Is GPS In Danger? Scientific Luminaries to Discuss Conflicts and Consequences

Marconi Society

By Paula Reinman

The spectrum and security of the technology we rely on for everything from directions to wildlife tracking is at risk

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA, October 26, 2016

The Marconi Society, dedicated to furthering scientific achievements in communications and the Internet, will partner with Stanford University’s Center for Position, Navigation and Timing (SCPNT) to host a critical discussion about the future of GPS. Businesses and consumers around the world count on GPS for everything from getting driving directions to safely landing airplanes to tracking goods as they move through the supply chain. Two looming threats could compromise both our national security and consumers’ daily use of GPS.

These threats are the ability to jam GPS signals and a potential FCC decision to use very high-powered broadband transmitters on bands adjacent to the GPS signal. “There are literally scores of critical uses of GPS,” said Brad Parkinson, Marconi Prize recipient and Edward C. Wells Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford. “If a user cannot lock up on the signal, both productivity and safety will be in jeopardy. It is imperative that the FCC carefully analyze impacts on the 2 billion GPS users before authorizing any change in adjacent radio bands.”

A panel of experts will discuss these topics at the Annual SCPNT Symposium on Wednesday, November 2. Co-sponsored by The Marconi Society, the symposium will include a keynote discussion called “Radio Navigation and Communication: Cooperation and Conflicts.”

Panel participants, all Marconi Prize winners, will include:

  • Vint Cerf, Internet Pioneer and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
  • John Cioffi, DSL Pioneer, Stanford Prof. Emeritus, CEO ASSIA Inc.
  • Marty Cooper, Cellphone Pioneer, Chairman, Dyna LLC
  • Brad Parkinson, GPS Pioneer and Edward C. Wells Professor in the School of Engineering, Emeritus, Stanford
  • Sir David Payne, Photonics Pioneer and Director, Optoelectronics Research Centre, University of Southampton, U.K.

The panel discussion will be held from 10:45 am – 12:15 pm at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory in Menlo Park, CA.

About The Marconi Society

Established in 1974 by the daughter of Guglielmo Marconi, the Nobel Laureate who invented radio, the Marconi Society promotes awareness of key technology and policy issues in telecommunications and the Internet, and recognizes significant individual achievements through the Marconi Prize and Young Scholar Awards. More information may be found at www.marconisociety.orgSubscribe. Follow: LinkedInTwitter and Facebook