Boeing to use blockchain to protect GPS receivers

Let's figure out how blockchain can make flights safer
18 December 2017   1036

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. 

DFINITY to Postpone Internet Computer Launch

The project is currently assessing the time frame for the completion of the MVP
14 December 2018   67

The blockchain project Dfinity reported in its blog postponing the launch of its main product.

Previously, Dfinity chief scientist Dominic Williams said that his company intends to create an “Internet computer that will become cloud 3.0”, compete with Google Cloud and Microsoft Azure, and also change the face of the blockchain industry.

According to him, the project team is developing a technology that has 150 higher performance than Ethereum blockchain and 900 times - Bitcoin. In essence, the project creates a “giant Internet computer”, whose work will be supported not by one company, but by all participants of the Dfinity protocol.

Initially, the release of a minimum viable product (MVP) was planned for the first quarter of 2019. However, according to company representatives, working on a trimmed version may slow down progress in creating a complete product.

The project is currently assessing the time frame for the completion of the MVP. Also, noted in Dfinity, before the end of the first quarter a new set of development tools (SDK) will be released, which will shed light on the future plans of the company.

In August, the Dfinity Foundation attracted $ 102 million of investments in the framework of a closed tokensale. Prior to this, at the beginning of the year, the Dfinity Foundation raised $ 61 million from Andreessen Horowitz and Polychain Capital.