I recently read an article that due to the NATO Operation Joint Warrior GPS signals temporarily will be blocked at Faraid Head and Loch Ewe Between October 5 and October 16.
It made me think how easily, press the button and all of our car navigation, marine navigation GPS, handheld GPS and also so handy smartphone GPS navigation apps are no longer fit for anything, we remain blindfolded.
No matter how it may be sad, but it is a reality. I very much hope that the unpleasant moment would never come, but it cannot be excluded entirely.
I think it is needless to say how such a fact would be obnoxious. The reality may be even very tragic. Modern aviation, ships at sea, cars on the roads and other means of transportation would be mostly paralyzed.
We are so accustomed to the presence of GPS is already the self-evident reality, and we have forgotten how to navigate or find a destination without a satellite navigation aid. To be honest, many even have never known. It is not taught in schools anymore, or almost no longer shown.
I have learned and practical experience how to navigate by the celestial objects and other traditional navigational aids. Meeting today’s seafarers sometimes my heart is trembling seeing that they do not know how to sail other than as just gaze at GPS screen. Maybe occasionally look at the radar and if not lazy take a bearing and distance to obtaining ship’s position.
Ships under IMO (International Maritime Organization) rules Today still in most cases have to carry paper nautical charts, they almost no longer be used. Completely understandable that the electronic chart-plotters are much more convenient. For the sake of justice to say that they are also safer in terms of navigation.
Because they are easy to navigate, much more convenient to make adjustments, zooming ability excludes necessity of changing charts every half an hour simply scroll to next or so. Navigational corrections by Notices to Mariners are available in automatic online mode to be updated all the time as soon as such corrections take place. Modern electronic nautical charts are integrated with AIS stands for Automatic Identification System. As well as in many cases they are linked to the Internet and have the ability to get real-time meteorological data.
Sounds great, Isn’t it? As far as everything on board are in good working condition and as long as the human factor and the error that is often blind obedience in electronics. But, but what about backup. When You last time read paper road map to find a unknown place to go? Most of us, even myself, a forgotten about them. What a problems, my iPhone is full of GPS Navigation Apps. Just touch a screen and choose my favorite one. No internet connection or expensive when abroad, then find offline GPS application as maps.me or TomTom.
We have to accept the fact that many knowledge have forgotten or even never ever known. Life goes on and try to live as best as possible and more cheerful. There is not so hopeless in my above described field. Although I find my old paper maps or even better buy new ones and drop in my car, who knows?
Returning to satellite navigation systems. Today already there are other, not just GPS. Russians for several years operated GLONASS, stands for Globalnaya Navigatsionnaya Sputnikovaya Sistema, Which MEANS global navigational satellite system.
This time I do not wanna talk about the popularity and performance, but just want to say that many manufacturers in their satellite navigation receivers already uses both GPS and GLONASS. Even more, smart phones as Apple started inputting GLONASS beginning with the iPhone 4s. The same applies to Samsung, HUAWEI, Motorolla, HTC, LG, Sony, Sony Ericsson and others.
Even better, European Union promises to soon complete the Galileo satellite navigation system satellites constellation creation. And even now, especially Chinese, setting up the sat nav receiver tools which are able to receive and understand the signals of all three systems.
Such multi satnav solution is taking place in fleet tracking systems. For example, the “Fleet GPS Tracker + GLONASS support T3” includes even GSM tracking feature. But “STEPP III / TFOX-LT”is equipped with GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites receivers.
So the Future is not so irredeemable as it seemed at the beginning. But, when we are lost in the woods or on the high seas are left without GPS navigation than find between your belongings the good old paper maps and a compass, a little refresh the memory and, believe me that the beloved coastline is not so far.
Good luck and take care!
Be careful when driving by GPS navigation in some countries
Around the 70-year-old couple was under way to a popular beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. To reach the destination they following WAZE GPS navigation app directions. Instead, to get to the beautiful beach GPS navigation led them to drive one of the most dangerous area of Rio Caramujo. There, the car was fired about 20 bullets.
The man remain unwounded was able to drive away. But woman died after suffering a heart attack at a local hospital.
“Unfortunately it’s hard to prevent drivers from navigating to a dangerous neighborhood if it’s the destination they select” said Waze, a Google-owned company, in a statement.
Sadly, and I expresses my condolences to the relatives.