Let’s talk about interferences

For more than a decade now, we’ve been warned about the vulnerabilities of GNSS and the risks of jamming, as well as the general lack of robustness of GNSS-enabled devices to various interferences. The founding architect of GPS, Brad Parkinson, expressed his concerns about the situation a few years ago. As reported by GPS World magazine:

“[Parkinson’s] concerns over GPS availability relate to threats such as the loss of authorized frequency spectrum (implicitly creating licensed jammers), space weather due to hyperactive ionospheric conditions, and deliberate or inadvertent jamming of GPS signals. He warned that GPS is more vulnerable to sabotage or disruption than ever before, and charged that politicians and security chiefs are ignoring the risk.”

GPS World article, “GNSS vunerable: What to do?”
February 18, 2014 [Read article]

Despite recent examples that the situation is both real and serious, not much has been done since to make the various GNSS/GPS devices that we use daily better able to resist adverse conditions. And as we’ll see below, public RF signal usage is both widespread and often embedded in critical public infrastructure—to the obliviousness of many system designers and engineers.

But let’s first rewind a bit and get to the root of the problem.

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Automation in Video: The automate panel and the SDX API

Engineers and scientists that use a GNSS simulator know that automating tests and simulation scenarios are an essential part of their work. Alas, it is often complicated to create GNSS automation scripts: it usually requires advanced programming skills, APIs are often badly documented, and the whole process usually lacks any kind of meaningful feedback while setting up scripts.

When we developed SDX, we decided to tackle these problems by building automation right into the core of the software. The result is an easy-to-use, yet very powerful automation toolset. It addresses new users’ needs while providing intermediate and advanced users with all the tools they need to push GNSS simulation to the next level.

In order to better showcase the range of automation features, we’ve created two videos.

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Skydel teams up with Noffz

Partnership increases Skydel presence in Europe

We’re really excited to announce our partnership with Noffz, a germany-based company. NOFFZ creates test systems and solutions in the area of the Internet of Things (IoT) - especially in automotive RF-Test applications around eCall, Network Access Devices (NADs), Telematics Control Units (TCUs), Infotainment/Multimedia Units and Automotive Radar.With nearly 30 years of experience NOFFZ delivers worldwide turn-key solutions and PC based Measurement- and Automation systems with an extensive service. With their broad expertise in test solutions, Noffz is well positioned to bring Skydel’s SDX GNSS simulation solutions to clients located in Europe and beyond.

Technology is constantly evolving. With the advent of new satellite constellations, such as Galileo, expanding needs for position and navigation in the transportation industry, and the growing threats of RF interferences, GNSS simulation is more than ever a key component in the arsenal needed to design and validate new products. Skydel SDX delivers a new paradigm in GNSS simulation, featuring an exclusive mix of performance, flexibility and unique capabilities. With the addition of Noffz’s know-how covering multiple industries, we now have an outstanding team that’s ready to tackle today and tomorrow’s technological integration challenges.

To learn more about Noffz, visit http://noffz.com/en/.

Interoperable with GPS and Glonass, the Galileo GNSS constellation is Europe's civilian global positioning system that will reach Full Operational Capability (FOC) in 2019. Simulation of the complete Galileo constellation is possible with Skydel's SDX GNSS simulator.

Upcoming Events in 2017

We’ll be exhibiting at many events in North America and Europe in the coming months. Come visit us at the events listed below: you’ll have a great opportunity to see a demo of SDX and have a chat with a Skydel representative. We always love to hear about your challenges, needs and expectations when looking for a GNSS simulator.

ENC - European Navigation Conference 2017

May 9-12, 2017 | Lausanne, Switzerland | Booth 6

From Wednesday to Friday, come to ENC and attend to technical sessions featuring a number of internationally recognised experts in the field of GNSS.

During session breaks, Skydel will be present at booth 6, featuring SDX. Come by and see multi-constellation simulation (including EU’s Galileo) and the latest features & benefits of our software-defined GNSS simulator.

Oh, and the conference’s location isn’t bad either.

JNC - Joint Navigation Conference

June 5-8, 2017 | Dayton, Ohio | Booth 301

The 2017 Joint Navigation Conference (JNC 2017) is hosted by the Military Division of the Institute of Navigation, for the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

JNC is the largest U.S. military Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) conference of the year with joint service and government participation. The event focus, among other things, on advances in battlefield applications of GPS; critical strengths and weaknesses of field navigation devices; warfighter PNT requirements and solutions; and navigation warfare.

Skydel SDX will be present at JNC through our partner Talen-X, demonstrating the latest version of BroadSim, featuring advanced jamming capabilities.

Note: Conference attendance is limited to U.S. Government agencies and their contractors.

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