Timepocalypse. There is a good chance that on 03 November 2019 a portion of Labor servicing the Mortgage Field Services Industry may not be able to work. Why? The Industry’s dependence upon high tech and low pay. It is just that simple. The Global Positioning System Week Number Rollover is set to occur in 96 hours. And the reality is that unless you took out a mortgage to buy your phone, you may be in for some problems. I digress.
The vast majority of clocks obtain their time from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Atomic clocks on satellites use Global Positioning System (GPS) time. When the GPS was first implemented, the time and date function are defined by a 10-bit number, and unlike Gregorian calendars which use the month, date, and year format, the GPS date is a “week number,” or WN. The WN is transmitted as a 10-bit field to navigation systems and it rolls over or resets to zero every 1,024 weeks. Saturday, April 6th, 2019 marked the 2nd time GPS clocks needed to be reset. The system’s UTC clock WN counter was reset back to 0000000000, and that might have caused some problems for older standalone GPS systems and apps. And now, the final wave of GPS WN Rollover is hitting us on 03 November 2019.
The Mortgage Field Services Industry’s dependence upon GPS is likened to society’s dependence upon electricity — both collapse with a loss of either. To that point, every phone on earth will be impacted by the GPS WN Rollover on 03 November 2019 and many phones will be beyond salvage. For example, I still have a Galaxy S5. It will no longer be able to operate GPS. And the reality is that the vast majority of the Industry is powered by Labor whom cannot afford new phones.
In essence, if your phone cannot properly interpret GPS it can neither tell you your location nor your time. And the GPSWN Rollover will impact everything. To what degree depends a bit upon how people at Pruvan, Property Preservation Wizard, InspectorADE, and others are able to update their code as well as how much money Labor has to buy new phones and/or ensure that their phones have properly updated — if they even can.
Running Apple iOS based phones? Here is what Apple has to say,
For iPhone 5, an update is required to maintain accurate GPS location and to continue to use functions that rely on correct date and time including App Store, iCloud, email, and web browsing. If the update to iPhone 5 is not completed by November 3, 2019, you will be required to back up and restore using a Mac or PC in order to update because over-the-air software updates and iCloud Backup will not work.
A larger problem is that the National Association of Mortgage Field Services (NAMFS) has refused to inform anyone on the matter whereas the International Association of Field Service Technicians (IAFST) began proactively distributing information already. Moreover, though, not a SINGLE INDUSTRY SOFTWARE PROVIDER has alerted anyone about the potential problems.
And G-d forbid you are on the Verizon Network: “Starting on November 3, 2019, mobile devices manufactured between 2006 – 2016 may have their GPS accuracy impacted due to Global Positioning Service (GPS) Rollover.” And they are pretty blunt that the best workaround is to buy a new phone. Here are all of the phones impacted there,
Device OEM Device Model Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 4S Apple iPad Retina Apple iPad Mini Apple iPad 2 Apple iPad 3 Asus Nexus 7 Blackberry BlackBerry Classic Blackberry BlackBerry Q10 Blackberry BlackBerry Z10 Blackberry BlackBerry Z30 Casio GzOne Ravine II Casio Commando 4G LTE HP Mini 1151NR Netbook HTC All New HTC One HTC HTC ONE HTC HTC One M8 for Windows HTC HTC Desire HTC HTC One Remix HTC DROID DNA HTC Droid Incredible HTC DROID INCREDIBLE 4G LTE HTC HTC ONE MAX HTC Windows Phone 8X HTC Rezound Huawei Home Phone Connect Kyocera Kyocera DuraXV Plus Kyocera Kyocera DuraXV Kyocera Hydro Elite Kyocera KE434 Kyocera SE47 Kyocera KX414PP Kyocera KX1 Kyocera KX444S Kyocera KX414 Kyocera K323 Kyocera KPC650 Kyocera KX9A Kyocera KX2 Kyocera KPC-680 LG Revere 3 LG Revere LG Cosmos 3 LG Revere 2 LG Accolade LG Exalt LG LG Exalt 2 LG LG Terra LG Extravert 2 LG VL600 LG Cosmos 2 LG Octane LG Cosmos LG env 3 LG LG-VX8360 LG enV 2 LG Clout LG enV Touch LG Cosmos Touch LG VS-760 LG Chocolate LG Chocolate 3 LG Voyager LG Dare LG Chocolate Touch LG enV LG Glance LG LG Watch Urbane LG VX9800 LG VX8600 LG Versa LG VX8700 LG Decoy LG Venus LG VX8100 LG VX9400 LG VX5500 LG VX8300 LG VX8000 LG Fathom LG VX3400 LG VX-3450L LG VX5400 LG VX5200 LG VX3450 LG VX5300 LG VX8350 LG VX5200PP Motorola DROID MINI Motorola Barrage Motorola DROID RAZR M Motorola DROID ULTRA Motorola NEW MOTO X Motorola MOTO X Motorola Adventure Motorola DROID RAZR Motorola DROID RAZR Motorola Entice Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD Motorola RAZR Motorola DROID XYBOARD 10.1 Motorola Droid X Motorola KRZR Motorola DROID 4 Motorola Droid Bionic Motorola Droid X2 Motorola Droid Xyboard 8.2 Motorola Droid Motorola DROID 3 Motorola Rival Motorola Droid 2 Motorola DROID PRO Motorola Rapture Motorola Krave Motorola Q9C Motorola Z6tv (MOTORIZR) Motorola E815 Motorola L7c (vMOTOSLVR) Motorola Q9M Motorola V9m (MOTORAZR2) Motorola V710 Motorola Droid R2D2 Motorola W755 Motorola Z6cx world edition Motorola M800BP Motorola Q Motorola VU204 Motorola V325xi Motorola maxx Ve (MOTORAZR) Motorola V325 Motorola W315 Motorola W385 Motorola V325i Nokia Lumia 735 Nokia Lumia 822 Nokia Lumia 928 Nokia Lumia Icon Nokia Lumia 2520 Nokia Mirage Nokia Shade Nokia Intrigue Nokia 6205 Nokia 6305i Nokia Twist Nokia 6315i Novatel MHS 5510 Novatel MiFi Global USB U620L Novatel MHS 4510 Novatel Tasman (T1114) Novatel USB1000 Global Modem Novatel V640 Novatel V620 Novatel V740 Novatel V640 Novatel USB727 Novatel USB720 Novatel Wireless USB760 Novatel Wireless MHS 2200 Palm Treo 700wx Palm Palm Pre 2 Palm Treo 700p Palm Treo 755P Palm Treo 700w Palm Centro Pantech Pantech 4G USB Modem Pantech MHS 291 PanTech Pantech Caper Pantech Perception Pantech Marauder Pantech PN-210pp Pantech PN-215pp PanTech PN-820 Pantech PN-300 PCD Delphi OBD2 PCD NetGear PCD Razzle PCD PC5750 PCD Blitz PCD TROPHY PCD Coupe PCD CDM8975 PCD G’zOne Type-S PTT PCD XV6600 PCD CDM7076 PCD XV6700 PCD XV6600 WoC PCD CDM8615PP PCD CDM8900 PCD CDM8940 PCD CDM9200 PCD CDM8900 PCD CDM7025 PCD CDM8945 PCD CDM7075 PCD CDM9900 PCD CDM180 PCD CDM8950 PCD CDM8615 PCD UM150 PCD UM175 PCD TXT8040 PCD – Casio Boulder PCD – Casio GzOne PCD – Casio GzOne Type S PCD – Casio Exilim PCD – HTC HTC Touch Pro 2 PCD – HTC Touch Pro PCD-Casio GzOne Ravine PCD-Casio Brigade PCD-Sharp PB20ZU(Kin 2) PCD-Sharp PB10ZU(Kin1) Q1W/Netgear Arlo-Go RIM Blackberry Bold RIM Blackberry Bold RIM Blackberry Curve RIM Blackberry Curve 9330 RIM Curve 2 RIM Curve 2 RIM Curve 2 RIM WYNTON RIM Blackberry Storm 2 RIM 7250 RIM Blackberry Pearl RIM 8703e RIM Pearl Flip RIM 7130e Samsung Galaxy S5 Samsung Gusto III Samsung Samsung Convoy 3 Samsung Samsung Convoy 4 Samsung Galaxy S4 Samsung Samsung Convoy Samsung Gusto Samsung SCH-I535 Samsung Convoy Samsung Smooth Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Samsung Galaxy S3 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 Samsung Intensity 2 Samsung Gusto II Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Samsung Intensity 3 Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini Samsung SCH-a970 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Samsung SAM Galaxy Tab S Samsung Samsung Galaxy Note Pro Tab Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini Samsung Intensity Samsung SCH-u430 Samsung Galaxy Stellar Samsung Alias 2 Samsung Galaxy Stratosphere II Samsung Galaxy Nexus Samsung SCH-u410 Samsung Fascinate Samsung Gleam Samsung Alias Samsung Juke Samsung SCH-u620 Samsung Trance Samsung Droid Charge Samsung Renown Samsung ATIV Odyssey Samsung Flipshot Samsung Plato Samsung SCH-u540 Samsung ATIV SE Samsung Rogue Samsung Continuum Samsung Glyde Samsung Reality Samsung Gem Samsung SCH-u550 Samsung SCH-u340 Samsung SCH-a870 Samsung Omnia Samsung Saga Samsung SCH-a990 Sierra AC 850 Sierra PC 5220 Sierra AC597e Sierra AirCard 595U Modem Sierra AirCard 595 Sony Zeus Sony XPERIA PLAY Sony Mobile Sony Xperia Z2 Sony Mobile Sony Xperia Z3v ZTE MHS 890 ZTE AD3700 Global USB Modem ZTE F350
Below is the Department of Homeland Security’s Unclassified White Paper with further links. It was dated for the originating GPSWN Rollover in April, which is now cascading out into the network.