS is like opium. Highly addictive, pleasing to the user, but laced with peril when you’re hooked.”
- The UK, Chinese, South Korean, and a few other governments are taking steps to ensure their nations are able to carry on regardless of whether GNSS is available.
GNSS is like opium. Highly addictive, pleasing to the user, but laced with peril when you’re hooked. GPS World readers are well aware of the vulnerabilities, and probably aware of the serious concerns governmental bodies have about our reliance upon it. Here, we consider not so much how it can fail as what the impact of failure is on society, and what mitigations exist to minimize those impacts.