The Need for GPS Backup

Our country is at risk. GPS is vulnerable and needs a resilient layer.

GPS plays a critical role in technology we use every day, from the agricultural sector to the power grid to financial services. Lack of signal power and encryption makes GPS vulnerable to jamming, and increasing sophistication by foreign adversaries has led to GPS spoofing of locations, both of which are putting our national security at risk.

Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) accuracy is more important than ever. Since being introduced, PNT services are valued at more than $1.4 trillion to the US economy. If GPS is down or unavailable, it costs an estimated $1 billion per day in economic activity. Further, the estimated annual value to the US economy based on an NIST study is approaching $700 billion.

Russia’s recent invasion of Ukraine has increased the amount of GPS jamming and highlighted vulnerabilities. Russia has been outspoken about their abilities to destroy GPS satellites, and GPS signals around the Russian border and in and around Ukraine are being consistently jammed and spoofed.

Read our report on recent incidents involving GPS jamming, including an overview timeline of GPS interferences by foreign adversaries.

Read the Report

NextNav’s TerraPoiNT solution provides a terrestrial alternative to GPS.

Think of NextNav’s TerraPoiNT solution like a GPS satellite on the ground. With a few well
placed beacons, TerraPoiNT covers entire metropolitan areas with encrypted signals that are
100,000x stronger than GPS. Resistant to spoofing and jamming, TerraPoiNT also reaches the
buildings and urban canyons that GPS can’t. The result: highly available, reliable position,
navigation, and timing (PNT) services for the next generation of location-enabled platforms.

In independent tests performed by the US Department of Transportation (DOT), NextNav TerraPoiNT beat
out ten competitive solutions, ranking number one in every operational category of position, navigation,
and timing. TerraPoiNT was also the only solution to participate in every aspect of the testing regimen.

Read the DoT Takeaways