[aprssig] Part 3/3: Updating APRS Clients (Consumer Needs)

Jason KG4WSV kg4wsv at gmail.com
Tue Jan 15 12:24:44 EST 2008

On Jan 15, 2008 10:49 AM, Steve Dimse <steve at dimse.com> wrote:

> I see a potentially insurmountable post-9/11 challenge, encryption.
> The current paranoia makes it hard to convince anyone to send accurate
> positions of critical assets over an open channel, all the worse that
> the posits are made instantly available on the internet. Before
> investing efforts in meeting the other challenges, how would this
> potential deal-breaker be solved?

APRS is entirely useful without the global APRS-IS.  It is trivial to see
the case where an APRS-IS is running in an intranet scenario, even encrypted
if so desired (although we wouldn't do that on ham frequencies, of course).
For example, one can trivially create an APRS-IS with xastir on a laptop
with an ad-hoc wireless network; I have done so in my truck on balloon

More specific solutions would depend on the specific problem/scenario, but I
can see where security, obscurity, or openness could be applicable in
various scenarios.

The paranoia is indeed the part that would make the problem insurmountable.

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