Most people come to rely on GPS technology for a huge part of their lives: navigation, tracking people, pets and packages, or just checking in on Foursquare. But from January 20th to February 22nd, the people of the Southeastern United States might just have to try coping without it.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is warning pilots, and everyone else relying on GPS technology, that during this one-month period, the U.S. Department of Defense will be conducting tests on their GPS systems, which might cause signals to be unreliable or unavailable.
The tests are supposed to last for 45 minutes, followed by 15 minutes of time off. This notice is created mostly for pilots who depend on GPS signals to get around, but it will most likely effect other GPS devices as well.
So for the time of tests, users should find a backup plan of getting around or tracking their assets. It is advised to start stocking cars with physical maps, printing out driving directions, or using Assisted GPS (AGPS) tracking devices to monitor the movement of packages or people.
(Story and image via Engadget)
Update: No need to panic for GPS users on the ground, the DoD specified that the test will effect airplanes and GPS devices above ground, not the GPS devices used to navigate or track object on ground level.