Is GPS Susceptible To Hackers?

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Global Positioning System (GPS) devices triangulate data from several global navigation satellites to determine a position on the earth. This information is provided instantaneously to the unit allowing a moving object to navigate a specified route. Both individuals and commercial entities use GPS units. A hacker is a person or persons who electronically maneuver around security systems to gather information. In some cases, the hacked data is used to disrupt networks to do harm or damage an individual, company or government.

In recent years, there has been a concern that GPS devices may be susceptible to hacking. What would hackers do with this information and how could it be disruptive?

One form of disruption would be misinformation. If a hacker can access the navigation satellite information stream to GPS devices, they may be able to manipulate, change or block that information. If information is blocked, the GPS device becomes useless, but if the information is changed, that will cause chaos. In that case, people or vehicles using that information would receive coordinates for one location when they are actually in a different place. When navigating this could cause accidents as ships to run aground, or airplanes are unable to locate an airport.

The issue of privacy comes into question. Could a hacker follow or locate a person without that person’s knowledge? Remember most phones are GPS devices. In this case, most likely the hacker has accessed the person’s device. There are already friendly uses of this in apps. Those apps allow you to see friends who are near your location, but those apps require permission from each person to enable that information to be shared. In the hands of the wrong person, this information can be a danger.

There is also the issue of spoofing. Spoofing is a relatively new idea that has been tested by researchers to see the possibilities. In this case, a small spoofing device is used to receive the satellite information and then alter it before sending it on to a GPS receiver. The human controllers of the spoofing device can send incorrect information to the GPS to guide a navigating vehicle to a location other than the driver’s intended destination. There is a sophisticated use of map manipulation that fools the driver about the route they are taking. Spoofing works exceptionally well when the driver is unfamiliar with the city or area. It can be detected if the driver pays close attention to street names and other landmarks.

Encryption of the satellite signals would solve these problems. But the task is monumental as there are over a billion GPS devices in use worldwide and all would require updates or replacement. As industries and governments focus on the massive problems a cyber attack on GPS could cause, solutions are being sought. When those solutions are forthcoming is not yet known.

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What Is a Risk Assessment In Geography?

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A risk assessment is a careful examination of what could cause harm to people while taking part in a project. It aims to identify whether enough precautions, or ‘control measures,’ are in place, or whether further action is required to minimize, or eliminate, the level of risk identified.

In the business world, risk assessment in a geographic context has to do with mitigating the risk for a company to conduct business in a specific geographic area. What events might prevent that business from succeeding? An example would be oil rigs in the Gulf of Mexico. There is a significant risk that a hurricane will come through from the Atlantic Ocean and disrupt business.

The owner of a retail location most likely has protocols in place to mitigate the risk to their store in a high-risk neighborhood such as security cameras, expensive items under lock and key and insurance policies.

How did the business owner decide on these safeguards? It all comes down to location intelligence and analytics. The business owner completed a risk assessment which consists of five types of risk: strategic, compliance, operational, financial, and reputational. Each business mitigates these risks differently. In our store example, the primary dangers this business owner is looking to reduce with the bulletproof glass and video cameras are the financial and operational risks.

If this store were opened in a less dangerous neighborhood, the business would look a lot different. Assessing the risk potential and the impact of each type of risk is a significant part of mitigating the risks that could exist for your business. You would expect the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico to have hurricane insurance. But that oil rig might not plan for an earthquake or tsunami.

Risk assessment in a geographic sense is: making sure the business is protected from any negative externalities that could arise based on the location of the company. Each business, each site, will have different needs and different risks to mitigate.

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Transform Supply Chain Visibility With Location Intelligence

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Many factories face a significant challenge of optimizing their supply chain. There are many different tasks involving multiple departments within an organization regarding the dynamics of all products without any real-time or accurate location data. Each department produces its data, and culling that data for actionable intel takes personnel and software. Most businesses have experience with incidents, challenges, misplacements, and delays.

With modern technology and innovative techniques, Here Mapping Resources takes advantage of tracking and location technologies enabling industries complete supply chain visibility. So what is location intelligence?

Local Intelligence

Location intelligence allows businesses to have insight using geospatial data to resolve problems. Different marketing and spatial analytical tools are used to gather knowledge of optimal locations to operate the business and transform the supply chain. It is merely the process of converting the location data to beneficial business outcomes.

How Local Intelligence Helps In Transforming The Supply Chain?

With location intelligence offered by Here Mapping Resources, businesses can track trends and patterns quickly. The use of graphics and detailed maps assists in making informed decisions regarding the products and capitalizing on business opportunities. By locating the customer transaction, and linking that with additional data including demographics enhances business insight. Businesses can make informed decisions at a reduced cost.

Real-time Updates

Getting updates regarding delayed deliveries helps businesses to pre-plan response actions. It allows them to use the tracking data to get the trucks, docks, and goods organized allowing an efficient flow of the assets from the industry to the warehouse and ultimately to the customers. It enables them to have complete knowledge of disturbances such as weather conditions, labor disruptions, shortage of supplies that might result in delayed shipments.

Real-time Reflectivity

It allows the factories to manage the supply of goods without any delays that help in cost reduction. It ensures greater security, transparency, and efficiency of the products. Make use of location intelligence to have complete chart transitions with outdoor and indoor locations.

Utilization Of Assets

Ensure the maximum filling of the vehicles to get the most out of it through real-time and accurate tracking of the assets. This information helps plot delivery routes creating effective use of company fleet.

Transform the supply chain visibility with location intelligence giving the businesses complete global coverage, cost-efficient tracking, real-time and accurate location of the goods, high-quality industrial maps, rich content and completely efficient monitoring of all assets.

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Data Scientists Role In Your Organization

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In today’s business world, data scientists are essential people working in any organization. They help companies by managing and interpreting the data and helping to solve complex problems which come under the data niche. The foundation of a data scientist includes analytics, statistics, modeling, computer science, and math. This background gives them practical knowledge, a strong sense of business and intelligence that makes them highly valuable in an organization.

With ever-evolving software and technologies, there is a higher demand for data scientists in an organization than there was just ten years ago. In past decades traditional organizations didn’t invest their budget in such positions but now due to the big data revolution data scientists are in demand.

Core Skills Of Data Scientists

Data scientists should have expertise in software like Java, Python, or Hadoop. They need to focus on analytics, modeling, data management as well as business analysis. The credentials of such people include professional skills like collaboration, communication, leadership, discipline, and creativity.

What Knowledge Should A Data Scientist Have?

A data scientist should be knowledgeable of the spatial auto-correlation for geographic patterns, the effects of longitude and latitude location data, and the dilemma regarding merging data across the unreliable spatial boundaries problem (i.e., MAUP or Modifiable Areal Unit). There is usually a significant gap between data science work and geospatial work in an organization. For data science work, data visualization is highly essential. Maps are the commonly used format that assists in data representations.

Role Of Data Scientists In An Organization

These professionals are a real game-changer for an organization. They are highly integrated in terms of creating paradigms as well as better products. They offer insights which help in illuminating the trajectory of an organization to achieve business goals.

Data scientists may require continuing training in new programs to remain knowledgeable in the latest technologies. Certain websites are also available which help in enhancing the expertise in this field. Data science is not considered a single profession; it plays a significant role in an organization. Today, the understanding of geospatial skills and intelligence are required to effectively decipher issues encountered daily including the privacy of cell phone data by location or gerrymandering.

The data scientists at HERE Mapping Resources are highly capable of managing geo-fencing, tracking, routing, mapping as well as functional needs regarding navigation. Choose Here Mapping Resources now for enhancing the efficiency of your organization.