Boeing to use blockchain to protect GPS receivers

Let's figure out how blockchain can make flights safer
18 December 2017   1165

Boeing filed a new patent that talks about aircraft manufacturing giant is looking at how blockchain can help protect in-flight GPS receivers. This is reported by the CoinDesk.

The application, released by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the aircraft giant details an "onboard backup and anti-spoofing GPS system" that would be used if a plane's primary system becomes unreliable or nonfunctioning.

GPS "spoofing" is a practice by which counterfeit signals are used to effectively trick other receivers. Such attacks can be used to confuse a GPS receiver about the actual location of other objects. These simulated signals have been changed in such a way as to cause the recipient to misconstrue their location, considering it to be the one sent by the attacker. Because GPS systems work by measuring the time it takes for a signal to travel from satellite to receiver, successful spoofing requires that the attacker know exactly where his target is - so that the simulated signal can be structured with appropriate signal delays. GPS attacks can be extremely danger when aircrafts are the targets.

Blockchain data would be used as a backup record of information in the event that the anti-spoofing system detects potential danger.

The method further determines if the GPS signals, received by the GPS receiver, are spoofed GPS signals and, then, retrieves position data from the block-chain storage module if the GPS receiver is not receiving the GPS signals or is receiving spoofed GPS signals.
 

Boeing Patent File

The backup would store environmental information received from the GPS, allowing it to act as a failsafe to prevent pilots from getting lost by providing all of the information a GPS normally would. The system can be applied to any type of vehicle, both manned and unmanned, according to the application.

The blockchaing data would store environmental information received from the GPS. It is designed to to act as a failsafe to prevent planes to lost in the air. The system can be applied to any type of vehicle, both manned and unmanned. 

Most Crypto-Optimists Live in Norway, Bitflyer Study

According to bitFlyer's poll on future of crypto, europeans believes cryptocurrency has future
24 April 2019   101

Most Europeans believe that in ten years digital currencies will continue to be in demand, but they do not have the same confidence about Bitcoin. This is reported by Cryptonews, citing a study of the bitFlyer.

10 thousand people from ten European countries took part in the online survey. Of these, 63% believe in a “bright future” cryptocurrency. However, not all Europeans are confident in the future of Bitcoin - only 55% believe that the first cryptocurrency will exist in ten years.

It is also noteworthy that, despite the fall in prices of most cryptocurrencies that lasted for almost a year, the majority of respondents positively assessed the prospects for the development of the market.

Most of the “crypto-optimists” turned out to live in Norway - 73% of the inhabitants of this Scandinavian country are convinced that a decade later, digital currencies will still be in society. This is followed by Italy (68%), the Netherlands and Poland close the top four (67% each).

The percentage of consumers who believe cryptocurrencies will still exist in 10 years’ time
The percentage of consumers who believe cryptocurrencies will still exist in 10 years’ time

But the exact form of cryptocurrency will exist, almost no one knows. Only 8% believe that they will become money, and 7% - a tool for investment or a means of preserving value.

The fact that Bitcoin is not generating as much support as other cryptocurrencies is in part a symptom of the market’s volatility, but is also a direct impact of the constant media attention that is associated to its volatility.
 

Andy Bryant

COO, bitFlyer Europe

He also added that the study demonstrated how much remains to be done to increase public awareness of the benefits and opportunities of cryptocurrencies.