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UK installing backup system to combat potential GPS jamming

by GPS4US 2013-07-19 18:09
In an effort to combat the threat of GPS jamming, the United Kingdom recently announced a plan to install seven differential eLoran stations along its southern and east coasts as a backup in case of an incident.

The stations, which are pending approval by the Department of Transport, will ensure that ships with eLoran receivers can safely navigate waters if GPS is compromised in some of the world’s largest shipping regions.

The UK and Ireland General Lighthouse Authorities will replace the equipment in two prototype stations in Dover and Harwich. New stations will be deployed in Medway, Humber, Middlesbrough, Firth of Forth and Aberdeen, according to porttechnology.org.

The stations will provide a backup in the event that GPS signals become jammed. The UK is the first region in the world to deploy eLoran technology as a backup to GPS. The GLA has hired Virginia-based UrsaNav to make the program operational by the summer of 2014.

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