A new generation of OS-NMA user terminals

Published: 
09 April 2018
The Fundamental Elements funded PATROL project is an important milestone for the satellite navigation industry, as it aims to prove the importance of Galileo OS authentication.
The Fundamental Elements funded PATROL project is an important milestone for the satellite navigation industry, as it aims to prove the importance of Galileo OS authentication.

The GSA has awarded the PATROL project a contract to develop, supply and test Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA).

To ensure that the next generation of Galileo services are driven by user needs, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is developing Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA) capability. By allowing users to verify that a navigation message comes from a Galileo satellite and not a potentially malicious source, the OS NMA service will play a key role in meeting such emerging needs as autonomous applications.

OS-NMA Signal-in-Space transmission is expected to begin in 2019, reaching full service capability in 2020. Once fully operational, this free-of-charge authenticated signal for mass market applications will be one of Galileo’s key differentiators over other GNSS constellations. However, before full service can be achieved, a new generation of OS-NMA-enabled user terminals must be developed, tested and implemented – which is where the PATROL project comes.

Building a future-proof solution

Coordinated by Qascom, a leader in GNSS authentication, the PATROL project aims to deliver a market-ready technology that guarantees robust and secure positioning using Galileo’s OS-NMA capability. Targeting the road sector, PATROL will develop a user terminal capable of providing a trusted position, velocity and precise time (PVT) to smart tachographs and other positioning applications.

“This project is an important milestone for the satellite navigation industry, as it aims to prove the importance of Galileo OS authentication in fulfilling the emerging security needs of many applications,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Galileo authentication is used in combination with other anti-spoofing techniques that are implemented at the receiver level and backed by standard IT security. “With authentication, users are guaranteed that they are utilising navigation data from Galileo satellites and not from another source,” adds the PATROL project’s Alessandro Pozzobon. “The PATROL project supports this authentication by validating the user terminal against a broad set of threats, creating a future-proof solution that fulfils the emerging security needs of several civil applications.”

About Fundamental Elements

The EUR 2 264 853 in funding allocated to the PATROL project comes from the GSA’s Fundamental Elements mechanism, which supports the development of European GNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas. Fundamental Elements projects are part of the overall European GNSS strategy for market uptake, led by the GSA. The objectives of the programme can be summarised as follows:

  • Facilitate the adoption of European GNSS, building on innovative services and differentiators;
  • Improve the competitiveness of EU industry;
  • Address user needs in priority market segments;
  • Maximise benefits to European citizens.

The total budget for projects to be carried out in 2015 – 2020 is EUR 111.5 million.

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Updated: Apr 09, 2018