GNSS - Centre of Excellence

GNSS - Societal dependence: GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) is the default standard service for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) applicationsThese services are so seamlessly integrated into our daily lives that we sometimes forget how much we rely on them. We have now come to such a point that GNSS is being readily applied in applications for autonomous transport, the electrical power grid, international money transfers and mobile communication networks. All critical applications. As a consequence, failure of the GNSS service may have severe impact.

GNSS - Centre of Excellence (CoE): The GNSS-CoE brings vast collected experience and expertise to help you develop critical applications that exploit the GNSS' ease of use and correctly compensate for their failures. 

We support the development such applications both in the design definition phase, as well in the validation phase of these applications.

GNSS Centre of Excellence services

The GNSS CoE has 2 services

The RISK AND RESEARCH service will support in the development of critical GNSS applications, ensuring robustness against real-world threats. The TEST AND QUALIFICATION service supports development as well as certification activities, to create trusted, standard compliant GNSS devices and applications.

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Workshop March 30, 2021

We kicked off with the NL Space Campus, unfortunately Esther Peters could not join. She regrets this and kindly invites you in case of questions to directly send her an e-mail ( ) and/ or visit the website. The CoE is well situated in the Space eco-system in Noordwijk with ESA and GSA around the corner. Also, it fits nicely with the Vision of the NL Space Campus. Last but not least every last Thursday of the month the Campus organizes “Network & Drinks” from 17.00 – 19.00, the first one coming up is the 29th of April.
Wim Ploeg from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management positioned the Dutch CoE in the European context of Space Hubs and other CoE’s. The need for such a CoE has also been addressed, as society is becoming more and more reliant on GNSS the awareness, impact and risks of GNSS usage require to be considered.
André Bos from S[&]T introduced the recent developments that have been done when it comes to the service definitions of the CoE. He started with the workshop that (some of) you attended in 2019 and took us to the recent status of having two potential viable CoE services:
1.      Risk and Research Service aiming at monitoring and predicting the risks of using the GNSS signals in relation to specific applications.
2.      Test and Qualification Service aiming at providing facilities for testing and eventually qualifying GNSS related equipment.
Both services have been explained in more detail. Alexandra Zevenbergen from CGI showed the first developed tooling for the Risk and Research service. Hein Zelle from NLR did a deep dive on the Test and Qualification service.
After the coffee break two breakouts have been organised to refine the service definitions of the two defined services. Using Mentimeter, hosted by Merle Snijders and Peter Dieleman from NLR, a lot of useful feedback and new insights have been gathered. In both sessions, a nice mix of potential end users and potential contributors attended. Quite a few of you identified themselves as being both a user and contributor.
Results of the Risk and Research      workshop

Results of the Test and Qualification  workshop

The consolidated wrap-up and highlights from both breakouts have been shared by André in the plenary session. Jeroen Glazener from the NSO finished the day, by explaining NSO supportive role in the CoE initiative from the first study up to the refinement of the business case that is going on now. 
The next step is that the project team will finalise the first version of the Risk Map tool and update the business case for both services. This will be done based on further analysis, the outcome of the breakouts and most likely some more interviews that have to be scheduled for the next period. The results will be summarised in a report.
In the attachment you will find the slides that have been presented and the Mentimeter questions that were answered during the breakouts. 

In the future we will update you with new results, please also see the page on LinkedIn that we created to keep you up to date.

For now, we kindly thank you for your interest and effort to join our online workshop.


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