APRS could have helped protect Charles and Camilla

The Metropolitan Police are denying that the incident in which a car carrying Prince Charles and his wife came under attack by student demonstrators occurred through a failure in radio communications. Reports that royal protection officers were using a different frequency to those policing the protest are “untrue”, the police insist. The two teams were in communication using email or mobile phones. They what?? Perhaps they had carrier pigeons as a backup.

It seems to me that someone needs to knock on the door of Scotland Yard and suggest that they need a tactical digital communications system on the lines of APRS. If the officers escorting the royal couple could have seen on a map display where the demonstrators were and exchanged brief tactical messages with other officers in the area, this embarrassing incident would never have happened. It makes you wonder just how competent our security forces really are.

Julian Moss, G4ILO, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from Cumbria, England. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “APRS could have helped protect Charles and Camilla”

  • John N1HLG:

    I would imagine that the Princes car has had a GPS chip for some time. I also suspect when they are talking about e-mail they mean form form of IM, and satellite phone as well. The English are a little mellow and calm, but they are not behind the times when it comes to protecting the Royal Family.

    Stupid things happen even with the tighest security….just look at a few of the U.S. experiences.


  • Richard, GM8LET:

    Julian, As you have shown before with comments on RAYNET, you’re well out of touch with technology, and amateur radio and I’m surprised that the editorial staff on this website has not picked that up before now. If you for one minute you think that the Royal vehicles and royal protection officers do not have vehicle tracking and good secure communications with Special Branch, Met Police etc – than you have been standing too close to the microwave again. Don’t you think that your souce for this story was somewhat lacking in intelligence !!
    Julian you must do better as you’re making a show of yourself here.

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