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Switching off DGPS in the UK
11 August 2020

by Dr Alan Grant GLA DGPS System Director

The General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland (GLA) have taken the decision to close its DGPS service at the end of March 2022, following user consultation and a considered review of how the system is being used. Other national maritime authorities have also taken the decision to close their DGPS service, while others maintain operations for the foreseeable future - each administration provides the aids to navigation (AtoNs) they deem appropriate for the risks within their waters.

How to run the Maritime Connectivity Platform
10 December 2017

by S. Doyle and N. Ward, IALA

A workshop on 'How to Run the Maritime Connectivity Platform' was hosted by IALA on behalf of the EfficienSea 2 Project on 21-22 November 2017. The workshop was attended by 52 delegates, representing 19 countries. Noting that the EfficienSea2 project funding from the EU ends in April 2018, the objective of the workshop was to address the implementation of the MCP with a focus on identifying preferred governance and business models and preparing a related exploitation plan for global information exchange. Legal and Liability issues were also explored.

The Language of Drones
5 December 2017

by the University of Nottingham

GRACE is the business engagement unit within the Nottingham Geospatial Institute (NGI), a specialist research group for positioning and Earth observation at The University of Nottingham. This guide was created to allow a better two-way communication between those with a background in geospatial sciences like navigation, positioning and Earth observation, and the operators of Small Unmanned Aircraft (SUA).

IAIN is grateful to the University of Nottingham for making their publication 'The Language of Drones' available to us.

How your ship has probably been Cyber Attacked already
14 April 2017

by George Ward, ECDIS Ltd Project Support

You have either been hacked... or just didn't know you have been hacked.

I predict that the first catastrophic maritime cyber incident will not be the result of a direct attack on a specific, safety critical piece of equipment. It will be the result of an infection on a random PC, perhaps through an unassuming email to a crew member, whose PC is either connected to the vessel's internal super highway or he transmits the infection internally whilst it lies dormant. Cryptolocker, or Ransomware software (used by thousands of hackers) are easily available to download on the dark web. Neither of them may necessarily attack the equipment they infect; they can lie dormant and infect connected equipment when nobody expects. You have been warned.

The LED Revolution
03 October 2016

by Dr Nick Ward FRIN AFNI CEng CITP, Director of Research General Lighthouse Authorities, United Kingdom & Ireland (GLA R&RNAV)

The last 50 years have seen a complete revolution in light sources for aids to navigation and the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK & Ireland (GLA) have been at the forefront of these changes.

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