The GPS (Global Positioning System) has quickly become an essential tool in security systems around the world since its creation. Capable of providing accurate location information at all times, GNSS/GPS systems are invaluable to militaries, governments, and other high-level organizations.
There is, however, the threat of interfering technology, such as GPS jamming. Using CRPA simulators can mitigate the dangers of GPS jamming. But how disruptive can interference from jamming systems be?
A threat to national security
Jamming devices are radio frequency transmitters capable of disrupting various communication platforms such as phone calls, Wi-Fi networks, and GPS technologies.
The United States relies heavily on GPS, using it for different applications, from sea and air navigation to mapping and tracking. This is why the mere possession of a signal jammer is a criminal offense that can cost you tens of thousands of dollars and lead to jail time.
GPS jammers are also getting much more powerful. Recent tests of a military GPS jammer have reported its ability to render satellite navigations useless. If disruptive technology falls into the wrong hands, we are left with a potential security hole.
A daily nuisance
Many assume that the use of GPS is exclusive to high-level organizations, but this is far from the truth. GPS also affects your daily life, as new cars and mobile devices often have GPS functionality installed.
Signal jammers have become increasingly common in recent years, which makes them all the more dangerous. So common, in fact, that you can find them for sale on eBay for less than $50. The worst part about it is that anyone can use these jammers, which puts your own GPS navigation system at risk.
Suppose you are using an app like Google Maps to locate a certain destination, signal interference from GPS jammers can mislead you to a different location or even shut down your app completely.
There's also the fact that GPS jammers are easy to use, further increasing the potential danger.
An electronic weapon
Aside from cheap GPS jammers found online, a powerful GPS jammer can lead large vessels off their intended course.
According to Todd Humphreys, a leading expert on GPS systems, this may pave the way for a new generation of electronic warfare.
GPS improves the capabilities of our government and improves our way of life. It is therefore vital to preserve the technology from interference.